22 days in Cairns & Darwin Itinerary

22 days in Cairns & Darwin Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns & Darwin Itinerary

Start: Darwin
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Darwin
— 12 nights
End: Darwin

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve (in Mareeba) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

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Darwin to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cattana Wetlands, Thornton Beach, Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

12
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.
Attractions like Crocosaurus Cove and Wave Lagoon make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs) and Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 16th (Wed) at Darwin Waterfront. Spend the 17th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum, take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and stroll through Leanyer Recreation Park.

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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Darwin, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Melville Island, Territory Wildlife Park
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Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon

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