29 days in Queensland & Northern Territory Itinerary

29 days in Queensland & Northern Territory Itinerary

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29 days in Queensland & Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly + shuttle:  28​h
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
Longreach
— Few hours
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
Batchelor
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Darwin
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Jabiru
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Katherine
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Vienna

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and Elizas Gallery. Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 17th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef.

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Vienna, Austria to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Port Douglas is 9 hours. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Elizas Gallery
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

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hours
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 20th (Sat), examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Longreach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Longreach road trip site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Longreach takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Longreach. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Longreach

#Museums, #Historic Sites

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Longreach
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1
night
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 21st (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, and then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, then explore and take pictures at Townsville Sports Reserve, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanic Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Riverway.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Townsville road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Longreach to Townsville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Longreach in July since evenings lows in Townsville dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Batchelor.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks
Riverway ©
Riverway

1
night
Batchelor

Batchelor ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Litchfield National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Adelaide River War Cemetery, relax in the rural setting at Batchelor Butterfly Farm and Pet Garden, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally admire the sheer force of Wangi Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Batchelor trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Townsville to Batchelor. Traveling from Townsville in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Batchelor: highs are around 36°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Batchelor

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Adelaide River War Cemetery
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Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Darwin Aviation Museum and Speed Boats Tours. Spend the 25th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, make a splash at Wave Lagoon, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Darwin trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Batchelor to Darwin in 1.5 hours. In July in Darwin, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Jabiru.

Things to do in Darwin

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens ©

2
nights
Jabiru

Jabiru ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, then explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Ubirr and then explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Jabiru trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

3
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Edith Falls and Nitmiluk National Park. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Katherine Outback Experience, witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, and explore the striking landscape at Katherine Gorge.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Katherine road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Jabiru to Katherine takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

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Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls
Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park

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nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 2nd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then stop by Tjanpi Desert Weavers, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Finke Gorge National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Katherine to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Katherine in August: high temperatures in Alice Springs hover around 27°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then stroll through Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning tool .

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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Helicopter Tours
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

6
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Michaelmas Cay and Birdworld Kuranda. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Barron Falls) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 6th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, take a memorable tour with Tours, and do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August: highs in Cairns hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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