17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Mataranka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Daly Waters
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
Mount Isa
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Hughenden
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
7
Innisfail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Kuranda
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  45​min
9
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Daintree
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
You've now added Crocosaurus Cove to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, stroll through Mindil Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin planning website .

Brisbane to Darwin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in September; daily highs in Darwin reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 2nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Maguk Gorge, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, then identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and finally contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock.

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You can drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mataranka.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

2
nights
Mataranka

Mataranka ©
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. On the 3rd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Botanic Walk, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, then walk around Elsey National Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Bitter Springs.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mataranka trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Mataranka by car takes about 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Daly Waters.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Elsey National Park ©
Elsey National Park
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve ©
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve

1
night
Daly Waters

Daly Waters ©
Daly Waters is a small town in the Northern Territory in Australia, about 620 kilometres south of Darwin at the intersection of the Savannah Way and the Stuart Highway.The area's traditional owners, the Jingili people, believe the Dreaming tracks of the Emu and the Sun travelled through here on their way to the southern parts of the Northern Territory.HistoryThe name Daly Waters was given to a series of natural springs by John McDouall Stuart during his third attempt to cross Australia from south to north, in 1861-2. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Daly Waters Aviation Complex.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Daly Waters sightseeing planner .

Getting from Mataranka to Daly Waters by car takes about 2 hours. On the 5th (Sat), you're off toMount Isa.

Things to do in Daly Waters

Historic Sites
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Daly Waters Aviation Complex ©
Daly Waters Aviation Complex

1
night
Mount Isa

Mount Isa ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Mount Isa City Lookout and then see the interesting displays at Outback at Isa.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mount Isa journey planner .

You can drive from Daly Waters to Mount Isa in 12 hours. Another option is to fly. In October, daily temperatures in Mount Isa can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hughenden.

Things to do in Mount Isa

Museums
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Outback at Isa ©
Outback at Isa
Mount Isa City Lookout ©
Mount Isa City Lookout

1
night
Hughenden

Hughenden ©
Hughenden is a town and locality in the Shire of Flinders, Queensland, Australia. On the 7th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Winton Diamantina HeritageTruck & Machinery Museum and then examine the collection at Flinders Discovery Centre.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hughenden online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Mount Isa to Hughenden takes 6 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Innisfail.

Things to do in Hughenden

Museums

Side Trip

Winton Diamantina HeritageTruck & Machinery Museum
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Flinders Discovery Centre ©
Flinders Discovery Centre

2
nights
Innisfail

Innisfail ©
Innisfail a town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region in Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): hike along Mount Bartle Frere and then explore the striking landscape at Wooroonooran National Park.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Innisfail visit planning site .

Getting from Hughenden to Innisfail by car takes about 7 hours. When traveling from Hughenden in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Innisfail: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kuranda.

Things to do in Innisfail

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wooroonooran National Park, Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Mount Bartle Frere
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Mount Bartle Frere ©
Mount Bartle Frere
Wooroonooran National Park ©
Wooroonooran National Park

2
nights
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. On the 9th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Emu Ridge Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at BatReach, then get to know the resident critters at Kuranda Koala Gardens, and then explore the striking landscape of Davies Creek National Park.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kuranda attractions website .

Traveling by car from Innisfail to Kuranda takes 2 hours. October in Kuranda sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Kuranda

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Mareeba
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Kuranda National Park ©
Kuranda National Park
Davies Creek National Park ©
Davies Creek National Park

1
night
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, take an in-depth tour of Port Douglas Court House Museum, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kuranda to Port Douglas takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Daintree.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

1
night
Daintree

Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then hike along Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail, then admire the sheer force of Tranquility Falls, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Daintree tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Daintree in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Daintree

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Photography Tours
Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail ©
Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

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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 14th (Mon), browse the exhibits of Cairns Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, then learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, then take in the pleasant sights at Red Arrow Walk, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by car from Daintree to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Red Arrow Walk
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Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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