23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Rockhampton
Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Cloncurry
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Tennant Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Mataranka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Katherine
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Kununurra
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
8
Fitzroy Crossing
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Broome
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Rockhampton

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): hike along Alligator Falls Track and then contemplate the long history of Kissing Point Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tropical Queensland, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then Head underground at Copperfield Gorge.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Townsville holiday builder site .

Rockhampton to Townsville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Townsville, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cloncurry.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Copperfield Gorge, Alligator Falls Track
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Kissing Point Fort ©
Kissing Point Fort

1
night
Cloncurry

Cloncurry ©
Cloncurry is a town and locality in the Shire of Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and Museum, then take an in-depth tour of John Flynn Place Museum & Fred McKay Art Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Dr David Harvey-Sutton Gallery, and finally appreciate the history behind Burke&Wills Monument.

Plan trip to Cloncurry with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Townsville to Cloncurry with the Route module. In May, daytime highs in Cloncurry are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Tennant Creek.

Things to do in Cloncurry

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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1
night
Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek
Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tennant Creek trip tool .

Drive from Cloncurry to Tennant Creek in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May in Tennant Creek, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Mataranka.

Things to do in Tennant Creek

Parks Nature
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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 8th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Mataranka Thermal Pool, Elsey National Park and then identify plant and animal life at Elsey National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Mataranka Falls, explore the different monuments and memorials at Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Botanic Walk, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Bitter Springs.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mataranka trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tennant Creek to Mataranka takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Katherine.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elsey National Park ©
Elsey National Park
Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve ©
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve

3
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bukbukluk Lookout and MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft. Step out of the city life by going to Jatbula Trail and Edith Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Umbrawarra Gorge Pine Creek N.T. in Pine Creek (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Katherine Gorge, look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Katherine School of the Air Tourist Room.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Katherine trip maker .

Getting from Mataranka to Katherine by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bukbukluk Lookout, Umbrawarra Gorge Pine Creek N.T.
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Jatbula Trail ©
Jatbula Trail
Bukbukluk Lookout ©
Bukbukluk Lookout
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, examine the collection at 1934 Qantas Hangar, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindil Beach. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah, brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Military Museum, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip maker website .

Drive from Katherine to Darwin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Katherine in May, Darwin is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kununurra.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Photography Tours
Safaris

4
nights
Kununurra

Kununurra ©
A visit to Kununurra will give you a true sense of the pioneering Australia spirit and the nomadic life.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mirima National Park and Keep River National Park. Visiting El Questro Wilderness Park and Marlgu Billabong will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Molly Springs.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kununurra online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Kununurra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Darwin in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Kununurra, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Fitzroy Crossing.

Things to do in Kununurra

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Marlgu Billabong, Keep River National Park
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Mirima National Park ©
Mirima National Park
Keep River National Park ©
Keep River National Park
Marlgu Billabong ©
Marlgu Billabong

1
night
Fitzroy Crossing

Fitzroy Crossing ©
Fitzroy Crossing is a small town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, east of Broome and west of Halls Creek. On the 19th (Tue), stop by Dr. Sawfish Hot Glass Studio and then explore the stunning scenery at Geikie Gorge National Park.

Plan a Fitzroy Crossing trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kununurra to Fitzroy Crossing in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Fitzroy Crossing

Parks Nature Shopping
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Geikie Gorge National Park ©
Geikie Gorge National Park

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at SSJG Heritage Centre and Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral. Kids will appreciate attractions like Reddell Beach and Cable Beach. Spend the 22nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Roebuck Bay, make a trip to Buddha Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, and explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Broome trip maker .

You can drive from Fitzroy Crossing to Broome in 4.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Broome are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Reddell Beach ©
Reddell Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay