15 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

15 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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15 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Darwin
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Adelaide River
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Litchfield National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Douglas-Daly
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Katherine
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Mataranka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Daly Waters
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Tennant Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Barrow Creek
— Few hours
Travel:  6​h 45​min
11
West MacDonnell National Park
— 1 night
Travel:  4​h 45​min
12
Alice Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
13
Yulara
— 1 night
shuttle:  30​min
14
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

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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.
On the 2nd (Thu), walk around Bicentennial Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Military Museum, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally walk around Howard Springs Nature Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin route planning site .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Darwin is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Darwin. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Howard Springs Nature Park ©
Howard Springs Nature Park
Darwin Military Museum ©
Darwin Military Museum
Safaris

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nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, then look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, and finally make a trip to Mirrai Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, then take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, then make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Adelaide River.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Mamukala Billabong ©
Mamukala Billabong
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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Adelaide River

Adelaide River ©
Adelaide River is a small but historically significant town located at the crossing of the Stuart Highway over the Adelaide River in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 5th (Sun), snap pictures at Adelaide River Railway Bridg, then stroll the grounds of Adelaide River War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Adelaide River Railway Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Robin Falls.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide River trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Adelaide River in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Adelaide River

Museums Parks Nature
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Adelaide River Railway Museum ©
Adelaide River Railway Museum
Adelaide River War Cemetery ©
Adelaide River War Cemetery
Robin Falls ©
Robin Falls

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night
Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
On the 6th (Mon), make a trip to Wangi Falls Art & Cultural Centre, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Termite Mounds, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Buley Rockhole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Florence Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Tolmer Falls, and then explore the activities along Sandy Creek.

You can plan Litchfield National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Adelaide River to Litchfield National Park. In May, daytime highs in Litchfield National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Douglas-Daly.

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Parks Nature Tours
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Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Florence Falls ©
Florence Falls
Tolmer Falls ©
Tolmer Falls

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night
Douglas-Daly

Douglas-Daly ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): walk around Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Douglas-Daly route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Litchfield National Park to Douglas-Daly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Douglas-Daly

Parks Nature
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Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park ©

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night
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Katherine Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Katherine Gorge, then take in the exciting artwork at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Katherine Outback Experience.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Katherine itinerary planner.

Drive from Douglas-Daly to Katherine in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mataranka.

Things to do in Katherine

Museums Wildlife Trails
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Highlights from your plan
Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Katherine Museum ©
Katherine Museum

1
night
Mataranka

Mataranka ©
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Bitter Springs, explore the activities along Mataranka Thermal Pool, Elsey National Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elsey National Park.

To see photos and tourist information, read Mataranka trip maker website .

You can drive from Katherine to Mataranka in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Daly Waters.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Elsey National Park ©
Elsey National Park
Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs

1
night
Daly Waters

Daly Waters
Daly Waters is a small town in the Northern Territory in Australia, about 620 kilometres south of Darwin at the intersection of the Savannah Way and the Stuart Highway.The area's traditional owners, the Jingili people, believe the Dreaming tracks of the Emu and the Sun travelled through here on their way to the southern parts of the Northern Territory.HistoryThe name Daly Waters was given to a series of natural springs by John McDouall Stuart during his third attempt to cross Australia from south to north, in 1861-2. To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Daly Waters day trip planner .

You can drive from Mataranka to Daly Waters in 2 hours. You will leave for Tennant Creek on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Daly Waters

Nightlife Historic Sites
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Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek ©
Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 11th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre, explore and take pictures at Kelly's Ranch, then get engrossed in the history at Battery Hill Mining Centre, and finally pause for some photo ops at John Flynn Memorial Obelisk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tennant Creek trip planner .

Drive from Daly Waters to Tennant Creek in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daytime highs in Tennant Creek are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Barrow Creek.

Things to do in Tennant Creek

Museums Shopping
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Battery Hill Mining Centre ©
Battery Hill Mining Centre

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hours
Barrow Creek

Barrow Creek ©
Barrow Creek is a very small town, with a current population of 11, in the southern Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to Barrow Creek Telegraph Station.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Barrow Creek travel planning site .

Drive from Tennant Creek to Barrow Creek in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to West MacDonnell National Park.
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:
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Barrow Creek Telegraph Station ©
Barrow Creek Telegraph Station

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night
West MacDonnell National Park

West MacDonnell National Park
To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the West MacDonnell National Park online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Barrow Creek to West MacDonnell National Park. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in West MacDonnell National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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 13th (Mon), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at The Residency.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Alice Springs road trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from West MacDonnell National Park to Alice Springs. In May in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yulara.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Walking tours
The Residency ©
The Residency

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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.
For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yulara trip maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Yulara in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. May in Yulara sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), you're off toUluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Yulara

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
On the 14th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online attractions planner .

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is just a stone's throw from Yulara. In May, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre