24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
bus:  45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
7
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, wildlife, beaches, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online attractions planner .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in October since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary website .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 19°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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 8th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning app .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 10th (Thu), look for gifts at With Sugar, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kangaroo Island is known for wildlife, nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, learn about winemaking at The Islander Estate Vineyards, and kick back and relax at Stokes Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Kangaroo Island takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

5
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, get great views at Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 18.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll set off for Alice Springs on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Keep things going the next day: get advice or help at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then get great views at Anzac Hill, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along Darwin Wharf Precinct. On the next day, stroll through Mindil Beach and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in October, Darwin is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

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