28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  7​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
5
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
8
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
9
Katoomba
— 1 day
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Adelaide

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 6th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole and then trek along Kuniya Walk.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app .

Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yulara
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Red Desert Reptiles ©
Red Desert Reptiles
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yellow Water and Nanguluwur Art Site. Step out of the city life by going to Cahills Crossing and Nourlangie Rock. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong, and make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour app .

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. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Michaelmas Cay and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Skydiving. Venture out of the city with trips to Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda) and Curtain Fig National Park (in Yungaburra). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Curtain Fig National Park, Kayaking & Canoeing, Birdworld Kuranda
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Shark Diving
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park

2
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): do a tasting at Murdering Point Winery, stroll through Etty Bay, then take an in-depth tour of Australian Sugar Industry Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Golden Gumboot. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Djiru National Park.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach road trip website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Etty Bay, Golden Gumboot, Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Murdering Point Winery
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Etty Bay ©
Etty Bay
Djiru National Park ©
Djiru National Park
Murdering Point Winery ©
Murdering Point Winery

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Big Mama Sailing and Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get outdoors at Magnetic Island National Park and Magnetic Island Country Club.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Magnetic Island attractions planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

5
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Grays Bay and Airlie Boat Hire. Take a break from the city and head to Charter Yachts Australia and Boathaven Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Airlie Beach: Cape Hillsborough National Park (in Cape Hillsborough), Finch Hatton (Forest Flying & Finch Hatton Gorge) and Mother Beddock Rock (in Bowen). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and trek along Whitsunday Great Walk.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Outdoors Transportation

Side Trips

Bowen, Finch Hatton, Cape Hillsborough National Park, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Whitsunday Islands ©
Whitsunday Islands
Finch Hatton Gorge ©
Finch Hatton Gorge
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 26th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Jetryder and then tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island day trip website .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Spas & Wellness
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eli Creek and Wanggoolba Creek. Take a break from the city and head to Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Lake Birrabeen.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island planner .

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fraser Island, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby

1
day
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 1st (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Wentworth Falls Lake, explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, then take a stroll through Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia, and finally learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Katoomba by combination of car, ferry, flight, and train takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Fraser Island in January since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls Lake, Megalong Creek Estate, Pulpit Rock Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Wentworth Falls Lake ©
Wentworth Falls Lake
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

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