24 days in Sydney, Port Douglas & Northern Territory Itinerary

24 days in Sydney, Port Douglas & Northern Territory Itinerary

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24 days in Sydney, Port Douglas & Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Katherine
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
7
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Charlotte

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Clovelly. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, contemplate the long history of Elizabeth Bay House, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney route builder tool .

Charlotte, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Charlotte to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Four Mile Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and St Monica's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Palm Cove) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Make your Port Douglas itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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 December, with highs in Port Douglas at 88°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cairns, Photography Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

1
night
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Katherine Museum, browse the exhibits of Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, and then explore the striking landscape at Katherine Gorge.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Katherine trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Katherine in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Katherine: temperatures range from 96°F by day to 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Katherine

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Katherine Museum ©
Katherine Museum

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nourlangie Rock and Cahills Crossing. Take a break from the city and head to Ubirr and Nanguluwur Art Site. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) route planner .

Traveling by car from Katherine to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Buley Rockhole and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. You'll explore and learn at Mason Gallery and 1934 Qantas Hangar. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Florence Falls (in Litchfield National Park) and Adelaide River War Cemetery (in Adelaide River). There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, take a memorable tour with Spirit of Darwin, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip site .

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Darwin sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 77°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Adelaide River War Cemetery
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Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve ©
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Florence Falls ©
Florence Falls
Adelaide River War Cemetery ©
Adelaide River War Cemetery

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Kuniya Walk and Red Desert Reptiles. Visiting Kata Tjuta and Uluru will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 11 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Darwin in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 99°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Mbantua Fine Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Alice Springs Desert Park and Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre. There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get outside with Simpsons Gap, take in the dramatic natural features at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs road trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 96°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums Parks Shopping
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