60 days in South Australia & Northern Territory Itinerary

60 days in South Australia & Northern Territory Itinerary

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Clare
— 3 nights
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Port Augusta
— 2 nights
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Hawker
— 4 nights
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Coober Pedy
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 5 nights
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Kings Canyon
— 3 nights
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Alice Springs
— 6 nights
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Tennant Creek
— 1 night
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Daly Waters
— 1 night
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Katherine
— 3 nights
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Adelaide River
— 5 nights
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 8 nights
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Darwin
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Clare

— 3 nights
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sevenhill Cellars and Shut the Gate Wines. Step off the beaten path and head to Jim Barry Wines and Jeanneret Wines. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Mitchell Winery.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Clare trip site.

Mildura to Clare is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Mildura to Clare is minus 0.5 hours. You will leave for Port Augusta on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Clare

Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Port Augusta

— 2 nights
A natural harbor established in 1852, Port Augusta houses one of the most popular tourist attractions of the area, the Wadlata Outback Center.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Homestead Gardens and then get great views at Water Tower Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on Iron Knob Tourist Centre & Mine Tours and then take in the exciting artwork at Port Augusta Cultural Centre - Yarta Purtli.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Augusta trip planner.

You can drive from Clare to Port Augusta in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will leave for Hawker on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Port Augusta

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Hawker

— 4 nights
Hawker is a town in the Flinders Ranges area of South Australia, 365km north of Adelaide. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wilpena Panorama and Yourambulla Caves. Step off the beaten path and head to Flinders Ranges National Park and Heritage Blinman Mine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hawker: Flinders Ranges National Park (Wilpena Pound & Brachina Gorge Geological Trail) and Wangara Lookout (in Wilpena).

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hawker trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Port Augusta to Hawker in 1.5 hours. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Hawker

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:

Coober Pedy

— 3 nights
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Faye's Underground Home, then identify plant and animal life at Josephine's Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage, then admire nature's extreme beauty at Kanku - Breakaways Conservation Park, and finally make a trip to Dog Fence.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hawker to Coober Pedy. In May, daytime highs in Coober Pedy are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Uluru and Mala Walk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Walpa Gorge and Kuniya Walk. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and make a trip to Field of Light.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Coober Pedy to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 12th (Thu), you're off to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 7 — 12:

Kings Canyon

— 3 nights
Get in touch with nature at Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kings Creek Station and Mereenie Loop Road.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kings Canyon trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon by car takes about 3.5 hours. You'll set off for Alice Springs on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Alice Springs

— 6 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.
You've now added Standley Chasm Angkerle to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Kangaroo Sanctuary and The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Hermannsburg Historic Precinct and Araluen Cultural Precinct. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ochre Pits, get engrossed in the history at Women's Museum of Australia & Old Gaol Alice Springs, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, and browse the exhibits of Yubu Napa Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Alice Springs day trip planning website.

Drive from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Tennant Creek.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 21:

Tennant Creek

— 1 night
Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 21st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Kundjarra (the Pebbles) and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mary Ann.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tennant Creek tour planning website.

Explore your travel options from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Alice Springs in May, with highs in Tennant Creek at 33°C and lows at 19°C. You will leave for Daly Waters on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Tennant Creek

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Daly Waters

— 1 night
Daly Waters is a small town in the Northern Territory in Australia, about 620 kilometres south of Darwin at the intersection of the Savannah Way and the Stuart Highway.The area's traditional owners, the Jingili people, believe the Dreaming tracks of the Emu and the Sun travelled through here on their way to the southern parts of the Northern Territory.HistoryThe name Daly Waters was given to a series of natural springs by John McDouall Stuart during his third attempt to cross Australia from south to north, in 1861-2. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Daly Waters Aviation Complex.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Daly Waters trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Tennant Creek to Daly Waters takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Daly Waters

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:
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Katherine

— 3 nights
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Explore hidden gems such as Katherine Hot Springs and Umbrawarra Gorge Pine Creek N.T.. Visiting Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park and Low Level Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, tee off at Katherine Country Club, and explore the galleries of MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Katherine day trip planner.

Drive from Daly Waters to Katherine in 3 hours. In May in Katherine, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will leave for Adelaide River on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Katherine

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

Adelaide River

— 5 nights
Adelaide River is a small but historically significant town located at the crossing of the Stuart Highway over the Adelaide River in the Northern Territory of Australia. You've added Magnetic Termite Mounds, Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adelaide River War Cemetery and Robin Falls. Step out of Adelaide River with an excursion to Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park in Douglas-Daly--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Adelaide River Railway Museum and take in the views from Adelaide River Railway Bridg.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Adelaide River online trip builder.

You can drive from Katherine to Adelaide River in 2 hours. Traveling from Katherine in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Adelaide River, with lows of 26°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Adelaide River

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 8 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Step out of the city life by going to Warradjan Cultural Centre and Nanguluwur Art Site. Get a sense of the local culture at Mamukala Billabong and Nourlangie Rock. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Koolpin Gorge, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, explore the activities along Lake Jabiru, and stroll through Bardedjilidji Walk.

Start your trip to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Adelaide River to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 3 hours. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 8:

Darwin

— 15 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Darwin Aviation Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dundee Beach Fishing Charters and East Point Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Darwin: Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs) and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Charles Darwin National Park. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Darwin Cenotaph, explore the striking landscape at Berry Springs Nature Park, and identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin route builder app.

You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Darwin sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 23:

South Australia travel guide

4.5
Wineries & Vineyards · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Largely arid or semi-arid in terms of its climate and geography, South Australia nevertheless boasts several picturesque mountain ranges and grasslands, particularly in its coastal region. Founded in 1836 as a planned colonial province rather than a penal settlement, South Australia has a slightly different modern history than Australia’s other states. Economically prosperous and culturally rich, South Australia boasts a confident, easygoing personality.

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.