42 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

42 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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42 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Alice Springs
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Katherine
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Litchfield National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Darwin
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Mataranka
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
7
Wauchope
— 1 day
Travel:  5​h 30​min
8
West MacDonnell National Park
— 2 nights
Travel:  2​h 15​min
9
Kings Canyon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

7
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.
Road Transport Hall of Fame and Yubu Napa Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Kangaroo Sanctuary and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Owen Springs Reserve. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, make a trip to Ormiston Gorge, look for all kinds of wild species at John Flynn's Grave Historical Reserve, and admire the masterpieces at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs holiday planner .

Sydney to Alice Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sydney in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Trephina Gorge Nature Park
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 27:
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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

5
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Katherine Museum and Katherine School of the Air Tourist Room are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Helicopter Tours and Katherine Outback Experience will get you outdoors. Step out of Katherine to go to Pine Creek and see Umbrawarra Gorge Pine Creek N.T., which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Nitmiluk National Park. There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Katherine Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, and tee off at Katherine Country Club.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Katherine trip planner .

Fly from Alice Springs to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in April: high temperatures in Katherine hover around 40°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Umbrawarra Gorge Pine Creek N.T.
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 2:
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Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Helicopter Tours
Katherine Museum ©
Katherine Museum

3
nights
Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adelaide River War Cemetery and Buley Rockhole. Get outdoors at Wangi Falls and Florence Falls. Step out of Litchfield National Park with an excursion to Bachelor Museum in Batchelor--about 42 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Litchfield National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Litchfield National Park online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Katherine to Litchfield National Park. Traveling from Katherine in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Litchfield National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Batchelor, Adelaide River War Cemetery
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Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Adelaide River War Cemetery ©
Adelaide River War Cemetery
Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls

8
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Territory Wildlife Park and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral Darwin. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Charles Darwin National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, stroll through Leanyer Recreation Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Alexander, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip itinerary planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Litchfield National Park to Darwin with the Route module. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Territory Wildlife Park
Find places to stay May 5 — 13:
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East Point Reserve ©
East Point Reserve
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park

7
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get outdoors at Warradjan Cultural Centre and Twin Falls. Get some cultural insight at Anbangbang Billabong and Injalak Arts & Crafts Association. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, make a trip to Mirrai Lookout, explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mataranka.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kakadu National Park, Injalak Arts
Find places to stay May 13 — 20:
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

1
night
Mataranka

Mataranka ©
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Botanic Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Mataranka Thermal Pool, Elsey National Park, and finally take in the natural beauty of Bitter Springs.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mataranka trip planner .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Mataranka by car takes about 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wauchope.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
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Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve ©
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve

1
day
Wauchope

Wauchope ©
Wauchope is a town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 22nd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Karlu Karlu-Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wauchope online trip builder .

You can drive from Mataranka to Wauchope in 8.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to West MacDonnell National Park.

Things to do in Wauchope

Nature Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:
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2
nights
West MacDonnell National Park

West MacDonnell National Park ©
Take a break from the city and head to West MacDonnell National Park and Redbank Gorge. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ikuntji Artists and Hermannsburg Historic Precinct. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Ormiston Gorge.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read West MacDonnell National Park planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wauchope to West MacDonnell National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in West MacDonnell National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, Ikuntji Artists
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
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West MacDonnell National Park ©
West MacDonnell National Park
Hermannsburg Historic Precinct ©
Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge

3
nights
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
Visiting Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon Walk will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve and Kings Creek Station.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kings Canyon trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from West MacDonnell National Park to Kings Canyon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Red Centre
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
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Watarrka National Park ©
Watarrka National Park
Kings Creek Station ©
Kings Creek Station
Kings Canyon Walk ©
Kings Canyon Walk

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Wintjiri Arts + Museum and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Red Desert Reptiles and Anangu Uwankaraku Punu Aboriginal corporation. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Kuniya Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning website .

Getting from Kings Canyon to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Red Desert Reptiles ©
Red Desert Reptiles

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