60 days in Cairns Region & Broome & The North West Itinerary

60 days in Cairns Region & Broome & The North West Itinerary

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60 days in Cairns Region & Broome & The North West Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 15 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Kununurra
— 9 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Port Hedland
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Karratha
— 9 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Ningaloo
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Carnarvon
— 8 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Sydney

15
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning website .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Kununurra.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Edge Hill, Smithfield, Crystal Cascades
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

9
nights
Kununurra

Kununurra ©
A visit to Kununurra will give you a true sense of the pioneering Australia spirit and the nomadic life.
Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Mitchell River National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Ord River, take in breathtaking views at Emma Gorge, take some stellar pictures from Kelly's Knob Lookout, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mirima National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kununurra itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Kununurra in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Kununurra is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cairns in October, you will find days in Kununurra are a bit warmer (45°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel to Port Hedland.

Things to do in Kununurra

Parks Nature Museums
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Mirima National Park ©
Mirima National Park
ZEBRA ROCK MINE GALLERY & CAMPGROUND ©
Kelly's Knob Lookout ©
Kelly's Knob Lookout

8
nights
Port Hedland

Port Hedland ©
Port Hedland is the second largest town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with an estimated urban population of 15,191, including the satellite town of South Hedland, 18 km away. Port Hedland is known for museums, beaches, wildlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Cemetery Beach Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pretty Pool, look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Keraudren Nature Reserve, and stroll through Spoil Bank.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Hedland trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kununurra to Port Hedland. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will leave for Karratha on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Port Hedland

Parks Beaches Museums
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Cemetery Beach Park ©
Cemetery Beach Park
Dalgety House Museum ©
Dalgety House Museum
Koombana Lookout Port Hedland ©
Koombana Lookout Port Hedland

9
nights
Karratha

Karratha ©
Karratha is a city in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, adjoining the port of Dampier. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Millstream-Chichester National Park. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Murujuga National Park. There's lots more to do: get great views at Staircase To The Moon, examine the collection at North West Shelf Visitor Centre, get lost in a book at Karratha Public Library, and take a leisurely stroll along Dampier Port.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Karratha trip planner.

Getting from Port Hedland to Karratha by car takes about 3 hours. On the 12th (Tue), you'll travel to Ningaloo.

Things to do in Karratha

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Dampier
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Murujuga National Park ©
Murujuga National Park
Karratha Public Library ©
Karratha Public Library
North West Shelf Visitor Centre ©
North West Shelf Visitor Centre

9
nights
Ningaloo

Change things up with these side-trips from Ningaloo: Coral Bay (The Coral Bay Shark Nursery, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more).

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ningaloo driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Karratha to Ningaloo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In November, daytime highs in Ningaloo are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Carnarvon.

Things to do in Ningaloo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Coral Bay
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef
Dolphin & Whale Watching

8
nights
Carnarvon

Carnarvon ©
Carnarvon is a coastal town situated approximately 900km north of Perth, Western Australia. Carnarvon is known for museums and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum, take a leisurely stroll along The Fascine, don't miss a visit to Carnarvon Blowholes, and join the crowd at Carnarvon Speedway.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carnarvon trip itinerary site .

Getting from Ningaloo to Carnarvon by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Ningaloo in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carnarvon: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 29th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Carnarvon

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum ©
Carnarvon Speedway ©
Carnarvon Speedway
Carnarvon Yacht Club - Marina ©
Carnarvon Yacht Club - Marina

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