28 days in Darwin, Alice Springs & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

28 days in Darwin, Alice Springs & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

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28 days in Darwin, Alice Springs & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

Start: Darwin
1
Darwin
— 21 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Darwin

21
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Litchfield National Park and Berry Springs Nature Park. Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Darwin Aviation Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Batchelor (Batchelor Butterfly Farm and Pet Garden & Batchelor Museum), Adelaide River War Cemetery (in Adelaide River) and Litchfield National Park (Magnetic Termite Mounds, Florence Falls, & more). Spend the 16th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Charles Darwin National Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, and cool off at Wave Lagoon.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip itinerary website .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Darwin International Airport. In December in Darwin, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Batchelor, Territory Wildlife Park, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, explore the galleries of Talapi, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then get great views at Anzac Hill.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs attractions planning website .

You can fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Darwin in January: highs in Alice Springs hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

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

2
nights
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 6th (Mon), appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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