12 days in Brisbane & Darwin Itinerary

12 days in Brisbane & Darwin Itinerary

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12 days in Brisbane & Darwin Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Darwin
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Brisbane

5
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Let the collections at Opal Museum and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Boggo Road Gaol (Jail). Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse (in Coolangatta), Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and Anthea Polson Art (in Main Beach). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Albert Street Uniting Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Brisbane. July in Brisbane sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Caboolture, Gold Coast, Buderim, Murwillumbah, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:
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Opal Museum ©
Opal Museum
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

6
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.
Get outdoors at Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls. You'll explore and learn at Darwin Military Museum and Adelaide River Railway Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Litchfield National Park (Magnetic Termite Mounds & Wangi Falls) and Adelaide River War Cemetery (in Adelaide River). Spend the 14th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Darwin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in July; daily highs in Darwin reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Adelaide River
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 19:
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Magnetic Termite Mounds ©
Magnetic Termite Mounds
Adelaide River War Cemetery ©
Adelaide River War Cemetery
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole

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