8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kings Canyon
— 1 night
Drive:  14​h
3
Darwin
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Alice Springs
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Adelaide
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
End: Melbourne

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 18th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
night
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
On the 20th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kings Creek Station and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon Walk.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kings Canyon tour planner.

You can drive from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Kings Canyon Walk
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Kings Creek Station ©
Kings Creek Station
Kings Canyon Walk ©
Kings Canyon Walk

1
day
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 (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Darwin planner .

You can drive from Kings Canyon to Darwin in 22 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife 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 22nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs route maker app .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in October, Alice Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

1
day
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, then take an in-depth tour of South Australian Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Adelaide route maker app .

Getting from Alice Springs to Adelaide by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Alice Springs in October; daily highs in Adelaide reach 26°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping
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South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 24th (Wed), meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Flinders Street Station, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide in October, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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