14 days in Cairns Region & Northern Territory Itinerary

14 days in Cairns Region & Northern Territory Itinerary

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14 days in Cairns Region & Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Litchfield National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Katherine
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip app .

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Tue), examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, examine the collection at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Darwin trip itinerary app .

Fly from Cairns to Darwin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

1
night
Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
On the 7th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Florence Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Termite Mounds, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally admire the sheer force of Tolmer Falls.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Litchfield National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Darwin to Litchfield National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in November, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Nature Parks Tours
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Magnetic Termite Mounds ©
Magnetic Termite Mounds
Helicopter Tours
Florence Falls ©
Florence Falls

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge, look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, and steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Litchfield National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

1
night
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Katherine Gorge, then get engrossed in the history at Katherine School of the Air Tourist Room, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Katherine Outback Experience.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Katherine trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 44°C in November, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Katherine

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Katherine Hot Springs ©
Katherine Hot Springs

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Katherine to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Katherine in November since evenings lows in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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