8 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

8 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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Fly
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Darwin
Drive
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
Bus
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Katherine
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tennant Creek
— 1 night
Fly
5
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
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Darwin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a splash at Darwin Waterfront and then identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin online travel planner.

Sydney to Darwin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Darwin is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Darwin: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 1 night
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online route planner.

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
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Katherine

— 2 nights
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Edith Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, explore the striking landscape at Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Katherine planning site.

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In January in Katherine, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tennant Creek.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Tennant Creek

— 1 night
Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mary Ann and then appreciate the history behind John Flynn Memorial Obelisk.

Before you visit Tennant Creek, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Katherine to Tennant Creek in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. January in Tennant Creek sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Tennant Creek

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Alice Springs

— 3 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.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, and examine the collection at Alice Springs School of the Air Experience.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs. Traveling from Tennant Creek in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Alice Springs, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
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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.