29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 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)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
4
Townsville
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
5
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
8
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
9
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
10
Katoomba
— 2 nights
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 7th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art and then learn more about the world around you at Wintjiri Arts + Museum.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner.

Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Red Desert Reptiles ©
Red Desert Reptiles
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get outdoors at Ubirr and Cahills Crossing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nourlangie Rock and Motor Car Falls. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 14.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balloon Rides and Atherton Tablelands. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Josephine Falls. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Tanks Arts Centre
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
River Rafting & Tubing
Balloon Rides

3
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Head to Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and Pinnacles Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Billabong Sanctuary and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, look for gifts at CoffeeWorks, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral, and explore the galleries of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

2
nights
Magnetic Island

On the 19th (Wed), choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Horseshoe Bay Markets, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Magnetic Island Museum, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then stroll through Geoffrey Bay.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Magnetic Island trip itinerary planning site .

Magnetic Island is just a stone's throw from Townsville. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Horseshoe Bay Markets ©
Horseshoe Bay Markets

4
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.
Visit Horseshoe Bay and Grays Bay for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: choose your vessel at Cumberland Charter Yachts, stop by Into The Blue Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and take a memorable tour with Charter Yachts Australia.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip maker website .

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. In December in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trip

Bowen
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get outside with Jetryder, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island online tour itinerary maker .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Visiting Agincourt Reef and Opal Reef will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sunday Market Port Douglas and With Sugar. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Kayaking & Canoeing & Spas & Wellness). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Central Station Rainforest and Champagne Pools.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Port Douglas in December, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Champagne Pools ©
Champagne Pools

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at Wentworth Falls and The Giant Stairway. Shop till you drop at Coopers Antiques and Teddy Sinclair. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery One88, make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, and steep yourself in history at Leura Post Office.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and train from Fraser Island to Katoomba in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Fraser Island in January, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Katoomba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Leura, Coopers Antiques, Falls Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

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