48 days in Australia Itinerary

48 days in Australia Itinerary

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48 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Darwin
— 11 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
5
Hobart
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Sydney
— 10 nights
End: Sydney

11
nights
Cairns

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.
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Atherton Tablelands and Babinda Boulders. Venture out of the city with trips to Yungaburra (The Peterson Creek Walking Track & Platypus Viewing Platform), Etty Bay (in Innisfail) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Wrights Lookout). The adventure continues: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiport is Cairns International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Kuranda, Etty Bay, Cattana Wetlands, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Highlights from your plan
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Shark Diving

11
nights
Darwin

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at East Point Reserve and Wangi Falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Adelaide River War Cemetery and Darwin Military Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Darwin: Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo) and Litchfield National Park (Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Parliament House, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, stroll around Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, and play a few rounds at Darwin Golf Club.

Plan my day in Darwin using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Cairns to Darwin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairns, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, Palmerston Golf & Country Club, Adelaide River War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
East Point Reserve ©
East Point Reserve
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Safaris

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve and Ochre Pits. Araluen Cultural Precinct and The Residency are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, see Off-Road Tours, take an in-depth tour of Women's Museum of Australia (formerly National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame) & Old Alice Springs Gaol, and get outside with Ellery Creek Big Hole.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in August, expect nights in Alice Springs to be much colder, around 5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Ellery Creek Big Hole ©
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve ©
The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park ©

4
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Walpa Gorge. Take a break from the city and head to Valley of the Winds and Field of Light. There's still lots to do: trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, make a trip to Uluru, and view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation maker app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

5
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Get outdoors at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Horseshoe Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Russell Falls and North Hobart. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Raptor Refuge (in Kettering), Redlands Estate (in New Norfolk) and Eaglehawk Neck (Tasman Arch & Tessellated Pavement). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Tasmania, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, learn about winemaking at Moorilla Estate Winery, and take a stroll through Sullivans Cove.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart travel route builder.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Hobart in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Hobart, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mount Field National Park, Eaglehawk Neck, Raptor Refuge, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Redlands Estate
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Refuge ©
Raptor Refuge
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls

10
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tamarama Beach and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Prince Henry Cliff Walk. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park to see The National Pass about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bronte Beach, view the masterpieces at ATTY Gallery, take a stroll through Cockle Bay Wharf, and enjoy the sand and surf at Dee Why Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney route maker.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manly, Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Bronte Beach, Tamarama Beach, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
The Gap Park ©
The Gap Park
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours