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Kakadu Region Northern Territory

Kakadu Region

Northern Territory

World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is a landscape of contrasts. Beneath waters dotted with lotus flowers, saltwater crocodiles lurk, jagged peaks of towering escarpments hide pockets of monsoon rainforest and waterfalls cascade into pools fringed with paperbarks, pandanus and cycads. Travellers can view the spectacular Jim Jim Falls, browse through a gallery of ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr or Burrungui / Nourlangie Rock, or explore the scenic Yellow Water, a billabong teeming with wildlife. An entry fee applies to enter Kakadu National Park. Kakadu is shaped by water, being the catchment area for the South Alligator, East Alligator, Katherine, Roper and Daly rivers. From November to May, waterfalls are at their most spectacular and the lowlands are flooded, attracting millions of migratory birds. The unique and diverse avian life in Kakadu includes jacanas, azure kingfishers, cuckoos, rufous owls, magpie geese, jabiru and more. Travellers have several accommodation options in Kakadu, ranging from campsites to hotel accommodation. Further east lies Arnhem Land, encompassing 91,000 square kilometres of unspoiled wilderness. This land harbours a rich and ancient Aboriginal culture and is home to many Aboriginal people, many of whom continue to practise the traditional way of life. The natural beauty of areas such as Gunbalanya / Oenpelli and Mount Borradaile, and the endless coastlines of the Nhulunbuy / Gove and Cobourg Peninsula, make venturing into Arnhem Land unforgettable. These coastal areas are also excellent fishing destinations. Travellers wanting to visit Arnhem Land need to apply for a permit from the Northern Land Council, or if visiting on a tour, these are organised for you.

Alice Springs Area Northern Territory

Alice Springs Area

Northern Territory

Alice Springs is a diverse and vibrant outback town. Situated on the banks of the Todd River (which only occasionally runs with water) ‘Alice’ is famous for its colourful characters and relaxed atmosphere. Travellers can enjoy the view from Anzac Hill, browse the Araluen Cultural Precinct, learn about the hardships of the pioneers at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station or the Royal Flying Doctor Service, meet rare and endangered wildlife at Alice Springs Desert Park or tee-off on one of the best desert golf courses in the world. A range of quirky events also provide entertainment - cheer at the Imparja Camel Cup, see the hilarious ASSA ABLOY Henley-on-Todd (a ‘boat’ race on the dry Todd River), or road test one of 3,000 beanies at the Alice Springs Beanie Festival. Alice Springs is a great base from which to explore the surrounding region, with attractions such as the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, the Larapinta Trail, Finke Gorge National Park, Hermannsburg (birthplace of Albert Namatjira), the Simpson and Tanami Deserts and more within easy reach.

Howard Springs Northern Territory

Howard Springs

Northern Territory

Howard Springs is a rural area on the outskirts of Darwin that features mango farms and picturesque rustic surrounds. Howard Springs Nature Park is a great place to enjoy natural springs, view long necked turtles and feed the huge barramundi that live there. There is a 1.8 kilometre walking track with signs explaining some of the different vegetation and animals along the way. Another short track meanders through dense rainforest to the springs which feed the main pool.

little bondi beach

Little Bondi beach

Northern Territory

One kilometre to the south is the more embayed Baringura or Little Bondi beach (NT 1041), a 200 m long white sand beach, bordered by 10-20 m high red laterite cliffs, extending 200-300 m off the beach. These reduce waves to just under 1 m and maintain a low tide bar, with rips usually against the points. There is a small foredune and both active and older dune transgression extending up to 200 m in lee of the beach, with informal camping in the deflation hollow. This is a relatively popular surfing beach, and at times the entire Gove surf life saving patrol moves to the beach, so people can enjoy the surf in greater safety.

Tiwi Islands area Northern Territory

Tiwi Islands Area

Northern Territory

Located 80 kilometres north of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands are the combination of Bathurst and Melville Islands and collectively the Aboriginal population call themselves the Tiwi people. The Tiwi Islands remain a unique and rare opportunity to view and share this culture. Travellers do need a permit to visit the Tiwi Islands and cannot arrive unannounced, it is therefore imperative to go on an organised tour or fishing charter. There are several fishing lodges on the Islands to cater for the fishing enthusiast or for those wanting a cultural experience, you can do this on a day tour. There are also overnight experiences including going out with a hunting party to gather traditional bush foods such as mud mussels, mud crabs and mangrove worms. The Tiwi people are world famous for their art, many paintings can be found hanging in major art galleries around the world. Their art extends from the traditional forms of paintings on bark and canvas to wood carvings, distinctive silk screened cloth, woven accessories and pottery. There are several art galleries on both Melville and Bathurst Island and you are more than welcome to purchase directly from the artists. The Tiwi Islands are also famous for their love of sports, in particular Australian Rules Football. The Tiwi Football Grand Final, usually held in March, is a must see if you are in the area at the time. Nicknamed the Island of Smiles, the Tiwi people are coastal Aborigines with a culture different to those on the mainland. Their strong traditions, rituals and traditional foods are still a very important part of everyday life today and they appear to have successfully combined both traditional and modern lifestyles.

Hermannsburg - Alice Springs Area - Northern Territory


Northern Territory

Originally a German Lutheran mission in the 1880s, Hermannsburg retains some historic buildings including a stone church and schoolhouse giving it an unusual character. It is located on Larapinta Drive, 130 kilometres south west of Alice Springs near the entrance to Finke National Park and Palm Valley. Hermannsburg is also known as the home of famous Aboriginal painter Albert Namatjira who captured the light and colour of the area so well. If continuing west towards Kings Canyon, Hermannsburg is the last fuel stop and outlet to purchase a Mereenie Loop Pass.

Gulf Area Northern Territory

Gulf Area

Northern Territory

The remote Gulf area stretches east of Katherine to the Queensland border and meets the Gulf of Carpentaria, a shallow sea between Australia and Papua New Guinea. The area, home to four main indigenous language groups, includes many large Australian cattle stations. The Gulf is one of Australia’s most exciting fishing destinations. On the Northern Territory side of the Gulf, Roper Bar is the natural rock crossing separating the saltwater and freshwater sections of the Roper River. The township of Borroloola, located 600 kilometres south of Roper Bar on the McArthur River (both of which are renowned fishing hot spots), is the Gulf area’s main service centre. A range of services and a taste of Northern Territory hospitality can be found in this friendly town. King Ash Bay is a popular fishing spot 50 kilometres from Borroloola. Cape Crawford, 100 kilometres south west of Borroloola, is another major base from which to explore the Gulf area. Surrounded by golden grasslands, rock escarpments, waterfalls and waterholes, Cape Crawford is within easy reach of Limmen National Park (Proposed). The area is home to a magnificent array of native wildlife. Another must-see destination is Barranyi (North Island) National Park, located in the Sir Edward Pellew Group of Islands. A haven for wildlife, the park provides a home to nesting turtles and migratory birds. Access to the islands is limited, and you must contact Parks and Wildlife NT before making the journey. The Savannah Way, an adventure tourism drive along the Carpentaria Highway, is a great option for exploring this unique region.

Humty Doo and Rural Area Golf Club, Darwin Area, Northern Territory, Australia

Humpty Doo

Northern Territory

Humpty Doo, one of the oldest areas of Darwin, is located in the rural area, approximately 40 kilometres from the centre of town. Often remembered for the failed attempt to grow rice in the district in the 1950s, the settlement now acts as a service centre for the rural district with many large properties and farms in the area. Those looking for a tee-off will enjoy Humpty Doo’s 9 hole golf course, set amid picturesque rural surrounds. Humpty Doo has a supermarket, newsagency, bakery, tavern and doctors. The post office and service station are located further up the Arnhem Highway heading towards Kakadu.

Katherine Area Northern Territory

Katherine Area

Northern Territory

While its star attraction is undoubtedly the famous Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), Katherine and its surrounds include great fishing, hidden natural wonders and a rich indigenous and pioneering history. The region stretches from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border. Around 300 kilometres south of Darwin, Katherine is set on the banks of the Katherine River. This unique outback town of around 8,000 people is the region’s major service centre. Katherine offers a wide range of accommodation, facilities and attractions, including museums, art galleries, character-filled pubs and historic sites. Other attractions within easy reach of the town include the Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, the Katherine Hot Springs and Leliyn / Edith Falls. Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) covers an awesome 3,000 kilometres of magnificent escarpment country. Nitmiluk means ‘cicada place’ to the local Aboriginal people. The Katherine River flows through 13 separate gorges that carve their way through the Arnhem Plateau. You can canoe, cruise and swim between sheer cliffs to the sandy freshwater beaches of the main gorges, and view ancient Aboriginal rock paintings high on the rock faces. Waterfalls and rock pools are found along over 100 kilometres of walking tracks, beginning at the park’s visitor centre. An hour south-east of Katherine is Mataranka, where the famous Mataranka Thermal Pool is found. Travellers can enjoy a refreshing dip in the pools, which are surrounded by the rainforests of Elsey National Park. The small historic town of Pine Creek is also well worth a visit.

Mandorah Northern Territory


Northern Territory

Mandorah is a tiny settlement on the western side of Darwin Harbour and the pleasant 20-minute ferry ride from Cullen Bay provides a different view of the Harbour. Once at Mandorah, many day-trippers head straight for the local pub to enjoy its views over the water to Darwin, barra and chips, and laid-back character. Fishing at the ferry jetty is a popular pastime, especially during the dry season, when mackerel and tuna come within casting distance.