32 days in Cairns, Darwin & Alice Springs Itinerary

32 days in Cairns, Darwin & Alice Springs Itinerary

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Cairns

— 10 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, &more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Spend the 1st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online road trip planner.

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in February; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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Darwin

— 11 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

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.
Go for a jaunt from Darwin to Litchfield National Park to see Helicopter Tours about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 13th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and have fun at Nightcliff Aquatic Centre.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip maker.

Getting from Cairns to Darwin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Darwin is minus 0.5 hours. In March in Darwin, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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Alice Springs

— 9 nights

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Step out of Alice Springs to go to Hermannsburg and see Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs trip planner.

You can fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Alice Springs, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

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