Accommodation in Darwin
Darwin is the largest city and capital in northern Australia. It is a fast growing modern city with about 125,000 inhabitants and a starting point for many attractions. Most visitors to the Top End start or end their visit at the airport in Darwin.
The city lies at Fannie Bay which is connected to the Timor Sea. Darwin has an international airport. Although the city itself does not offer many attractions, it is an ideal starting point for tours to Kakadu National Park and other parts of the Northern Territory.
Sightseeing in the ‘Top End’ Northern Territory
There are several important sites in the ‘Top End’. The best known is the Kakadu National Park (250 km southeast of at Darwin). Another point of interest is Katherine Gorge. The Litchfield National Park is for most visitors a pleasant surprise. The park is less crowded but certainly offers some beautiful scenery.
North of Darwin are Bathurst and Melville Island also known as the Tiwi Islands. On these remote islands, the Tiwi Aborigines still live in a very traditional way of life.
The climate in the north is tropical withs dense, lush vegetation. In the south, it merges into a dryer climate with a more open vegetation.
Sightseeing in the ‘Red Centre’ Northern Territory
The southern part of the Northern Territory is the heart of Australia, it is also called the ‘Red Centre’. In this desolate, almost uninhabited area of savannas, deserts and endless plains, you will discover a unique natural phenomena. You will not find any big cities or any famous vineyards, but what you will find is the real feel of the Outback. The vastness, the overwhelming nature and the clear starry skies will make an overwhelming impression. The aboriginal culture, the boomerang and ‘bush tucker food’ belongs to this part of Australia. The small characteristic pubs and roadhouses, the road trains (huge trucks of up to 35-feet long) that you may encounter along the way are fun and interesting sights. The only town in the area is Alice Springs. The main attractions in the ‘Red Centre’ are Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon and the Devils Marbles.
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Ayers Rock is a huge rock sticking out of the otherwise flat desert landscape. Ayers Rock is a sacred place for Aborigines, they call the rock “Uluru”. At the circumference of the rock you can see Aborigine drawings. Find Out More >
2. Kata Tjuta – The Olgas
Kata Tjuta is the second major feature and attraction of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. (The main one is of course Uluru.) Kata Tjuta consists of 36 steep sided monoliths, which, just like Uluru, look most impressive at sunrise and sunset. Find Out More >
3. Kings Canyon
The walls of Kings Canyon are over 100 meters high, with Kings Creek at the bottom. There are several walks that visitors can do in the area. Find Out More >
4. Kakadu National Park
The Kakadu National Park is a world heritage site and protected area 171 km south east of Darwin. This is Australia’s biggest national park, you will find rugged landscapes, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 50,000 years old. Find Out More >
5. Mindil Beach Sunset Market (Darwin)
Every Thursday and Sunday evening tables, chairs, rugs and picnics are set up along Mindil Beach. There are many different ethnic cuisine to try from Thai to Greek and Portuguese food. There are plenty of arts, crafts and clothing stalls set up as well along with a range of entertainment. Not to be missed during your stay in Darwin. Find Out More >
6. The Tiwi Islands
Known as the island of smiles, the Tiwi islands are located 100 km north of Darwin. The islands can only be visited on a pre-arranged tour with an Aboriginal Guide and you will need a permit to visit. This is a truly unique experience the Aboriginal way of life. Find Out More >
7. Dinner under the Stars (Uluru)
At the Sounds of Silence experience you can dine under the canopy of the desert night, while your very own storyteller shares tales as told in the stars. This is a truly unforgettable dining experience and a great introduction to Aboriginal culture. Find Out More >
8. Territory Wildlife Park
Situated on 400 ha of natural bushland, the Territory Wildlife Park includes a diverse range of habitats including monsoon forest, woodland and wetlands. Discover native wild life up close while travelling on modern shuttle train linking all 26 major exhibits. Find Out More >
9. The Kangaroo Sanctuary (Alice Springs)
The Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs is the home of Brolga, star of Kangaroo Dundee – BBC2 AGB Films. The Sanctuary is a 90 acre wildlife reserve of untouched bush-land where Brolga’s mob of 25 kangaroos live. Find Out More >
10. Litchfield National Park
Featuring numerous waterfalls, monsoon rainforests and historical sites the Litchfield National Park is a truly beautiful destination found just south of Darwin. Find Out More >
Qantas offers regular flights connecting Darwin, Alice Springs and Yulara.
The Ghan train travels from the south to the north of the Northern Territory and back, stopping at Kulgera, The Iron Man, Finke River, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Pine Creek, Adelaide River and Darwin.
By car or campervan is a popular way to explore the Northern Territory. The roads are excellent, and most major attractions can be accessed by sealed roads. There are five scenic drives each excellent in their own way.