31 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

31 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Territory visit planner

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
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Alice Springs
— 5 nights
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Wauchope
— 1 night
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Litchfield National Park
— 2 nights
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Katherine
— 4 nights
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Mataranka
— 1 night
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
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Darwin
— 10 nights
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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 1st (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then trek along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, then take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit site.

Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Alice Springs

— 5 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Araluen Cultural Precinct. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Gillen and Simpsons Gap. Change things up with a short trip to Hermannsburg Historic Precinct in Hermannsburg (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: get outside with Ellery Creek Big Hole, explore the striking landscape of Ochre Pits, admire the verdant scenery at Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, and stroll through Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Wauchope.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 8:

Wauchope

— 1 night
On the 9th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Karlu Karlu-Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Wauchope trip maker website.

You can drive from Alice Springs to Wauchope in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Wauchope

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Litchfield National Park

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Wangi Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Buley Rockhole, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Florence Falls. On your second day here, examine the collection at Adelaide River Railway Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Adelaide River War Cemetery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Robin Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Litchfield National Park road trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wauchope to Litchfield National Park. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Katherine

— 4 nights
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Hot Springs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katherine: Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park (in Douglas-Daly) and Pine Creek Museum (in Pine Creek). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Katherine Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Katherine holiday planner.

Take a bus from Litchfield National Park to Katherine in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Litchfield National Park in October, you will find days in Katherine are somewhat warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mataranka.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

Mataranka

— 1 night
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mataranka Thermal Pool and Rainbow Springs, and then take in the natural beauty of Bitter Springs.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Mataranka journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Katherine to Mataranka takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 5 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kids will enjoy Gunlom Waterfall Creek and Maguk Gorge. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jim Jim Falls and Cahills Crossing. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bardedjilidji Walk, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Animal Tracks Safari, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mataranka to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:

Darwin

— 10 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.
Family-friendly places like Leanyer Recreation Park and Nightcliff Jetty will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Photography Tours and Dundee Beach Fishing Charters. Change things up with these side-trips from Darwin: Berry Springs (FlickingFresh Farm, Territory Wildlife Park, &more), Humpty Doo (Didgeridoo Hut & Art Gallery & Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve) and Dundee Explorer (in Dundee Beach). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at East Point Reserve, explore the activities along Lake Alexander, stroll around Bicentennial Park, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip app.

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 31:

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.