31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  32​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kings Canyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Yulara
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Tennant Creek
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Katherine
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Mataranka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Pine Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Adelaide River
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Batchelor
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Seattle

7
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 Kuniya Walk and Walpa Gorge. Step out of the city life by going to Kata Tjuta and Walkatjara Art. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Wintjiri Arts + Museum, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Seattle, USA to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 32-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in May, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 76°F. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay May 3 — 10:
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Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Red Desert Reptiles ©
Red Desert Reptiles

2
nights
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Watarrka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kings Creek Station.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kings Canyon online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Nature Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Watarrka National Park
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:
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Watarrka National Park ©
Watarrka National Park
Kings Creek Station ©
Kings Creek Station

2
nights
Yulara

Yulara
Yulara takes its name from the local Aboriginal words for "howling" and "dingoes," which conveys the town's isolated location in the Outback.
For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yulara day trip planner .

Getting from Kings Canyon to Yulara by car takes about 4 hours. May in Yulara sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 51°F at night. You'll set off for Alice Springs on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Yulara

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ochre Pits and then head outdoors with Ellery Creek Big Hole. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, then explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yulara to Alice Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tennant Creek.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
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Ellery Creek Big Hole ©
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen
Araluen Cultural Precinct ©
Araluen Cultural Precinct

3
nights
Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek ©
Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Kundjarra (the Pebbles), don't miss a visit to Tennant Creek Telegraph Station, then get engrossed in the history at Battery Hill Mining Centre, and finally view the masterpieces at Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at John Flynn Memorial Obelisk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mary Ann.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tennant Creek trip planner .

You can drive from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Alice Springs in May; daily highs in Tennant Creek reach 83°F and lows reach 62°F. You will leave for Katherine on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Tennant Creek

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
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Lake Mary Ann ©
Lake Mary Ann
Tennant Creek Telegraph Station ©
Tennant Creek Telegraph Station
Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre ©

2
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. On the 20th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Katherine Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jatbula Trail, and then view the masterpieces at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Katherine School of the Air Tourist Room, view the masterpieces at MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft, then look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve, and finally play a few rounds at Katherine Country Club.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Katherine trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Tennant Creek to Katherine takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Tennant Creek in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Katherine: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mataranka.

Things to do in Katherine

Outdoors Golf Parks
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Jatbula Trail ©
Jatbula Trail
Katherine Museum ©
Katherine Museum

2
nights
Mataranka

Mataranka ©
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Elsey National Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Bitter Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Botanic Walk and then identify plant and animal life at Mataranka Thermal Pool, Elsey National Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mataranka driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Katherine to Mataranka takes 1.5 hours. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pine Creek.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
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Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Elsey National Park ©
Elsey National Park
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve ©
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve

1
night
Pine Creek

Pine Creek ©
For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pine Creek online itinerary planner .

Getting from Mataranka to Pine Creek by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Pine Creek, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Adelaide River.

Things to do in Pine Creek

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Pine Creek Museum ©
Pine Creek Museum

1
night
Adelaide River

Adelaide River ©
Adelaide River is a small but historically significant town located at the crossing of the Stuart Highway over the Adelaide River in the Northern Territory of Australia. To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Adelaide River day trip site .

You can drive from Pine Creek to Adelaide River in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Adelaide River when traveling from Pine Creek in May, with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Batchelor.

Things to do in Adelaide River

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Robin Falls ©
Robin Falls
Adelaide River War Cemetery ©
Adelaide River War Cemetery
Adelaide River Railway Museum ©
Adelaide River Railway Museum

2
nights
Batchelor

Batchelor ©
On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Coomalie Cultural Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Nina's Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, then relax in the rural setting at Batchelor Butterfly Farm and Pet Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bachelor Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Batchelor attractions tool .

Batchelor is very close to Adelaide River. May in Batchelor sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Batchelor

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
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Batchelor Museum ©
Batchelor Museum

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and 1934 Qantas Hangar. Visiting Mindil Beach and Safaris will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin, brush up on your military savvy at East Point Military Museum, and examine the collection at Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip maker app .

Drive from Batchelor to Darwin in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Darwin Military Museum ©
Darwin Military Museum
Safaris
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve ©
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve

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