Darwin & the Red Centre
Think Darwin & The Red Centre, think adventure! If you love nature and adventure than Australia’s Northern Territory is the place for you, from watching the wildlife in Kakadu National Park to a jumping crocodile cruise, This region has an incredible amount to offer.
The tropical City of Darwin is a balmy mix of outdoor living with open air cinemas, beach markets and festivals. Nearby at Litchfield National Park you can swim in the beautifully refreshing waterholes and walk amongst the termite mounds and a little further away is the huge Kakadu National Park where lazy days can be spent sitting around watching the wildlife and avoiding the crocodiles!! Further South from Darwin you come across Katherine Gorge with the tropical City of Darwin is a balmy mix of outdoor living with open air cinemas, beach markets and festivals. Nearby at Litchfield National Park you can swim in the beautifully refreshing waterholes and walk amongst the termite mounds and a little further away is the huge Kakadu National Park where lazy days can be spent sitting around watching the wildlife and avoiding the crocodiles!! Further South from Darwin you come across Katherine Gorge with its stunning ancient sandstone walls where you can take a cruise or go canoeing along the Katherine River.
No visit to Australia is complete without visiting the Red Centre and its iconic sights such as Uluru (Ayers Rock), where you can dine under trillions of stars with only the sounds of the desert to accompany you, and you can listen to Aboriginal dream-time tales as you tour the base of this magnificent monolith. Nearby is Kata Tjuta National Park with the famous domes of The Olgas. All in all, this totally undeveloped, wild region of Australia is where you can get close to nature and fully appreciate the Aboriginal culture, and nowhere in Australia has such spectacular geological features.
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Millington Travel’s top 10 sights in Darwin & The Red Centre
- Uluru – Also known as the famous ‘Ayers Rock’. A perfect way to wind down after an amazing day of discovery is the ‘Sound of Silence’ where you dine under the sparkling stars of the desert night sky. Feast on a BBQ buffet of authentic Australian delicacies such as barramundi, kangaroo and crocodile, complimented by fine Australian wines!
- The Ghan – Take a ride on the Ghan, a legendary rail journey that follows the route of the old Afghan camel trains that once linked these remote settlements.
- Kings Canyon National Park – Home to giant sequoias, deep valleys and miles of hiking trails, perfect for all nature-lovers! So listen to Millington Travel and lace up those hiking boots and head for Kings Canyon!
- Nitmiluk National Park – This fantastic National Park protects a stunning series of 13 gorges, the Katherine River and is best experienced on a cruise – an ideal day trip or longer tour from Darwin.
- Shopping – Alice Springs is undoubtedly the best place to buy Aboriginal art!
- Henley-on-Todd Regatta – Hosted in Alice Springs annually in August or September, where competitors run with their bottomless boats down the sandy riverbed of the dry Todd River. Crazy? Yes! Only in Australia!
- Bamurru Plains – If you are travelling as a couple then why not take this romantic and exclusive safari camp on the edge of the Mary River floodplains. Take an airboat ride to discover spectacular wildlife!
- Longitude 131 – Why not splash out and stay in this luxurious accommodation and enjoy uninterrupted views of Uluru!
- Culture – The Northern Territory is rich in Aboriginal culture and understanding a little about the different tribes and rituals is a vital part of any visit here.
- Kakadu National Park – The vast wetlands of Kakadu National Park, located to the east of Darwin, offers amazing waterfalls and wildlife spotting.
When to go?
There are really only 2 seasons in the Northern Territory, wet and dry! The wet season runs from November to March, when you’ll see spectacular short-lived tropical storms in the far north around Darwin and Kakadu and many roads become impassable so this is best avoided for this area. The dry-season is the rest of the year when temperatures are more comfortable and rainfall is rare. The Red Centre is dry most of the year.