14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  27​h
1
Kangaroo Island
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
2
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Katherine
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Denver

1
day
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, then look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park, and then kick back and relax at Stokes Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kangaroo Island online route planner .

Denver, USA to Kangaroo Island is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Kangaroo Island, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): Head underground at Jewel Cave, then Head underground at Lake Cave, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Canal Rocks, then Head underground at Ngilgi Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and finally learn about winemaking at McHenry Hohnen Vintners.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River route builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River takes 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Margaret River

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Boranup, Yallingup, Jewel Cave, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canal Rocks ©
Canal Rocks
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Anzac Hill, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then take an in-depth tour of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs visit planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Alice Springs in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
nights
Katherine

Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): trek along Katherine Gorge, get interesting insight from Tours, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Katherine Outback Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Low Level Nature Reserve, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Edith Falls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Katherine trip planner .

Fly from Alice Springs to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in August: high temperatures in Katherine hover around 90°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Helicopter Tours
Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls
Katherine Hot Springs ©
Katherine Hot Springs

2
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.
On the 14th (Wed), see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the next day, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Territory Wildlife Park, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Darwin online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Katherine to Darwin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Katherine in August, Darwin is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Speed Boats Tours

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.
On the 16th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns route planning tool .

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in August, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (80°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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