23 days in Alice Springs, Sydney & Townsville North Queensland Itinerary

23 days in Alice Springs, Sydney & Townsville North Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia attractions planner
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Alice Springs
— 6 nights
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Sydney
— 9 nights
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Townsville
— 3 nights
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Mission Beach
— 2 nights
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Alice Springs — 6 nights

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 parks, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alice Springs Desert Park, get outside with Simpsons Gap, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and see the interesting displays at Alice Springs School of the Air Experience.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip website.

Aberdeen, UK to Alice Springs is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Central Standard Time is 9.5 hours. Traveling from Aberdeen in December, things will get warmer in Alice Springs: highs are around 41°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Sydney — 9 nights

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.
Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Alice Springs to Sydney. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Townsville.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips
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Townsville — 3 nights

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Townsville is known for sightseeing, beaches, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, hike along Many Peaks Walking Track, go for a walk through Castle Hill, and head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Townsville at 37°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Mission Beach.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours
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Mission Beach — 2 nights

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 9th (Mon), get up close to creatures of the deep with Mission Beach Dive and then trek along Kennedy Walking Track. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Djiru National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mission Beach online trip builder.

Drive from Townsville to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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