21 days in Darwin, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

21 days in Darwin, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

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21 days in Darwin, Alice Springs & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Doncaster
train + Fly:  28​h
1
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 9 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  28​h
End: Doncaster

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 29th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindil Beach, learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Darwin sightseeing planner.

Doncaster, UK to Darwin is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In May, Darwin is much warmer than Doncaster - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

3
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and view the masterpieces at Talapi.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Darwin in June: high temperatures in Alice Springs hover around 23°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 6th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, have fun at Muddy's Playground, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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