48 days in Northern Territory & Queensland Itinerary

48 days in Northern Territory & Queensland Itinerary

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48 days in Northern Territory & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
2
Pine Creek
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Darwin
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h
5
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
9
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Mooloolaba
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
11
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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 27th (Fri): trek along Kuniya Walk and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation planning site .

Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pine Creek.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

1
day
Pine Creek

Pine Creek
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pine Creek Museum and Library, then identify plant and animal life at Copperfield Dam Park Area, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gunlom Waterfall Creek.

To see maps and more tourist information, read our Pine Creek trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Pine Creek. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Pine Creek: highs are around 36°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Pine Creek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Gunlom Waterfall Creek
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7
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Ubirr, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, and take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Pine Creek to Jabiru takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

4
nights
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.
Spend the 6th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct, make a splash at Wave Lagoon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Darwin holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Jabiru to Darwin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, stroll through Cow Bay Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation visit planner.

Getting from Darwin to Cape Tribulation by combination of flight and car takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Darwin in August, you will find days in Cape Tribulation are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

6
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.
Spend the 14th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, explore the striking landscape of Mowbray National Park, stroll through Four Mile Beach, and get outside with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planning app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Golf Club
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

6
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 out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 20th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Barron Gorge National Park, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
On the 26th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 29th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and trek along Whitsunday Great Walk.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

5
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck & Surfer's Paradise Beach). The adventure continues: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in August since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Surfers Paradise, Sea World Theme Park, Warner Bros. Movie World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

4
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mooloolaba: The Real McCaul (in Eumundi), Kondalilla National Park (in Montville) and Noosa (Noosa National Park & Noosa Main Beach). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, look for gifts at MaisyMoo, and meet the residents at Australia Zoo.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba trip builder app .

Getting from Brisbane to Mooloolaba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Noosa, The Real McCaul, Australia Zoo, Kondalilla National Park, MaisyMoo
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

4
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, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island online route builder .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

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