15 days in Darwin, Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

15 days in Darwin, Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

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15 days in Darwin, Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h
1
Darwin
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Koolpin Gorge and Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Visiting Arnhem Land Escarpment and Crocosaurus Cove will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, take in nature's colorful creations at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, stop by Viva La Body, and kick back and relax at Mindil Beach.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin route builder site .

London, UK to Darwin is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from London in April, things will get much hotter in Darwin: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

#Parks, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

5
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Daintree Discovery Centre and Studio 49 Artisan Gallery. Spend the 8th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by The Reef Marina, take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Port Douglas trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Darwin in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Esplanade Lagoon Pool. St Monica's Cathedral and Doongal Aboriginal Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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