48 days in Australia Itinerary

48 days in Australia Itinerary

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48 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Shuttle:  26 h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Port Augusta
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
9
Kings Canyon
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
11
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
12
Litchfield National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
13
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
14
Darwin
— 5 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: London

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Daintree Entomological museum and Port Douglas Court House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Photography Tours in Daintree (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour itinerary website .

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. When traveling from London in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Photography Tours, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Atherton Tablelands. The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Catch a Barra, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns online day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Kiama Blowhole will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Australian National Maritime Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and Blue Mountains (in Katoomba). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney journey planning site .

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in May, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains, Kiama Blowhole, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Mawson's Hut Replica Museum. Appreciate the collections at Richmond Gaol and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of The Neck, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Hobart itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Hobart to be a bit cooler, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Richmond Gaol, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Russell Falls, The Neck
Highlights from your plan
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Visiting Flinders Chase National Park and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Raptor Domain and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, look for all kinds of wild species at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Kangaroo Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Off-Road Tours

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cleland Wildlife Park and Gorge Wildlife Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Carrick Hill and South Australian Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, take a memorable tour with Tours, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Adelaide road trip website .

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Augusta.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gorge Wildlife Park, Cleland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Waterfall Gully ©
Waterfall Gully

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Homestead Gardens, view the masterpieces at Port Augusta Cultural Centre - Yarta Purtli, then admire the natural beauty at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, and finally learn about all things military at RSL Military Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Augusta online trip maker .

You can drive from Adelaide to Port Augusta in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Port Augusta

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
On the 31st (Sun), admire nature's extreme beauty at Breakaways Conservation Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, then examine the collection at Old Timers Mine, then examine the collection at Faye's Underground Home, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomb Church.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Coober Pedy trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Port Augusta to Coober Pedy with the Route module. May in Coober Pedy sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Old Timers Mine ©
Old Timers Mine
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

1
day
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then make a trip to Kings Creek Station.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kings Canyon trip builder .

Traveling by car from Coober Pedy to Kings Canyon takes 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kings Creek Station ©
Kings Creek Station
Helicopter Tours

3
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.
Uluru and Valley of the Winds are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walpa Gorge. The adventure continues: trek along Uluru Hiking Path, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip tool .

Drive from Kings Canyon to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

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 ©
Uluru

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.
You'll explore and learn at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum and Road Transport Hall of Fame. Take a break from the city and head to Alice Springs Reptile Centre and Alice Springs Desert Park. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, admire the masterpieces at Araluen Cultural Precinct, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and explore the striking landscape of Owen Springs Reserve.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs travel route builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

1
night
Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
On the 10th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Buley Rockhole, explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Termite Mounds, and then admire the sheer force of Wangi Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Litchfield National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Alice Springs to Litchfield National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in June: highs in Litchfield National Park hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls
Magnetic Termite Mounds ©
Magnetic Termite Mounds
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ubirr and Warradjan Cultural Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nourlangie Rock and Mamukala Wetlands. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek, contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Litchfield National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

5
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Darwin Aviation Museum and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Defence of Darwin Experience and 1934 Qantas Hangar. Venture out of the city with trips to Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor) and Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin road trip planning website .

Drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Darwin, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Territory Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

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