42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
7
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Katherine
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Broome
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
12
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
13
Exmouth
— 2 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Brussels

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.
Get in touch with nature at Michaelmas Cay and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Explore hidden gems such as Wooroonooran National Park and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: stroll through Trinity Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker site .

Brussels, Belgium to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Brussels in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wooroonooran National Park, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Horses in Port. Get in touch with nature at Daintree National Park and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay (about 1h 20 min away). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour itinerary site .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. July in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Horses in Port ©
Horses in Port

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Billabong Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at Bowling Green Bay National Park and The Strand. There's more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest and admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville day trip tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Port Douglas in July since evenings lows in Townsville dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Queensland, Bowling Green Bay National Park
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
The Strand ©
The Strand

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail and Little Sahara. Get in touch with nature at Flinders Chase National Park and Seal Bay Conservation Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Townsville to Kangaroo Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Little Sahara ©
Little Sahara
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): trek along Coastal walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Dooragan National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Port Macquarie takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. August in Port Macquarie sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Dooragan National Park
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dooragan National Park ©
Dooragan National Park
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

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 (Mon): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Macquarie in August, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are slightly colder (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Owen Springs Reserve and The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Finke Gorge National Park and Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs trip builder site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Owen Springs Reserve ©
Owen Springs Reserve
Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park

3
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Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Katherine Outback Experience and Helicopter Tours. Get outdoors at Katherine Hot Springs and Edith Falls. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Nitmiluk National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Katherine Gorge, don't miss a visit to Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, and hike along Jatbula Trail.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Katherine trip planning app .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, Katherine is somewhat warmer than Alice Springs - with highs of 38°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Jabiru.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls
Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine Hot Springs ©
Katherine Hot Springs

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Maguk Gorge and Yellow Water. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jim Jim Falls and Ubirr. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, and don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Katherine to Jabiru in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr

4
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Territory Wildlife Park and East Point Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Litchfield National Park and Speed Boats Tours. Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove, and take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Jabiru to Darwin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Territory Wildlife Park, Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
East Point Reserve ©
East Point Reserve

4
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.
Visiting Broome Town Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Broome Historical Museum and Roebuck Bay. Spend the 22nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Staircase To The Moon, kick back and relax at Cable Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Broome Bird Observatory, and look for gifts at The Sandalwood Gallery Broome.

Plan my day in Broome using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Darwin to Broome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Darwin to Broome is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Darwin in August since evenings lows in Broome dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay

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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Ngilgi Cave will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Canal Rocks and Mammoth Cave. Venture out of the city with trips to Jewel Cave (in Augusta) and Smiths Beach (in Yallingup). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Margaret River Mouth Beach, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and Head underground at Lake Cave.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Margaret River trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Yallingup, Boranup, Jewel Cave
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Canal Rocks ©
Canal Rocks
Ngilgi Cave ©
Ngilgi Cave

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Exmouth

Exmouth ©
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mandu Mandu Gorge and Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Turquoise Bay. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Osprey Bay and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shothole Canyon.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Exmouth trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Exmouth in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Exmouth can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Exmouth

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Mandu Mandu Gorge ©
Mandu Mandu Gorge
Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area ©
Shark Diving

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