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Things to do and See in Northern Territory

Darwin


Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and has a population of around 75,000 people. It was named after the famous naturalist, Charles Darwin. The area has two distinct seasons. The wet season runs roughly from early November to the end of March, and the dry season, which generally lasts from April to October.

There isn't much to do in Darwin except go to one Darwin’s many pubs or you can check out the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre (www.darwinsairwar.com.au), which has several planes including Spitfires and B-52’s. Darwin is the ‘gateway' to the world-famous Kakadu National Park, the gorgeous Litchfield National Park, and the dramatic Katherine Gorge. For more information go to www.tourismtopend.com.au  

 

 

Kakadu


This is one of the crown jewels of the World Heritage list. It is Australia's largest National Park with its vast area stretches from tidal mudflats and swamps full of crocodiles in the north, to lush green trees, waterfalls, and birds singing in the south. This region has been inhabited for more than 40,000 years and the Aboriginal people still live here today. There are a wide variety of rare plants and animals. With this all in mind Kakadu National Park is one of the most beautiful parks on earth and is worth going to see it.

 

 

Ayers Rock (Uluru)


Uluru is the largest monolith in the world as its 3.6 kilometers long and 8 kilometers around the base. This huge rock in the middle of the desert and is one of the great wonders of the world. Many people know Uluru as the big red rock, but depending on the time of day and atmospheric conditions this rock can dramatically change color, anything from blue to a glowing red. There is a path going to the top of Uluru, but the Aboriginals believe that this ancestral site and it shouldn't be climbed. With this in mind I believe that no one should climb this sacred rock.

 

 

The Rest of the Northern Territory


Katherine Gorge

This has 13 gorges that are separated by rapids and extending for 12 kilometers. It is worth going to as you will have the opportunity to take lots of great pictures.

 

Tennant Creek

Located 500 kilometers north of Alice Springs this is a historic gold mining town. There are three roads going into town, so it is the place you will likely stop when you are on the road. There isn’t too much to do there except rest and keep going.

 

 

 
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