13 days in Darwin & Airlie Beach Itinerary

13 days in Darwin & Airlie Beach Itinerary

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Darwin
— 6 nights
Fly to Townsville, Drive to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
Drive to Townsville, Fly to Darwin

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Darwin

— 6 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mindil Beach and Helicopter Tours. Spend the 29th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and bet on your favorite at Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Darwin tour planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Darwin. In June, daytime highs in Darwin are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Airlie Beach

— 6 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kids will enjoy Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Airlie Beach: Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Golf Club, Passage Peak, &more) and Bowen (Bowen Historical Society and Museum, Horseshoe Bay, &more). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and trek along Whitsunday Great Walk.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Darwin to Airlie Beach takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Darwin to Airlie Beach is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Darwin in July, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 10: