19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  7​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
3
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
4
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
+4
train + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 15​min
8
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
End: Adelaide

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 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Uluru.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Adelaide in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Road Transport Hall of Fame, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Talapi, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Anzac Hill, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

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.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Water wheel are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mammoth Cave. Step out of Margaret River to go to Augusta and see Jewel Cave, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, kick back and relax at Surfers Point, and stroll through Cowaramup Bay.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River itinerary builder app .

Getting from Alice Springs to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Cowaramup Bay, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Surfers Point
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

1
night
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 21st (Sat): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and then see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin visit planning app .

Getting from Margaret River to Darwin by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Margaret River to Darwin. In September, daytime highs in Darwin are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

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 23rd (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in September, expect Cairns to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): trek along Coastal walk, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stop by Un4gettable4evermore.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip planning site .

You can fly from Cairns to Port Macquarie in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in September: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Un4gettable4evermore
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
The Rocks and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney attractions planning tool .

Fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Step out of the city life by going to London Bridge and Gibsons Steps. Step off the beaten path and head to Loch Ard Gorge and The Grotto. Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Childer's Cove, explore the striking landscape at The Razorback, and get great views at Twelve Apostles.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Campbell travel route planner.

Getting from Sydney to Port Campbell by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Twelve Apostles, Childer's Cove
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

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