A week in the Australian Northern Territory
The Northern Territory is the vast and wild heart Australia. This massive region is sparsely populated and it is home to some of the country's best and most recognizable natural features. The Northern Territory (NT) is the perfect place to live an adventurous trip, far from any bustling city, and feel connected to the ancient Australian culture. This 7-days itinerary requires the use of a car, so renting a vehicle, ideally a 4x4, offroad one, is necessary.
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DAY 1: ULURU

The trip begins with an iconic Australian sight, the massive Uluru/Ayers Rock, one of the country's most famous locations. Uluru, as it's called by the local Aboriginal people, is part of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, and it is possible to reach by airplane, through the Ayers Rock Airport. There you can find several car rental places where to get yourself a vehicle to explore the area. 

Uluru
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Virtually everyone has seen Uluru in picture before, but seeing it in person is a different experience. The hike around Uluru is a great way to see it from up-close and notice small details you cannot see from a far. The walk itself is around 10 km long and it is advisable to avoid the hottest hours of the day. It is also possible to climb up to the top of Uluru, but local people, who consider it a sacred place, prefer if tourists avoid climbing it.
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
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Kata Tjuta is another rock formation, similar to Uluru, and it is part of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. It is approximately 60 km from Uluru, so if you have some extra days to spend, it is worth a visit.
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DAY 2: KINGS CANYON

Kings Canyon, also known as Watarrka, is a massive canyon about a 3 and a half hour drive from Uluru, following the Lasseter Highway. It is another spectacular natural formation and offers a great chance to hike and enjoy great sights. 

Kings Canyon
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The canyon is a well-known tourist area, part of the Watarrka National Park, and it offers several hikes and walkable routes for all types of people. From the top of the canyon, you have a great view of the seemingly endless Australian outback
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WHERE TO STAY

Discovery Resorts - Kings Canyon
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There are not many options, since Kings Canyon is in such a remote position, but Discovery Resorts- Kings Canyon has it all. Whether you are looking for a luxurious room, a cheaper lodge or you are traveling with your tent, this resort has it all.
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WHERE TO EAT

Kings Canyon Bar & Grill
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Being in the middle of the Australian desert, walking and hiking for hours, will build your appetite and the desire for a cold drink. You can find it all here, at the Kings Canyon Bar & Grill. The perfect place where to try some outback BBQ, a delicious burger and a cold beverage.
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DAY 3: ALICE SPRINGS

The drive between Kings Canyon and Alice Springs, the largest inland settlement of the Northern Territory, is approximately 3 hours and a half. If you have a regular car, you have to follow the main highways (Stuart Highway), but if you rented a 4x4 offroad vehicle, you can ride part of the famous Red Centre Way, 

Larapinta Drive
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If you have an vehicle made for unpaved roads, you can get to Alice Springs via the Larapinta Drive. The dusty, red, Australian soil will make you feel like a true adventurer and it is a great way to explore the interior of this vast country. It is possible to see herds of wild camels as well.
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The small town of Alice Springs will seem huge after a few days in the desert. The spirit of the town will remind you of the life in the outback life. 

The Kangaroo Sanctuary
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Alice Springs Desert Park
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DAY 4: DARWIN

After your first few days in the southern part of the Northern Territory, it is time to move north. You can return your rental car at the Alice Springs Airport and fly to Darwin. 

Darwin is the capital and largest city in the Northern Territory, and it is located on the shores of the Timor Sea. The climate is completely different from Alice Springs. It is tropical, with a wet and dry season. 

Mindil Beach
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A large beach, located near Darwin central business district. It is one of the city's most popular locations and a great place where to swim and relax. Much like most beaches in Australia, read the signs on the beach and avoid swimming in the water when box jellyfish are in the area
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Mindil Beach Sunset Market
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A popular market in Mindil Beach, you can find the market Thursdays and Sundays from the end of April to October
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Darwin Waterfront Precinct
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A newly built, tourist area, the Darwin Waterfront Precinct, it is a great place to eat good food, have something to drink and even take a swim in the Recreation Lagoon
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WHERE TO EAT

Tim's Surf & Turf
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A great place in Darwin to have some delicious seafood and meat or to try crocodile meat.
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DAY 5: KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

From Darwin, after renting another car, it is time to drive south to the huge Kakadu National Park. In this large park there are many things to see and activities to do. 

Ubirr (Rock Art)
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This rock formation is home to some of the oldest rock paintings in the world. A very important piece of human history.
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There are also many tours to take, most of which led by local, aboriginal tour guides, that will take you to see the local fauna. The most popular ones are the boat tours that will take you to see the many rivers full of giant saltwater crocodiles. There are all kinds of activities available. 

WHERE TO STAY

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
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This hotel is famous for being shaped like a gigantic crocodile, a theme that perfectly fits the area. Besides its unique shape, the hotel itself is nothing extraordinary but it offers all the services you might need
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DAY 6: KATHERINE

The ride from the Kakadu National Park to the small town of Katherine is approximately 3 hours and a half, or around 300 kilometers. Despite its small size and isolated position, Katherine and its surroundings offers different activities for tourists. 

Katherine Hot Springs
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In and around Katherine there are several hot springs areas where to relax and swim, maybe after a hike around the area. The closest one to the town is the Katherine Hot Springs, which uses water of the Katherine River. The ideal choice if you don't want to drive far
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Katherine Gorge
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The gorge is about a 20 minutes drive from Katherine and it is another spectacular natural area, where you can hike and enjoy the water
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Edith Falls
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Just north of Katherine, you will find Edith Falls, a beautiful hiking area with a short waterfall that flows into a refreshing natural swimming pool
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DAY 7: DARWIN AGAIN

After a long week of driving, hiking, swimming and flying around the Northern Territory, it is time to head back home. Darwin International Airport is the final destination but, if your flight leaves later in the day, you have some more time to explore the capital city of the Northern Territory again. 

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A week in the Australian Northern Territory
The Northern Territory is the vast and wild heart Australia. This massive region is sparsely populated and it is home to some of the country's best and most recognizable natural features. The Northern Territory (NT) is the perfect place to live an adventurous trip, far from any bustling city, and feel connected to the ancient Australian culture. This 7-days itinerary requires the use of a car, so renting a vehicle, ideally a 4x4, offroad one, is necessary.
17 Places • ago
Free

DAY 1: ULURU

The trip begins with an iconic Australian sight, the massive Uluru/Ayers Rock, one of the country's most famous locations. Uluru, as it's called by the local Aboriginal people, is part of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, and it is possible to reach by airplane, through the Ayers Rock Airport. There you can find several car rental places where to get yourself a vehicle to explore the area. 

Uluru
@SebaAnder
Virtually everyone has seen Uluru in picture before, but seeing it in person is a different experience. The hike around Uluru is a great way to see it from up-close and notice small details you cannot see from a far. The walk itself is around 10 km long and it is advisable to avoid the hottest hours of the day. It is also possible to climb up to the top of Uluru, but local people, who consider it a sacred place, prefer if tourists avoid climbing it.
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
@SebaAnder
Kata Tjuta is another rock formation, similar to Uluru, and it is part of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. It is approximately 60 km from Uluru, so if you have some extra days to spend, it is worth a visit.
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Details

DAY 2: KINGS CANYON

Kings Canyon, also known as Watarrka, is a massive canyon about a 3 and a half hour drive from Uluru, following the Lasseter Highway. It is another spectacular natural formation and offers a great chance to hike and enjoy great sights. 

Kings Canyon
@SebaAnder
The canyon is a well-known tourist area, part of the Watarrka National Park, and it offers several hikes and walkable routes for all types of people. From the top of the canyon, you have a great view of the seemingly endless Australian outback
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Details

WHERE TO STAY

Discovery Resorts - Kings Canyon
@SebaAnder
There are not many options, since Kings Canyon is in such a remote position, but Discovery Resorts- Kings Canyon has it all. Whether you are looking for a luxurious room, a cheaper lodge or you are traveling with your tent, this resort has it all.
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WHERE TO EAT

Kings Canyon Bar & Grill
@SebaAnder
Being in the middle of the Australian desert, walking and hiking for hours, will build your appetite and the desire for a cold drink. You can find it all here, at the Kings Canyon Bar & Grill. The perfect place where to try some outback BBQ, a delicious burger and a cold beverage.
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Details

DAY 3: ALICE SPRINGS

The drive between Kings Canyon and Alice Springs, the largest inland settlement of the Northern Territory, is approximately 3 hours and a half. If you have a regular car, you have to follow the main highways (Stuart Highway), but if you rented a 4x4 offroad vehicle, you can ride part of the famous Red Centre Way, 

Larapinta Drive
@SebaAnder
If you have an vehicle made for unpaved roads, you can get to Alice Springs via the Larapinta Drive. The dusty, red, Australian soil will make you feel like a true adventurer and it is a great way to explore the interior of this vast country. It is possible to see herds of wild camels as well.
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Details

The small town of Alice Springs will seem huge after a few days in the desert. The spirit of the town will remind you of the life in the outback life. 

The Kangaroo Sanctuary
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Alice Springs Desert Park
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DAY 4: DARWIN

After your first few days in the southern part of the Northern Territory, it is time to move north. You can return your rental car at the Alice Springs Airport and fly to Darwin. 

Darwin is the capital and largest city in the Northern Territory, and it is located on the shores of the Timor Sea. The climate is completely different from Alice Springs. It is tropical, with a wet and dry season. 

Mindil Beach
@SebaAnder
A large beach, located near Darwin central business district. It is one of the city's most popular locations and a great place where to swim and relax. Much like most beaches in Australia, read the signs on the beach and avoid swimming in the water when box jellyfish are in the area
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Mindil Beach Sunset Market
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A popular market in Mindil Beach, you can find the market Thursdays and Sundays from the end of April to October
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Details
Darwin Waterfront Precinct
@SebaAnder
A newly built, tourist area, the Darwin Waterfront Precinct, it is a great place to eat good food, have something to drink and even take a swim in the Recreation Lagoon
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Details

WHERE TO EAT

Tim's Surf & Turf
@SebaAnder
A great place in Darwin to have some delicious seafood and meat or to try crocodile meat.
Add to
Details

DAY 5: KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

From Darwin, after renting another car, it is time to drive south to the huge Kakadu National Park. In this large park there are many things to see and activities to do. 

Ubirr (Rock Art)
@SebaAnder
This rock formation is home to some of the oldest rock paintings in the world. A very important piece of human history.
Add to
Details

There are also many tours to take, most of which led by local, aboriginal tour guides, that will take you to see the local fauna. The most popular ones are the boat tours that will take you to see the many rivers full of giant saltwater crocodiles. There are all kinds of activities available. 

WHERE TO STAY

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
@SebaAnder
This hotel is famous for being shaped like a gigantic crocodile, a theme that perfectly fits the area. Besides its unique shape, the hotel itself is nothing extraordinary but it offers all the services you might need
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DAY 6: KATHERINE

The ride from the Kakadu National Park to the small town of Katherine is approximately 3 hours and a half, or around 300 kilometers. Despite its small size and isolated position, Katherine and its surroundings offers different activities for tourists. 

Katherine Hot Springs
@SebaAnder
In and around Katherine there are several hot springs areas where to relax and swim, maybe after a hike around the area. The closest one to the town is the Katherine Hot Springs, which uses water of the Katherine River. The ideal choice if you don't want to drive far
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Details
Katherine Gorge
@SebaAnder
The gorge is about a 20 minutes drive from Katherine and it is another spectacular natural area, where you can hike and enjoy the water
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Edith Falls
@SebaAnder
Just north of Katherine, you will find Edith Falls, a beautiful hiking area with a short waterfall that flows into a refreshing natural swimming pool
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Details

DAY 7: DARWIN AGAIN

After a long week of driving, hiking, swimming and flying around the Northern Territory, it is time to head back home. Darwin International Airport is the final destination but, if your flight leaves later in the day, you have some more time to explore the capital city of the Northern Territory again. 

* * *
CURATED BY
Hello, my name is Sebastian and I am Italian. Traveling and photography have always been two of my biggest passions and I have always loved bringing the two together. Sadly my traveling experience is not as rich as I wish it could be, but after I discovered Thatch, I decided to test myself and see if I can translate my traveling experiences into useful travel guides. I hope at least one person will be able to get inspired or find my guides helpful!
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