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1. Posted by Taylor84 (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey all

Does anyone have any advice on the route from Darwin to Cairns around October, I have been debating whether to bus it over, or drive over but I'm unsure if there is anything extra special to see on the way as it is quite a distance.

Or is it best to just fly over? What are your opinions?

2. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hard to tell what the weather will be like at that time of year, it's probably before the wet season so you'd be ok driving or catching a bus from Darwin to Cairns, how long were you planning to take on the trip? If you don't have alot of time then I'd do Litchfield NP and Kakadu from Darwin and then fly and look at the sights around Cairns.

The things I enjoyed were:
- Litchfield NP and Kakadu but especially Litchfield
- Katherine gorge, the lookout at sunset and hiring a canoe
- Bitter Springs in Mataranka, all signs point to the thermal pool, but bitter springs is far better
- Devils marbles, it's worth going past the turnoff to Mt Isa to see these and backtracking
- Mt Isa, have a look at the aboriginal paintings in the area
- Mary Kathleen, huge abandoned open cut Uranium mine filling with very blue water
- Undara Lava tubes, good for a day visit but nothing more
- Atherton table lands, nice waterfalls

I think I have pictures of all the above in my pictures area, check them out if you like.

3. Posted by Taylor84 (Budding Member 49 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Shall be ending an overland trip in Singapore so was debating a few options
1. Fly to Darwin and trip it over the Cairns and then down the east coast.
2. Fly to Cairns and trip down the east coast (not sure if there are any flights doing this though)
3.Fly to Melbourne and travel up the East Coast to Cairns.

Planning to spend around 3 - 5 months doing this

Any advice is welcome

4. Posted by Mental (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Im spending 3 months travelling.

I land in melbourne and travel up the east coast to Cairns. Then on to Dawin and then maybe fly to Perth or bus depending on time i have left. I have got Grayhound bus pass so i can hop on and off until my Kms have been used.

5. Posted by Pinny (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I travelled up to Darwin from Adelaide (train and car pool!) spent some time in Darwin, seeing Kakadu and surrounds, then caught a Greyhound bus from Darwin to Cairns via Mount Isa which took about 36 hours I was a little bit gruelling but interesting "cultural" stops along the way (e.g. outback truck stops - that's the main culture out there, unless you can access the real culture which is Aboriginal and not easy to just "drop in on") If you have the money, fly, but the bus wasn't so bad! And I think driving it would be's a LOOOOONG way!