13 days in Northern Territory, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

13 days in Northern Territory, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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13 days in Northern Territory, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  29​h
1
Darwin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h
3
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Yulara
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Newark

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Territory Wildlife Park, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour.

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

Newark, USA to Darwin is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Darwin is 14 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Newark in March: high temperatures in Darwin hover around 90°F and lows are around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
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Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, then examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing and then don't miss a visit to Ubirr.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) itinerary planner .

Drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Warradjan Cultural Centre ©
Warradjan Cultural Centre

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, examine the collection at Road Transport Hall of Fame, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Alice Springs vacation builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Alice Springs in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yulara.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Road Transport Hall of Fame ©
Road Transport Hall of Fame

1
night
Yulara

Yulara ©
Yulara takes its name from the local Aboriginal words for "howling" and "dingoes," which conveys the town's isolated location in the Outback.
On the 26th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yulara online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Yulara in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Yulara

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Red Desert Reptiles ©
Red Desert Reptiles
Helicopter Tours
Uluru ©
Uluru

1
day
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 27th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, then get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Degraves Street.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online visit planner .

Getting from Yulara to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. In March, Melbourne is little chillier than Yulara - with highs of 78°F and lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
On the 28th (Thu), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, trek along Manly Scenic Walkway, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of First Fleet Park. On your second day here, look and learn at Sydney Observatory, kick back and relax at Bronte Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, First Fleet Park, Bronte Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Manly Scenic Walkway ©
Manly Scenic Walkway

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