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Planning Northern Territory Trip April 2013

Perth, Australia
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Planning Northern Territory Trip April 2013

I went through the some of the other topics and all great information but seems our circumstances might be a bit different than the others I have read. We live in Perth and want to head to NT for an extended weekend, likely April 24/25 until April 29., 2013, 5 days 4 nights? We want to get a feeling of seeing the outback but our group of 4-6 adults (ages ranging 30-40) will likely require we stay in a hotel/apt, basically not camping. It is obviously a huge area but we want to do as much as possible but also not go crazy with having it too much packed in. Want to see Ayers Rock and Kakadu. Big request is to see the crocs, so thinking our timing should be good for that too. We will be flying there from Perth and not sure if we should go to Alice Springs, Uluru, Darwin as our place to fly into and stay. Darwin seems so far but a city with a lot more to do than some of the other options. Maybe we are being unrealistic too with wanting to do it all but vacay time is the biggest issue with the group so maybe it is the best of. Any thoughts, advice etc would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Planning Northern Territory Trip April 2013

You really only have time to do either Alice Springs/ Uluru or Darwin/Kakadu not both. what have you planned so far regarding transport? firstly you would need to see what time the flights from Perth to either Alice Springs or Darwin are and when the return flights are then see how much time you have left for sight seeing.

The end of April is just about the end of the Wet season so there will be plenty of water around and the rush of tourists would not have started so prices be cheaper than in a month's time. Are you planning on hiring a car or go on a tour but you really need at least two days to see Kakadu.

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2. Re: Planning Northern Territory Trip April 2013

Hi,

With 5 nights / 4 days. You do have 2 options... either do Uluru / Alice Springs or Uluru/ Darwin but not all.

The trouble you have coming from Perth is the flight timetable. You no longer can fly direct from Perth to Ayers Rock. However; you can fly direct to Alice Springs or Darwin. You will need to consider the flight timetable...ie..

Fly Perth to Alice Springs - 12.35pm - arrive - 4.45pm ( 2hrs 40mins) QF1938 ( wasted day)

or

Day 1.

Fly Perth to Darwin - 8.30am - arrive - 1.30pm (3.5hrs) QF 792

Afternoon checkin to your hotel & visit a few attractions in Darwin

Day 2.

Hire a car or do a tour to Litchfield National Park

Day 3

Fly Darwin to Alice Springs. 7.25am - arrive 9.25am (2hrs) QF1935

Pick up car & drive to Ayers Rock or

check out Alice & catch the flight to Ayers Rock - 1.55pm - arrive - 2.45pm

Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort (Uluru, Conellan Airport) is a 1 hour flight or a 4.5 hour drive (450kms). A great way to explore the region is at your own itinerary. Hertz, Thrifty and Avis car rentals are available at Ayers Rock Resort.

IMO I would fly direct to Alice Springs pickup car & drive to Uluru direct & then drive back to Alice via King Canyon.

Alice Springs 1 night / Uluru - 2 nights / Kings Canyon - 1 night / Alice - 1 night.

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