47 days in Darwin & Cairns Itinerary

47 days in Darwin & Cairns Itinerary

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47 days in Darwin & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Darwin
— 20 nights
2
Cairns
— 26 nights
End: Sydney

20
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.
Explore Darwin's surroundings by going to Batchelor (Litchfield National Park, Coomalie Cultural Centre, & more), Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo) and Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs). Spend the 18th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 19th (Sat) at Darwin Waterfront. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, head outdoors with Far Out Adventures, tour the water at your own pace with Offshore Boats, and identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Darwin trip itinerary app .

Sydney to Darwin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Darwin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Batchelor, Territory Wildlife Park, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

26
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Village Gallery, & more) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more). Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns driving holiday planner.

Getting from Darwin to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove, Cow Bay, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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