trips planned today
trips planned today
out of 5
Northern Territory trip planner
Create a fully customized day-by-day itinerary for free
Trip Planner : South Pacific / Australia / Northern Territory
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. Our Australia online holiday planner allows you to plan your trip to Northern Territory and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
Read the Northern Territory holiday planning guide
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Northern Territory
Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.
Top Northern Territory tours
Likely to sell out BOOK WITH VIATOR Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise on Cape Adieu
Duration: 2h 30min
Tours from $105 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Sunset 3-Hour Cruise from Darwin with Dinner and Sparkling Wine
Tours from $108 ›
Likely to sell out BOOK WITH VIATOR Kakadu Full-Day Tour from Darwin with Lunch
Tours from $196 ›
Likely to sell out BOOK WITH VIATOR Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset with Outback Barbecue Dinner and Star Tour
Duration: 3h 30min
Tours from $173 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Duration: 12h 30min
Tours from $193 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Litchfield National Park and Jumping Crocodile Cruise
Tours from $125 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
Tours from $221 ›
Likely to sell out BOOK WITH VIATOR Helicopter Scenic: Extended Uluru & Kata Tjuta
Duration: 1h 30min
Tours from $224 ›
Places to visit in Northern Territory
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National ParkTrip planner Best for: World heritage site, Geologic Formation, Mountain DarwinTrip planner Best for: Specialty Museum, Water Park, Beach Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)Trip planner Best for: World heritage site, Geologic Formation, National Park Alice SpringsTrip planner Best for: Wildlife Area, Specialty Museum, Lookout KatherineTrip planner Best for: Geologic Formation, Waterfall, Hot Spring
Popular things to do in Northern TerritorySee all ›
Wildlife in Northern TerritorySee all ›
Nature in Northern TerritorySee all ›
Hidden gems in Northern Territory
Museums in Northern TerritorySee all ›
Parks in Northern Territory
Where to stay in Northern Territory
Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
|Adults (12 +)||
|Infants (Under 2)||
Recently planned trips to Northern Territory
35 days in Northern Territory BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Darwin Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park 14 days in Northern Territory BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Kings Canyon Alice Springs 10 days in Northern Territory BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Alice Springs Katherine Litchfield National Park 17 days in Northern Territory BY A USER FROM INDIA Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) Alice Springs 15 days in Northern Territory, Coober Pedy & Melbourne BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Darwin Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) Alice Springs 15 days in Northern Territory & Melbourne BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Darwin Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park 29 days in Northern Territory BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Darwin Batchelor Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) 14 days in Northern Territory BY A USER FROM INDIA Darwin Alice Springs Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park 4 days in Australian Capital Territory & Northern Territory BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Nicholls Darwin Katherine 12 days in Northern Territory BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Darwin Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) Katherine 24 days in Northern Territory BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Batchelor Darwin Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) 11 days in Queensland, Northern Territory & Victoria BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Gold Coast Cairns Darwin
Northern Territory Holiday Planning GuideA 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.
Places to Visit in Northern Territory
Destinations in Northern TerritoryDarwin: Australia's northernmost major city serves as the access point for most Northern Territory holidays, with modern architecture and services complementing a year-round tropical climate and an abundance of beaches.
Alice Springs: If your Northern Territory itinerary takes you to the Red Centre and Uluru, you're bound to pass through this oasis town, a beacon of tourism and agriculture industries in the vast desert plains.
Katherine: The gateway to some of the region's most scenic national parks, this former telegraph outpost is now one of the most popular Northern Territory places to visit.
Yulara: Established in 1976 as an accommodation hub for tourists, this desert town sits just a stone's throw from Uluru and offers easy access to the area's scenic rock formations.
Popular Northern Territory Tourist AttractionsUluru: No Northern Territory itinerary is complete without visiting this giant, spiritually significant red rock, which juts out from the desert landscape and changes shades of red as the day goes on.
Mindil Beach: Enjoy the sunset at this iconic Darwin beach, where you can stretch out on the sand, go for a dip, or browse a range of independent stalls selling handmade artwork, crafts, and souvenirs.
Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: Wander through the hallways of this extensive gallery and museum to admire Aboriginal paintings, modern artworks, and a range of exhibits relating to the region's nature and animal life.
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas): Often overshadowed by the iconic Uluru, this formation of 36 massive red rocks nevertheless remains one of the most popular Northern Territory attractions, providing opportunities to explore and admire the ponds that form between the rocks.
Defence of Darwin Experience: Immerse yourself in this detailed interactive exhibit to learn about the 1942 bombing of Darwin, in which Japanese forces attacked the northern city but were unable to advance any farther into Australia.
Darwin Wharf Precinct: Explore this beachfront district in the state capital to find an enormous wave pool, a sheltered lagoon perfect for taking a dip, and an array of retail outlets just minutes from the city center.
Crocosaurus Cove: As its name suggests, this wildlife park will add some extra bite to your Northern Territory holiday, with the chance to feed and even swim with crocodiles in a protected area.
Alice Springs Desert Park: Bring the kids along to play with kangaroos, admire native birds, and seek shade among the trees of this desert park, still largely run by members of the indigenous Arrernte people.
Litchfield National Park: Known for its tropical rainforests sprouting from the red earth below, this extensive national park within easy reach of Darwin contains an incredible cluster of large termite mounds, which from above look like the ruins of an ancient city.
Katherine Gorge: Just outside the small but important town of the same name, this pristine gorge stands out as one of the highlights of Northern Territory tourism, with an abundance of native animals visible onshore as you float down the river.
Planning a Northern Territory Vacation with Kids
Places to Visit in Northern Territory with KidsYour Northern Territory holiday can likely be broken down into two regions--the tropical north and the Red Centre.
To show the kids the region's most iconic attractions and some red desert scenery they'll never forget, fly into Alice Springs, then head down to Yulara to base yourself near the famed red rock.
Make sure you visit Darwin during your Northern Territory vacation to let the kids admire crocodiles and some of the region's other tropical animals at a range of wildlife centers, then make your way to Katherine, where they'll be able to explore a wild rainforest.
Things to Do in Northern Territory with KidsOne Northern Territory attraction tops them all--Uluru.
After you've admired the red rock changing color with the sunlight, be sure to head to nearby Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), an often underrated but equally impressive network of massive, interconnected boulders where the kids can pretend they're in a fantasy world.
Other Northern Territory tourist attractions perfect for a family vacation include Alice Springs Desert Park and Crocosaurus Cove.
If the kids need a bit of fast-paced city stimulation to balance out the nature-focused tourism, take them to Darwin Wharf Precinct, where they can frolic about in a giant wave pool.
Tips for a Family Vacation in Northern TerritoryAs with most places in Australia, Northern Territory tourism focuses primarily on nature, so your little ones will have to spend a lot of time outdoors.
Bring plenty of sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water to help the kids cope with the oppressive conditions.
If visiting desert destinations during your Northern Territory holiday, make sure you pack some warm clothes for the little ones--while it's scorching hot during the day, the temperature can plummet at night.
Australia's notorious wild animals thrive in the region, so make sure you keep a close eye on small children to stop them straying from marked paths.
Dining and Shopping on Holiday in Northern Territory
Cuisine of Northern TerritoryOne of the most iconic experiences you can enjoy during a Northern Territory vacation is indulging in some fine dining in the Outback or eating a meal in the shadow of Uluru.
You can also take a food tour of the area with a local guide, who'll teach you about the techniques used to prepare bushfood and native meats, such as kangaroo, emu, and crocodile.
Make sure you try damper on your Northern Territory trip--this simple bread made over an open fire provides perhaps the most authentic taste of the region.
If you visit the state's coastal areas, ask for freshly grilled barramundi, a fresh or saltwater fish known for its delicious white flesh.
Shopping in Northern TerritoryThe region's large landmass and low population density means you'll find relatively few shopping options outside the main cities during your Northern Territory vacation.
Darwin offers the best range of options, with a handful of well-balanced shopping malls offering both local and international brands, as well as distinctive night markets, where you can find a range of fresh, locally grown produce.
Visit Aboriginal Fine Arts--a Darwin-based gallery selling genuine Aboriginal artwork and handicrafts--for a chance to buy paintings, woven goods, and ornate didgeridoos to remember your Northern Territory trip by.
Know Before You Go on a Trip to Northern Territory
Interesting Facts About Northern TerritoryNorthern Territory covers an area roughly the size of Spain, Italy, and France combined, but has a population of just over 200,000 people
The country's military has a strong presence in the region, considered one of the most strategically important in Australia due to its proximity to Asia
While the Territory's colonial history dates back only a couple of hundred years, its rich indigenous history is believed to extend at least 40,000 years back
Agriculture, fishing, mining, and tourism make up the largest industries in the region
Holidays & Festivals in Northern TerritoryPleasant weather conditions make July and August the best months to catch cultural events and festivals during a trip to Northern Territory.
The festivities in Darwin kick off with Royal Darwin Show--a carnival with plenty of rides and attractions for the whole family--then carry on into August with Darwin Festival, which offers a combination of music, arts, and live performances.
Add Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair to your Northern Territory itinerary for a chance to acquaint yourself with the local indigenous culture through traditional dance performances and art exhibits.
Useful Northern Territory Travel Tips
Climate of Northern TerritorySimply put, the climate in Darwin and other northern and coastal Northern Territory destinations is hot year-round, with average temperatures hovering around 32 C (90 F).
The dry season, between May and September, serves as the best time to holiday in Northern Territory, with pleasant conditions and minimal rainfall. The wet season (October to April) can provide more difficult weather.
Top destinations like Alice Springs and Yulara have a hot, dry climate, with scorching daily maximums from October to March, but extremely cold nights between April and September.
Transportation in Northern TerritoryDusty desert roads stretching as far as the eye can see and an incredibly sparse population present some challenges when organizing a Northern Territory itinerary.
Save time, money, and effort by flying between major destinations, such as Darwin and Alice Springs, from which you can generally take buses to nearby attractions.
If you vacation in Northern Territory with a family, consider booking a tour or an organized day trip to see isolated attractions like Uluru and Kata Tjuta, as driving through the desert can provide difficulties for those who haven't done it before.