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.
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.
take a camel tour
69,000 people live in Darwin city (28,750 in surrounding areas).
is the perfect base of Top End touring and has a huge variety of restaurants,
markets, festivals, cultures, accommodation and tours.
airport is 12 kilometres from the centre.
bus services operate in the city and suburban areas.
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.
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
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.
a spectacular sunset with great jazz in the grounds of the MGM Grand
Darwin Hotel overlooking the Arafura Sea (April-October only).
Aboriginal culture in ancient rock art and engravings in Kakadu and
a cruise on Darwin Harbour.
to Mindil Beach for the world famous annual Beer Can Regatta held in
August - pure NT entertainment.
the ancient cave paintings at the base of Ayers Rock/Uluru.
through the Valley of The Winds and discover the mystical rock formations
of Mt. Olga/Kata-Tjuta.
a camel tour from Ayers Rock or Alice Springs - some include meals.
the 'Sounds of Silence' dinner at Ayers Rock Resort - silver service
dining in the Outback desert.
the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to understand
two of the facilities necessary for everyday life in the Outback.
the unique desert environment at the Alice Springs Desert Park, showcasing
the inhabitants of the region in their natural environment.
to Todd Street, the main street of Alice Springs, for the best Aboriginal
Art Galleries, Central Australian Museum and the Aboriginal Art and
the view from Anzac Hill at the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.
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National Public Holidays
Jan New Years Day
Jan Day in Lieu for New Years Day
Jan Australia Day
Apr Good Friday
Apr Easter Monday
Apr Anzac Day
Jun Queens Birthday
Dec Christmas Day
Dec Boxing Day
information is correct at time of printing, however is subject to
Public Holidays that fall over the weekend, will be celebrated the
following business day.