42 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

42 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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42 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h
1
Darwin
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Litchfield National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Pine Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Katherine
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Mataranka
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
7
Wauchope
— 1 day
Travel:  7​h 30​min
8
West MacDonnell National Park
— 1 night
Travel:  4​h 15​min
9
Kings Canyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
11
Alice Springs
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

8
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.
Get in touch with nature at Territory Wildlife Park and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like East Point Reserve and Leanyer Recreation Park. Take a break from Darwin with a short trip to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor, about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 18th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Mindil Beach, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, make a trip to Parliament House, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Darwin trip planner .

Brisbane to Darwin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect Darwin to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, Litchfield National Park, Territory Wildlife Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 25:
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Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
East Point Reserve ©
East Point Reserve
Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park ©

2
nights
Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Florence Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Buley Rockhole, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wangi Falls. Keep things going the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Termite Mounds, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Adelaide River War Cemetery, and finally admire the sheer force of Robin Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Litchfield National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Darwin to Litchfield National Park. In June, daily temperatures in Litchfield National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Adelaide River
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Florence Falls ©
Florence Falls
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Magnetic Termite Mounds ©
Magnetic Termite Mounds

8
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Maguk Gorge and Warradjan Cultural Centre. Get in touch with nature at Kakadu National park and Gunlom Waterfall Creek. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jim Jim Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and delve into the distant past at Ubirr.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) driving holiday site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Litchfield National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pine Creek.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Warradjan Cultural Centre ©
Warradjan Cultural Centre
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek

1
night
Pine Creek

Pine Creek
On the 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Pine Creek Museum and Library, then look for all kinds of wild species at Copperfield Dam Park Area, and then get outside with Umbrawarra Gorge Pine Creek N.T..

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pine Creek trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Pine Creek takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Pine Creek can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Pine Creek

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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5
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Helicopter Tours and Katherine Hot Springs. Step out of the city life by going to Nitmiluk National Park and Low Level Nature Reserve. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Katherine Gorge, trek along Jatbula Trail, wander the wide-open spaces of Katherine Outback Experience, and make a trip to Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Katherine day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Pine Creek to Katherine takes 1.5 hours. July in Katherine sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mataranka.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:
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Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine Hot Springs ©
Katherine Hot Springs
Helicopter Tours

1
night
Mataranka

Mataranka ©
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Elsey National Park, then identify plant and animal life at Botanic Walk, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Bitter Springs.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mataranka tour planner .

You can drive from Katherine to Mataranka in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Wauchope.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:
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Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Elsey National Park ©
Elsey National Park
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve ©
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve

1
day
Wauchope

Wauchope ©
Wauchope is a town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Karlu Karlu-Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wauchope trip builder .

You can drive from Mataranka to Wauchope in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to West MacDonnell National Park.

Things to do in Wauchope

Nature Wildlife Parks
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1
night
West MacDonnell National Park

West MacDonnell National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Glen Helen Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Redbank Gorge, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at West MacDonnell National Park. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ormiston Gorge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our West MacDonnell National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Explore your travel options from Wauchope to West MacDonnell National Park with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in West MacDonnell National Park

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

2
nights
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
On the 16th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Watarrka National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take in the pleasant sights at Kings Canyon Walk, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kings Creek Station.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kings Canyon tour itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from West MacDonnell National Park to Kings Canyon with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Red Centre
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Watarrka National Park ©
Watarrka National Park
Kings Canyon ©
Kings Canyon
Helicopter Tours

3
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.
Get outdoors at Kuniya Walk and Kata Tjuta. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Uluru, get outside with Walpa Gorge, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Kings Canyon to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4 hours. In July in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

8
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ormiston Gorge and Ochre Pits. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Finke Gorge National Park and Simpsons Gap. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Owen Springs Reserve. There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, head outdoors with Ellery Creek Big Hole, identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and stroll through Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs travel route builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 28:
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Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

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