22 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

22 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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22 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Batchelor
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Darwin
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Jabiru
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Katherine
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Mataranka
— 1 night
Travel:  12​h 45​min
West MacDonnell National Park
— 1 night
Travel:  6​h 15​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Perth

1
night
Batchelor

Batchelor ©
For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Batchelor visit planner.

Perth to Batchelor is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Batchelor due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Perth in April: high temperatures in Batchelor hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Batchelor

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Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Adelaide River War Cemetery
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Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls
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4
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Skycity Darwin Casino and Helicopter Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral Darwin. Explore Darwin's surroundings by going to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo) and Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs). There's lots more to do: stroll through Mindil Beach, identify plant and animal life at East Point Reserve, don't miss a visit to Fannie Bay Gaol, and play a few rounds at Darwin Golf Club.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Darwin travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Batchelor to Darwin in 1.5 hours. In April in Darwin, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Jabiru.

Things to do in Darwin

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Territory Wildlife Park, Palmerston Golf Course, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
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Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve ©
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

3
nights
Jabiru

Jabiru ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Warradjan Cultural Centre and Maguk Gorge. Get a sense of the local culture at Anbangbang Billabong and Yellow Water. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jabiru trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

4
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Outback Experience. Step off the beaten path and head to Helicopter Tours and Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Katherine Country Club, view the masterpieces at MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft, see the interesting displays at Katherine Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Katherine Gorge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Katherine trip tool .

Traveling by car from Jabiru to Katherine takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Katherine sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Mataranka.

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Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Helicopter Tours

1
night
Mataranka

Mataranka
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Botanic Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Mataranka Thermal Pool, Elsey National Park, and finally take in the natural beauty of Bitter Springs.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mataranka road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Katherine to Mataranka takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to West MacDonnell National Park.

Things to do in Mataranka

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West MacDonnell National Park

West MacDonnell National Park ©
On the 12th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Redbank Gorge and then take in the awesome beauty at West MacDonnell National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ormiston Gorge.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Mataranka to West MacDonnell National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in West MacDonnell National Park

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West MacDonnell National Park ©
West MacDonnell National Park
Redbank Gorge ©
Redbank Gorge

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, get a new perspective on nature at Wintjiri Arts + Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from West MacDonnell National Park to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In May, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Wintjiri Arts + Museum ©
Wintjiri Arts + Museum

4
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Road Transport Hall of Fame. Get outdoors at Simpsons Gap and Ellery Creek Big Hole. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Owen Springs Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Ormiston Gorge, get engrossed in the history at National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, take in the dramatic natural features at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Road Transport Hall of Fame ©
Road Transport Hall of Fame
Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge

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