12 days in Darwin & Katherine & Surrounds Itinerary

12 days in Darwin & Katherine & Surrounds Itinerary

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12 days in Darwin & Katherine & Surrounds Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Darwin
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Katherine
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Wave Lagoon and Darwin Waterfront. Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindil Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Darwin travel route planning website .

Sydney to Darwin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Darwin hover around 37°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Katherine.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Darwin Waterfront ©
Darwin Waterfront

6
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. When in Katherine, make a side trip to see Bitter Springs in Mataranka, approximately 1h 55 min away. Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Nitmiluk National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Katherine Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jatbula Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs, and examine the collection at Katherine Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Katherine trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Darwin to Katherine takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bitter Springs
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Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls
Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park

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