Australia’s Northern Territory is known as a place of vast, wild beauty and remarkable extremes and is home to many unique National Parks including Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) in the north, with Uluru (Ayers Rock), Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and West McDonnell National Parks to the south with many more lesser known, but no less attractive parks scattered throughout.
Six times the size of Great Britain, yet one sixth of the Australian land mass, the 1.35 million square kilometers of the Northern Territory is the least populated area of Australia (population approx. 184,000).
Linking the cities of Darwin and Alice Springs via the only bitumen access is the Stuart Highway named after John McDouall Stuart, the first European to traverse overland from Alice Springs to the northern coast line, striking the coast at what is now called Point Stuart, approximately 110 kilometers directly east of Darwin. This highway actually closely follows the original route taken by Stuart.
But even this long empty highway that runs the entire length of the Territory and continues into South Australia terminating in the City of Adelaide, an eventual length of some 3,000 kilometers, isn’t dull – there are plenty of interesting places along the way. As you travel up or down this single link you’ll notice another of the Territory’s real surprises – the contrast between the Center’s amazing aridity and the humid, tropical wetness of the Top End in the monsoon season and of the True Blue Aussie locals who call the remote outback “home.”
Group & Private tours to all areas of the Northern Territory are available. Email our friendly office staff for a quote.