14 days in Sydney, Northern Territory & Queensland Itinerary

14 days in Sydney, Northern Territory & Queensland Itinerary

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14 days in Sydney, Northern Territory & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  23​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Sydney

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and then see a show at Sydney Opera House. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker app .

Chicago, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 16 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chicago in June: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Neighborhoods Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
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.
On the 28th (Fri), trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 44°F in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): head outdoors with Ellery Creek Big Hole, look for all kinds of wild species at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen. On the next day, head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, then view the masterpieces at Talapi, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs vacation website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Outdoors Tours Parks
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The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park ©
Ellery Creek Big Hole ©
Ellery Creek Big Hole

1
night
Darwin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin, pause for some photo ops at Darwin Cenotaph, then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Spirit of Darwin, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Darwin trip planner.

Fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Safaris
Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park ©

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Palm Cove Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (St Mary’s by The Sea chapel & Four Mile Beach) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove).

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in July, you will find days in Cairns are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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