23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
5
Coonawarra
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
6
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
7
Margaret River
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Cairns

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Get in touch with nature at Trinity Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 9th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns is 9 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

2
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 10th (Wed), do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and then look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 12th (Fri), appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta. Keep things going the next day: trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit cooler, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

1
night
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
On the 14th (Sun), kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld and then take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay day trip website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Coles Bay in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

East Coast Natureworld, Coles Bay Jetty
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

2
nights
Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Visiting Naracoorte Caves National Park and Umpherston Sinkhole will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Penley Estate and Wynns Coonawarra Estate. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at DiGiorgio Family Wines and contemplate the long history of Petticoat Lane.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coonawarra trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coles Bay to Coonawarra. October in Coonawarra sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Coonawarra

#Wineries, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Penola, Umpherston Sinkhole, Naracoorte Caves National Park
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Naracoorte Caves National Park ©
Naracoorte Caves National Park
Penley Estate ©
Penley Estate
Wynns Coonawarra Estate ©
Wynns Coonawarra Estate

2
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Get some cultural insight at Broome Historical Museum and Catholic Diocese of Broome. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Gantheaume Point. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Cable Beach and identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Broome journey site .

Explore your travel options from Coonawarra to Broome with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Coonawarra to Broome is minus 1 hour. In October, Broome is much warmer than Coonawarra - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Margaret River

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Escape the urban bustle at Surfers Point and Lake Cave. Get a sense of the local culture at Firetail Wines and Redgate Wines. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowaramup Bay, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and do a tasting at Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Tours, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Cowaramup, Augusta, Cowaramup Bay, Firetail Wines, Mammoth Cave
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Firetail Wines ©
Firetail Wines
Redgate Wines ©
Redgate Wines

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