18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bendigo
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Mildura
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Port Augusta
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Coober Pedy
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
4
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Kings Canyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Oodnadatta
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 45​min
8
Mildura
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Bendigo

1
night
Mildura

Mildura ©
The supplier of 80 percent of Victoria's grapes, Mildura is an integral part of the Australian wine industry.
On the 29th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Lang's Native Plant Nursery, then take in the exciting artwork at The Art Vault, and then do a tasting at Oak Valley Estate Winery.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mildura trip maker website .

Bendigo to Mildura is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In June in Mildura, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Augusta.

Things to do in Mildura

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Wineries
Find places to stay Jun 29 — 30:
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Oak Valley Estate Winery ©
Oak Valley Estate Winery
The Art Vault ©
The Art Vault

1
night
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 30th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Homestead Gardens, enjoy some diversion at Port Augusta Train Park, get great views at Water Tower Lookout, then take in nature's colorful creations at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, and finally take some stellar pictures from Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Augusta tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mildura to Port Augusta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June in Port Augusta, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Port Augusta

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Museums
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 1:
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Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden ©
Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout ©
Homestead Gardens ©
Homestead Gardens

1
day
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Breakaways Conservation Park.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Coober Pedy tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Augusta to Coober Pedy. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:
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Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Ormiston Gorge and Walking tours. Take a break from the city and head to Simpsons Gap and Ochre Pits. Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Owen Springs Reserve. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Ellery Creek Big Hole, explore the striking landscape at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, examine the collection at The Residency, and explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs travel planner.

Drive from Coober Pedy to Alice Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Coober Pedy in July, Alice Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 7:
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Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge
Owen Springs Reserve ©
Owen Springs Reserve
Simpsons Gap ©
Simpsons Gap

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing site .

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. July in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

2
nights
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): trek along Watarrka National Park. On your second day here, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon Walk and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kings Canyon tour app .

You can drive from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon in 4 hours. You will leave for Oodnadatta on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Kings Canyon

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Red Centre
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:
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Watarrka National Park ©
Watarrka National Park
Kings Canyon Walk ©
Kings Canyon Walk
Helicopter Tours

1
night
Oodnadatta

Oodnadatta ©
Oodnadatta, in the Australian state of South Australia, is a small town surrounded by an area of 7800km2 with cattle stations in arid pastoral rangelands close to the Simpson Desert, 1011km north of Adelaide and 112 m above sea level. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Desert and then snap pictures at Algebuckina Bridge.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Oodnadatta day trip planner .

Drive from Kings Canyon to Oodnadatta in 14 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mildura.

Things to do in Oodnadatta

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Painted Desert
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:
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Algebuckina Bridge ©
Algebuckina Bridge

2
nights
Mildura

Mildura ©
On the 14th (Sun), do a tasting at Oak Valley Estate Winery, then get engrossed in the history at Wentworth Pioneer Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lang's Native Plant Nursery. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Mildura Riverfront, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaycee Park, then learn about winemaking at Cappa Stone Wines, and finally don't miss a visit to Chaffey House.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mildura tour itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Oodnadatta to Mildura. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Mildura

#Parks, #Wineries, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Psyche Bend Pumping Station, Cappa Stone Wines, Wentworth Pioneer Museum
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Oak Valley Estate Winery ©
Oak Valley Estate Winery
Psyche Bend Pumping Station ©
Psyche Bend Pumping Station
Cappa Stone Wines ©
Cappa Stone Wines

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