37 days in Indonesia, Darwin & Cairns Itinerary

37 days in Indonesia, Darwin & Cairns Itinerary

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Jakarta, Indonesia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bandung, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Drive to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Fly to Adi Sutjipto International Airport
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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Fly to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Drive to Seminyak
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Seminyak, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive to Sanur, Ferry to Nusa Penida
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Nusa Penida, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Ferry to Padang Bai, Bali, Drive to Amed
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Amed, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ubud, Indonesia
— Few hours
Drive to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Fly to Sultan Babullah Airport
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Ternate, Indonesia
— 7 nights
Fly
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Darwin, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
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Jakarta, Indonesia

Big Durian

The capital and largest city of Indonesia, Jakarta offers the kind of cultural, historical, and natural stimulation expected from the most populous city in Southeast Asia.
Museum Bank Indonesia and Galeri Nasional Indonesia will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Istiqlal Mosque and Alive Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Bogor Palace (in Bogor), Tangerang (Pasar 8 & Summarecon Mal Serpong) and IKEA Alam Sutera (in Serpong). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Grand Indonesia Mall, see the interesting displays at Museum Di Tengah Kebun, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Azhar Grand Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Candra Naya Building.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jakarta trip app.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Jakarta is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Christchurch to Jakarta. In April, Jakarta is much warmer than Christchurch - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bandung.

Things to do in Jakarta

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Bandung, Indonesia

Paris of the East

The capital of West Java, Bandung offers a blend of leisure activities, entertainment, and sightseeing.
Visit Masjid Agung Trans Studio Bandung and Gedung Gas Negara for their historical value. Shop till you drop at NuArt Sculpture Park and Kopi Luwak Cikole. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Trans Studio Bandung, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jalan Asia Afrika, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lembah Karmel OCD, and appreciate the history behind Monumen Solidaritas Asia Afrika.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bandung trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Jakarta to Bandung by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Jakarta in April, expect Bandung to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Yogyakarta.

Things to do in Bandung

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta is a city on the island of Java in Indonesia. Do your shopping at Malioboro Road and Batik Seno. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Palace of Yogyakarta and Jogokariyan Mosque. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Affandi Museum, pause for some photo ops at Yogyakarta Monument, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and stroll through Parangtritis Beach.

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Explore your travel options from Bandung to Yogyakarta with the Route module. While traveling from Bandung, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Yogyakarta, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Seminyak.

Things to do in Yogyakarta

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Seminyak, Indonesia

A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Beachwalk Shopping Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Fransiskus Xaverius, look for gifts at Krakakoa Chocolate Factory & Store, then admire the masterpieces at Purpa Fine Art Gallery Seminyak, and finally browse the exhibits of Nyaman Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Seminyak day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yogyakarta to Seminyak. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA), which is usually a 1 hour difference. April in Seminyak sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nusa Penida.

Things to do in Seminyak

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Nusa Penida, Indonesia

The bounty of pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise lagoons bordered by emerald green hills, unique cliff formations, and colorful reefs is what draws most travelers to Nusa Penida.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kelingking Beach and Atuh Beach. Giri Putri Cave and Pura Segara Kidul will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: stroll through Lumangan Beach, take in breathtaking views at Tembeling Beach and Forest, admire all the interesting features of Angel's Billabong, and enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nusa Penida trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Seminyak to Nusa Penida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Nusa Penida can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Amed.

Things to do in Nusa Penida

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Amed, Indonesia

A snaking coastline and quaint, sleepy fishing villages characterize Amed, a stretch of shorefront with seven villages in Bali's east.
Shop till you drop at Amed Art Gallery and Wacky Jacky's. Get some cultural insight at Taman Tirtagangga and Pura Tirta Pingit Besakih. The adventure continues: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, see the vivid underwater world at USS Liberty Shipwreck, take in the spiritual surroundings of Besakih Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lipah Beach.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Amed trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Nusa Penida to Amed in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. April in Amed sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ubud.

Things to do in Amed

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Ubud, Indonesia

Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
On the 22nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saraswati Temple, and then view the masterpieces at Threads of Life.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ubud trip planning app.

Getting from Amed to Ubud by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Ubud are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ternate.

Things to do in Ubud

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Ternate, Indonesia

Ternate, a historically and religiously rich city with a population of just under 200,000, draws in tourists every year who arrive for a holiday full of artifacts, historical intrigue, and leafy, green hikes.
Visit Al Munawwaroh Ternate Great Mosque and Oranye Fort for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at Sulamadaha beach and Maitara Island. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Ternate Sultanate Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Batu Angus Ternate, explore the activities along Ngade Lake, and discover the deep blue sea with Dodoku Dive Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ternate journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Ubud to Ternate with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time to Eastern Indonesia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. April in Ternate sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Ternate

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Darwin, Australia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at 1934 Qantas Hangar, take in the exciting artwork at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and finally kick back and relax at Mindil Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, get a taste of local nightlife at Aboriginal Bush Traders, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Darwin Cenotaph, and finally see the interesting displays at Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Darwin online route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ternate to Darwin. Traveling from Ternate to Darwin, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In April in Darwin, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Parks

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Cairns, Australia

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Off-Road Tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Crystal Caves and Samurai Gallery Australia. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton), Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures (in Port Douglas) and Honey House (in Kuranda). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Darwin in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Indonesia travel guide

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Spas · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.

Maluku Islands travel guide

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Beaches · Historic Sites · Scuba & Snorkeling
Spice Islands
Up until the 18th century, the Maluka Islands (then known as the Moluccas) were the only place in the world where mace, nutmeg, and cloves grew. The valuable spices attracted Indian, Chinese, and Arab merchants, followed by European colonizers. Although the spice trade has long since been surpassed by fishing, logging, and other industries, centuries of colonial rule have left the islanders with a diverse mix of cultures and ancestries. The geography of the region holds as much variety as its people. The archipelago contains about 1,000 islands (many tiny), including several active volcanoes. Landscapes range from green-clad mountains to lowland swamps, with many idyllic white sand beaches and teeming coral reefs sprinkled liberally throughout. In a dozen trips to the Maluka Islands, you would still not run out of dramatic scenery, lush tropical vegetation, and rare wildlife to discover.