32 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

32 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Territory route planner
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Alice Springs
— 6 nights
Fly
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Katherine
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pine Creek
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 8 nights
Drive
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Darwin
— 6 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Alice Springs — 6 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.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, take an in-depth tour of Women's Museum of Australia & Old Gaol Alice Springs, and examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs road trip tool.

Adelaide to Alice Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In November, Alice Springs is a bit warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 40°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Katherine.
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Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 6:

Katherine — 4 nights

Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Change things up with a short trip to Bitter Springs in Mataranka (about 1h 15 min away). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Nitmiluk National Park. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve, make a trip to Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Katherine trip planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Katherine in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Katherine when traveling from Alice Springs in December, with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pine Creek.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Pine Creek — 3 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pine Creek: Robin Falls (in Adelaide River) and Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park (in Douglas-Daly).

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pine Creek travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Katherine to Pine Creek takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Pine Creek, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).
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Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) — 8 nights

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Yellow Water Cruises, explore the striking landscape of Ubirr, look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, and trek along Bardedjilidji Walk.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Pine Creek to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Darwin.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 21:

Darwin — 6 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.
Spend the 22nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Darwin planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Darwin, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Darwin in December: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

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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