59 days in Australia, Kampala & Bali Itinerary

59 days in Australia, Kampala & Bali Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Alice Springs, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Katherine, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Mataranka, Australia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h
4
Darwin, Australia
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Broome, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
6
Kampala, Uganda
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
7
Seminyak, Indonesia
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Ubud, Indonesia
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
9
Cairns, Australia
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
10
Port Douglas, Australia
— 5 nights
+4
Shuttle + Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  11 h 15 min
11
Fraser Island, Australia
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
12
Brisbane, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
13
Sydney, Australia
— 7 nights
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Alice Springs, Australia

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.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and take in the exciting artwork at This is Aboriginal Art.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Alice Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Sydney to Alice Springs is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Alice Springs is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Sydney in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Trephina Gorge Nature Park
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen
Trephina Gorge Nature Park ©
Trephina Gorge Nature Park

2
nights
Katherine, Australia

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Katherine Gorge, then get engrossed in the history at Katherine School of the Air, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Edith Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): explore the galleries of Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, then browse the exhibits of MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft, then look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Katherine Outback Experience.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Katherine road trip tool.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, Katherine is somewhat warmer than Alice Springs - with highs of 44°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mataranka.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Museums Nature
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Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls

1
night
Mataranka, Australia

Mataranka ©
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. On the 12th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, stroll around Elsey National Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Botanic Walk, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Bitter Springs.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mataranka road trip app.

You can drive from Katherine to Mataranka in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:
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Elsey National Park ©
Elsey National Park
Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve ©
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve

5
nights
Darwin, Australia

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Darwin: Batchelor (Litchfield National Park & Nina's Ark Wildlife Sanctuary). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, have fun at Nightcliff Aquatic Centre, and kick back and relax at Mindil Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Darwin vacation maker site.

Explore your travel options from Mataranka to Darwin with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Batchelor
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Speed Boats Tours
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory ©

3
nights
Broome, Australia

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.
Broome is known for beaches, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Cable Beach, view the masterpieces at Yane Sotiroski Photography Gallery, stop by Cygnet Bay Pearls Showroom, and identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Broome tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Darwin to Broome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. In November, daytime highs in Broome are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Broome

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Photography Tours
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Kampala, Uganda

Kampala ©
Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kampala: Mount Sabinyo (in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park) and Queen Elizabeth National Park (Maramagambo Forest & Katwe Tourism Information Centre). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to Uganda Martyrs National Shrine, stop by Kona, and take in the exciting artwork at Afriart Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kampala day trip tool.

You can fly from Broome to Kampala in 22.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Broome to Kampala, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Broome in November; daily highs in Kampala reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Seminyak.

Things to do in Kampala

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mount Sabinyo
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Katwe Tourism Information Centre ©
Katwe Tourism Information Centre
Kayaking & Canoeing
Mount Sabinyo ©
Mount Sabinyo

6
nights
Seminyak, Indonesia

A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu), Sanur (Pantai Sanur & Pura Dalem Pengembak) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). There's lots more to do: cool off at Waterbom Bali, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Kuta Beach - Bali, and look for gifts at Krakakoa Chocolate Factory & Store.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Seminyak trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Kampala to Seminyak takes 18.5 hours. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Kampala to Seminyak due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kampala in November; daily highs in Seminyak reach 37°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Ubud.

Things to do in Seminyak

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pecatu, Kuta, Denpasar, Jimbaran Bay, Tanah Lot Temple
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Waterbom Bali ©
Waterbom Bali
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple

5
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (in Tabanan), Tirta Empul Temple (in Tampaksiring) and Shark Diving (in Amed). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the pleasant sights at Campuhan Ridge Walk, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saraswati Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ubud trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Seminyak to Ubud in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Ubud

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tegalalang, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Besakih Temple, Tirta Empul Temple, Shark Diving
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:
Highlights from your plan
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Tegalalang Rice Terrace ©
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tirta Empul Temple ©
Tirta Empul Temple

6
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns visit planning site.

You can fly from Ubud to Cairns in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Barron Gorge National Park, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 12:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas

5
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk & Myall Beach), Diwan (Daintree Entomological museum & Alexandra Bay Waterfall) and Daintree Tea (in Daintree). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree Tea, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

5
nights
Fraser Island, Australia

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, head off the coast to Waddy Point, kick back and relax at Indian Head, and make a trip to K'gari.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fraser Island, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby
Waddy Point ©
Waddy Point

4
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Caloundra Coastal Walk (in Kings Beach), Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach) and Kondalilla National Park (in Montville). And it doesn't end there: walk around South Bank Parklands, get your game on at Psychic Twin Featherz, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Kondalilla National Park, Caloundra Coastal Walk
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

7
nights
Sydney, Australia

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 4:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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