15 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

15 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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15 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  27​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Katherine
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Yulara
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Seattle

2
nights
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.
Darwin is known for museums, wildlife, beaches, theme parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, and take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

To find out how to plan a trip to Darwin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Seattle, USA to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Seattle to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in May, with highs in Darwin at 90°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Museums
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour itinerary builder .

You can 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 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Kakadu National park ©
Kakadu National park

1
night
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): wander the wide-open spaces of Katherine Outback Experience, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Katherine Gorge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Katherine attractions planner .

You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. May in Katherine sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Katherine

Outdoors Trails Nature
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Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Helicopter Tours

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 (Wed): identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Katherine to Alice Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Katherine in May, with highs in Alice Springs at 76°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yulara.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Walking tours
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yulara: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Valley of the Winds, Walpa Gorge, & more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yulara tour itinerary site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Yulara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Yulara sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yulara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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