20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Drive + Fly:  27​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Litchfield National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Katherine
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
8
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  30​h
End: London

2
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Safaris. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mindil Beach and Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Casuarina Coastal Reserve and choose your vessel at Spirit of Darwin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Darwin trip planner.

London, UK to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Darwin reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
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Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park ©
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
On the 28th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Litchfield National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Buley Rockhole, then explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Termite Mounds, and then admire the sheer force of Wangi Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Litchfield National Park journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Darwin to Litchfield National Park. In July, daily temperatures in Litchfield National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls
Magnetic Termite Mounds ©
Magnetic Termite Mounds

2
nights
Katherine

Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gecko Canoeing & Trekking as well as Helicopter Tours. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs, and then explore the striking landscape at Katherine Gorge. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Edith Falls, relax in the rural setting at Katherine Outback Experience, and then add some adventure to your tour with Gecko Canoeing & Trekking.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Katherine travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Litchfield National Park to Katherine. Traveling from Litchfield National Park in July, expect little chillier with lows of 16°C in Katherine. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Helicopter Tours
Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls
Katherine Hot Springs ©
Katherine Hot Springs

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, then explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, then explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) vacation planner .

You can drive from Katherine to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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 7th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Horseback Riding Tours
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island visit app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

1
night
Airlie Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the activities along Heart Reef and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour itinerary website .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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