15 days in Mackay & Darwin Itinerary

15 days in Mackay & Darwin Itinerary

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15 days in Mackay & Darwin Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Mackay
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Darwin
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Cairns

6
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bluewater Lagoon and Lamberts Lookout. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mackay: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Airlie Beach), Eungella (Broken River & Eungella National Park) and Forest Flying (in Finch Hatton). There's lots more to do: cool off at Mackay Aqua Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lamberts Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Greenmount Homestead.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackay trip planner .

Cairns to Mackay is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in July: high temperatures in Mackay hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Eungella, Forest Flying, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Eungella National Park ©
Eungella National Park
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Mackay Aqua Park ©
Mackay Aqua Park

7
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.
Family-friendly places like Wave Lagoon and Mindil Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 8th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 10th (Wed) at Darwin Waterfront. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Crocodylus Park.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin online trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Mackay to Darwin with the Route module. In July, Darwin is somewhat warmer than Mackay - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon
Darwin Waterfront ©
Darwin Waterfront

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