23 days in Darwin & Cairns Itinerary

23 days in Darwin & Cairns Itinerary

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23 days in Darwin & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  26​h
1
Darwin
— 9 nights
2
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

9
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.
Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor--about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 14th (Fri) at Darwin Waterfront. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, get engrossed in the history at Darwin Aviation Museum, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Darwin online trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Darwin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Darwin is 8 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Darwin hover around 38°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve (in Mareeba). Spend the 21st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge, Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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