Darwin buzzes with bars, restaurants & events but the surroundings are what attracts visitors from all over the world. Arnhem Land, the stunning Katherine Gorge, the waterfalls of Kakadu and Litchfield National Park are all within easy reach of the city.
The highlights of the Red Centre
1. Take in the beauty of Uluru
It’s hard to explain how beautiful Uluru is unless you’re standing in front of it (particularly at sunrise or sunset…with a bevvy in hand). This huge red rock really blows you away, particularly when you get a chance to understand the cultural significance of it and learn stories from the Indigenous Australians.
Most overland Alice Springs to Uluru tours will include the chance to experience Uluru, in fact, the majority camp very close to this magical landmark so you can sit back, enjoy a glass of champagne and appreciate its magic in no rush!
2. Hike Kata Tjuta
Just around the corner from Uluru (well in Australia standards anyway), Kata Tjuta is another stunning rock formation in The Red Centre. Hike through this amazing collection of vast stand-alone rocks and take in some of the most stunning views of the region.
3. Cuddle up with a kangaroo
Sure you’ve probably seen your friends cuddle a koala, but how many have cuddled a kangaroo joey? Lucky for you, there’s a spot just outside Alice Springs where you can.
4. Sleep in a swag and count the stars
There’s nothing quite as outback as sleeping in a swag. Sort of like really thick sleeping bags, or really small tents with no roof, a swag is the perfect place to take in the incredible number of stars that litter the outback sky.
5. Explore King’s Canyon
Sure the steps at the start are hell on earth (particularly if you’re nursing a hangover) but watching the sun rise through King’s Canyon really is a once in a lifetime.
As stated before, Darwin attracts visitors from all over the world. Arnhem Land, the stunning Katherine Gorge, the waterfalls of Kakadu and Litchfield National Park are all within easy reach of the city.
The Top End region is famous for crocodiles and waterfalls, The Top End of Australia offers beauty like nowhere else. Don’t be fooled, the treasures of the Top End are not exactly in close proximity to one another, the Northern Territory is a very big place so allow time for these adventures!
Five bucket list experiences in the Top End to make your Australian adventure complete:
1. Get in the tank with a crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove
Before you think we’ve completely fried our brains, we know how crazy getting in the tank with a crocodile sounds. But at Crocosaurus Cove you can cage dive with some of the biggest crocs in the world. When you get a shot like this, why wouldn’t you?
2. Chase waterfalls in Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is a dream land filled with waterfalls, hikes and amazing views. Definitely worth trying not to be too hungover for. Or you could just cure your hangover with a dip. Looking at a map, Kakadu may seem like a short drive, but you really need to remember the size of the Northern Territory! Trade boring nights in Darwin accommodation for a 3 Day Kakadu and Litchfield Camping Tour, allowing you extra chill time in rock pools overlooking natural landscapes, with all food and a guide included. You won’t regret it!
3. Escape the heat in Litchfield National Park
It’s no surprise that the Northern Territory is a place that is too hot to handle, especially for those used to a cooler, significantly less sticky climate. This is where Litchfield National Park is a lifesaver. Litchfield is an oasis filled with (crocodile-free!) waterfalls, plunge pools, rivers and creeks.
4. Feast til you’re full at the Mindil Sunset Markets
Every Thursday and Sunday sunset brings about the Mindil Sunset Markets. With tonnes of food stalls from a range of cuisines, unique craft vendors and a picturesque sunset, what else could you want from a market? Oh and its BYO beverage, just when you thought it couldn’t get better.
5. Relax in the Mataranka Thermal Pools
That incredibly long stretch from Darwin to Uluru is not barren emptiness, no. Somewhere between those many miles is the crystal blue, soothing waters of Mataranka Thermal Pools. A lush natural pool oasis settled among paperbark trees in true Aussie outback serenity.