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Victoria River Area Northern Territory

Victoria River Area

Northern Territory

The scenic Victoria River area, located south-west of Katherine, is home to one of Australia’s last wild rivers. The Victoria River teems with fish and other unique wildlife and is a popular fishing destination. The small, historic township of Timber Creek is located on the Victoria Highway, 285 kilometres west of Katherine. Gregory National Park sits at Timber Creek's doorstep, covers around 13,000 square kilometres, and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Some activities to be enjoyed include escarpment walks, four-wheel driving, swimming, boat cruises and bird watching. A sunrise or sunset river cruise lets travellers see the river and its surrounds, and offers a chance to view the park’s diverse wildlife. Situated 170 kilometres west of Timber Creek is Keep River National Park. This park encompasses towering sandstone landforms and Aboriginal rock art and is best explored on foot following one of its many bushwalking trails.

Ti Tree Northern Territory

Ti Tree

Northern Territory

The tiny township of Ti Tree, 314 kilometres south of Tennant Creek, is home of the Anmatjere people and services several Aboriginal communities, including Utopia, which is renowned for its art. The Red Sands Art Gallery is a respected gallery and one of the best places to acquire some Utopian art. Ti Tree is also an unlikely agricultural centre producing significant crops of table grapes and melons thanks to the abundant sunshine and huge underground water resources. Ti Tree roadhouse offers fuel and basic provisions for travellers between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

Tennant Creek and Surrounds, Northern Territory, Australia

Tennant Creek and Surrounds

Northern Territory

The small town of Tennant Creek sits at the junction of the Barkly and Stuart highways, 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs and 1,000 kilometres south of Darwin. Known by locals as 'Tennant', the town is the service centre for the surrounding Barkly Tablelands, a huge area of grassy plains that house enormous cattle stations. Tennant Creek has a diverse history, shaped by the Overland Telegraph Line, gold mining, Aboriginal culture and pastoralism. The site of Australia's last major gold rush in the 1930s, Tennant Creek's mining past can be explored at the excellent Battery Hill Mining Centre, where underground tours shed light on the gold extraction process that made this area Australia's third-largest gold producer. The town's Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre is an award-winning museum and gallery that showcases the culture of the local Warumungu people. Other attractions include Tingkkarli/Lake Mary Ann, a picturesque swimming and picnicking spot. At the old Telegraph Station you will see stone buildings from 1872 and find out about the town's role in the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line. Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles is a sacred site about 100 kilometres south of Tennant Creek and is the region's most spectacular landmark. The Devils Marbles consist of hundreds of enormous boulders balanced on top of one another across a shallow valley. The local Aboriginal people call them 'Karlu Karlu', and Aboriginal lore says the rocks are the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent. Kunjarra/The Pebbles, is a women's dancing site located a short drive north of Tennant Creek. The Davenport Range National Park, accessed via the Barkly Highway, is a fantastic spot for four-wheel driving and camping. You will find some of the Territory's most challenging four-wheel drive tracks, and a series of permanent waterholes that attract plenty of birdlife.

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Mary River

Northern Territory

The calm waters of the Mary River are best enjoyed on a fishing trip or nature cruise. The Mary River area, between Darwin and Kakadu on the Arnhem Highway, is an angler's paradise, literally jumping with barramundi and other tropical estuarine species. Wildlife spotting cruises are another ideal way to explore the area. Diverse fauna such as crocodiles, buffalo, wild horses and migratory birds are frequently seen. Travellers come to view magpie geese, brolgas, white-bellied sea eagles, red-tailed black cockatoos, rufous owls and more. Accommodation options in the area range from airconditioned cabins to caravan parks and campsites. Corroboree Park Tavern and the Bark Hut Inn are found along the Arnhem Highway, with Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge located through Mary River National Park. Mary River House Boats offer a unique accommodation option available for hire. Four-wheel drive enthusiasts will enjoy the floodplains, paperbark forests and monsoon rainforests found on the Hardies and Wildman four-wheel drive tracks.

Aileron Northern Territory


Northern Territory

Aileron is a welcome rest stop along the Stuart Highway offering meals, accommodation, fuel and is located close to Ryan Well Historical Reserve. Aileron Hotel and Roadhouse is located 132 kilometres north of Alice Springs and 370 kilometres south of Tennant Creek. A giant sculpture of an Aboriginal warrior (Anmatjere Man) guards over the roadhouse. The roadhouse offers a convenience store, meals, free guest laundry, children’s playground and visitor information. There is a collection of original Albert Namatjira watercolour paintings in the dining room. The accommodation ranges from powered and unpowered campsites, backpacker dormitory and self-contained motel rooms.

Wauchope Northern Territory


Northern Territory

Wauchope is 114 kilometres south of Tennant Creek, a short distance from the Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve. The historic Wauchope Roadhouse and Pub was built in 1938 to service the needs of the nearby wolfram (used in the manufacture of tungsten) mines and is full of memorabilia from that era. It is a friendly well appointed wayside inn offering fuel, meals, bar facilities, comfortable motel accommodation, camping and a swimming pool.

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Darwin and Surrounds

Northern Territory

The tropical Top End is dramatic, vibrant and friendly, and offers a range of experiences. Darwin, the Northern Territory’s cosmopolitan capital, is a great place to begin exploring. The city offers a range of accommodation and facilities, and is a popular holiday destination, thanks to its relaxed charm and proximity to the region’s iconic natural wonders. An hour south of Darwin is Berry Springs Nature Park, a swimming and recreational area and the popular Territory Wildlife Park is just next door. Operating on the nearby Adelaide River, regular jumping crocodile cruises provide the chance to see saltwater crocodiles propel themselves from the water. Further south along the Stuart Highway is Litchfield National Park, a great place to cool off beneath cascading waterfalls and view attractions such as unique magnetic termite mounds, monsoonal rainforests and tumbling rocky waterholes. World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is 250 kilometres from Darwin on the Arnhem Highway. To the north of Darwin are the Tiwi Islands where visitors can share in the culture of the Tiwi people. Take an organised tour and purchase some local art and crafts, chat with some of the local Tiwi ladies over a pot of billy tea, or fish the clear waters surrounding the islands. Fishing is a popular Northern Territory pastime, with Darwin and Bynoe Harbours offering excellent fishing. The Daly River, the Mary River wetlands and the Victoria River are among the fishing hot spots while Dundee Beach and Mandorah Beach boast stretches of sandy coastline.

Barunga - Katherine Area - Northern Territory


Northern Territory

Located 90 kilometres south-east of Katherine, Barunga is well known for its annual indigenous cultural and sporting festival which is usually held over the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June. Aboriginal people from all parts of the Northern Territory gather in Barunga for four days of cultural activities, dancing, arts and crafts and sporting events. Travellers can camp in the community during the festival and participate in the celebration of Aboriginal life, interacting with residents who will share their stories and culture.

Victoria River Northern Territory

Victoria River

Northern Territory

Known as Victoria River, Victoria River Crossing and the Victoria River Inn, this tiny settlement is located on the Victoria Highway 194 kilometres west of Katherine. The settlement itself is little more than a roadhouse and campground, but the scenery along the highway as it winds past immense escarpments split by the mighty Victoria River ranks as some of the most stunning in the Territory. Gregory National Park protects the area's colourful scenery featuring grassy plains, boab trees and majestic gorges carved out of sandstone escarpments.

Tanami Desert Northern Territory

Tanami Desert

Northern Territory

The Tanami Desert, one of the most isolated and arid areas on earth, wasn’t truly explored until well into the twentieth century. The Tanami Track connects Alice Springs to the Kimberleys traversing this huge desert. Points of interest along the Tanami Track include Tilmouth Well Station, offering accommodation and fuel in a true outback setting and Birds Australia’s 2,600 square kilometre Newhaven Station Bird Sanctuary. Those planning to drive the Tanami Track should only do so in a reliable four-wheel drive vehicle, take spare fuel and a good quantity of water. The road surface is usually quite good but, services on the Tanami are very limited with fuel available only at Tilmouth Well and Rabbit Flat (closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).