48 days in Australia Itinerary

48 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Darwin
— 11 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Cairns Art Gallery. Visiting Birdworld Kuranda and Michaelmas Cay will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Yungaburra (The Peterson Creek Walking Track & Platypus Viewing Platform), Etty Bay (in Innisfail) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and admire the sheer force of Behana Gorge Waterfall.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip site.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiport is Cairns International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Etty Bay, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Cattana Wetlands, Birdworld Kuranda
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 24:
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Shark Diving
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Adelaide River War Cemetery and St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like East Point Reserve and Buley Rockhole. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo), Litchfield National Park (Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, &more) and Nina's Ark Wildlife Sanctuary (in Batchelor). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Darwin Military Museum, make a trip to Parliament House, walk around Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, and try to win big at Mindil Beach Casino (Formerly SKYCITY Darwin).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Cairns to Darwin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Cairns in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Nina's Ark Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jul 24 — Aug 4:
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Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
East Point Reserve ©
East Point Reserve

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 the less-touristy side of things at Women's Museum of Australia & Old Alice Springs Gaol and Ochre Pits. Take a break from the city and head to Ellery Creek Big Hole and The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park. Go for a jaunt from Alice Springs to Stuarts Well to see Cannonball Run Monument about 3h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Araluen Cultural Precinct, explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in August, you will find days in Alice Springs are little chillier (27°C), and nights are much colder (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, Cannonball Run Monument
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 9:
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Araluen Cultural Precinct ©
Araluen Cultural Precinct
Ellery Creek Big Hole ©
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ochre Pits ©
Ochre Pits

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.
Visiting Walpa Gorge and Uluru will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Kuniya Walk and Lungkata Walk. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

5
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Raptor Refuge and River Rafting & Tubing. Do some cultural sightseeing at Maritime Museum of Tasmania and Constitution Dock. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. David's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Runnymede House, get engrossed in the history at Narryna Heritage Museum, and explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart route builder website.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Hobart by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Hobart, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, you will find days in Hobart are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Raptor Refuge, Every Man and His Dog Vineyard, Moorilla Estate Winery
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sullivans Cove ©
Sullivans Cove
North Hobart ©
North Hobart

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.
Cockle Bay Wharf and Sydney Harbour Circle Walk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Prince Henry Cliff Walk and North Head Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park (in Calga). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park, go for a walk through Barangaroo Foreshore Walk, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and experience the excitement of Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary site.

Fly from Hobart to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Hobart - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Manly, The National Pass, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Blues Point Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 29:
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ATTY Gallery ©
ATTY Gallery
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park ©
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park