Though it may have a rather dry and dusty reputation, not all of the Northern Territory is desert. In fact, it’s capital city of Darwin is about as tropical as they come. The best place to enjoy the sunshine is the Darwin Waterfront Precinct, a fantastic entertainment and fine dining area just 5mins walk from the CBD.
It’s often said that the stars shine brighter in the NT, and we think there may be some truth to that. Thanks to the minimal light pollution, it’s always a good time to put your constellation knowledge to the test. Top places to admire the starry night sky are East Point, Alice Springs, Katherine and the always-beautiful Kakadu.
If you’re prepared to take the 5-hour flight from Sydney to Perth, why not change focus and head to the NT instead? Flight time from Brisbane to Darwin is just over 4 hours, while the trip from Sydney is around 4.5 hours. Once you’re there, rent a car to explore the Top End and then head to Kakadu – it’s only 2.5 hours away!
Winter may be cold and dreary in the southern states, but it’s actually the best time to visit the NT. The weather is still in the mid to high twenties each day. The water wonderland of Litchfield National Park, home to the famous Wangi Falls, is one place worth exploring. Best of all, there are no flies to annoy you.
Sure, there are quite a lot of five star properties that may put your finances to the test, but not everywhere is expensive. Plenty of affordable accommodation and tour options can be found if you take time to look. Ayers Rock Resort offers a number of free activities, allowing visitors to learn more about the local culture and wildlife.
There’s nowhere better to experience Indigenous culture
The NT is a deeply spiritual place. If you’re looking to discover a little about our country’s Indigenous culture, this is the perfect place. Arnhem Land, one of the country’s last wilderness areas, is home to several communities only accessible via private four wheel-drive tour. The Tiwi Islands are also an absolute must visit.
The NT is home to many iconic animals, but there are also some that may surprise you. Did you know the NT is home to half a million camels? It’s true. They’ve been here since the days of the Gold Rush. For an experience you’ll never forget, we recommend taking a sunset camel ride at Uluru. Aside from being an awesome way to take, it’s also a fantastic way to admire the spectacular sunset.
Ditch the mobile phone, ignore that new Facebook alert and marvel at the incredible scenery of the NT. We all know Kakadu is a natural wonderland, but there are plenty of other areas worth a look. Kayaking up Nitmiluk Gorge in the Katherine or taking in the view from Ubirr Rock are experiences that will stick with you for a lifetime.