17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Darwin
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
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Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly to Perth, Bus to Margaret River
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Margaret River
— 3 nights
Bus to Perth, Fly to Broome
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Broome
— 3 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Darwin Aviation Museum. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Darwin holiday builder tool.

London, UK to Darwin is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a 9.5 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Darwin at 39°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Port Douglas

— 3 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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Opal Reef and Ngarru Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Palm Cove to see Spas about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Darwin in October: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:

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 29th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Port Douglas in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier 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 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

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.
On the 31st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then get great views at Anzac Hill. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park and then examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum.

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

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Margaret River

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to All Sea Charters and Caves Road. Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Step out of Margaret River to go to Augusta and see Jewel Cave, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Margaret River day trip website.

Getting from Alice Springs to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Alice Springs to Margaret River. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Broome

— 3 nights

Yawuru Country

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, kick back and relax at Cable Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Broome Crocodile Park.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Broome travel website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Broome can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

Australia travel guide

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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.