29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
2
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Broome
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
8
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Charlotte

2
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney travel planning app .

Charlotte, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 15 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 66°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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.
Visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Hamelin Bay Jetty for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Cave and Mammoth Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Canal Rocks (in Yallingup), Jewel Cave (in Augusta) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Busselton). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowaramup Bay.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Margaret River in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Hamelin Bay Jetty, Canal Rocks, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Diocese of Broome. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Broome trip site .

Getting from Margaret River to Broome by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Broome, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ubirr and then steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Broome to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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 13th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at East Point Reserve, then examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, then take an in-depth tour of Darwin Aviation Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Darwin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Darwin sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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East Point Reserve ©
East Point Reserve
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

1
night
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 15th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, steep yourself in history at 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.

Plan trip to Alice Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Darwin in August: highs in Alice Springs hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. Do some cultural sightseeing at Valley of the Winds and Kuniya Walk. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 80°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Village Herberton and Australian Sugar Industry Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Trinity Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton), Paronella Park (in Mena Creek) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 22nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Earl Hill, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Herberton, Trinity Beach, Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Paronella Park, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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