26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Broken Hill
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Clare
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Manly Beach and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. August in Sydney sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Broken Hill.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
Broken Hill

Broken Hill ©
Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): examine the collection at Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum, identify plant and animal life at The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary, then admire the masterpieces at Pro Hart Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Howard Steer Art - Flying Doctor Artist, and finally view the masterpieces at John Dynon Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre, explore the world behind art at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Silverton Gaol Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Day Dream Mine.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Broken Hill trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Broken Hill takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Sydney, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Broken Hill, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Clare.

Things to do in Broken Hill

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Silverton
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Pro Hart Gallery ©
Pro Hart Gallery

4
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage and Sevenhill Cellars. Get outdoors at Riesling Trail and Richardson Park Playspace. Get out of town with these interesting Clare side-trips: Port Pirie (Port Pirie Regional Tourism & Arts Centre & Port Pirie RSL Museum) and Burra (Burra Regional Art Gallery & Burra Town Hall). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Paulett Wines, steep yourself in history at Bungaree Station, and make a trip to St Aloysius Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Clare trip itinerary planning site .

Explore your travel options from Broken Hill to Clare with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Clare

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Burra, Port Pirie, Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, St Aloysius Church, Martindale Hall Heritage Museum
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Riesling Trail ©
Riesling Trail
Port Pirie RSL Museum ©
Port Pirie RSL Museum
Paulett Wines ©
Paulett Wines

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and McLeod Creek Wines. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Cave and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from Margaret River with a short trip to Jewel Cave in Augusta, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, kick back and relax at Hamelin Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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

Explore your travel options from Clare to Margaret River with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Clare to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, McLeod Creek Wines, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Surfers Point
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Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Broome Historical Museum and The Courthouse Collection. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Gantheaume Point, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Broome day trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Aviation Museum. You'll explore and learn at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Nomad Art Gallery. Spend the 27th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park, view the masterpieces at Provenance Arts, and browse the exhibits of Outstation Gallery - Aboriginal Art from Art Centres.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip planner .

Fly from Broome to Darwin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Broome to Darwin is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Darwin when traveling from Broome in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Museums
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RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trinity Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Palm Cove Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery in Mossman (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online travel planner .

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Darwin in August: highs in Cairns hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then explore the striking landscape at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get answers to all your questions at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally get great views at Anzac Hill.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Alice Springs online vacation planner .

Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Alice Springs, with highs around 27°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 5°C. 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

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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.
Visiting Kata Tjuta and Uluru Hiking Path will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Lungkata Walk. The adventure continues: hike along Kuniya Walk, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 12°C at night. 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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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©

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