37 days in Northern Territory & Southern Queensland Itinerary

37 days in Northern Territory & Southern Queensland Itinerary

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37 days in Northern Territory & Southern Queensland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h
1
Darwin
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Katherine
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
5
Ballandean
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Toowoomba
— 7 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: London

9
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.
Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Darwin Aviation Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Darwin's surroundings by going to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo) and Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor). Spend the 13th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mindil Beach, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, meet the residents at Crocodylus Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Darwin trip builder .

London, UK to Darwin is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Darwin hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Katherine.

Things to do in Darwin

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Litchfield National Park ©
Litchfield National Park

5
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Nitmiluk National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Katherine Gorge, get a taste of life in the country at Katherine Outback Experience, tee off at Katherine Country Club, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Katherine trip site .

Getting from Darwin to Katherine by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Darwin in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 16°C in Katherine. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Katherine

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine Country Club ©
Katherine Country Club

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 Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Road Transport Hall of Fame. Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, admire the natural beauty at Olive Pink Botanic Garden, and see the interesting displays at The Residency.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip builder app .

You can fly from Katherine to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katherine in July, things will get a bit cooler in Alice Springs: highs are around 24°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

4
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.
Kata Tjuta and Uluru are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: stroll through Kuniya Walk, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, make a trip to Anangu Uwankaraku Punu Aboriginal corporation, and view the masterpieces at Wintjiri Arts + Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Ballandean.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

3
nights
Ballandean

Ballandean ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Symphony Hill Winery and Stanthorpe Pottery club. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Girraween National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ballandean trip itinerary builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Ballandean. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Toowoomba.

Things to do in Ballandean

#Parks, #Wineries, #Nature

Side Trips

Stanthorpe, The Summit
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Girraween National Park ©
Girraween National Park
Lawdogs Australia ©
Lawdogs Australia
Symphony Hill Winery ©
Symphony Hill Winery

7
nights
Toowoomba

Toowoomba ©
Toowoomba is a city in the Darling Downs region in the Australian state of Queensland. Go for a jaunt from Toowoomba to Bunya Mountains to see Bunya Mountains National Park about 1h 55 min away. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at The Palms National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Garden, stroll through Queens Park, stop by Tosari Galleries, and see the interesting displays at Cobb+Co Museum.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Toowoomba planner .

You can drive from Ballandean to Toowoomba in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toowoomba

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trip

Bunya Mountains National Park
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Japanese Garden ©
Japanese Garden
Cobb+Co Museum ©
Cobb+Co Museum
Bunya Mountains National Park ©
Bunya Mountains National Park

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