16 days in Cairns & Darwin Itinerary

16 days in Cairns & Darwin Itinerary

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16 days in Cairns & Darwin Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  29​h
2
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Cairns

9
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.
Relax by the water at Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Popular historic sites such as Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Coffee Works, Funstuff by Lynda, & more), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 3rd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Cairns. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Historic Village Herberton, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Darwin Aviation Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Mindil Beach and Speed Boats Tours. Step out of Darwin to go to Berry Springs and see Crazy Acres, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove, take a leisurely stroll along Darwin Wharf Precinct, and get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin day trip planning app .

You can drive from Cairns to Darwin in 29 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in August: highs in Darwin hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Crazy Acres
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

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