36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Adelaide
— 5 nights
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Broken Hill
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Fly
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Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Drive
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Katherine
— 2 nights
Fly
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Alice Springs
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
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Adelaide

— 5 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Head to North Terrace and Haigh's Chocolates Glenelgfor plenty of shopping. You'll get in some beach time at Aldinga Beach and Henley Beach. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Martindale Hall Historic Museum (in Mintaro), Clare (Riesling Trail & Richardson Park Playspace) and Jetty Pylons (in Port Willunga). There's much more to do: trek along River Torrens Linear Park Trail, take an in-depth tour of Ayers House Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Waterfall Gully, and browse the collection at State Library of South Australia.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide vacation app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Adelaide. In June, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Broken Hill.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Hill

— 3 nights
Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
Explore hidden gems such as Royal Flying Doctor Service and The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary. Popular historic sites such as Day Dream Mine and Silverton Cemetery are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum, don't miss a visit to Line of Lode Miners Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at Aboriginal Art & Craft Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Pro Hart Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Broken Hill vacation builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Broken Hill takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Broken Hill is 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Broken Hill

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gold Coast

— 6 nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Byron Walking Track and Whales In Paradise. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Belongil Beach (in Byron Bay) and Broken Head Nature Reserve (in Broken Head). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Kurrawa Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre, and get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast online tour planner.

Getting from Broken Hill to Gold Coast by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Broken Hill in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Cairns

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Spas. Get in touch with nature at Billy Tea Safaris and Birdworld Kuranda. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), The Crystal Caves (in Atherton) and Kuranda (Off-Road Tours & Barron Falls). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in July: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 4 nights
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get a sense of the local culture at Port Douglas Court House Museum and Ngarru Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree National Park and Spas. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip site.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Darwin

— 2 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

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 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Territory Wildlife Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park, and then make a splash at Wave Lagoon. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Mason Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Darwin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, you will find days in Darwin are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 5 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yellow Water Cruises and Nourlangie Rock. Take a break from the city and head to Ubirr and Gunlom Waterfall Creek. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, explore the striking landscape at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, hike along Gubara, and admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Katherine

— 2 nights
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. On the 23rd (Fri), walk around Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, identify plant and animal life at Low Level Nature Reserve, then take in the natural beauty of Katherine Hot Springs, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally explore the striking landscape at Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Nitmiluk National Park.

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Drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Katherine are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Alice Springs

— 2 nights

The Heart of Central Australia

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 25th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, then examine the collection at Road Transport Hallf of Fame, then see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Talapi, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Alice Springs School of the Air Experience, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

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Traveling by flight from Katherine to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Katherine in July, with highs in Alice Springs at 24°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 2 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
On the 27th (Tue), hike along Kuniya Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Mala Walk, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.

Northern Territory travel guide

4.3
Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Wildlife Areas
A largely unpopulated, parched land of deep red desert, spectacular rock formations, and small, isolated settlements, Northern Territory has perhaps the most distinctively Australian aesthetic of all the country’s states. The region’s towns and cities are clustered around the Stuart Highway--the iconic road that serves as Northern Territory’s main artery--rather than the coastline, as is normally the case in Australia.