12 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

12 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Territory holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Bus
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Litchfield National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Ayers Rock
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kings Canyon
— 1 night
Drive to Ayers Rock, Fly to Melbourne

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Darwin

— 2 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

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.
Darwin is known for museums, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, see the interesting displays at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum, and don't miss a visit to Parliament House.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip planner.

Melbourne to Darwin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Darwin due to the time zone difference. In January, Darwin is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 3 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong.

Discover how to plan a Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

Litchfield National Park

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Termite Mounds, admire the sheer force of Florence Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Buley Rockhole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): take in the views from Adelaide River Railway Bridg and then stroll the grounds of Adelaide River War Cemetery.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Litchfield National Park journey planning site.

Traveling by bus from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Litchfield National Park takes 4 hours. In February, daytime highs in Litchfield National Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, and take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Litchfield National Park to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 8.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Litchfield National Park in February: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:

Kings Canyon

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kings Creek Station.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kings Canyon road trip website.

Drive from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon in 3.5 hours. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

Northern Territory travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Wildlife Areas
A largely unpopulated, parched land of deep red desert, spectacular rock formations, and small, isolated settlements, Northern Territory has perhaps the most distinctively Australian aesthetic of all the country’s states. The region’s towns and cities are clustered around the Stuart Highway--the iconic road that serves as Northern Territory’s main artery--rather than the coastline, as is normally the case in Australia.