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NT_AYERSROCK.JPGFrom the inspiring desert landscapes of Central Australia to the wet-lands of the Top End, the Territory is the home of much that is iconic about Australia. Darwin is the capital city, and is a pretty relaxed spot. A 3 hour drive from Darwin gets you to the Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which covers spectacular woodland, escarpment and floodplain landscapes. It is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna as well as to over 1,000 Aboriginal rock sites dating back 25,000 years.

The beauty of Top End is the joy of exploring World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park as well as both Litchfield & Nitmuluk National Parks - all within a 3 hour circuit drive of each other and Darwin. Easy driving and magnificent nature-based activities to enjoy for the whole family!

Ayers Rock, or Uluru (the official Aboriginal name), is Australia’s most famous natural landmark. It is the world’s largest monolith and also an Aboriginal sacred site but, far from being isolated, it’s in the middle of a national park with many other attractions. Hotels cluster around the park edge so you’re never too far from comfort. The Aboriginal owners encourage and prefer that you take the enchanting walk around the Rock, and you can also watch it’s changing colours at sunrise or sunset.

One of the most popular drives which connects Uluru to Alice Springs is the Mereenie Loop Road. This is a lovely drive through some beautiful desert country which begins at Kings Canyon and finishes at the outskirts of Alice Springs ending at the MacDonnell Ranges. It is a appreciated for the outback experience and iconic sights to be enjoyed enroute.

V K Family: The car ride from Kings Canyon to Alice springs; really the outback, impressive on the Mereenie Loop Road. Staying overnight in Kings Canyon was good; basic but fun (especially dinner in barn shed with live music; bit of rural Australia) + the beautiful canyon.

W Family:  The trip to Ayers Rock and the Olgas is an absolutely MUST.

NT_KAKADU.JPGB Family: We drove the Mereenie Loop Road to Alice Springs. Amazing scenery!!!

B Family: We were hugely impressed with Uluru and Kata Tjuta! Probably the nicest natural wonder we saw in Australia! We could have spent an extra day (or even two) there for sure….

G Family: Kakadu was beautiful, with more really nice sites than any of the other parks. We loved the Kakadu Yellow Water Cruise - plenty of birds and crocs and beautiful sunset. We also loved sunset at Ubirr site. Really special place.

VB Family: We did a sunrise boat trip on Yellow Water Billabong which was truly exceptional. To see the sun come up and see the wild life wake up and experience them up close was absolutely amazing.

Typical Weather Our Top Tips for Darwin & The Northern Territory
  • Central Australia/Alice Springs
    Summer (Dec-Feb) sunny weather of approx. 30-35 deg Celsius/86-95 Fahrenheit, some rainfall
    Winter (June-Aug)cooler weather of approx. 20 deg Celsius/68 Fahrenheit
  • The Top End/Darwin
    Summer “Wet” (Oct-March) mid to high 30s deg Celsius/95-104 Fahrenheit, high humidity/high rainfall
    Winter “Dry” (April-September)sunny, weather of approx. 30 deg Celsius/86 Fahrenheit
  • Enjoy the Uluru Base Walk, or alternatively, a camel trek at Ayers Rock/Uluru
  • Be amazed on a hot air balloon trip over Alice Springs
  • Take plenty of photos on the must-do sunrise or sunset cruise at the Yellow Waters Billabong, Kakadu
  • Canoe the awe-inspiring Nitmilk/Katherine Gorge
  • Enjoy a rim nature walk through Kings Canyon between Alice Springs and Ayers Rock

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