16 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

16 days in Northern Territory Itinerary

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Fly to Ayers Rock, Drive to Kings Canyon
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Kings Canyon
— 1 night
Drive
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Darwin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Drive
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Litchfield National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Katherine
— 2 nights
Fly

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Kings Canyon

— 1 night
On the 18th (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Watarrka National Park.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kings Canyon itinerary planner.

Sydney to Kings Canyon is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 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.
Attractions like Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip maker.

You can drive from Kings Canyon to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Darwin.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Darwin

— 3 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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mindil Beach will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: make a splash at Darwin Waterfront, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crocosaurus Cove, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin itinerary builder website.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Darwin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, expect nights in Darwin to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 5 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Attractions like Maguk Gorge and Ubirr make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, stroll through Mamukala Wetlands, explore and take pictures at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and surround yourself with nature on Yellow Water Cruises.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip tool.

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Florence Falls, then admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Termite Mounds, and then explore the activities along Buley Rockhole.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Litchfield National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Litchfield National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Nature · Parks

Katherine

— 2 nights
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. On the 2nd (Sat), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, and then view the masterpieces at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Katherine tour itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Litchfield National Park to Katherine. While traveling from Litchfield National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Katherine, ranging from highs of 44°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Katherine

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Northern Territory travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks
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.