15 days in Top End & Darwin & Surrounds Itinerary

15 days in Top End & Darwin & Surrounds Itinerary

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Fly
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Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Mataranka
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Katherine
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Litchfield National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Darwin
— 2 nights
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Darwin — 2 nights

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 5th (Wed): make a splash at Darwin Waterfront and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquascene Fish Feeding. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and then explore the striking landscape at Berry Springs Nature Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Darwin vacation tool.

Sydney to Darwin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Darwin at 39°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).
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Parks · Tours · Nature · Theme Parks
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) — 3 nights

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Yellow Water Cruises, explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock, make a trip to Ubirr, and admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) route builder app.

Drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mataranka.
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Mataranka — 2 nights

Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): test the waters at Mataranka Thermal Pool and Rainbow Springs and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Bitter Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Elsey Cemetery National Reserve and then walk around Elsey National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mataranka trip app.

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Mataranka by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Katherine.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Katherine — 3 nights

Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Katherine is known for nature, museums, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: view the masterpieces at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the natural beauty of Katherine Hot Springs, and take in the dramatic scenery at Edith Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Katherine trip builder site.

Drive from Mataranka to Katherine in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Katherine are 44°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Litchfield National Park.
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Litchfield National Park — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then admire the sheer force of Wangi Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Termite Mounds, and finally explore the striking landscape of Buley Rockhole. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Florence Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Litchfield National Park trip app.

Explore your travel options from Katherine to Litchfield National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Katherine in October, expect nights in Litchfield National Park to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Darwin.
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Darwin — 2 nights

Spend the 17th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Explore Darwin further: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, make a trip to Parliament House, and stroll through Crocosaurus Cove.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Litchfield National Park to Darwin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Top End travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Nature & Parks
The name given to the most northerly portion of the Northern Territory, the Top End region encompasses a variety of landscapes, from oceanic coastline to parched desert to the urban sprawl of state capital Darwin. Eucalyptus trees and patches of rainforest dot the area, as do a number of rivers that form the major part of the state’s wetlands, giving Top End a practical as well as scenic significance.
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