28 days in Darwin & Melbourne Itinerary

28 days in Darwin & Melbourne Itinerary

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28 days in Darwin & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  26​h
1
Darwin
— 11 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Melbourne
— 12 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Zurich

11
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 these side-trips from Darwin: Litchfield National Park (Buley Rockhole & Helicopter Tours), Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs) and Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor). Spend the 19th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 26th (Tue) at Darwin Waterfront. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, cast your line with Offshore Boats, get outside with Far Out Adventures, and look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Darwin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in March, things will get warmer in Darwin: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

12
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 5th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Darwin in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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