26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 15 min
5
Broome
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
6
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Albany
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Train + Bus:  10 h 15 min
9
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Foot + Train:  9 h 15 min
10
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  20 h 45 min
End: Austin

3
nights
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.
Let the collections at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Babinda Boulders. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, admire the sheer force of Behana Gorge Waterfall, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

Austin, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. In September, Cairns is slightly colder than Austin - with highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Red Arrow Walk, Babinda Boulders
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, head outdoors with Horses in Port, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, stroll through Four Mile Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and finally stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip app.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Highlights from your plan
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Horses in Port ©
Horses in Port

2
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.
On the 11th (Fri), see the interesting displays at 1934 Qantas Hangar, look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Military Museum, then see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, and finally cool off at Big Buoy Water Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Darwin trip maker.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, expect Darwin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Museums Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
East Point Reserve ©
East Point Reserve
Darwin Military Museum ©
Darwin Military Museum

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Billabong. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Bilkbilkmi - Graveside Gorge, look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, then identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

1
night
Broome

Broome ©
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 15th (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Roebuck Bay, explore the galleries of Short St Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Broome Gallery, stop by The Courthouse Collection, then see the interesting displays at SSJG Heritage Centre Broome, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Broome road trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Broome in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Broome. In September in Broome, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay
Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral ©
Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral
SSJG Heritage Centre Broome ©
SSJG Heritage Centre Broome

1
night
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): shop like a local with JahRoc Galleries, identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm, then cruise along Caves Road, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Cape Grace Wines, then explore the striking landscape at Canal Rocks, then kick back and relax at Meelup Beach, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sugarloaf Rock.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Broome to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Canal Rocks, Cape Grace Wines, Meelup Beach, Sugarloaf Rock
Highlights from your plan
Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre ©
Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre
Sugarloaf Rock ©
Sugarloaf Rock
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

2
nights
Albany

Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Torndirrup National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum, see the interesting displays at Western Australian Museum - Albany, then steep yourself in history at Princess Royal Fortress, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Ellen Cove Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Albany trip builder tool.

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September in Albany, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torndirrup National Park ©
Torndirrup National Park
Ellen Cove Boardwalk ©
Ellen Cove Boardwalk

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Uluru Hiking Path. Get outdoors at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Walpa Gorge. There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Getting from Albany to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Albany in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Twelve Apostles and London Bridge. Escape the urban bustle at Port Campbell National Park and Loch Ard Gorge. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Gibsons Steps, do a tasting at Newtons Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery, take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback, and kick back and relax at Port Campbell precinct and foreshore.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Campbell trip site.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Campbell in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and The Rocks. Explore hidden gems such as The Giant Stairway and The Three Sisters. Change things up with a short trip to Prince Henry Cliff Walk in Katoomba (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, brush up on your military savvy at Anzac Memorial, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sydney trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Port Campbell to Sydney in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

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