28 days in Victoria, South Australia & Northern Territory Itinerary

28 days in Victoria, South Australia & Northern Territory Itinerary

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28 days in Victoria, South Australia & Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ballarat
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Adelaide
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 30​min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne route planner .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Cowes is known for wildlife, nature, theme parks, wineries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Kitty Miller Bay, step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Nobbies Centre, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Woolamai Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cowes trip itinerary app .

Getting from Melbourne to Cowes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Cowes can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ventnor, Newhaven, Phillip Island, YCW Beach, The Nobbies Centre
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Kitty Miller Bay ©
Kitty Miller Bay
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre

1
night
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
On the 11th (Tue), look for gifts at Anglesea Surf Centre, then explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road, and then kick back and relax at 13th Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Torquay trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cowes to Torquay takes 3 hours. In February in Torquay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ballarat.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

13th Beach, Anglesea Surf Centre
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
13th Beach ©
13th Beach
Anglesea Surf Centre ©
Anglesea Surf Centre

2
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Sovereign Hill, don't miss a visit to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree, then identify plant and animal life at Ballarat Wildlife Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ballarat vacation planning app .

You can drive from Torquay to Ballarat in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Spas
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Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kangaroo Island is known for wildlife, nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Off-Road Tours, identify plant and animal life at Flinders Chase National Park, stroll through Stokes Beach, and head outdoors with Remarkable Rocks.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island road trip website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Ballarat to Kangaroo Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to McLaren Vale (McLaren Vale III Associates & Primo Estate), The Cedars (in Hahndorf) and Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, pause for some photo ops at Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk, get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Adelaide travel planner.

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, The Cedars, Semaphore Beach, Murray Street Vineyards
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands, explore and take pictures at Yurmikmik Walks, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Adelaide to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge

3
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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