12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Gosford
Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Dubbo
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
2
Port Augusta
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Coober Pedy
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Tennant Creek
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Mataranka
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Darwin

1
night
Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, and then get lost in a book at Macquarie Regional Library.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dubbo trip planner .

Gosford to Dubbo is an approximately 5-hour car ride. When traveling from Gosford in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Dubbo, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Augusta.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Macquarie Regional Library ©
Macquarie Regional Library

2
nights
Port Augusta

Port Augusta ©
A natural harbor established in 1852, Port Augusta houses one of the most popular tourist attractions of the area, the Wadlata Outback Center.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): browse the exhibits of Homestead Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Whyalla Maritime Museum, and then take a memorable drive along Hummock Hill Lookout. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, take some stellar pictures from Water Tower Lookout, then learn about all things military at Port Pirie RSL Museum, and finally snap pictures at John Pirie Bridge (Bridge to Nowhere).

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Augusta day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dubbo to Port Augusta takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Dubbo in January: highs in Port Augusta hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 21°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Port Augusta

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Whyalla, Port Pirie, Alligator Gorge
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Hummock Hill Lookout ©
Hummock Hill Lookout
Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden ©
Homestead Gardens ©
Homestead Gardens

3
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
On the 5th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Faye's Underground Home, take an in-depth tour of Old Timers Mine, then see the interesting displays at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Breakaways Conservation Park. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Serbian Orthodox Church, explore and take pictures at Tom's Working Opal Mine, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomb Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Coober Pedy online trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Augusta to Coober Pedy. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Augusta in January: high temperatures in Coober Pedy hover around 41°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Old Timers Mine ©
Old Timers Mine
Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. On the next day, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route planner .

You can drive from Coober Pedy to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
nights
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 9th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, explore the galleries of Tjanpi Desert Weavers, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs sightseeing tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tennant Creek.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

1
day
Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek ©
Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 11th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Lake Mary Ann, make a trip to Tennant Creek Telegraph Station, and then explore the galleries of Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tennant Creek vacation planning website .

Traveling by car from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January in Tennant Creek, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Mataranka.

Things to do in Tennant Creek

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Lake Mary Ann ©
Lake Mary Ann
Tennant Creek Telegraph Station ©
Tennant Creek Telegraph Station
Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre ©

few
hours
Mataranka

Mataranka
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mataranka online tour planner .

Getting from Tennant Creek to Mataranka by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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