25 days in Darwin, Dalby & Cairns Itinerary

25 days in Darwin, Dalby & Cairns Itinerary

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25 days in Darwin, Dalby & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Darwin
1
Darwin
— 8 nights
Drive:  35​h 15​min
2
Dalby
— 6 nights
Drive:  17​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 8 nights
Drive:  29​h
End: Darwin

8
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Safaris and Big Buoy Water Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Darwin: Buley Rockhole (in Litchfield National Park) and Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 9th (Wed) at Darwin Waterfront. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, appreciate the history behind Darwin Cenotaph, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Darwin tour website .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Darwin. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Dalby.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Litchfield National Park, Buley Rockhole, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
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Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve ©
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Darwin Waterfront ©
Darwin Waterfront
Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon

6
nights
Dalby

Dalby ©
Dalby is a town and locality in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Bunya Mountains National Park and Roy Emmerson Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dalby: Kingaroy (Kingaroy Heritage Museum & Kingaroy Observatory), Jimbour (in Jimbour East) and Chinchilla Historical Museum (in Chinchilla). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Cressbrook, browse the collection at Dalby Library, and take an in-depth tour of The Woolshed at Jondaryan.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dalby road trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Darwin to Dalby. Traveling from Darwin in January, Dalby is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Dalby

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kingaroy, Jimbour, Lake Cressbrook, Bunya Mountains National Park, Roy Emmerson Museum
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Kingaroy Heritage Museum ©
Kingaroy Heritage Museum
Bunya Mountains National Park ©
Bunya Mountains National Park
Chinchilla Historical Museum ©
Chinchilla Historical Museum

8
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.
Kids will enjoy Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Atherton Tablelands. Discover out-of-the-way places like Michaelmas Cay and Opal Reef. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Port Douglas (St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Safaris, & more). Spend the 18th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cairns Aquarium and look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dalby to Cairns. Traveling from Dalby in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Birdworld Kuranda
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Horseback Riding Tours
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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