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Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia

Tennant Creek

Northern Territory

From its humble beginnings as a gold rush and cattle town, Tennant Creek has grown into a flourishing regional centre of around 3500 people. Located along the Stuart Highway 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs, the town has a number of interesting attractions, and is the main service centre for the surrounding Barkly Tablelands and its sprawling cattle stations. Tennant Creek's gold rush of the 1930s was the last in Australia's history, and at one time it was the third-largest gold producer in the country. Visitors can take a tour through an underground mine at the Battery Hill Mining Centre and even fossick for your own gold to take home. Built in 1872, the Tennant Creek Telegraph Station is a collection of historic stone buildings. It was part of the Overland Telegraph Line that linked Australia with the outside world. The station is 11 kilometres north of town, and has a self-guided walk with interpretative signage that explains the region's telegraph communications and pastoral history. The station is particularly beautiful just before sunset when the golden light for which the region is known lights up the stone walls. The town's colourful history is also on show at Tuxworth-Fullwood Museum. Originally built by the Army in 1942 as a bush hospital, the museum has a range of exhibits, including a 1930s police cell, steam traction engine, a reconstruction of a miner's camp and early photographs of the town and its people. Tennant Creek's award-winning Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Cultural Centre provides a fantastic insight into the strong Aboriginal history and culture of this region. Local arts and crafts are on display and can be purchased from the centre, which is run by the local traditional owners. Tingkkarli/Lake Mary Ann, 5 kilometres from the township, is a lovely place for a swim and a picnic. There are barbecue facilities, bushwalking tracks and wildlife watching areas, and the reserve can be reached via a walking/bike path that leaves town and winds through the Ho

Berry Springs - Darwin Area - Northern Territory

Berry Springs

Northern Territory

Visitors to Berry Springs will find a general store, petrol station and camping and caravan facilities. The small settlement is mostly visited by people wanting to explore the Territory Wildlife Park and Berry Springs Nature Reserve. Located an hours drive south of Darwin, the reserve protects a large part of the Berry Creek catchment. Berry Creek begins as a series of springs, forming a small creek which flows into Darwin Harbour through a mangrove lined estuary. Visitors to Berry Springs can enjoy a refreshing swim in the springs and lunch in the nearby picnic ground. If you swim with goggles you can see many native fish and other aquatic life that live in the clear pools. Nearby, the world acclaimed Territory Wildlife Park, located on 800 hectares of natural bushland, showcases the wildlife of northern Australia which visitors can experience up close and in their natural habitat.

Litchfield Area Northern Territory

Litchfield Area

Northern Territory

Litchfield National Park covers an area of around 1,500 square kilometres and is an easy two hour journey from Darwin. This unspoiled wilderness boasts monsoon rainforests, cascading waterfalls, diverse flora and fauna and impressive natural formations. Travellers can cool off with a swim in the plunge pool below Florence Falls, wade through a series of rocky pools at Buley Rockhole, view magnetic termite mounds, visit Wangi Falls and Tolmer Falls, or explore the sandstone towers of the Lost City. Litchfield National Park's closest service point is Batchelor, which offers a range of accommodation and facilities. Admire Batchelor's miniature replica of Karlstein Castle.

Adelaide River - Northern Territory

Adelaide River ( Stuart Highway )

Northern Territory

The Adelaide River settlement is located on the banks of the river, 114 kilometres south of Darwin. The scenic village has a rich history and was the site of a major military headquarters during World War II. It is a small community with a population of just 250 and an ideal stop-off point between Darwin and Katherine. The highlight of a visit to Adelaide River is the beautifully maintained World War II cemetery which can be easily found in a peaceful location by the banks of the river. Some 434 servicemen and 63 civilians killed in the Top End are buried here. Among the civilians are 9 Post Office workers who were killed on February 19, 1942 during the first of the Japanese air raids on Darwin. Also of interest to visitors is the Adelaide River Pub set among shady trees and green lawns, it is an ideal lunch destination with the popular house special of barra and chips. The old railway bridge and station (now a museum), which was a major enterprise at the time of completion in 1889, is also worth a visit. The Adelaide River itself flows north from the settlement and reaches the Timor Sea approximately 50 kilometres north-east of Darwin.

Goulburn Islands Northern Territory

Goulburn Islands

Northern Territory

The North and South Goulburn Islands are located in Auray Bay off the northern Arnhem Land coast. The islands are Aboriginal-owned and permits from the Northern Land Council are essential for all visitors. The Goulburn Islands are not set up for tourism, but intrepid sailors and fishermen may occasionally find themselves on their shores. The Warruwi people are the traditional owners of the Goulburn Islands and the main language, Mawng, is spoken by about 750 people. Warruwi community is located on the southern tip of the south island and is a dry community (no alcohol). Fishing is the main pastime of local people, who are allowed to hunt the turtles and dugong prevalent in the area. The lifestyle is slow and relaxing and the climate is slightly cooler than Darwin.

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Northern Territory

The township of Yulara supports Ayers Rock Resort where visitors to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are accommodated. The resort features different levels of accommodation from hotel, apartment style, budget and camping. There is a commercial centre with supermarket, bank, newsagent and food outlets. Yulara also has a service station, a Royal Flying Doctor Service clinic, police station and fire service. Ayers Rock Airport, located a few kilometres from the resort, is linked by daily Qantas flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Cairns and Alice Springs.

Cape Crawford - Katherine Area - Northern Territory

Cape Crawford

Northern Territory

Cape Crawford is a remote stop, home of the famous Heartbreak Hotel, at the junction of the Carpentaria and Tablelands Highway. Despite the first part of its name, Cape Crawford is situated approximately 120 kilometres from the ocean and is so named because it is situated at the northern extremity or ‘cape’ of the Abner Ranges, which were first ‘discovered’ by drover Lindsay Crawford in 1880. The Abner Ranges are home to an impressive formation known as the Lost City. The Lost City covers an area of about eight square kilometres and is dotted with towering sandstone formations. These natural pillars remind many observers of skyscrapers, and are well worth a visit. Helicopter flights which land in the Lost City give access to four wheel drive tours through the sandstone formations.

Larapinta Trail, Ormiston Gorge

Alice Springs and Surrounds

Northern Territory

The area surrounding Alice Springs is a land of deep chasms and gorges carved though rust coloured ranges. The desert landscape is punctuated by unexpected oases and waterholes and ancient meteorite craters. It is home to an ancient people whose culture is alive and well. Alice Springs sits at the junction of the East and West MacDonnell Ranges. The spectacular West MacDonnell National Park is home to many amazing natural attractions, such as Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge and Pound. The renowned Larapinta Trail runs 223 kilometres through the West MacDonnells and is one of the world’s great walks. To pioneering Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira, the West MacDonnells were his inspiration with their dramatic landscapes and ever changing hues. Highlights of the East MacDonnell Ranges are Emily and Jessie Gaps, Trephina Gorge, Ndahla Gorge, Ruby Gap and Arltunga Historic Reserve. Arltunga was an important gold and gem prospecting area and for a while was the most important settlement in Central Australia. Now only a few restored stone buildings remain. Hermannsburg (an historic Aboriginal settlement, and the birthplace of artist Albert Namatjira) and Palm Valley (Finke Gorge National Park) are an easy drive from Alice Springs. Those looking to go further off the beaten track can explore the Simpson or Tanami Deserts, fossick for gems at Gemtree or Ruby Gap, or visit remote communities like Santa Teresa and Titjikala, where tours offer a chance to experience Aboriginal culture and watch artists at work. A visit to the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home of the monolith Uluru / Ayers Rock, situated 461 kilometres south west of Alice Springs on the traditional lands of the Anangu Aboriginal people, is an unforgettable experience.

Mary River Area Northern Territory

Mary River Area

Northern Territory

The Mary River area encompasses the Mary River National Park and Djukbinj National Park on the Arnhem Highway between Darwin and Kakadu National Park. Explorer John McDouall Stuart explored this area in the early 1860s and signed his name on a tree at the mouth of Mary River. Today, a memorial marks the site of the tree. Both the AdelaideRiver and Mary River are best known for their large populations of saltwater crocodiles, the undisputed stars of popular boat cruises that operate in the area. The area is also a popular fishing destination and offers some of the best barramundi fishing in the Northern Territory. The Mary River wetlands are part of a network of northern coastal wetlands that link eight major rivers in the Top End. This network is rare, fragile and ecologically important and some areas have been listed as of international importance. The Limilngan Wulna ‘freshwater’ Aboriginal people have made the Mary River region their home for thousands of years and continue to live, hunt and practise their traditional culture here today. The rich wetland environment is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including a multitude of migratory birds. Examples of species that can be observed include magpie geese, brolgas, white-bellied sea eagles, rufous owls and more. Accommodation options in the area range from airconditioned cabins to caravan parks and campsites.

Arnhem Land Northern Territory

Arnhem Land

Northern Territory

Arnhem Land is made up of 91,000 square kilometres of unspoiled wilderness bordered by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Travellers wishing to visit Arnhem Land must obtain a permit in advance from the Northern Land Council. Alternatively, many organised tours visit the region, and in these cases a permit is usually organised by the tour operator. Arnhem Land is rich in culture and features a diverse landscape characterised by wild coastlines, towering escarpments, savannah woodlands and wetlands teeming with wildlife. The park protects wetlands of international importance and provides a habitat for abundant wildlife, including crocodiles, dugongs, nesting turtles and migratory birds. Townships within Arnhem Land include Maningrida and Nhulunbuy and the (ruins) of the Victoria Settlement on the Cobourg Peninsula.

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