Northern Territory

From the steamy tropics to Australia’s desert heart, Northern Territory is a frontier of extraordinary remoteness where vast tracts are unsettled, climate dominates and our most remarkable landscapes are to be found.

Founded on January 1, 1911,  the Northern Territory covers 1,420,970 square kilometres and has a population of just 224,800.

Darwin city was destroyed by Japanese bomb raids in WW2 and later by Cyclone Tracy.  Rebuilt, the city has a very relaxed holiday lifestyle.  Best time to visit if you don’t like steamy tropics is from May to August.  It’s spectacular and remote.  It’s also dangerous in places – you do need to heed any warning signs about crocodiles.

Kakadu is best seen from the air – it is immense!  But there’s lots of ways find out more here
50% of the Territory is Aboriginal land including most of the offshore islands, north east corner of Arnhem Land, a section of the west coast and a piece of the eastern half from Timber Creek to the South Australian border.

There’s a catch 22 when it comes to spotting crocodiles: most people want to see them but not at the expense of losing a limb. About 1.5 hour’s drive from Darwin, on the way to Kakadu, lies the perfect opportunity to spot crocs safely.

Corroboree Billabong is home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. Cruises around its muddy expanse during the dry season, May to November, allow you to watch the creatures swimming or resting on the riverbank from the safe confines of a croc-proofed boat.

It’s also worth the drive to Adelaide River and lunch at the Adelaide River Inn where you can meet Charlie the buffalo.  During WW2, Adelaide River was the headquarters of a large base and the Adelaide River War Cemetery was created especially for the burial of service personnel who died in this part of Australia.

Darwin is our furtherest outpost. Twice rebuilt it is about the size of a large provincial town. From The Esplanade, Mindil Beach and Fannie Bay you can witness an incomparable sunset. >>more>>

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