11 days in Queensland, Northern Territory & Victoria Itinerary

11 days in Queensland, Northern Territory & Victoria Itinerary

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11 days in Queensland, Northern Territory & Victoria Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Alice Springs
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h
6
Bendigo
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Coolangatta Beach and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, then stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, and finally stroll through Kirra Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online journey builder .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
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.
On the 15th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in July, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Territory Wildlife Park, learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

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

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in July: highs in Darwin hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Speed Boats Tours

1
day
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 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs visit planner.

You can fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Darwin, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Alice Springs, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): trek along Kuniya Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Bendigo.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

1
day
Bendigo

Bendigo ©
The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Weeroona, examine the collection at Golden Dragon Museum, then explore the world behind art at Bendigo Art Gallery, then admire all the interesting features of Central Deborah Gold Mine, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sacred Heart Cathedral.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bendigo online holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Bendigo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Bendigo

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:
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Lake Weeroona ©
Lake Weeroona
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Golden Dragon Museum ©
Golden Dragon Museum

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Bendigo to Melbourne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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