14 days in Alice Springs, Darwin & Mackay Itinerary

14 days in Alice Springs, Darwin & Mackay Itinerary

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14 days in Alice Springs, Darwin & Mackay Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Darwin
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Mackay
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
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.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, historic sites, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, and identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs day trip planning site .

Melbourne to Alice Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Alice Springs, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Tours Parks
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Darwin to Batchelor to see Litchfield National Park about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Darwin, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Mackay

Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mackay: Airlie Beach (Beach Book Boutique, Airlie Beach Lagoon, & more). The adventure continues: make a splash at Bluewater Lagoon.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mackay road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Darwin to Mackay. Traveling from Darwin in November, expect Mackay to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mackay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Airlie Beach
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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