21 days in Darwin & Melbourne Itinerary

21 days in Darwin & Melbourne Itinerary

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21 days in Darwin & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Darwin
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

9
nights
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 Litchfield National Park and Crocosaurus Cove. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Defence of Darwin Experience. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Darwin: Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo) and Litchfield National Park (Buley Rockhole & Florence Falls). Spend the 16th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 23rd (Sun) at Darwin Waterfront. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, get interesting insight from Offshore Boats, take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and explore the activities along Lake Alexander.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Darwin online tour planner .

Sydney to Darwin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Darwin reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 23:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

10
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at St. Kilda Beach and Mentone beach. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale), The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Spend the 31st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandridge Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Melbourne tour itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in December, you will find days in Melbourne are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are cooler (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Mentone beach, St. Kilda Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Find places to stay Dec 23 — Jan 3:
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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