18 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

18 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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18 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Road Transport Hall of Fame and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol. When in Alice Springs, make a side trip to see Hermannsburg Historic Precinct in Hermannsburg, approximately 2 hours away. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct, and see the interesting displays at Central Australia Aviation Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs journey planning site .

Melbourne to Alice Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Alice Springs at 41°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
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Road Transport Hall of Fame ©
Road Transport Hall of Fame
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen
Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park

3
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery and Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Nitmiluk National Park. There's much more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, stroll through Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve, and tee off at Katherine Country Club.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Katherine holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Katherine takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine Country Club ©
Katherine Country Club
Katherine Museum ©
Katherine Museum

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Explore hidden gems such as Warradjan Cultural Centre and Jim Jim Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing and don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) journey planner.

You can drive from Katherine to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Kakadu National Park, Injalak Arts
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Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls
Mamukala Billabong ©
Mamukala Billabong
Injalak Arts ©
Injalak Arts

1
night
Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Florence Falls, explore the striking landscape of Buley Rockhole, and then admire the sheer force of Wangi Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Litchfield National Park itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Litchfield National Park with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Litchfield National Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Nature Parks
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Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Florence Falls ©
Florence Falls
Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Darwin Golf Club and Parap Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Darwin: Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo) and Adelaide River War Cemetery (in Adelaide River). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Leanyer Recreation Park, tour the water at your own pace with Spirit of Darwin, explore the activities along Lake Alexander, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Litchfield National Park to Darwin with the Route module. In January in Darwin, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Adelaide River War Cemetery, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
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Darwin Golf Club ©
Darwin Golf Club
Photography Tours

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