Travel and Tourism Information for the Northern Territory in Australia

The Northern Territory, in Australia, is one of the countries most visited states. It is home to many of the countries aboriginal people and many of the tribes who have been least changed by living amid a modern society live here. Much of the ancient cultures have been preserved and many of the ancient rock art galleries are available for you to visit. Darwin is the states capital and it lies on the northern coast. The climate here is full tropical and there is a wet and a dry season. The city of Darwin was practically wiped from the map by cyclone Tracy on Christmas eve in 1974 and has since been totally rebuilt. It is now a vibrant modern city with world class accommodation. It has an international airport and is a great place to start your Northern Territory holiday. Darwin is the ideal jumping off point for a campervan or motorhome holiday in Australia and most of the major rental or hire companies have a large base here. Major organized tour companies also use Darwin as a base so no matter what style of holiday takes your fancy you can get started here.

View of Uluru

Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National park are both within easy driving distance from Darwin. Here the scenery is absolutely spectacular. Massive sand stone escarpments drop into coastal plains and waterfalls crash over the drop offs. Lakes rivers and streams along the coastal strip are all infested with man eating crocodiles and sports fishermen from around the world come here in droves to catch the mighty barramundi. There is some accommodation in Kakadu National Park, however it is very limited so you do need to book early. There are also camping facilities and caravan parks. Travelling south down the highway you will pass Mataranka springs on your journey to Central Australia. This is the location of Alice Springs which is the home of tourism in the red center. There is plenty of accommodation and the nearby desert scenery is absolutely sensational. The “Ghan” which is the trans Australia rail link from Adelaide to Darwin calls here and there is also a domestic airport with regular flights from Sydney on the East coast.

View of Uluru

From Alice Springs it is a four hundred and sixty kilometer drive to Ayers Rock and you can visit the magnificent Kings Canyon on the way. Ayers rock is probably Australia’s most important tourist destination and a place of great significance to the local aboriginal people who call it Uluru. The Olgas are also close by and you will need several days to properly explore this significant region. There is plenty of accommodation available at Ayres Rock resort and standards start at backpacker level and go through to five star. Ayres rock also has its own airport and domestic flights are available from many Australian destinations. When travelling it is wise to remember that Northern Territory distances are vast and help can be a good distance away, so always remember to take local advice when travelling through this magnificent country. The Northern Territory hotel industry has great places to stay at all the major population centers and attractions throughout the state.

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