Exploring Down Under – Northern Territories

Exploring Down Under – Northern Territories

Imagine a huge column that starts in the centre of the country that rises until the ocean is reached and that is Northern Territories; a landmass of more than 1.3 million square kilometres, this state might be huge but it has a population of around 250,000 with most people living in Darwin.

Darwin Accommodation

With affordable serviced apartments in Darwin CBD, you are free to come and go, while you have all the amenities you need. If you have a car, you can really see a lot in 7 days; plan each day using the web and you can book online, should you wish to. The evenings can be enjoyed on the Darwin Waterfront Precinct, where you can enjoy an iced beer or a cocktail or three. You could easily spend a week visiting the attractions within driving distance from Darwin. You could take a 2-day trip into the Outback with experienced guides and sleep under the stars.

Alice Springs

Located in the central area of NT, about the same distance from Darwin and Adelaide, this town is known all over the world; 3rd largest community behind Darwin and Palmerston, it got its name from a lady by the name of Alice Todd, the wife of a telegraph pioneer. If you are into snakes and other reptiles, visit the Alice Springs Reptile Centre and see the diverse selection of species that call NT their home.

Mountain Bike Tours

The best way to experience the beauty of the wilderness is join one of the guided mountain bike tours; they have novice and experienced tours and you’ll meet like-minded Aussies who wish to immerse themselves in the beauty that is NT. Bike tours can be found in Darwin, Alice Springs and Palmerston. If you are unsure about where to go next year, here are a few tips on choosing a holiday destination.

Self-Drive Car Rental

If you rent a 4WD, you and the family can travel in comfort and the roads are in good shape; if you have your own car, so much the better. Joining tours ties you to a group, while renting a vehicle gives you the freedom and independence to explore the Outback.

Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park

The home of Ayres Rock, which has to be seen to be appreciated; southeast of Alice Springs (5.5 hours by road), this iconic natural feature looks like it belongs on another planet. Many people camp for a night to enjoy an idyllic sunset and it is worth the effort to actually see this huge chunk of sandstone rising up out of the ground.

Mobile Solutions

Some families prefer to rent a fully equipped motorhome that enables them to explore the Outback, failing that, we recommend renting an apartment in Darwin centre and you can plan day excursions to the top attractions that NT has to offer the visitor.

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