24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Alice Springs
1
Alice Springs
— 8 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Alice Springs

8
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 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, examine the collection at Road Transport Hall of Fame, and get great views at Anzac Hill.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Alice Springs attractions website .

In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 20:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): trek along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): get outside with Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
On the 25th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas journey maker tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 27th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, things will get little chillier in Brisbane: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

2
nights
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 31st (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the next day, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne journey site .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Tours, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 2nd (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, stroll through Cottesloe Beach, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, and finally snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Perth trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in November, with highs in Perth at 33°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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