25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  32​h
1
Darwin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Alligator Creek
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Houston

1
night
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 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then make a splash at Wave Lagoon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lameroo Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Darwin attractions planner .

Houston, USA to Darwin is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Houston in December; daily highs in Darwin reach 91°F and lows reach 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
East Point Reserve ©
East Point Reserve

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Plan trip to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 25th (Wed), you're off toAlice Springs.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Tours Outdoors
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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ochre Pits as well as Ormiston Gorge. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Alice Springs in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

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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.
To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 97°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

1
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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park. On the next day, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Perth is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 86°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 31st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Semaphore Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at West Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, and finally look for gifts at Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip planner .

You can fly from Perth to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Perth, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Adelaide, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cleland Wildlife Park, Semaphore Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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West Beach ©
West Beach
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner ©
Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner

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night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore and take pictures at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, then identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, and then identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Flinders Chase National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

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night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Sandridge Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then stroll through Half Moon Bay, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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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.
You've added Frog Dive Scuba Centre, The Three Sisters, Sea Sydney Harbour, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Visit Manly Beach and Coogee Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Freshwater Beach, head off the coast to Shark Island, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

The Three Sisters
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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nights
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.
Australia Zoo has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): meet the residents at Australia Zoo and then take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, and finally explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane visit planner .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Australia Zoo
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Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling as well as Esplanade Lagoon Pool. Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Escape the urban bustle at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns journey maker app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alligator Creek.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Alligator Creek

Alligator Creek ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tully River. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Tully River.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Alligator Creek road trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cairns to Alligator Creek. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 77°F. On the 11th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Alligator Creek

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tully River
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Tully River ©
Tully River

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