23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Ballarat
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Mataranka
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Tennant Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 30​min
6
Coober Pedy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Port Augusta
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Mildura
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

5
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ballarat: Werribee (Werribee Open Range Zoo & Werribee River Park), Geelong (Geelong Arena & Eastern Beach Reserve) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sovereign Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Daylesford, admire the natural beauty at Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Lake Wendouree.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ballarat travel site .

Melbourne to Ballarat is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Geelong, Werribee, Daylesford, The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

3
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.
Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and learn about all things military at Alice Springs RSL War Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs sightseeing website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Ballarat to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ballarat in January, with highs in Alice Springs at 41°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

4
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.
Spend the 23rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 22nd (Tue) at Darwin Waterfront. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, cool off at Wave Lagoon, stroll through Leanyer Recreation Park, and kick back and relax at Mindil Beach.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Darwin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in January, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mataranka.

Things to do in Darwin

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

2
nights
Mataranka

Mataranka ©
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): trek along Mataranka Thermal Pool, Elsey National Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Bitter Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, then take in the pleasant sights at Mataranka Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Elsey National Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Botanic Walk.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mataranka vacation app .

Explore your travel options from Darwin to Mataranka with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tennant Creek.

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
Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek ©
Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Battery Hill Mining Centre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mary Ann. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Kundjarra (the Pebbles), don't miss a visit to Tennant Creek Telegraph Station, then admire all the interesting features of Kelly's Ranch, then take in the exciting artwork at Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre, and finally appreciate the history behind John Flynn Memorial Obelisk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tennant Creek trip planner .

You can drive from Mataranka to Tennant Creek in 7 hours. Another option is to fly. In January in Tennant Creek, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Tennant Creek

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
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Lake Mary Ann ©
Lake Mary Ann
Tennant Creek Telegraph Station ©
Tennant Creek Telegraph Station
Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre ©

1
night
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
On the 29th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, take an in-depth tour of Old Timers Mine, pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomb Church, then admire the striking features of Faye's Underground Home, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Serbian Orthodox Church. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church, don't miss a visit to Big Winch, then explore and take pictures at Tom's Working Opal Mine, and finally admire nature's extreme beauty at Breakaways Conservation Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Coober Pedy trip planner .

You can drive from Tennant Creek to Coober Pedy in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January in Coober Pedy, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Augusta.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:
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Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

1
night
Port Augusta

Port Augusta ©
A natural harbor established in 1852, Port Augusta houses one of the most popular tourist attractions of the area, the Wadlata Outback Center.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): let the kids burn off some steam at Port Augusta Train Park, then learn about all things military at RSL Military Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, and finally get great views at Water Tower Lookout.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Augusta tour app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coober Pedy to Port Augusta. Traveling from Coober Pedy in January, things will get slightly colder in Port Augusta: highs are around 35°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Mildura.

Things to do in Port Augusta

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden ©
Water Tower Lookout ©
Water Tower Lookout

1
night
Mildura

Mildura ©
The supplier of 80 percent of Victoria's grapes, Mildura is an integral part of the Australian wine industry.
On the 1st (Fri), savor the flavors at Sunraysia Cellar Door, then don't miss a visit to Chaffey House, then relax in the rural setting at Orange World, and finally sample the fine beverages at Fossey's Ginporium and Distillery.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mildura online journey planner .

Drive from Port Augusta to Mildura in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Port Augusta in February, expect nights in Mildura to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mildura

Shopping Breweries & Distilleries Fun & Games

Side Trip

Orange World
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
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Sunraysia Cellar Door ©
Sunraysia Cellar Door
Inflatable World ©
Inflatable World
Orange World ©
Orange World

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