The Northern Territory is a huge, sparsely populated area of Australia’s Outback. It has several fascinating attractions such as the huge Uluru or Ayers Rock, one of the natural wonders of the world. The Northern Territory has wonderful gorges and waterfalls, red desert and strange rocky outcrops, making it ideal for active outdoor sports. The main city is Darwin, largely rebuilt after a cyclone in 1974. It is one of Australia’s most modern and multicultural cities, making it a fascinating place to enjoy a vacation.
The fantastic natural landscape of the Northern Territory lends itself to exciting jeep tours, crocodile spotting trips, trekking, canoeing and 4-wheel drive adventures. The area has a high proportion of Aborigines who take visitors on informative guided walks in the areas around their Northern Territory holiday rentals. Another great local experience is “bush tucker” tasting and includes crocodile meat, emu and kangaroo meat. Fishing is very popular and rewarding in the many creeks and rivers. Soak in the thermal hot springs at Mataranka or go crocodile spotting on the scenic Mary River.
The main place to visit from your Northern territory holiday rental is Uluru to see this spectacular natural wonder, the world’s largest monolith, which is particularly brightly coloured at sunset. The Kakadu National Park offers the opportunity to catch prize-fishing barramundi and is also rich in native rock art. The Arnhem Land Plateau within the park is a highly recommended place to visit and the West MacDonnell Ranges is a popular place for hiking and outdoor activities. The city of Darwin has plenty to see and do. Visit the Botanical Gardens and Crocodylus Park. Alice Springs has a Cultural Precinct and an Aviation Museum. The Watarrka National Park includes the “Lost City” of earth domes and the Garden of Eden, a sheltered waterhole. Just offshore are the Tiwi Islands, rich in history, aboriginal art and culture.
The Northern Territory has sizzling hot dry summers from November to February when temperatures average around 36°C (97°F). It enjoys more pleasant winter temperatures of 20-23°C (68-74°F) from May to September with almost zero rainfall.
The main Darwin (DRW) Airport has direct flights from Bali, Brunei, Europe, Singapore and the UK. The flight from London to Darwin takes 20 hours. Those visiting Alice Springs can get connecting flights to Alice Springs (ASP) airport. Connecting flights are also available to Uluru/Ayers rock (AYQ) Airport.