22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Darwin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive
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Katherine
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Perth, Bus to Margaret River
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Margaret River
— 3 nights
Bus to Perth, Fly to Lyon

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Darwin

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Mindil Beach and Offroad Dreaming. Explore hidden gems such as Magnetic Termite Mounds and Parliament House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Darwin: Litchfield National Park (Florence Falls & Wangi Falls). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, explore the striking landscape at Berry Springs Nature Park, identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove, and make a splash at Darwin Waterfront.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Darwin visit app.

Lyon, France to Darwin is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Lyon to Darwin, you'll lose 8.5 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Darwin sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 3 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Jim Jim Falls and Anbangbang Billabong. Step off the beaten path and head to Cahills Crossing and Mamukala Billabong. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, get great views at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, get interesting insight from Guluyambi Cultural Cruise, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bardedjilidji Walk.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

Katherine

— 2 nights
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): view the masterpieces at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Low Level Nature Reserve, then tee off at Katherine Country Club, and finally contemplate the long history of Manyallaluk - The Dreaming Place.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Katherine trip maker site.

You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for Cairns.

Things to do in Katherine

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Cairns

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Crystal Cascades and Red Arrow Walk. Take a break from the city and head to Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Off-Road Tours (in Kuranda) and Pacific Watersports (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Ellis Beach, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and walk around Munro Martin Parklands.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Katherine to Cairns takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Katherine to Cairns. Traveling from Katherine in August, you will find days in Cairns are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

Port Douglas

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and finally kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach. Keep things going the next day: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, fly like a bird with Uplift Watersports, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then go for a walk through Mala Walk, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. When traveling from Port Douglas in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are colder with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naturaliste Charters and Sugarloaf Rock. You'll get in some beach time at Margaret River Mouth Beach and Surfers Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Cape Naturaliste (Cape Naturaliste Walking Trails & Bunker Bay) and Yallingup (Canal Rocks & Yallingup Beach). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Gnarabup Beach, and trek along Redgate Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Margaret River trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

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.