21 days in Rockhampton & Alice Springs & Surrounds Itinerary

21 days in Rockhampton & Alice Springs & Surrounds Itinerary

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21 days in Rockhampton & Alice Springs & Surrounds Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Rockhampton
— 9 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Alice Springs
— 7 nights
Travel:  4​h 30​min
3
West MacDonnell National Park
— 3 nights
Travel:  3​h 15​min
4
Hermannsburg
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Sydney

9
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Family-friendly places like Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and East Shores Water Park will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Rockhampton side-trips: Koorana Crocodile Farm (in Coowonga), Yeppoon (Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, & more) and Stony Creek (in Byfield). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, get out on two wheels at Alkoomi Adventure Farm, admire the engineering at Callide Dam, and see the interesting displays at Archer Park Rail Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rockhampton online driving holiday planner .

Sydney to Rockhampton is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect nights in Rockhampton to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Gladstone, Biloela, Koorana Crocodile Farm, Singing Ship
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Koorana Crocodile Farm ©
Koorana Crocodile Farm

7
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.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, historic sites, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Megafauna Central - Museum and Art Gallery of NT, and contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

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Traveling by flight from Rockhampton to Alice Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Rockhampton in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to West MacDonnell National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

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

3
nights
West MacDonnell National Park

West MacDonnell National Park ©
West MacDonnell National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at West MacDonnell National Park, get outside with Ochre Pits, explore the activities along Redbank Gorge, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ormiston Gorge.

Plan a West MacDonnell National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Alice Springs to West MacDonnell National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hermannsburg.

Things to do in West MacDonnell National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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West MacDonnell National Park ©
West MacDonnell National Park
Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge
Serpentine Gorge ©
Serpentine Gorge

1
night
Hermannsburg

Hermannsburg ©
On the 25th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Hermannsburg Historic Precinct.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hermannsburg trip builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from West MacDonnell National Park to Hermannsburg. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermannsburg

Museums
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Hermannsburg Historic Precinct ©
Hermannsburg Historic Precinct

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