21 days in Darwin & Alice Springs Itinerary

21 days in Darwin & Alice Springs Itinerary

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21 days in Darwin & Alice Springs Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  8​h 15​min
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h
Alice Springs
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


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.
Family-friendly places like East Point Reserve and Mindil Beach will thrill your kids. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Adelaide River War Cemetery and St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Darwin: Batchelor (Litchfield National Park & Nina's Ark Wildlife Sanctuary), Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo) and Wangi Falls (in Litchfield National Park). Spend the 27th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Leanyer Recreation Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Indo Pacific Marine, identify plant and animal life at Casuarina Coastal Reserve, and cool off at Wave Lagoon.

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Melbourne to Darwin is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Darwin to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Batchelor, Territory Wildlife Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Wangi Falls, Adelaide River War Cemetery
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve ©
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Leanyer Recreation Park ©
Leanyer Recreation Park

Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Family-friendly places like Ormiston Gorge and Alice Springs Desert Park will thrill your kids. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Road Transport Hall of Fame and Mbantua Fine Art Gallery. Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Owen Springs Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Araluen Cultural Precinct, look for all kinds of wild species at Trephina Gorge Nature Park, get engrossed in the history at National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, and explore the striking landscape at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park.

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Fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Darwin in July, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trip

Red Centre
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge
Road Transport Hall of Fame ©
Road Transport Hall of Fame
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