25 days in Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) Itinerary

25 days in Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) Itinerary

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25 days in Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + bus:  5​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  14​h
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

4
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.
Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, stop by With Sugar, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online travel route planner .

Adelaide to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 6th (Thu), stroll through Geoffrey Bay, admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Magnetic Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 7th (Fri), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Magnetic Island to Whitsunday Island in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Magnetic Island in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Whitsunday Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Spend the 8th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 9th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, tour the water at your own pace with Cumberland Charter Yachts, and look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery.

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Traveling by ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, golf, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and meet the residents at Wild life Hamilton Island.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island travel route planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and don't miss a visit to K'gari.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Traveling from Hamilton Island in December, Fraser Island is a bit cooler at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
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, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online road trip planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 14 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 22nd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock and then explore the ancient world of Ubirr. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls and then identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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