The Northern Territory
The Northern Territory is one of the most diverse and unique regions of the world. Not only is it extremely large, but its climate and terrain vary greatly depending on the location or even the season. The Northern Territory is vast - occupying about one sixth of Australia's total land mass. Stay in Northern Territory accommodation to experience Australia's red heart on a Northern Territory vacation. There is a variety of holiday accommodation in the Northern Territory, including 5 star hotels, resort style complexes, fully self-contained apartments, affordable motels, caravan and camping parks and outback stations. If you are travelling through Aboriginal land or through pastoral properties on road other than those designated highways, it is necessary to obtain a permit for Aboriginal land and permission for pastoral properties.
The Top End
The Top End of Australia's Northern Territory is one of the last remaining authentic outback regions where you can fully experience the awesome magnificence of nature first hand. The Top End is just what it says, the most northern part of the Northern Territory encompassing Darwin, the Mary River Region, Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land, Litchfield National Park and the Katherine Region. It is lush, green and tropical - a total contrast to the harsh, arid beauty of The Red Centre. Stay in hotels, resorts, apartments, motels, backpackers, tourist parks and outback stations.
Darwin - Darwin accommodation is a great base to explore the World Heritage listed, Kakadu National Park, just 120km from Darwin. Apart from the amazing flora and fauna of the rainforest and wetlands, major attractions of the park include the Aboriginal shelters, stone tools, grindstones and ochre, evidence of over 50,000 years of Aboriginal inhabitation. Coconut Grove Holiday Apartments are a great choice for accommodation in Darwin. The Value Inn or Melaleuca on Mitchell offer budget Darwin accomodation. Stay in Darwin accommadation to experience the relaxed lifestyle and rich culture and history of Australia's only tropical capital city. While staying in hotels in Darwin accommodation get up close and personal with one of Australia's most infamous animals - the crocodile. See the daily feeding of 15,000 saltwater crocodiles at Darwin Crocodile Farm. Or see daily feeding displays, crocodile museum and hawksbill turtles, green iguanas, monkeys, Persian leopards and Bengal tigers alongside Australian wildlife from brolgas to wallaroos, at Crocodylus Park - wildlife research and education centre.
Howard Springs - Howard Springs is a rural area on the outskirts of Darwin, 30km from the centre of town. Mango farms and picturesque rustic surrounds make it a relaxing base from which to explore Darwin. Howard Springs Nature Park is a great place to enjoy natural springs and feed the huge barramundi that live there. Flower fans can visit Jenny's Orchid Farm and keen anglers can try a spot of fishing close to town. Howard Springs has a local supermarket, newsagency and a service station. Stay at a caravan park in Howard Springs, NT.
Berry Springs - Berry Springs is a 40 minute drive south of Darwin, has a general store, petrol station and camping and caravan facilities. The small settlement is most often visited by those wanting to explore the Territory Wildlife Park and the Berry Springs Nature Reserve. During WWII, Berry Springs was part of a Rest and Recreation Camp set up by the armed forces for the 100 000 personnel based in the area. A number of huts and weir were built at Berry Springs during this time. You can still see the remains around the main pool. Berry Springs continues to be popular with locals and tourists as a place for rest and recreation. The park is an attractive area close to Darwin for recreational activities.
Kakadu National Park - If you want to take your time to explore the area, stay in Kakadu National Park accommodation. Aurora Kakadu offers motel accommodation at South Alligator in Kakadu National Park. The World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park is one of the Nation's most prized cultural and ecological treasures. Almost 20,000 square kilometres in size the park is almost three hours drive east from Darwin along the Arnhem Highway.
Batchelor - The Batchelor area is steeped in history from early Chinese market gardens, use as a base during the Second World War, and pastoral and mining industries. The nearby Rum Jungle area saw the first uranium mine in Australia. Batchelor is the gateway to Litchfield National Park. The park offers fantastic crystal clear plunge pools below spring fed waterfalls and are surrounded by monsoon vine thickets and streams. Wildlife is abundant in and near the water also around the eroded rock formations and open woodlands. Batchelor Resort offers comfortable hotel accommodation 100km south of Darwin.
Katherine - Get to back to nature and enjoy bushwalking, canoeing and fishing, stay in Katherine accommodation and explore Nitmiluk National Park where the Katherine River spectacularly winds its way through sandstone cliffs at Katherine Gorge. Katherine River Lodge Motel is located 900m from the centre of Katherine and on the road to the Nitmiluk Katherine Gorge.
Mataranka / Bitter Springs - Mataranka is on the Stuart Highway about 420km south of Darwin and 106km (1 hour) south of Katherine. Mataranka Cabins & Camping offers affordable accommodation. Walk to Bitter Springs Thermal Pools for a lovely swim in the luxuriously warm natural pool. Hire a snorkel and mask and go exploring the thermal streams looking for turtles and fish. Drive 10 minutes to the Rainbow Springs Thermal Pools for a swim in the famous palm lined crystal clear waters. Explore the many sites on the magnificent Roper River in Elsey National Park.
Adelaide River - Mt Bundy Station is 3km from Adelaide River Township, midway between Darwin and Pine Creek. Located 1¼ hours south of Darwin, Adelaide River is ideally located for those visiting Litchfield National Park before heading down the Stuart Highway to Kakadu National Park and Katherine.
The Red Centre (Outback)
The Red Centre is the heart of Australia and is in stark contrast to the Top End of the Northern Territory. Often harsh, always remote, Central Australia is awesome in the arid beauty of its endless plains and monuments of nature - Ayers Rock (Uluru), Mount Olga, the MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon.
The town of Alice Springs has evolved into a modern Outback town, with all the creature comforts of a capital city. It is the hub of Central Australia, making it the perfect base to your discovery of the region; it is rich with the culture and heritage of the Aboriginal people who have roamed the Territory for tens of thousands of years. Whether you're a born-and-bred Australian or visitor from abroad, touring The Centre gives you an appreciation of the vast and untouched wonders of Australia's interior. Stay in hotels, resorts, apartments, motels, backpackers, tourist parks and outback stations.
Tennant Creek - Tennant Creek is the Territory's most important settlement after Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. It is situated at the meeting of the Stuart and Barkly Highways and is 504km north of Alice Springs and 978km south of Darwin. The town is surrounded to the east by the Barkly Tablelands - a huge expanse of land that supports some of Australia's premier cattle stations. Tennant Creek is also known as the Territory's heart of gold; a reference to the friendliness of its people and the area's gold mining history. Visitors can even try fossicking for their own gold. The Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek is an oasis in the Northern Territory outback and offers motel accommodation at Tennant Creek.
Alice Springs - Alice Springs is located in the heart of Central Australia, between the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, and is Australia's most famous outback town. Alice Springs accomodation is a great base from which to explore its surrounding natural wonders. Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) or Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), fossick for gemstones and enjoy the vast unspoiled wonders of Australia's Red Centre. Visit the Alice Springs Desert Park, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens and the Old Stuart Gaol. See Aboriginal art and artefacts at the Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre. Stay in Alice Springs hotels and experience this historic town, which boasts many galleries with permanent displays of Central Australian indigenous art including the Albert Namatjira Gallery. There is a wide variety of accomodation for a Northern Territory vacation, in the Alice Springs area including 5 star resort accommodation, hotel and motel accommodation, Alice Springs apartments and for the budget traveller, caravan parks. An ideal affordable base while visiting Alice Springs and the surrounding spectacular Central Australian sights. Enjoy true outback hospitality in an environment ideal for exploring Alice Springs and this unique region by staying at Aurora Alice Springs, situated on the bustling Todd Mall in the middle of Alice's best shopping area and restaurant precinct. Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge is situated at the southern entrance to Alice Springs, 5 minutes from the town centre.
Ayres Rock / Uluru - Ayers Rock/Uluru accommodation is a great base from which to explore Australia's most recognisable natural icon, Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. Also in the area is Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, which is a massive pile of rock domes, which are over 500 million years old. Both these sites have great cultural significance for the traditional land owners, the Anangu People, who run walking tours about the local flora and fauna, bushfoods and local Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. Yulara - Yulara lies at the entrance to Uluru National Park, 18km from Ayers Rock / Uluru. Yulara, is a friendly modern service town with a wide range of accommodation, including Voyagers resorts and hotels and facilities catering for visitors to Uluru.
Kings Canyon - Kings Canyon is situated within the Watarrka National Park, and is a huge canyon 270m high. It is situated on the western edge of the George Gill Ranges, 300km to the north east of Uluru National Park and 310km west of Alice Springs. The walk around the rim of the canyon is definitely worth it as the views are spectacular, although it can take 3-4 hours and should only be attempted early in the morning during the summer months. On your way around the rim of the canyon you will pass the tropical pools of the Garden of Eden, and the beehive rock formations called the Lost City. Kings Canyon Resort has a wide variety of styles of accommodation as well as a selection of restaurants and cafes.
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