22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  27​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + train + bus:  12​h
7
Port Campbell
— 1 night
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + bus:  17​h
8
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  26​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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Provenance Arts and Mbantua Fine Art Gallery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Defence of Darwin Experience and Mason Gallery. Spend the 9th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a splash at Wave Lagoon, and take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin online 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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Darwin hover around 37°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Berry Springs Nature Park ©
Berry Springs Nature Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

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 10th (Sat), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, then stroll through Palm Cove Beach, and then let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in August, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, 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.

Plan a Alice Springs trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in August: highs in Alice Springs hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Bondi Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 18th (Sun), hike along Coastal walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse. On the next day, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and then tee off at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie trip maker app .

Fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for little chillier days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at The Razorback, take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and finally don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Campbell day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Port Macquarie to Port Campbell takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mammoth Cave will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Meelup Beach and Ngilgi Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Hamelin Bay Jetty (in Hamelin Bay), Canal Rocks (in Yallingup) and Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). The adventure continues: Head underground at Lake Cave, learn about winemaking at Hay Shed Hill, The Cellar, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamelin Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Margaret River trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Margaret River in 17 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Port Campbell to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Yallingup, Boranup, Hay Shed Hill, The Cellar, Surfers Point
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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