Northern Territory

Australia's heartland is steeped in mystery. Full of ancient Dreamtime Legends, the Teritory also boast balmy tropical beaches, lonely deserts, lush rain forests, stunning gorges and massive monoliths. And you can be as adventurous or as lazy as you like, with the opportunity to do anything from camping in the world's remotest locations to living it up in spectacular tourist resorts.

The Northen Territory is the real Australia, stretching from the central coastline in the tropical north right down to the rugged Red Centre of Outback Australia. The glittering Arafura Sea laps its coastline while the rugged Outback spans its heart. Vast regions of red-gold desert contrast with large areas of lush green rainforest, wetlands teeming with native Australian wildlife, spectacular waterfalls and stunning rock formations. From Kakadu National Park and other spectacular wilderness regions in the lush Top End to Uluru (Ayers Rock), The Olgas and Alice Springs in the Red Centre, of the Northern Territory boasts some of Australia's most spectacular sights and experiences. The Top End has many natural riches; World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park and Litchfield National Park are all just a few hours drive from Darwin. Elsey, Gregory and Keep River national parks to the south and west of Katherine, the Top End's second largest town, are also bursting with stunning scenery and thousands of varieties of tropical wildlife.

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Fast Facts

  • About 69,000 people live in Darwin city (28,750 in surrounding areas).
  • Darwin is the perfect base of Top End touring and has a huge variety of restaurants, markets, festivals, cultures, accommodation and tours.
  • The airport is 12 kilometres from the centre.
  • Daily bus services operate in the city and suburban areas.
  • A sightseeing bus travels around Darwin from 9am to 4pm daily, stopping at 10 major attractions. Alight and rejoin as you please. Tickets are available from hotels and the bus driver.
  • The climate is tropical. The 'dry season' from May to October offers sunny days with cooler evenings: 33oC max, 19oC min. November to April is the tropical summer - hot and humid with tropical afternoon showers: 33oC max, 25oC min.

Do Not Miss

  • The area's diverse cultures are reflected in exotic cuisines at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (April-October only). Cullen Bay Marina offers alfresco dining and a fabulous choice of restaurants.
  • Combine a spectacular sunset with great jazz in the grounds of the MGM Grand Darwin Hotel overlooking the Arafura Sea (April-October only).
  • Experience Aboriginal culture in ancient rock art and engravings in Kakadu and Arnhem Land.
  • Enjoy a cruise on Darwin Harbour.
  • Go to Mindil Beach for the world famous annual Beer Can Regatta held in August - pure NT entertainment.
  • Experience the ancient cave paintings at the base of Ayers Rock/Uluru.
  • Walk through the Valley of The Winds and discover the mystical rock formations of Mt. Olga/Kata-Tjuta.
  • Take a camel tour from Ayers Rock or Alice Springs - some include meals.
  • Experience the 'Sounds of Silence' dinner at Ayers Rock Resort - silver service dining in the Outback desert.
  • Visit the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to understand two of the facilities necessary for everyday life in the Outback.
  • Discover the unique desert environment at the Alice Springs Desert Park, showcasing the inhabitants of the region in their natural environment.
  • Go to Todd Street, the main street of Alice Springs, for the best Aboriginal Art Galleries, Central Australian Museum and the Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre.
  • See the view from Anzac Hill at the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

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2000 National Public Holidays

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03 Jan Day in Lieu for New Years Day
26 Jan Australia Day
21 Apr Good Friday
24 Apr Easter Monday
25 Apr Anzac Day
12 Jun Queens Birthday
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26 Dec Boxing Day

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