23 days in Cairns Region & Darwin & Surrounds Itinerary

23 days in Cairns Region & Darwin & Surrounds Itinerary

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Cairns ©
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 in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Historic Village Herberton and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Safaris, Horses in Port, &more), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Palm Cove (Village Gallery & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 3rd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, don't miss a visit to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd, explore the galleries of Michael Seebeck Gallery, and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip website.

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Daintree Discovery Centre, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling


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.
Do your shopping at Provenance Arts and Mbantua Fine Art Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. Change things up with a short trip to Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs (about 42 minutes away). Spend the 9th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 13th (Sun) at Darwin Waterfront. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Paul Johnstone Gallery, browse the exhibits of Nomad Art, and see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Darwin road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Darwin. Traveling from Cairns in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Darwin: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Batchelor.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove


Batchelor ©
Get some cultural insight at Adelaide River War Cemetery and Batchelor Museum. Visiting Litchfield National Park and Magnetic Termite Mounds will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Batchelor side-trips: Litchfield National Park (Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, &more) and Crazy Acres (in Berry Springs).

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Getting from Darwin to Batchelor by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Batchelor can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Batchelor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Crazy Acres
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Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Magnetic Termite Mounds ©
Magnetic Termite Mounds