Day 1: Fly into Darwin and drop off your bags before having lunch or dinner at Rachael’s Seafood Shack, which serves up delicious fishy feasts by the harbour.
Day 2–3: Head off to explore the eye-bogglingly beautiful Litchfield National Park, famed for its waterfalls, walking tracks, termite mounds, pandanus-fringed pools and more. (The drive to the park from Darwin will take around an hour and a half.)
Day 4–5: Back in Darwin, hunt for local treasures at Mindil Beach Sunset Market (late April to late October), where you can expect around 60 food stalls, 130 arts and crafts vendors, live music, masseuses and more. If you’d prefer to hunt (peaceably, natch) for Australian wildlife, visit Territory Wildlife Park, an eco-conscious zoo in Berry Springs.
Day 6–7: Catch a half-hour flight from Darwin to Bamurru Plains, where you can scout for four-legged and feathered locals: Bamurru’s boutique bungalows have prime croc- and bird-spotting potential.
Day 8: Once you’ve had your fill of safari thrills, hop on a plane to Perth (flight time from Darwin: three hours, 50 minutes). Check into tasty Alex Hotel and go for a wander around the hotel’s arty Northbridge neighbourhood, home to eclectic cafés, bars and boutiques.
Day 9: Gulp in some sea air with a picnic on Cottesloe Beach.
Day 10–12: You’ll want to spend a few days in the tranquil Margaret River region (nearly three hours from Perth by car), so tick off the Cape to Cape Track, sign up for a Margaret River Discovery Tour (which includes kayaking and lunch in a local winery), then slow things down at serene Empire Retreat and Spa, a former farmhouse with a pampering spa.
Day 13–14: Drive back to Perth, then catch your flight back to London.