34 days in Darwin & Surrounds & Cairns Itinerary

34 days in Darwin & Surrounds & Cairns Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

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Darwin
— 10 nights
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Litchfield National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dundee Beach
— 1 night
Drive to Darwin International Airport, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 18 nights
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Darwin

— 10 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs (about 42 minutes away). Spend the 6th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip planner.

Melbourne to Darwin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Darwin. In July, Darwin is warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park

— 4 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Litchfield National Park: Adelaide River (Adelaide River Railway Bridg, Adelaide River War Cemetery, &more).

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Litchfield National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Darwin to Litchfield National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Dundee Beach.

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Dundee Beach

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get outside with Dundee Explorer and then cast your line with Dundee Beach Fishing Charters.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dundee Beach trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Litchfield National Park to Dundee Beach. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Dundee Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Cairns

— 18 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Flagstaff Hill Lookout, Four Mile Beach, &more), Wangetti (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Rex Lookout) and Palm Cove (Biked - Palm Cove, Palm Cove Beach, &more). Spend the 31st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and don't miss a visit to Green Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Dundee Beach to Cairns with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Dundee Beach in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Cairns, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips