47 days in Adelaide, Red Centre & Darwin Itinerary

47 days in Adelaide, Red Centre & Darwin Itinerary

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47 days in Adelaide, Red Centre & Darwin Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Adelaide
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Darwin
— 11 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
4
Tennant Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Wauchope
— 1 night
Travel:  5​h 30​min
6
West MacDonnell National Park
— 2 nights
Travel:  2​h 15​min
7
Kings Canyon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

10
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation and St Peter's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Riesling Trail and Blowhole Beach. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Morgan Beach (in Cape Jervis), Martindale Hall Heritage Museum (in Mintaro) and Urimbirra Wildlife Park (in Victor Harbor). There's much more to do: trek along River Torrens Linear Park Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Aldinga Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Bay, and look for all kinds of wild species at Gorge Wildlife Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Adelaide day trip planning website .

Sydney to Adelaide is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Adelaide when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbor, Henley Beach, Martindale Hall Heritage Museum
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Riesling Trail ©
Riesling Trail
River Torrens Linear Park Trail ©
River Torrens Linear Park Trail

12
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Mount Gillen. Get a sense of the local culture at Road Transport Hall of Fame and Araluen Cultural Precinct. Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Owen Springs Reserve. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ochre Pits, identify plant and animal life at Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve, and get outside with Ellery Creek Big Hole.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Alice Springs attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in January, things will get a bit warmer in Alice Springs: highs are around 41°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Red Centre
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Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park

11
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.
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Territory Wildlife Park and Buley Rockhole. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Darwin: Litchfield National Park (Florence Falls, Tolmer Falls, & more), Adelaide River War Cemetery (in Adelaide River) and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo). Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Charles Darwin National Park. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, don't miss a visit to Magnetic Termite Mounds, stroll through Leanyer Recreation Park, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tennant Creek.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Batchelor Butterfly Farm and Pet Garden, Territory Wildlife Park, Adelaide River War Cemetery
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Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Adelaide River War Cemetery ©
Adelaide River War Cemetery

1
night
Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek ©
Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Battery Hill Mining Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Lake Mary Ann. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Kundjarra (the Pebbles), don't miss a visit to Tennant Creek Telegraph Station, then explore and take pictures at Kelly's Ranch, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre, and finally appreciate the history behind John Flynn Memorial Obelisk.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Tennant Creek road trip tool .

You can drive from Darwin to Tennant Creek in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Darwin in February, expect nights in Tennant Creek to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wauchope.

Things to do in Tennant Creek

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lake Mary Ann ©
Lake Mary Ann
Battery Hill Mining Centre ©
Battery Hill Mining Centre
Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre ©

1
night
Wauchope

Wauchope ©
Wauchope is a town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 7th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Karlu Karlu-Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wauchope online trip maker .

Drive from Tennant Creek to Wauchope in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for travel to West MacDonnell National Park.

Things to do in Wauchope

Wildlife Parks Nature
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2
nights
West MacDonnell National Park

West MacDonnell National Park ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like West MacDonnell National Park and Ormiston Gorge. Visiting Redbank Gorge and Serpentine Gorge will get you outdoors. Step out of West MacDonnell National Park with an excursion to Hermannsburg Historic Precinct in Hermannsburg--about 1h 15 min away.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our West MacDonnell National Park day trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wauchope to West MacDonnell National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in West MacDonnell National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
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West MacDonnell National Park ©
West MacDonnell National Park
Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge
Hermannsburg Historic Precinct ©
Hermannsburg Historic Precinct

3
nights
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
Take a break from the city and head to Watarrka National Park and Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kings Canyon Walk and Kings Creek Station.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kings Canyon vacation maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from West MacDonnell National Park to Kings Canyon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Red Centre
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Watarrka National Park ©
Watarrka National Park
Kings Canyon Walk ©
Kings Canyon Walk
Kings Creek Station ©
Kings Creek Station

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Valley of the Winds and Uluru. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kata Tjuta and Kuniya Walk. There's much more to do: get outside with Walpa Gorge, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take in the exciting artwork at Wintjiri Arts + Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip website .

Getting from Kings Canyon to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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