59 days in Australia, Kampala & Bali Itinerary

59 days in Australia, Kampala & Bali Itinerary

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59 days in Australia, Kampala & Bali Itinerary

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
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
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  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, historic sites, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, have fun and explore at Megafauna Central - Museum and Art Gallery of NT, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs trip planning app .

Sydney to Alice Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in November, you will find days in Alice Springs are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Trephina Gorge Nature Park
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

2
nights
Katherine, Australia

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. On the 10th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Katherine Gorge, then take an in-depth tour of Katherine School of the Air Tourist Room, and then admire the sheer force of Edith Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): explore the galleries of Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft, then look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Katherine Outback Experience.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Katherine holiday builder .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Katherine takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Alice Springs in November; daily highs in Katherine reach 44°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mataranka.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Museums
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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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Elsey National Park, then identify plant and animal life at Botanic Walk, and finally take in the natural beauty of Bitter Springs.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mataranka trip planner .

Traveling by car from Katherine to Mataranka takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Wildlife Nature
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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.
Explore Darwin's surroundings by going to Batchelor (Litchfield National Park & Nina's Ark Wildlife Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Viva La Body, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin vacation builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mataranka to Darwin. November in Darwin sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Batchelor
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Speed Boats Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

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, nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Cable Beach, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, and get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Broome tour itinerary maker .

Fly from Darwin to Broome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin to Broome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Broome

Tours Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

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.
Kampala is known for wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Katwe Tourism Information Centre, look for gifts at Kona, take a peaceful walk through Maramagambo Forest, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sabinyo.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kampala itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Broome to Kampala in 22.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Broome in November; daily highs in Kampala reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
Explore Seminyak's surroundings by going to Sanur (Pantai Sanur & Pura Dalem Pengembak), Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban) and Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu). There's still lots to do: make a splash at Waterbom Bali, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Padang Padang Beach, and stroll through Kuta Beach - Bali.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Seminyak holiday planning app .

Fly from Kampala to Seminyak in 18.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA) is 5 hours. Traveling from Kampala in November, things will get a bit warmer in Seminyak: highs are around 37°C and lows about 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

Kuta, Pecatu, Denpasar, Jimbaran Bay, Tanah Lot Temple
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 30:
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ubud side-trips: Elephant Safari Park (in Tegalalang), Tirta Empul Temple (in Tampaksiring) and Shark Diving (in Amed). There's much more to do: stroll through Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, look for gifts at Threads of Life, explore the fascinating underground world of Elephant Cave Ubud, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ubud vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Seminyak to Ubud by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Ubud, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. 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

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Tirta Empul Temple, Elephant Safari Park, Besakih Temple, Shark Diving
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:
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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Tirta Empul Temple ©
Tirta Empul Temple
Spas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns route planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Ubud to Cairns in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. 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, Barron Gorge National Park, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
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: Daintree Tea (in Daintree), Diwan (Daintree Entomological museum & Alexandra Bay Waterfall) and Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk & Myall Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at With Sugar, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish 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, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Daintree Tea
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:
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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, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, and don't miss a visit to K'gari.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Port Douglas in December since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Caloundra Coastal Walk (in Kings Beach), Kondalilla National Park (in Montville) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brisbane itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra Coastal Walk, Kondalilla National Park
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

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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, trails, beaches, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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