11 days in Darwin, Cairns Region & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

11 days in Darwin, Cairns Region & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Darwin, Cairns Region & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Darwin
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mindil Beach and Crocosaurus Cove. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, take in nature's colorful creations at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, take a leisurely stroll along Darwin Wharf Precinct, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Darwin trip maker app .

Sydney to Darwin is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Darwin reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Leanyer Recreation Park ©
Leanyer Recreation Park

5
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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