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1. Posted by davver79 (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

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Hi,

I'm visiting australia in May, and joining 2 friends on their travels. I can only go for 2 weeks so I'm trying to find the best way to spend my time. I've already done the whole east coast, so we're thinking of going from Cairns to Darwin, in a campervan, over 14 days. Is this possible? I don't really want to be driving every day. Also, I'm not sure if its complete outback territory and we won't see much life for 2 weeks?

Any advice or other suggestions greatly appreciated!

2. Posted by rcoleman (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Cairns to Darwin is travelling across very remote country (outback). May is dry season in tropics so weather will be good, however the only real reliable & safe bitumen for this trip would be Cairns down to Townsville and then across through Mount Isa onto Tennant Creek and up to Darwin. This is a long trip and would take a solid 4 days of safe driving. There is a lot of open outback between the towns on this route. If you have seen the East Coast already, why not consider fly or bus to Darwin and hire a campervan to explore the beautiful areas & sites all around Darwin. eg. Kakadu. 1.5-2.0 weeks in the Top End would be a terrific holiday.

3. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

Right now Jetstar is having a massive Australia sale and Cairns to Darwin nonstop is $130!! Can't beat that, especially with the price of petrol!

4. Posted by davver79 (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

Hi, thanks for your reply. We're probably going to fly to Cairns from Sydney, spend a few days in and around Cairns, then get a bus to Darwin. I looked on the Greyhound site though and it says there are no busses between Cairns and Darwin? Or maybe I'm looking in the wrong place?

Or the other alternative would be to fly, it just means we're making 6 flights in 2 weeks!

Or then there's the hiring a van and driving Cairns to Darwin, but that may just eat into too much time, as we're only in Australia for 14 days.

I really don;t know whats the best thing to do! Has anyone else done this or been in a similar situation?

Thanks...

5. Posted by rach6083 (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

Hi,
I crossed from Cairns to Darwin with Desert Venturer, and had a brill trip. There is suprisingly quite a bit to see on route. I think 2 weeks is more than enough, we did it in 4 days, it was lots of time on the road though. This was back in 2004 so I'm not sure of the tour still runs, but I'd definately recommend it if it was.
Good luck!

6. Posted by davver79 (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

Hi rach, I had a look at Desert Venturer but seems like they only do Cairns to Alice Springs now. Another option is drive town to townsville and then to Darwin from there in a campervan. Has anybody made this journey before? Is it possible in a campervan and safe?

7. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Quoting davver79

Hi, thanks for your reply. We're probably going to fly to Cairns from Sydney, spend a few days in and around Cairns, then get a bus to Darwin. I looked on the Greyhound site though and it says there are no busses between Cairns and Darwin? Or maybe I'm looking in the wrong place?

With Greyhound I think you'd have to go Cairns-Tennant Creek (or Alice Springs), and then from there to Darwin. Definitely at least 1 change of bus at Tennant Creek or Alice as I said - not sure if you'd also have to change coach at Townsville.

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