28 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

28 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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28 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  6​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Travel:  4​h 15​min
2
West MacDonnell National Park
— 3 nights
Travel:  2​h 30​min
3
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Katherine
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Mataranka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Darwin
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Batchelor
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Adelaide

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Uluru and then hike along Kuniya Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Adelaide in December, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to West MacDonnell National Park.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

3
nights
West MacDonnell National Park

West MacDonnell National Park ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Ikuntji Artists and Hermannsburg Historic Precinct. Escape the urban bustle at West MacDonnell National Park and Ormiston Gorge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read West MacDonnell National Park route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to West MacDonnell National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in West MacDonnell National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ikuntji Artists, Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
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Hermannsburg Historic Precinct ©
Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge
West MacDonnell National Park ©
West MacDonnell National Park

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Road Transport Hall of Fame and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol. Visiting The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Ormiston Gorge will get you outdoors. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, explore the striking landscape of Ochre Pits, identify plant and animal life at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Alice Springs tour itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from West MacDonnell National Park to Alice Springs with the Route module. In December in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Museums Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park
Road Transport Hall of Fame ©
Road Transport Hall of Fame

4
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Step out of the city life by going to Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Outback Experience. Step off the beaten path and head to Katherine Country Club and Katherine Museum. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, identify plant and animal life at Low Level Nature Reserve, and take in the exciting artwork at MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Katherine attractions tool .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Katherine when traveling from Alice Springs in December, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Mataranka.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Helicopter Tours
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. On the 28th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Botanic Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mataranka Thermal Pool, Elsey National Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Bitter Springs.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Mataranka online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Katherine to Mataranka in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve ©
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Warradjan Cultural Centre and Cahills Crossing. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, and explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online holiday planner .

Getting from Mataranka to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by car takes about 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
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Mamukala Billabong ©
Mamukala Billabong
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

5
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.
St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral Darwin will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at 1934 Qantas Hangar and Paul Arnold Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Darwin: Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs) and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, try to win big at Skycity Darwin Casino, catch the contagious excitement of Darwin Turf Club, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Darwin tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Darwin, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Batchelor.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palmerston Golf Course, Territory Wildlife Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
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Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
East Point Reserve ©
East Point Reserve
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve ©
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve

3
nights
Batchelor

Batchelor ©
Adelaide River War Cemetery and Bachelor Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Buley Rockhole and Helicopter Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Litchfield National Park (Wangi Falls & Florence Falls) and Adelaide River Railway Bridg (in Adelaide River).

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Batchelor attractions planner.

Drive from Darwin to Batchelor in 1.5 hours. In January in Batchelor, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Batchelor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Adelaide River
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Adelaide River War Cemetery ©
Adelaide River War Cemetery
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls

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