19 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

19 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Territory trip planner
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Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly
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Katherine
— 1 night
Drive
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Drive
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Gunbalanya
— 1 night
Drive
5
Darwin
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Alice Springs — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Walking tours and Climbing Tours. Kids will enjoy Alice Springs Desert Park and The Kangaroo Sanctuary. Go for a jaunt from Alice Springs to Stuarts Well to see Cannonball Run Monument about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, stroll through Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path, and identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs travel planner.

Melbourne to Alice Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect nights in Alice Springs to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Katherine.
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Katherine — 1 night

Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Katherine trip planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Katherine in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Katherine: highs are around 38°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) — 6 nights

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Yellow Water Cruises and Maguk Gorge. Mamukala Billabong and Anbangbang Billabong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Twin Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwurr Art Site, take some stellar pictures from Mirray Lookout, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Katherine to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by car takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gunbalanya.
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Gunbalanya — 1 night

On the 30th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Injalak Arts, then stroll through Ubirr, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gunbalanya road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Gunbalanya takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Darwin.
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Darwin — 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Darwin Military Museum. Kids will enjoy Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mindil Beach. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove, cast your line with a fishing tour, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and cool off at Darwin Waterfront.

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Drive from Gunbalanya to Darwin in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 3 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.
Attractions like Uluru and Kuniya Walk make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Uluru Astro Tour. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

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You can fly from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Darwin in September, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are little chillier (33°C), and nights are colder (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Northern Territory travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Wildlife Areas
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.
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