Kakadu, the red centre and beyond, The Northern Territory is the most unproductive of all areas in Australia.
Red is the prime colour found in the soil, the rocks and Uluru ( Ayers Rock) which are all located in Central Australia (also known as the Red Centre). Adjoining this area, are a number of meteorite crators, canyons and valleys!
Watch out for thunder, it occurs on an average over 90 days a year!!
When to visit?
It is best to visit the region during the wet season because everything is green and there is no dust, although humidity and temperatures are high.
The wet season begins in October, when humidity levels begin to rise.
Places of interest:
Kakadu National Park: A haven of waterfalls, wildlife and aboroginal rock art.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: Not to miss sunsets and sunrises over the giant monolith Uluru and the Olgas.
Kings Canyon: A remarkable canyon set in the midst of ruthless outback landscape.
Alice Springs: With Alice Springs as a base, explore places as Palm Valley, the spectacular gorges of the MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon.
Darwin – Darwin is an excellent base from which to explore The Northern territory. The nearby attractions include Arnham Land; Kakadu National Park; Alice Springs; Artillery Museum.
Katherine – The Nitmiluk National Park a beautiful National Park. The Katherine Canyon has a tunnel-like cathedral leading to Butterfly Gorge. Mataranka is a perfect spot where a clear thermal pool can be found.
Tennant Creek – The Barkly Tablelands and Tennant Creek represent the traditional Northern Territory with colourful outback pubs and flourishing mining ventures. South of Tennant Creek is the Devils Marbles which are huge boulders spread along a broad shallow valley.
Darwin’s Beaches – Darwin has beautiful beaches, but keep out of the water during the wet season, because of the deadly box jellyfish. Popular beaches include Mindil and Vestey’s.
Barramundi (fish) is the local specialty. Dining out has become even more unique by the opening of new restaurants at Cullen Bay Marina, offering outdoor dining with spectacular ocean views. Mouth watering cuisine from countries like Creole, Greek, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian, Mongolian and Thai, is available.
Some of the famous restaurants include:
- Cornucopia Museum Café
- Fasta Pasta
- Happy Garden Beachfront
- Prickles BYO Restaurant
- Loong Fong Seafood Restaurant
- Raging Bull Steakhouse
- Northlakes Chinese Restaurant
There is ample thrilling nightlife in Darwin, which boasts the MGM Grand Darwin, built in an unusual architectural style. This casino complex also encompasses restaurants, discos.
Alice Springs also has a great casino – just for you.
Whether you want to drink, dance or gamble – there is definitely a place to suit you – pubs, nightclubs, bars, wine bars, beer gardens, live music, DJ’s, pool tables.
Mitchell Street is Darwin’s main nightlife zone but there are also other hot spots in the suburbs.
The airport, only 13km from Darwin is serviced by a shuttle bus.
Darwin has a good city bus service. Several private bus companies operate between major places of interest. There is a widespread network of bicycle tracks; bikes can be rented or borrowed.