24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  27​h
1
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Blackheath
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Litchfield National Park and Darwin Waterfront. Spend the 14th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: make a splash at Wave Lagoon, explore the striking landscape at Berry Springs Nature Park, learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin day trip website .

London, UK to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Darwin at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Theme Parks Tours

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Darwin Waterfront ©
Darwin Waterfront

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daintree National Park and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Trinity Beach (in Trinity Beach) and Barron Falls (in Kuranda). Spend the 18th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Daintree National Park, Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 42°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

2
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hillbilly Cider. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wentworth Falls and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's lots more to do: get great views at Govetts Leap, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, don't miss a visit to Leura Cascades, and trek along The Giant Stairway.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Blackheath day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Blackheath. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: high temperatures in Blackheath hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Hillbilly Cider
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Mary's Cathedral and Speed Boats Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by car from Blackheath to Sydney takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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