48 days in Australia Itinerary

48 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 11 nights
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Darwin
— 11 nights
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Alice Springs
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Hobart
— 5 nights
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Sydney
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Cairns

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Cairns Art Gallery. Visiting Birdworld Kuranda and Shark Diving 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). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, and experience rural life at Jaques Coffee Plantation.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, 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 · Nature

Side Trips

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Darwin

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 a sense of the local culture at Adelaide River War Cemetery and Darwin Military Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Florence Falls and Wangi Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo), Litchfield National Park (Buley Rockhole, Walker Creek, &more) and Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park (in Douglas-Daly). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, make a trip to Parliament House, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, 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 · Nature

Side Trips

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Alice Springs

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Women's Museum of Australia & Old Gaol Alice Springs and Ellery Creek Big Hole. Take a break from the city and head to Ochre Pits and Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve. Go for a jaunt from Alice Springs to Stuarts Well to see Cannonball Run Monument about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Araluen Cultural Precinct, explore the striking landscape at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap, and see Off-Road Tours.

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Traveling by flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Darwin, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Alice Springs, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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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 Mutitjulu Waterhole 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 awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, make a trip to Uluru, and appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, 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 3.5 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 · Trails

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Hobart

Tasmania's Capital City

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 Wine Tours & Tastings and Maritime Museum of Tasmania. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. David's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Narryna Heritage Museum, and steep yourself in history at Runnymede House.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, 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 7.5 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 · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Sydney

The Harbour City

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.
The National Pass and Observatory Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Prince Henry Cliff Walk and The Gap Park. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary in Calga--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary, get to know the fascinating history of Sydney Harbour Circle Walk, visit Cockle Bay Wharf, and experience the excitement of Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

Tasmania travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · Art Museums · Mountains
Unspoiled beauty and colorful nature are the hallmarks of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state. This picturesque island boasts some of the country’s most attractive stretches of coastline and a number of distinctive, forested mountain ranges. The state capital, Hobart, serves as an ideal base for exploration of the island’s interior and opulent beaches.