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The Northern Territory of Australia is an icon in itself. Found within the borders of this vast region are a variety of stunning landscapes and ecosystems of World Heritage value. There is also strong indigenous culture and a vibrant modern lifestyle for those lucky enough to visit the NT or to call the NT home.
Darwin Naturalist Clubs
National Parks and Wildlife Service
Darwin Gig Guides
NT Tourism & Top End Touring
For those looking for a unique holiday destination that mixes modern with the ancient, country with the city and neuvo and retro lifestyle then the NT is for you. This page is dedicated to helping you achieve your ultimate NT touring experience and guide you through the maze which is the planning stage.
The DARWIN ACCOMMODATION has Darwin hotels and apartment providers that have shown they have a high degree of care and diligence looking after their guests and are also offering mates rates for those that mention ethical adventures at the time of booking.
The SUGGESTED READING list contains a wide variety of sources and materials. You will find text books on Australian plants, animals, NT history, indigenous culture and people and a whole lot more.
Self-drive vs Organised tour. This is a blog of what needs to be considered before you decide to self-drive or join an organised tour. It will take you through some of the nuts and bolts of what is required to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding time whilst on tour in the Top End and from there you can decide how you want to do it. Weather it is self-drive or on an organised tour each has it’s benefits and difficulties so have a look through this to decide which you favour. There is also a trip planner to help you organise your itinerary.
For those that are interested in whats happening behind the scenes and some of the unusual things which occur up here then check out the TOP END NEWS page.
Enjoy your holiday.
Features of the Top End
World Heritage Parks
An extensive park network which captures the variety of NT ecosystems including deserts, rainforests, mountains, floodplains, wetlands and everything in between. These pristine ecosystems are home to a broad range of Australia’s unique wildlife some of which are endangered, threatened and endemic. Some of these regions are inscribed into the United Nations World Heritage list as they contain such superlative natural values or cultural value that they are deemed worthy of protecting for the good and enjoyment of the rest of the world. Of these Kakadu National Park is possibly the most well known. Kakadu is one of select group world wide that meets all of the criteria both for natural and cultural value making it a modern day terrestrial version of Noahs ark.
Modern lifestyle and Darwin City
With a population of around 130,000 people Darwin is not a big city. However it does have all the modern benefits of such without the negatives. Cafes, waterfronts, restaurants, activities and attractions, quiet moments and more all delivered with the best sunsets Australia has to offer.
The NT is also unique in that around 30% of the population are indigenous Australians with over 50% of the land being held or associated with Aboriginal people, land groups or trusts. Aboriginal culture in Australia is considered the oldest continuous living culture on the planet and the Northern Territory is the perfect place to interact and learn about this ancient culture.
Perfect weather of the NT
Overarching all these reasons for visiting the NT is of course the weather. Australia is the land of extremes. Nowhere demonstrates that more clearly than the Top End of the Northern Territory. From near drought conditions in the dry season to monsoonal rainfall and high humidity in the wet season it pays to be prepared if you are planning on visiting the NT.
If 26 degrees, blue skies and no humidity is your thing then anytime between June and August should just about do the trick. If you want to clean those pores out then November to April will definitely save you money on sauna’s.