26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Grand Junction
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
+4
train + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h 15​min
2
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
4
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Grand Junction

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.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, and then kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney journey maker tool .

Grand Junction, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Grand Junction to Sydney. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Grand Junction in June: highs in Sydney hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Step out of the city life by going to Port Campbell National Park and Loch Ard Gorge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hopetoun Falls and Bay of Martyrs. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Campbell: Red Rock Theatre and Gallery (in Cororooke) and Triplet Falls (in Beech Forest). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with The Arch.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Sydney to Port Campbell takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Beech Forest, Red Rock Theatre and Gallery, Bay of Martyrs
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Hopetoun Falls ©
Hopetoun Falls

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally make a trip to Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre, and then explore and take pictures at Wonky Windmill Farm & Eco Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at Margaret River Mouth Beach and then do a tasting at Brookwood Estate.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River in 14 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brookwood Estate, Surfers Point, Wonky Windmill Farm & Eco Park
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Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Brookwood Estate ©
Brookwood Estate
Wonky Windmill Farm & Eco Park ©
Wonky Windmill Farm & Eco Park

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Thu), stroll through Reddell Beach, kick back and relax at Cable Beach, then see the interesting displays at SSJG Heritage Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Broome trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Broome, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Reddell Beach ©
Reddell Beach

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), examine the collection at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip itinerary planning app .

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 June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 70°F in Darwin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
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Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park ©
Safaris

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and finally make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip builder app .

Getting from Darwin to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in June, things will get little chillier in Port Douglas: highs are around 79°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Horseback Riding Tours
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns route builder .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Skydiving

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): shop like a local with Queen Street Mall, then examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Boggo Road Gaol, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel).

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane holiday planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in June, with highs in Brisbane at 70°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

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nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nan Tien Temple and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. See even more of Sydney: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, steep yourself in history at Museum of Sydney, and explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in June, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Nan Tien Temple, Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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