Northern Territory Travel Guide

Northern Territory Travel Guide

Population:

245 980

People per square km:

0.15

Cows per square km:

1.3

Longest river:

Victoria River – 560km

Longest Road:

Stuart Hwy ~ 2000km

Most famous pub:

Daily Waters Pub

Highest Waterfall:

Jim Jim falls

Local Beer:

NT Draught

Biggest Towns:

Darwin, Katherine,

Alice Springs

Northern Territory is the last frontier if you consider remoteness, harsh environment and spectacular landscapes. Northern Territory has lots to offer for everyone: vast desert tracks, tropical woodlands, spectacular fishing spots, paradise for birdwatchers, amazing walks and 4WD tracks. 

This Northern Territory travel guide lists all interesting places that are worth visiting.

Darwin and Around

Darwin Average Temperatures and Rainfall
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Jan32Feb31Mar32Apr33May32Jun31Jul30Aug31Sep33Oct33Nov33Dec33Max
Jan25Feb25Mar25Apr24May22Jun20Jul19Aug21Sep23Oct25Nov25Dec25Min
Jan430Feb350Mar320Apr100May20Jun1Jul1Aug6Sep16Oct75Nov140Dec250Rain mm
Jan21Feb20Mar19Apr9May2Jun1Jul1Aug1Sep2Oct7Nov12Dec16Rain days
Northern Territory Travel Guide - Darwin

Best time to visit Darwin and surroundings is during dry season which is from May to October. At this time there is beautiful weather, lower humidity and minimal or no rain. It’s a perfect time to enjoy sightseeing. 

During October to December you can experience a ‘build-up’. It is a hot and humid time that is perfect if you plan to relax in the pool.  

The wet season comes right after and can extend to April. If you come at this time of the year, expect hot and humid weather and afternoon storms.  That’s also time when cyclones are formed. 

Summer cloths can be worn all year, but some restaurants expect minimal casual outfit which means in Darwin: shirt and thongs.

  • By air – daily flights arrive from domestic and international destinations. If you come by plane you can hire vehicle in Darwin.  
  • By car – Barkly HighwaySavannah Way or Plenty Highway if you arrive from Queensland; Great Northern Highway and Victoria Highway or Great Central Road if you come from Western Australia; Stuart Highway if you come from Victoria or South Australia.
  • By train – Pick The Ghan, a legendary outback train that regularly runs between Darwin and Adelaide.
  • By boat – Darwin is the only city port in Northern Territory. 
Northern Territory Travel Guide - Darwin

Darwin is full of tropical vibe and colonial feel. It also has very interesting coastline, and wonderful sunsets over Timor Sea. Darwin is full of aboriginal heritage, and multicultural diversity.  It is also a great base for exploring best attractions of Northern Territory . 

Northern Territory Travel Guide - Darwin

Must see attractions in Darwin

Northern Territory Travel Guide - Darwin
  • Visit Crocosaurus Cove to experience close encounter with this dangerous reptiles
  • Visit Crocodylus Park and see crocodile Farm
  • Shop for pearls at Darwin Smith Street Mall
  • Visit Darwin Museum and Art Gallery of the NT – meet Sweetheart and learn more about cyclones
  • Take a dip in the Darwin waterfront lagoon
  • Eat an amazing food and buy art and craft at Mindil Sunset Market
  • Stroll along the Esplanade during high tide and hand feed hungry fish at Aquascene.
  • Discover Darwin old town and Botanical Gardens
  • Get to know more about WWII and Oil Storage Tunnels
  • Head to Indo Pacific Marine if you want to know more about living coral and other see creatures.
  • Go on a Darwin Harbour sunset dinner cruise 
  • Learn about early years of the town by visiting Pioneer’s Cemetery
  • Fannie Bay Gaol is beautifully located old prison, with lots of dark stories to tell

Accomodation

Darwin has a wide range of  accommodation on offer. You can choose marina apartments, tropical tourist parks, small hotels in quiet neighborhood or backpacker house in the middle of the city.

Hotels

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, 7 Kitchener Dr, Darwin

Mantra on the Esplanade, 88 The Esplanade, Darwin

Darwin City Hotel, 59 Smith Street, Darwin CBD

Tourist Parks

Darwin Freespirit Resort, 901 Stuart Highway, Holtze

BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park, 170 Whitewood Road, Howard Springs

Litchfield Tourist Park, 705 Litchfield Park Road, Finniss Valley

 

Hostels

Darwin Hostel, 88 Mitchell Street, Darwin CBD

The Cozy Hostel, 4 Harriet Place, Darwin CBD

Youth Shack Backpackers, 69 Mitchell Street, Darwin CBD

Top Events in Darwin

June

July

Aug

Sept

Sept

Darwin Triple Crown Supercars

Royal Darwin Show

Darwin Festival

Darwin Street Art Festival

Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

Northern Territory Travel Guide - Darwin

There is also many wildlife adventures around Darwin. You could watch massive salt water crocodiles in their natural habitat of Adelaide River and view the wetlands with its abundant wildlife and admire thousand of colorful birds.

9 must see attractions Around Darwin

Northern Territory Travel Guide - Darwin
  • Explore Litchfield National Park
  • Visit Crab Claw Island Resort
  • Have a dip at Berry Springs Nature Park
  • Look trough the Window on the Wetlands  
  • Admire Fogg Dam and hundreds of beautiful birds
  • Discover Corroboree Billabong
  • Go on Crocodile watching Adelaide river cruise  
  • Spend a day at Tiwi Islands
  • Don’t forget to visit Territory Wildlife Park
Northern Territory Travel Guide - Darwin

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park Average Temperatures and Rainfall
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Jan34Feb33Mar33Apr35May33Jun32Jul32Aug34Sep36Oct38Nov37Dec35Max
Jan25Feb24Mar24Apr24May22Jun19Jul18Aug19Sep21Oct24Nov25Dec25Min
Jan350Feb330Mar320Apr70May10Jun1Jul3Aug4Sep9Oct30Nov160Dec210Rain mm
Jan20Feb20Mar20Apr7May2Jun0Jul0Aug0Sep1Oct3Nov12Dec16Rain days

World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park is one of a kind.  Costal rivers and billabongs are home to thousands of birds and flood plains that carry wet season frenzy. The park is also a spawning ground for barramundi – Northern Territory best known fish that gives an amazing fight when caught. Kakadu National Park is also a home for Yolngu people that lived in the area for over 40 000 years. Yolngu people are well known for their arts and crafts.

9 must see attractions in Kakadu National Park

  • Be at sunset at Ubirr lookout
  • Walk around Australia’s most outstanding aboriginal art site at Nourlangie Rock
  • Have a dip at Gunlom infinity pools
  • Don’t miss a Yellow Water cruise
  • Discover amazing water holes at Koolpin Gorge
  • Walk to the tallest in Kakadu waterfalls – Jim Jim Falls
  • Watch birds at Mamukala wetlands
  • Appreciate beauty of Twin Falls 
  • Take a scenic flight over Kakadu
Northern Territory Travel Guide - Kakadu National Park
Northern Territory Travel Guide - Kakadu National Park

Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land is located in the north-eastern corner of Northern Territory. Cahill crossings separates it from Kakadu National Park. 

Aboriginal Yolngu people are the traditional owners of Arnhem Land.  The Yolngu people are famous for arts and crafts and their skill at playing didgeridoo. Visiting this unspoiled wilderness is a must if you love true wilderness and aboriginal culture. Visitors must apply for a permit before entering.

Northern Territory Travel Guide - Arnhem Land

5 must see attractions in Arnhem Land

  • Visit Injalak Arts and Craft Gallery
  • Admire aboriginal open art galleries 
  • Explore ruins of Victoria Settlement at Cobourg Peninsula
  • Fish for barramundi
  • Learn to play didgeridoo
Northern Territory Travel Guide - Arnhem Land

Fishing in Northern Territory

Top End is one of the best places to go fishing. Every year hundreds of people come to fish for barramundi and reef fish like giant trevally, Spanish mackerel, rainbow trout and many more.  

Good time to offshore fishing is between October and December. At that time conditions are calmest. Between May and September weather is great with south-easterly wind. It is a season for Spanish mackerel, golden trevally and tuna. It is also a great time to fish for barramundi. 

Wet season (January to April) could be challenging, but also rewarding. At this time barra is usually found in mangroves and estuaries. Ocean fishing at wet season depends greatly on weather conditions. At this time of the year monsoonal storms are quite often and fishing offshore should be avoided.

If you feel lucky there is a serious Million Dollar Fish competition happening annually. Catch barramundi with a $1 million tag or 100 other carrying $10 000 tag to get richer fast.

Best places to go fishing:

  • Darwin Harbour
  • Corroboree Billabong
  • HeliFishing 
  • Bluewater charters
  • Dundee Beach
  • King Ash Bay
Northern Territory Travel Guide - Arnhem Land

Katherine and around

Katherine Average Temperatures and Rainfall
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Jan35Feb34Mar35Apr34May32Jun30Jul30Aug33Sep35Oct38Nov38Dec37Max
Jan24Feb24Mar23Apr20May17Jun14Jul13Aug16Sep20Oct24Nov25Dec24Min
Jan240Feb215Mar160Apr30May6Jun2Jul1Aug1Sep6Oct30Nov90Dec200Rain mm
Jan15Feb15Mar10Apr2May1Jun0Jul0Aug0Sep1Oct3Nov8Dec12Rain days

Drive around 300 km south from Darwin to reach place where tropics meet outback – the town of Katherine. Main attraction there is definitely Katherine Gorge, but the area has definitely many more great things to offer.

Northern Territory Travel Guide - Katherine
Northern Territory Travel Guide - Katherine

What to do around Katherine

  • Explore Nitmiluk National Park
  • Take a Katherine Gorge cruise
  • Swim at Katherine Hot Springs
  • Enjoy cultural experience at Top Didi
  • Have a dip at Mataranka Hot Springs
  • Discover Cutta Cutta caves
  • Visit Edith Falls
  • Eat lunch at Daily Waters pub

Top Events around Katherine

Apr 

May

May

Aug

Fishing Competition at Timber Creek

Katherine Cup 

Never Never Festival at Mataranka

Rodeo at Mataranka

 

Northern Territory Travel Guide - Darwin

Red Centre

Red Centre Average Temperatures and Rainfall
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Jan36Feb35Mar33Apr28May23Jun20Jul20Aug23Sep27Oct31Nov34Dec35Max
Jan21Feb21Mar17Apr13May8Jun5Jul4Aug6Sep10Oct15Nov18Dec20Min
Jan40Feb40Mar30Apr20May20Jun15Jul15Aug10Sep10Oct20Nov30Dec40Rain mm
Jan5Feb5Mar3Apr2May3Jun3Jul3Aug2Sep2Oct5Nov6Dec6Rain days

Alice Springs is the most famous outback town of Australia. Situated between East and West MacDonell ranges it is a town with full of character and reach of pioneer history.  Alice Springs is a great spot to discover nearby attractions as well.  Here even rust colored dirt looks amazing!

How to get to Red Centre

  • By air – Fly to Ayers Rock Airport in Yulara (463 km away from Alice),  or to Alice Springs airport. You can hire car or find an organised tour.
  • By car – If you hit the road, Stuart Hwy will take here from Darwin or Port Augusta from the south.
  • By train. The Ghan legendary outback train regularly runs between Darwin and Adelaide. 
Northern Territory Travel Guide - Red Centre
Northern Territory Travel Guide - Red Centre
Northern Territory Travel Guide - Alice Springs

What to do around Alice Springs

  • Go on Kings Canyon rim walk
  • Walk around Kata Tjuta
  • Explore Uluru and go for a camel tour
  • Devils Marbles (Kurlu Kurlu)
  • Discover East & West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Visit Old Telegraph Station
  • Admire stunning Henbury Crater

Red Centre has spectacular land forms, blue skies and deserts. You can feel the monumental sense of scale of Uluru, Kata Tjuta or Kings Canyon. 

Visit Devils Marbles to admire most iconic outback destination, where massive orange boulders sit atop of each other defying gravity. 

Aboriginal story tells they are the eggs of Rainbow Serpent. There is also an amazing story told by Arjanngu people where Uluru and Kata Tjuta were laid down during Tjukurpa – creation time. 

Accomodation

Red centre has on offer luxurious hotel accommodation, through to wide range of apartments and an amazing camping.

Hotels

Quest Alice Springs, 9 – 10 South Terrace, Alice Springs

Kings Canyon Resort, Luritja Road Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon

Sails In The Desert, Yulara Drive Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara

Tourist Parks

Heritage Caravan Park, 40 Ragonesi Road, Alice Springs

Kings Canyon Holiday Park, Watarrka National Park, Luritja Rd, Kings Canyon

Ayers Rock Campground, 173 Yulara Dr, Yulara

Top Events around Alice Springs

Apr 

May

June

July

Aug

Aug

Sept

Parrtjima Festival 

Muster

Alice Spring Beanie Festival

Apex Camel Cup

Tennant Creek Cup

Henley on Todd Regatta

Desert Harmony Festival

Northern Territory Travel Guide - Darwin

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