45 days in South Australia & Northern Territory Itinerary

45 days in South Australia & Northern Territory Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia travel route planner

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Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
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Tanunda
— 6 nights
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Clare
— 3 nights
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Hawker
— 2 nights
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Flinders Ranges National Park
— 2 nights
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Streaky Bay
— 2 nights
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Coober Pedy
— 4 nights
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Bus to Marla, Fly to Darwin, Drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
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Katherine
— 2 nights
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Litchfield National Park
— 2 nights
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Darwin
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
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Alice Springs
— 5 nights
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Kangaroo Island

— 5 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Take a break from the city and head to Admirals Arch and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Remarkable Rocks and Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari. The adventure continues: stroll through Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, learn about winemaking at Dudley Wines, get a dose of the wild on Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip planner.

Sydney to Kangaroo Island is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tanunda.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Tanunda

— 6 nights
One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Murray Street Vineyards and Wine Tours & Tastings. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gorge Wildlife Park and Whistler Wines. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Kies Family Wines, explore and take pictures at Bethany Wines, and steep yourself in history at Langmeil Winery.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tanunda online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Tanunda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. In September, daily temperatures in Tanunda can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Clare.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Clare

— 3 nights
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Get some historical perspective at Bungaree Station and Martindale Hall Historic Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sevenhill Cellars and Kilikanoon Winery Clare Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre (in Peterborough) and Burra Railway Station (in Burra). There's still lots to do: trek along Riesling Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Clare day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tanunda to Clare takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hawker.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Hawker

— 2 nights
Hawker is a town in the Flinders Ranges area of South Australia, 365km north of Adelaide. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Ranges National Park. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Yourambulla Caves, then take in the exciting artwork at Jeff Morgan Gallery, and then explore the world behind art at Wilpena Panorama.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hawker vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Clare to Hawker in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Flinders Ranges National Park.

Things to do in Hawker

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Flinders Ranges National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Arkaroo Rock and then explore the striking landscape at Wilpena Pound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go deep underground at Heritage Blinman Mine and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Brachina Gorge Geological Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Flinders Ranges National Park tour planner.

Drive from Hawker to Flinders Ranges National Park in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Flinders Ranges National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Streaky Bay.

Things to do in Flinders Ranges National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Historic Sites

Streaky Bay

— 2 nights
Streaky Bay is a coastal town on the western side of the Eyre Peninsula, in South Australia just off the Flinders Highway 303 km north west of Port Lincoln and 727 km by road from Adelaide. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get close to the beloved marine mammals with Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience and then stroll around Point Labatt. On the next day, stroll around Islands Caravan Park.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Streaky Bay trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Flinders Ranges National Park to Streaky Bay in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Streaky Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Coober Pedy

— 4 nights
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Visit Serbian Orthodox Church and Catacomb Church for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Kanku - Breakaways Conservation Park and Josephine's Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Faye's Underground Home, go deep underground at Tom's Working Opal Mine, and take in the dramatic natural features at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Coober Pedy trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Streaky Bay to Coober Pedy takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October in Coober Pedy, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 4 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gunlom Waterfall Creek and Jim Jim Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Helicopter Tours and Cahills Crossing. Step out of Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to go to Gunbalanya and see Injalak Arts, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mamukala Billabong, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Animal Tracks Safari, and examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) route website.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Coober Pedy to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Katherine

— 2 nights
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, then take in the natural beauty of Katherine Hot Springs, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nitmiluk National Park.

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You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 44°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Litchfield National Park

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Florence Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Buley Rockhole. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Adelaide River War Cemetery, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wangi Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Litchfield National Park route maker site.

Explore your travel options from Katherine to Litchfield National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Katherine in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Litchfield National Park: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Darwin

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Territory Wildlife Park and Dundee Beach Fishing Charters. Do some cultural sightseeing at Darwin Military Museum and St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral. Step out of Darwin to go to Humpty Doo and see Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through East Point Reserve, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Darwin road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Litchfield National Park to Darwin with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, then explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and then go for a walk through Lungkata Walk. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then go for a walk through Mala Walk.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Darwin in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife

Alice Springs

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Road Transport Hallf of Fame and Hermannsburg Historic Precinct. Explore hidden gems such as The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Ellery Creek Big Hole. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, get engrossed in the history at Women's Museum of Australia & Old Gaol Alice Springs, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

South Australia travel guide

4.5
Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · 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 · 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.