8 days in Darwin & Sydney Itinerary

8 days in Darwin & Sydney Itinerary

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8 days in Darwin & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  38​h
1
Darwin
— 1 day
Fly:  42​h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, then see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach.

Before you visit Darwin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Melbourne to Darwin is an approximately 38-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Darwin, with highs around 38°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums Beaches Outdoors
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stroll through Bondi Beach, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Darwin to Sydney takes 42 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Darwin in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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