8 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

8 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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8 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Sydney

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Nomad Art. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Tactile Arts, then examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin road trip planning site.

Sydney to Darwin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Darwin to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Museums Wildlife
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

2
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.
On the 14th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, and finally identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in May, expect nights in Alice Springs to be colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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