26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  7​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Purnululu National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  6​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + bus:  17​h 30​min
9
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Perth


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: make a trip to Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip site .

Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Adelaide in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Purnululu 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
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
day
Purnululu National Park

Purnululu National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Purnululu National Park, explore the striking landscape at Bungle Bungle Range, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bungle Bungles Range.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Purnululu National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Purnululu National Park by car takes about 31 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Purnululu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Purnululu National Park ©
Purnululu National Park

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, explore the ancient world of Ubirr, and make a trip to Mirrai Lookout.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Purnululu National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 16 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Purnululu National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip tool .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness in Cape Tribulation (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 11th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas route builder tool .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge, Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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 15th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 16th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, and tour the water at your own pace with Cumberland Charter Yachts.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island road trip planning app .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. In January in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven 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: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, and kick back and relax at Eli Creek.

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You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

3
nights
Margaret River

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup), Dunsborough (Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse & Meelup Beach) and Busselton Jetty (in Busselton). Spend the 24th (Thu) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, sample the fine beverages at The Grove Distillery & Brewery, and learn about winemaking at Cape Grace Wines.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Margaret River trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus from Fraser Island to Margaret River takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fraser Island to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Dunsborough, Ngilgi Cave, Cape Grace Wines
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Food Tours
Beer Tastings & Tours
Busselton Jetty ©
Busselton Jetty

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