14 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

14 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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14 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Yulara
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
3
Katherine
— 2 nights
4
Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Mataranka
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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 18th (Fri), hike along Kuniya Walk, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Walpa Gorge and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yulara tour itinerary maker tool .

Melbourne to Yulara is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you will find days in Yulara are much hotter (39°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Yulara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get outside with Simpsons Gap, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yulara to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Simpsons Gap ©
Simpsons Gap

2
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): experience rural life at Katherine Outback Experience and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Nitmiluk National Park.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Katherine trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in October: high temperatures in Katherine hover around 44°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Katherine

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Katherine Hot Springs ©
Katherine Hot Springs

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Buley Rockhole, Wave Lagoon, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, cool off at Wave Lagoon, identify plant and animal life at Litchfield National Park, identify plant and animal life at Territory Wildlife Park, then kick back and relax at Lameroo Beach, and finally stroll through Mindil Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Buley Rockhole, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, then identify plant and animal life at East Point Reserve, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Leanyer Recreation Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin road trip tool .

Getting from Katherine to Darwin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Katherine in October, plan for little chillier days in Darwin, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Buley Rockhole, Litchfield National Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Territory Wildlife Park
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
East Point Reserve ©
East Point Reserve
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve ©
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 26th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout, then examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jim Jim Falls. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong and then take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Mataranka on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls
Warradjan Cultural Centre ©
Warradjan Cultural Centre
Mirrai Lookout ©
Mirrai Lookout

2
nights
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 28th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Bitter Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Mataranka Thermal Pool, Elsey National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Elsey National Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Botanic Walk.

To find ratings and other tourist information, go to the Mataranka road trip planning site .

You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Mataranka in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Gorrie Airfield
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Elsey National Park ©
Elsey National Park
Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Mataranka Falls ©
Mataranka Falls

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