17 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

17 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Territory trip itinerary planner

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Darwin
— 5 nights
Drive
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
Drive
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Tennant Creek
— 1 night
Drive
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Alice Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Alice Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Tennant Creek
— 1 night
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Darwin
— 3 nights
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Darwin

— 5 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.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility will appeal to museum buffs. Christ Church Cathedral Darwin and Star Village will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Darwin: Litchfield National Park (Florence Falls & Buley Rockhole) and Berry Springs (Crazy Acres & Territory Wildlife Park). There's lots more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Parliament House, take in the exciting artwork at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, and stroll through Lameroo Beach.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Darwin online day trip planner.

Sydney 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 Sydney to Darwin due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 2:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 1 night
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Mirray Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Billabong.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Tennant Creek.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

Tennant Creek

— 1 night
Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get a taste of life in the country at Kelly's Ranch.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tennant Creek trip site.

Drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Tennant Creek in 10 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Tennant Creek can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Alice Springs.
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:

Alice Springs

— 1 night

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs tour itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs. Traveling from Tennant Creek in July, expect Alice Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 5th (Mon), trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Mala Walk and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Alice Springs

— 1 night

The Heart of Central Australia

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs route maker site.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Tennant Creek on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Tennant Creek

— 1 night
On the 7th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Kundjarra (the Pebbles) and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mary Ann.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tennant Creek tour builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek. Traveling from Alice Springs in July, things will get a bit warmer in Tennant Creek: highs are around 29°C and lows about 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Darwin.

Things to do in Tennant Creek

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:
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Darwin

— 3 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

Visit Burnett House and St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Darwin Military Museum and 1934 Qantas Hangar. See some other sides of Darwin: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Alexander, walk around Bicentennial Park, and see the interesting displays at Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Darwin trip itinerary maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tennant Creek to Darwin. Traveling from Tennant Creek in July, expect Darwin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Northern Territory travel guide

4.3
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.

Kakadu National Park travel guide

4.3
World heritage site · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Geologic Formations
In Australia's biggest national park you'll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 20,000 years old. Learn about Aboriginal culture from traditional owners the Bininj/Mungguy people, take in thundering waterfalls and witness millions of migratory birds among the wetlands. Experience Kakadu's magic in six dramatically different seasons. International flights arrive directly into Darwin from many global hubs. From the airport it's about a three hour drive by car to Kakadu National Park. Follow the Nature's Way route from Darwin for a longer adventure through the Top End.

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