Darwin and Alice Springs.
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In the early p>nineties the Northern Territory ran a highly successful campaign on the theme “You’ll never never know, if you never never go”. No truer words were ever written about one of the world’s oldest and most extraordinary landscapes and cultures. A trip which should feature on every bucket list.
It’s a cliché however there really is no better way to explore Australia’s Top End than taking along your bedroom, bathroom and the kitchen sink in a Campervan or Motorhome. Despite its size and sparse population, the Northern Territory is well populated with power site equipped Holiday Parks at all popular destinations such as Kakadu, Litchfield Park, Katharine, Mataranka , Yulara and of course Darwin and Alice Springs making for the perfect road holiday trip.
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Vehicles available for hire include 6,4 and 2 berth Motorhomes with living space, kitchen, showers and Toilets; 4 and 2 berths with living equipment either as standard or optional. For those looking for a more adventurous Northern Territory holiday, 4 Wheel Drive rentals come with various guises of kitchen and shower equipment.
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Darwin and Alice Springs.
Between June and October. With essentially two seasons, the Wet and the Dry, the best time to visit the Top End is during the dry months when the average temperatures is 32C. During the Wet season campervan rental branches are closed or operate reduced hours in Alice Springs, Darwin and Broome in WA, a popular drop-off point from Darwin.
No. Parks such as Litchfield and Kakadu cater well for campervans and motorhomes with sealed roads into townships such as Batchelor and Jabiru where Holiday Parks are available with powered sites.
There are restrictions on where you can take your 4WD. Permits are required for certain Aboriginal Lands and rental companies impose their own restrictions. Share your itinerary and check with your hiring company before starting your trip. Campervans and Motorhomes cannot be taken off-road except to access Holiday parks over short distances.
This will depend upon the time of year and size of vehicle. School holidays in the June-July period are the most popular and attract higher rates. For example, a basic 2-berth campervan rented for 7 days in July will be around $155 a day. The same vehicle in September will cost $117 a day.
Everything from basic 2 berth campervans to luxury 6 berth motorhomes and off-road 4 wheel drive adventure campers. Larger campervans come with kitchen, bathroom and living areas.
In the early nineties the Northern Territory ran a highly successful campaign on the theme “You’ll never never know, if you never never go". No truer words were ever written about one of the world’s oldest and most extraordinary landscapes and cultures. A trip which should feature on every bucket list.
Exploring the Top End of Australia offers the diverseness of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and Katherine Gorge all within a few hours driving of Darwin which can be taken in easily on a 7 day driving trip in the Top End.
The NT is the third largest land area for a State or Territory in Australia. An important consideration before you start planning your holiday, as it will affect the way you approach building an itinerary and what you do and don’t do.
The Northern Territory equates to roughly:
There are two distinct areas, 1600km’s apart:
When it comes to vehicle choice the most popular options are either 4 wheel drive or the more traditional camper.
A camel ride, a hot air balloon ride, golf and hikes in the desert and immerse yourself in indigenous culture and history.
Pukul naglya yanam Ananguku ngrurakutu (Yankunytjatjara welcome)
Pukulpa pitjama Ananguku ngurakutu (Pitjantjatjara welcome)
“This is Anangu land and you are welcome. Look around and learn in order to understand Anangu and also understand that our culture is strong and alive" - Traditional owner statement courtesy of Tourism Australia.
The UNESCO World Heritage listed - Uluru, is one of the iconic bucket list sights of Australia, not only is it spectacular to view sunrise, noon or sunset it’s also one of the most important sacred sites of the indigenous custodians.
Sunrise - The viewing area, Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, offers the ultimate spot for an amazing sunrise experience, head there before sunrise and get your camera ready. It has a car park and facilities attached.
Look closely - do the base walk, it’s almost 10kms around with two car park stations that you can start/finish the walk from (Mala is the best), there are a couple of water stations along the way but it’s important to take plenty of water and start the walk early so you can finish before the heat of day, it’s impossible to get lost. The Rock changes as you progress, the Mala section has terrific rock art and it’s a good section to take a guided tour so you can understand the significance of the ancient artwork. Follow the track around to the Mutitjulu Waterhole, on a rainy day (there aren’t many) you can see amazing waterfalls off the rock. There are some culturally sensitive areas of the rock that are clearly marked, put your camera away here.
Sunset - is more than just the changing colours of the rock, the red centre night sky is an essential part of the experience. This is also a good spot to get a good sunset view of Kata Tjuta.
Some think the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (formally the Olgas) are more interesting than Uluru. Although the many walks and the Walpa Gorge are an amazing experience the cultural significance of the site is private to the Anangu people.
The Valley of the Winds walk - the walk takes about an hour and is a bit more of a challenge than circumnavigating Uluru, bit it’s worth the effort. Like everything in the red centre that involves physical exertion - start early.
Walpa Gorge - is a much easier and shorter walk amongst the sheer walls between to the two largest domes.
Stay - Camp ground at the Ayers Rock Resort, book as far ahead as possible.
Katherine - Elsey National Park and Mataranka thermal springs along with the Cutta Cutta Caves National Park deserve your attention in the Katherine area.
Tennent Creek - Karlu Karlu and Kunjarra, the Devils marbles and her pebbles, are granite boulders and exposed ancient outcrops. The traditional inhabitants of the area, the Warmungu people, believe the Marbles are part of the dreamtime legend of the Rainbow Serpent and not marbles but eggs.
Finke Gorge National Park - Palm Valley - 4WD required. If you are in a traditional Motorhome/Campervan take a guided tour. Don’t just drive on by the Finke Gorge NP, Palm Valley in particular is an oasis experience that should really not be missed.
Fly into Darwin or Alice Springs and pick up your choice of camper, motorhome or four-wheel drive. One-way rentals between the two centres is possible and common.
Checkout these driving holiday itineraries either starting from or ending in the Northern Territory: