15 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

15 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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15 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Batchelor
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Gunbalanya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Talapi and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip itinerary planner.

Sydney to Alice Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Alice Springs hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art.

Plan trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Batchelor.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Batchelor

Batchelor
On the 26th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Nina's Ark Wildlife Sanctuary and then explore the striking landscape of Litchfield National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Batchelor trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Batchelor. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Batchelor: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Gunbalanya.

Things to do in Batchelor

Wildlife Parks Nature
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1
night
Gunbalanya

Gunbalanya ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Injalak Arts and then delve into the distant past at Ubirr.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gunbalanya road trip site .

Traveling by car from Batchelor to Gunbalanya takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Gunbalanya

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ubirr
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Injalak Arts ©
Injalak Arts

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Wetlands, take some stellar pictures from Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Gunbalanya to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
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Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

3
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.
Darwin is known for museums, wildlife, beaches, theme parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and kick back and relax at Mindil Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip website .

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Darwin are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach