49 days in Melbourne & Northern Territory Itinerary

49 days in Melbourne & Northern Territory Itinerary

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49 days in Melbourne & Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kings Canyon
— 2 nights
Travel:  4​h 15​min
4
West MacDonnell National Park
— 4 nights
Travel:  4​h 30​min
5
Alice Springs
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Katherine
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Darwin
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Litchfield National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: London


7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Augustine's Church will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Bells Beach (in Torquay), Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides (in Hepburn Springs) and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Ballarat, do a tasting at Paramoor Winery, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Degraves Street.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planning app .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne. Traveling from London in November, things will get a bit warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 26°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Point Nepean National Park, Paramoor Winery, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): go for a walk through Lungkata Walk and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for much hotter days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Yulara
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Red Desert Reptiles ©
Red Desert Reptiles
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
nights
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
On the 3rd (Tue), see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Watarrka National Park.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kings Canyon trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to West MacDonnell National Park.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Red Centre
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Kings Canyon Walk ©
Kings Canyon Walk
Watarrka National Park ©
Watarrka National Park
Helicopter Tours

4
nights
West MacDonnell National Park

West MacDonnell National Park ©
Visiting West MacDonnell National Park and Ormiston Gorge will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Redbank Gorge and Ochre Pits.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our West MacDonnell National Park day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kings Canyon to West MacDonnell National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in West MacDonnell National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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West MacDonnell National Park ©
West MacDonnell National Park
Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge
Glen Helen Gorge ©
Glen Helen Gorge

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Hermannsburg Historic Precinct. Step out of the city life by going to The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve. Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap, explore the galleries of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Alice Springs trip itinerary app .

Explore your travel options from West MacDonnell National Park to Alice Springs with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Red Centre, Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

5
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Outback Experience. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery and MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft. Change things up with these side-trips from Katherine: Mataranka (Botanic Walk & Bitter Springs). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Edith Falls, take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Katherine trip planner .

Getting from Alice Springs to Katherine by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Alice Springs in December since evenings lows in Katherine dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mataranka
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls

6
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr. Escape the urban bustle at Maguk Gorge and Jim Jim Falls. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Katherine to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

8
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Territory Wildlife Park and Speed Boats Tours. Visiting Berry Springs Nature Park and Photography Tours will get you outdoors. Spend the 31st (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 1st (Wed) at Darwin Waterfront. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, head outdoors with Far Out Adventures, learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

Make your Darwin itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Darwin sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 3:
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Speed Boats Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Berry Springs Nature Park ©
Berry Springs Nature Park

4
nights
Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
Get outdoors at Litchfield National Park and Florence Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Magnetic Termite Mounds and Wangi Falls. Step out of Litchfield National Park with an excursion to Adelaide River War Cemetery in Adelaide River--about 38 minutes away.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Litchfield National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Darwin to Litchfield National Park. January in Litchfield National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. You will leave for home on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Adelaide River War Cemetery, Litchfield National Park
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Litchfield National Park ©
Litchfield National Park
Magnetic Termite Mounds ©
Magnetic Termite Mounds
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole

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