2 Week Northern Territory Itinerary – Australia

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The Northern Territory is a must-visit on any Australia road trip itinerary! Famed for its Outback landscapes, rich Aboriginal culture, and otherworldly attractions, a trip to the NT is an awe-inspiring adventure you will never forget.

I have put together this complete 2 Week Northern Territory Itinerary to help you plan your trip ahead of time!

 

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OVERVIEW

Here is an overview of an ideal 2 Week Northern Territory Itinerary with my recommendations of places to visit in this order:

  • Darwin – Day 1 & 2
  • Litchfield – Day 3 & 4
  • Kakadu – Day 5 & 6
  • Katherine – Day 7 & 8
  • Devils Marbles – Day 9
  • Alice Springs – Day 10 & 11
  • Kings Canyon – Day 12
  • Uluru – Day 13 & 14

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DARWIN – DAY 1 & 2

Darwin is the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory and the perfect place to start your adventures.

Upon arriving at Darwin International Airport, you can simply rent a car from here to begin your 2-week Northern Territory itinerary.

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN DARWIN

Darwin is most popular for its beautiful waterfront lagoon, incredible street art, buzzing nightlife, sunset cruises, calm beaches, and many more fun-fuelled activities.

See below for a list of fun things to do in Darwin for the first 2 days of your itinerary.

  1. Take photos of the street art
  2. Swim in the Waterfront Lagoon
  3. Set sail on a sunset cruise
  4. Join a Jetski tour with 007 Jet Ski’s
  5. Visit the Darwin Museum and Art Gallery
  6. Try the Gin at Charlie’s of Darwin
  7. Go deep-sea fishing with YKnot Fishing Charters

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WHERE TO STAY IN DARWIN

 

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LITCHFIELD – DAY 3 & 4

The nest stop on your 2-week Northern Territory itinerary is Litchfield National Park which is known for its beautiful waterfalls, refreshing swimming holes, and giant termite mounds. 

From Darwin to Litchfield National Park, it’s approximately a 1-hour drive.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK

Litchfield National Park is an adventurous wonderland filled with many stunning attractions, suitable for people of all ages. 

See below for a list of the best things to do in Litchfield National Park during your visit.

  1. Visit Florence Falls
  2. Take a photo of the giant termite mounds
  3. Go for a swim at Walker Creek
  4. Discover Wangi Falls
  5. Take a dip at Buley Rock Hole

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WHERE TO STAY IN LITCHFIELD

 

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KAKADU – DAY 5 & 6

Next up on this 2-week itinerary is Kakadu National Park.

Visiting Kakadu National Park is an incredible experience boasting an extensive amount of history, beautiful scenery, and ancient Aboriginal culture. Whether you’re on the hunt for wildlife or want to see some of Australia’s most surreal landscapes, Kakadu has it all.

From Litchfield National Park to Kakadu National Park the journey takes around 2 hours.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

From billabong cruises to scenic lookouts, see below for the best things to do in Kakadu during your visit.

  1. Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
  2. See the Nourlangie Rock Art
  3. Marvel at the view from Nawurlandja Lookout

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WHERE TO STAY IN KAKADU

 

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KATHERINE – DAY 7 & 8

Katherine is a place where the Outback meets the tropics and a must-see destination on your Northern Territory itinerary.

From Kakadu to Katherine the journey takes approximately 1.5 hours.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN KATHERINE

There are many great activities to try when visiting Katherine which are suitable for all sorts of travelers. Whether your traveling with kids or a solo backpacker, there is something here to satisfy everyone’s needs. 

See below for a list of the best things to do in Katherine.

  1. Boat cruise in Katherine Gorge
  2. Scenic flight over Nitmiluk National Park
  3. See the view from Baruwei Lookout
  4. Take a dip in Katherine Hot Springs
  5. Visit Bitter Springs 

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WHERE TO STAY IN KATHERINE

 

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DEVILS MARBLES – DAY 9

Devils Marbles feature gigantic boulders that have been internationally recognized as the symbol of Australians Outback and are a pretty incredible sight to see on your 2 week Northern Territory itinerary.

From Katherine to Devils Marbles it’s approximately an 8-hour drive. I also recommend stopping at Daly Waters Historic Pub along the way to break up the drive and to grab a bite to eat.

DEVILS MARBLES

Also known as Karlu Karlu, which translates to round boulders, Devils Marbles are part of the aboriginal culture in Australia and as of 2008 when a historic ceremony was held, ownership of these rocks was officially given back to the site’s traditional owners. Now the Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve is jointly owned by the traditional owners and the Parks and Wildlife Rangers.

There is more to do at Devils Marbles than you once thought. From walking trails to wildlife spotting, Devils Marbles really does have more than what meets the eye.

You have a selection of self-guided walking trails, weaving you in and around the different rock formations, soaking up the atmosphere, and learning about this incredible site of cultural interest.

Information signposts will guide you around the walk and teach you as you go. Be sure to check out the Nyanjiki Lookout for sweeping panoramic views over this unique landscape, especially at sunset.

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DEVILS MARBLES CAMPING

It’s possible to camp here at the Devils Marbles with a selection of camp and caravan sites available. Additional fees do apply if you wish to camp and you can book online in advance.

Public toilets and picnic tables are also available.

 

DEVILS MARBLES HOTEL

For those of you who would prefer to stay in a hotel when visiting Devils Marbles Australia, you’re in luck! 

The Devils Marbles Hotel is just 8km south of Devils Marbles and has a variety of accommodation options available including single-room cabins, ensuite rooms, deluxe cabins, and a caravan park with powered sites.  

Devils Marbles Hotel also has an on-site restaurant, bar, fuel, and swimming pool for all visitors.

Head to their website www.devilsmarbleshotel.com.au to book online in advance.

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ALICE SPRINGS – DAY 10 & 11

Located right in the center of Australia, embodying the true Australian Outback, Alice Springs is somewhat one of a forgotten gem, though it’s for sure not to be missed on your NT trip.

From Devils Marbles to Alice Springs it’s approximately a 4-hour drive.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN ALICE SPRINGS

  1. Visit Ormiston Gorge
  2. Go swimming at Ellery Creek Big Hole
  3. Discover Simpsons Gap
  4. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon

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WHERE TO STAY IN ALICE SPRINGS

 

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KINGS CANYON – DAY 12

Next on this 2-week Northern Territory itinerary is Kings Canyon. If you are seeking a big day full of adventure then a visit to Kings Canyon is definitely for you.

Kings Canyon is located right in the middle of Watarrka National Park, just 3.5 hours drive from Alice Springs.

The canyon is famous for its walking tracks, rock climbing, and its views of chasms and cliffs. You can also complete a 2km walk along the creek that opens up to some spectacular views of the canyon rim.

 

WHERE TO STAY AT KINGS CANYON

 

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ULURU – DAY 13 & 14

Last but not least on this NT itinerary is Uluru.

One of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, Uluru is a sacred site that is so magnificent it’s been placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list TWICE!

Standing at 348 meters high, this landmass was formed over 500 million years ago, and not only can it be admired for its everlasting beauty but it has influenced the cultural values and beliefs of its traditional owners, the Anangu people.

From Kings Canyon to Uluru it’s approximately a 3.5-hour drive.

BEST THINGS TO DO AT ULURU

This breathtaking natural wonder of the world is perfect for everyone. Whether you are seeking adventure, having a romantic holiday, or just wanting to learn more about the culture, there is something for everyone here.

See below for a list of awesome things to do at Uluru.

  1. Sunrise camel tour
  2. Sounds of Silence
  3. Sunset at Uluru
  4. Uluru Segway tour
  5. Field of Light
  6. Uluru helicopter ride
  7. Visit the domes of Kata Tjuta
  8. Learn to play a didgeridoo
  9. Take a photo on the dirt roads

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SUMMARY

So there you have it, a complete 2 week Northern Territory itinerary starting in Darwin and ending in Uluru.

From Uluru, you can return your rental car at Ayers Rock/Connellan Airport (AYQ) and there are daily flights departing from Uluru to the major cities within Australia.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Northern Territory Australia, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Travels!

 

This trip was in association with NT Tourism and Backyard Bandits.

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