15 days in Northern Territory, Coober Pedy & Melbourne Itinerary

15 days in Northern Territory, Coober Pedy & Melbourne Itinerary

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15 days in Northern Territory, Coober Pedy & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Alice Springs
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kings Canyon
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Coober Pedy
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
End: Melbourne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): kick back and relax at Mindil Beach. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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

Melbourne to Darwin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Darwin hover around 37°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, make a trip to Mirrai Lookout, and take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

You can drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then explore the galleries of Talapi.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip maker website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Alice Springs in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Wildlife Parks
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Talapi ©
Talapi

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, go for a walk through Field of Light, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planning tool .

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. August in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Kings Canyon

Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kings Canyon day trip site .

You can drive from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon in 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Tours
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Helicopter Tours

1
day
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Old Timers Mine, admire the striking features of Faye's Underground Home, then get engrossed in the history at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Breakaways Conservation Park.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coober Pedy sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Kings Canyon to Coober Pedy takes 8.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Museums Wildlife Nature
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Old Timers Mine ©
Old Timers Mine
Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home
Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Coober Pedy to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Coober Pedy in August, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Parks
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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