20 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

20 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Territory journey planner

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Alice Springs
— 1 night
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Katherine
— 2 nights
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
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Darwin
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Alice Springs

— 1 night

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Kangaroo Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Alice Springs Reptile Centre, take an exotic tour of Wayoutback Australian Safaris, and then stroll through Alice Springs Desert Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip planning site.

Melbourne to Alice Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Katherine

— 2 nights
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. On the 14th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Edith Falls and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs. On your second day here, shop like a local with Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Katherine trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Katherine takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in August: high temperatures in Katherine hover around 38°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Katherine

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 7 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Yellow Water Cruises and Jim Jim Falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ubirr and Mamukala Billabong. The adventure continues: stroll through Anbangbang Billabong, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, and take some stellar pictures from Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Katherine to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 22:

Darwin

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Mindil Beach and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Aviation Museum. Spend the 24th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: make a splash at Darwin Waterfront, don't miss a visit to Star Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crocosaurus Cove, and take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Darwin route maker website.

You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin in 3 hours. August in Darwin sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 27:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 4 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Bring the kids along to Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Walpa Gorge. There's lots more to do: trek along Kuniya Walk, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Getting from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Darwin, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:

Northern Territory travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks
A largely unpopulated, parched land of deep red desert, spectacular rock formations, and small, isolated settlements, Northern Territory has perhaps the most distinctively Australian aesthetic of all the country’s states. The region’s towns and cities are clustered around the Stuart Highway--the iconic road that serves as Northern Territory’s main artery--rather than the coastline, as is normally the case in Australia.