15 days in Queensland & Northern Territory Itinerary

15 days in Queensland & Northern Territory Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland & Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + foot + train:  23​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  8​h 30​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Darwin
— 3 nights
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 26th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, then kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast journey maker website .

Chicago, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect Gold Coast to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Gold Coast in June since evenings lows in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
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): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then get all the information you need at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally get great views at Anzac Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, head outdoors with Ellery Creek Big Hole, then explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs tour builder website .

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

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): make a trip to Ubirr and then take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Alice Springs to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

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.
Visiting Territory Wildlife Park and East Point Reserve will get you outdoors. Darwin Aviation Museum and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Darwin road trip planning site .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Darwin are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Speed Boats Tours

2
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.
On the 7th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then stop by Australian Leather Company. On the next day, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online tour itinerary maker .

Fly from Darwin to Cairns in 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 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Spas & Wellness, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Balloon Rides
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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