18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
3
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Broome
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  11​h 15​min
5
Port Campbell
— 1 night
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + shuttle:  12​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Calgary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Calgary, Canada to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Calgary to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°C in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru

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 16th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then grab your bike and head to Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

1
night
Margaret River

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.
On the 18th (Sun), Head underground at Lake Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, stroll through Surfers Point, then kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Ellensbrook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Alice Springs to Margaret River in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Alice Springs to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Surfers Point, Cowaramup Bay
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Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Cowaramup Bay ©
Cowaramup Bay
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

2
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roebuck Bay and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get outdoors at Cable Beach and Gantheaume Point. Spend the 21st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Diocese of Broome, and identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Broome travel planning app .

Getting from Margaret River to Broome by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Broome, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. On the 23rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at The Razorback, and finally take some stellar pictures from Twelve Apostles. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Broome to Port Campbell takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, train, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Broome to Port Campbell is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Twelve Apostles
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

1
night
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 25th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

Start your trip to Port Douglas by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle from Port Campbell to Port Douglas in 13 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda--about 36 minutes away. It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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