26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  12​h
4
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Broome
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Port Macquarie

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie online vacation planner .

Sydney to Port Macquarie is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at National Portrait Gallery and Strathnairn Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Parliament House and Australian War Memorial. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, engage your brain at Questacon, don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Canberra journey maker app .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Canberra in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Port Macquarie in August, plan for little chillier nights in Canberra, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Fern Tree, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and finally take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hobart day trip planning website .

Fly from Canberra to Hobart in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Canberra in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 4°C in Hobart. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Fern Tree
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

2
nights
Margaret River

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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Jewel Cave will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Hamelin Bay Jetty. Step out of Margaret River with an excursion to Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Margaret River trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hobart to Margaret River takes 12 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Hamelin Bay Jetty, Cowaramup Bay, Ngilgi Cave
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

1
night
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Diocese of Broome. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Broome trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Broome are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

2
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 RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Museum-lovers will get to explore Darwin Aviation Museum and Nomad Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Berry Springs Nature Park, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Military Museum, and view the masterpieces at Provenance Arts.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Darwin travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Broome to Darwin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Broome to Darwin. Traveling from Broome in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Darwin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Berry Springs Nature Park ©
Berry Springs Nature Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

1
night
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 26th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Darwin, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Horseback Riding Tours

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Trinity Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

3
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Alice Springs Reptile Centre and Finke Gorge National Park. There's lots more to do: get great views at Anzac Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap.

To plan Alice Springs vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Cairns to Alice Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park

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.
Get outdoors at Valley of the Winds and Kata Tjuta. Appreciate the collections at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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