29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Drive:  1​h
1
Tanunda
— 1 night
Drive:  16​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Purnululu National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
9
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + bus:  17​h 30​min
10
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h
End: Adelaide


1
night
Tanunda

Tanunda ©
One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
On the 1st (Tue), learn about winemaking at Basedow Wines, do a tasting at Wolf Blass, then do a tasting at Langmeil Winery, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Soul Growers, do a tasting at Seppeltsfield, learn about winemaking at Kalleske Wines, then learn about winemaking at Murray Street Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Greenock Creek Vineyard, and finally do a tasting at Yelland & Papps.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tanunda trip itinerary tool .

Adelaide to Tanunda is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. January in Tanunda sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Seppeltsfield, Nuriootpa, Greenock
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Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield

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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Tanunda to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 16.5 hours. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Tanunda - with highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can 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 ©
On the 6th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Purnululu National Park, then explore the striking landscape at Bungle Bungle Range, and then admire all the interesting features of Bungle Bungles Range.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Purnululu National Park online travel route planner .

You can drive from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Purnululu National Park in 31 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Purnululu National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Purnululu National Park

Parks Nature 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 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) journey planner .

Getting from Purnululu National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by car takes about 16 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Purnululu National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Spend the 11th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more). Spend the 15th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip planning website .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
On the 19th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 20th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, choose your vessel at Cumberland Charter Yachts, and kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach route builder website .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow 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 ©
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island road trip app .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
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: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, and kick back and relax at Eli Creek.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time 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

2
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.
On the 27th (Sun), learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along Busselton Jetty.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River road trip website .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus from Fraser Island to Margaret River in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fraser Island to Margaret River. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Cave, Busselton Jetty
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Food Tours
Beer Tastings & Tours
Busselton Jetty ©
Busselton Jetty

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