Darwin is busy but not big. The harbour has plenty of yachts, the streets are lined with palm trees and the sunsets are simply stunning. Being in the tropics and by the sea means fishing and sailing are popular. Everyone raves about Sydney Harbour and rightly so but it’s only about half the size of Darwin Harbour. Take a cruise to see it all including the sunken ships from WW2, the pearl farms and stunning beaches. Kakadu National Park is about 170 kilometres south of Darwin. It is a world-class tourist destination. It’s about half the size of Switzerland with thousands of recorded aboriginal sites. The entire park is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The plant life has some 2000 species. The sound of the frogs at sunset around a billabong is a unique experience.
Head south towards Katherine. This is the never never land so called bec ause once you arrive you’ll never never want to leave. The Katherine Gorge is a waterway some 20 million years old. There are walking tracks, aboriginal art and a must-see National Park.
Everyone has seen a photo of Uluru [Ayers Rock]. It’s just one of the many attractions of the area known as the Red Centre. Uluru is close to the centre of Australia and the soil – and sometimes the rock itself – is red. Alice Springs – known as The Alice – is the gateway to Uluru. Tours to Uluru are popular and if you want something even more spectacular, a hot air balloon ride is little short of fantastic. Sunset at the Rock is just the best.
Tennant Creek is an outback outback town as it lies 675km South of Katherine and 507km North of Alice Springs.
The Northern Territory is an ideal venue for backpackers. Travel by bus is easy and camping and hostel accommodation is plentiful. If you fancy something different, you can now travel up and down the middle of Australia by train. The Ghan [short for Afghan] takes you from Darwin to Adelaide via Alice Springs. All aboard.
quot;When you breathe the mist of a thundering waterfall in one of our parks [there are 95 besides World Heritage Kakadu. When you watch Ayers Rock/Uluru weave its famous spell in the sunset over a glass of champagne, or be captivated by a luminous dawn over the MacDonnell Ranges from a drifting balloon. When you walk in a desert carpeted in whispering flowers, with the Milky Way dense overhead, or find a sparkling white sand beach without a footprint, or catch your first Barramundi" You'll be glad you came. Northern Territory Tourism Commission.
The Territory may be big however, with the best road conditions in Australia, itís not too big to explore - on your own. Wicked Campers have short and long-term deals that make 'doing it' on a budget easy. With a Wicked Camper - you'll be ready for a seriously wicked Northern Territory adventure!