22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Hay
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Mungo National Park
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Peterborough
— 1 night
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Flinders Ranges National Park
— 2 nights
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Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
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Kings Canyon
— 1 night
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Alice Springs
— 2 nights
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Daly Waters
— 1 night
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Mataranka
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Darwin
— 4 nights
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Tennant Creek
— 1 night
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Hughenden
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Yeppoon
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Gold Coast
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Hay — 1 night

Hay is a town in the western Riverina region of south western New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get answers to all your questions at Hay Visitor Information Centre and then enjoy breathtaking views from Hay Sunset Viewing Area.

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Springwood to Hay is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for Mungo National Park.
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Mungo National Park

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): cruise along Mungo Loop Track.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mungo National Park travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Hay to Mungo National Park takes 3 hours. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Peterborough.
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Peterborough — 1 night

Peterborough is a town in the mid north of South Australia, in wheat country, just off the Barrier Highway. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Peterborough attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Mungo National Park to Peterborough takes 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Mungo National Park to Peterborough is minus 0.5 hours. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Flinders Ranges National Park.
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Flinders Ranges National Park — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kanyaka Ruins & Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Flinders Ranges National Park online route maker.

You can drive from Peterborough to Flinders Ranges National Park in 3 hours. December in Flinders Ranges National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Coober Pedy.
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Coober Pedy — 2 nights

The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Big Winch 360 and then don't miss a visit to Spaceship from Pitch Black.

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Getting from Flinders Ranges National Park to Coober Pedy by car takes about 8 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Coober Pedy can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Fri) before leaving for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 2 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.
To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park driving holiday planning website.

Drive from Coober Pedy to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kings Canyon.
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Kings Canyon — 1 night

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kings Canyon online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Alice Springs.
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Alice Springs — 2 nights

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.
On the 26th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Standley Chasm Angkerle and then identify plant and animal life at John Flynn's Grave Historical Reserve. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, see the interesting displays at Alice Springs School of the Air Experience, see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Women's Museum of Australia & Old Gaol Alice Springs, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, and finally take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Daly Waters.
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Daly Waters — 1 night

Daly Waters is a small town in the Northern Territory in Australia, about 620 kilometres south of Darwin at the intersection of the Savannah Way and the Stuart Highway.The area's traditional owners, the Jingili people, believe the Dreaming tracks of the Emu and the Sun travelled through here on their way to the southern parts of the Northern Territory.HistoryThe name Daly Waters was given to a series of natural springs by John McDouall Stuart during his third attempt to cross Australia from south to north, in 1861-2. To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Daly Waters planning app.

Traveling by car from Alice Springs to Daly Waters takes 9.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Mataranka.
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Mataranka

Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mataranka planning website.

Traveling by car from Daly Waters to Mataranka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Darwin.
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Darwin — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Litchfield National Park (Magnetic Termite Mounds, Florence Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: make a splash at Darwin Waterfront, admire the natural beauty at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, and examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin route planning app.

Traveling by car from Mataranka to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for Tennant Creek.
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Tennant Creek — 1 night

Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tennant Creek journey builder tool.

You can drive from Darwin to Tennant Creek in 10 hours. When traveling from Darwin in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tennant Creek, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hughenden.
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Hughenden — 1 night

Hughenden is a town and locality in the Shire of Flinders, Queensland, Australia. To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hughenden trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Tennant Creek to Hughenden takes 12.5 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Tennant Creek to Hughenden due to the time zone difference. January in Hughenden sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Yeppoon.
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Yeppoon — 1 night

Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yeppoon travel planner.

Drive from Hughenden to Yeppoon in 11 hours. When traveling from Hughenden in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Yeppoon: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 26°C at night. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 2 nights

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 5th (Thu), examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise and then try out the rides at Infinity Attraction.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Yeppoon to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Yeppoon in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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