23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get outdoors at Maguk Gorge and Jim Jim Falls. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planning site .

Barcelona, Spain to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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.
Uluru Hiking Path and Valley of the Winds are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Kuniya Walk and Uluru. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. August in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 7th (Wed), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne travel tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Macquarie Lighthouse. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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.
Visiting Safaris and Horses in Port will get you outdoors. Spend the 12th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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Getting from Sydney to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Port Douglas at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Get in touch with nature at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Dubuji Boardwalk. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Daintree (Tranquility Falls & Photography Tours). Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Thornton Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Photography Tours

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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