Wikipedia's Northern Territory information is extensive and quite good. The Royal Automobile Association (RAA) six-page Strip Map for Alice Springs to Darwin via the Stuart Highway has considerable detail and is excellent. Although it has less detail than the RAA strip maps, the Locality Map for Karlu Karlu (Devil's Marbles Conservation Reserve) by the Parks & Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory shows most of the interesting sites that are between Alice Springs and Threeways; however, the VT photo title covers up the Alice Springs area. The Wiki Australia Travel Guide describes many of the remote destinations that I saw in NT, as do Travography and Connecting the Continent. There is a nice summary of Northern Territory hotels by GDay Pubs. Of course if you are on the northern part of the Stuart Highway between Katherine and Mataranka just north of the turn to Maranboy, you could always just ask the guy in the first two pictures. However, if you are closer to Alice Springs near Wycliffe Well, you could ask the creatures in the next two pictures.
To travel through this vast part of Australia known as the Northern Territory is to have the opportunity to visit some of the greatest National Parks in the Country if not the world.
Parks such as ULURU (Ayers Rock) A huge monolith nearly a 1000 feet high and five miles around the base. This for me was a wonderful experience being from the East coast and by the ocean,this far removed dry desert environment was alien to me. KATA TJUTA (the Olgas) is reasonably close by ULURU and to walk its rocky outcrops and hills was not an easy task for me. I wanted to visit these three unique sites. and this included KINGS CANYON all while I was here right in what is known to Australians as the" red centre". and red it is, along with the extreme heat this is not a place to visit in the summer months if you can avoid doing so. This also is known as "The wet " the rainy season that can create vast flooding ,causing major difficulties if caught in flooded areas. I travelled here in the late autumn and it was still hot in the daytime, and very cold at night. but no rain..
There are many other National Parks here to visit . NITMALUK NAT.PARK at Katherine Gorge is another heading north, then there are two wonderful large National Parks close to Darwin LITCHFIELD and the famous KAKADU. Both of these have many waterfalls and just exquisite scenery to enjoy with KAKADU by far the biggest having lots of wildlife and the most prolific and varied birdlife anywhere. Kakadu is a huge Park in area and lots of time needed to spend here.All of these National Parks are extremely well looked after by the Norther Territory National Parks and Wildlife service .These National parks are a photographers dream
Uluru , Kata Tjuta and Kakadu National Parks are Unesco world Heritage Sites
The Chambers Pillar is best seen at Sunrise, check times and get up early!
The history with both famous explorers having signed/etched their names and others from the 1800's is amazing to see.
The Aboriginal Dreamtime Tale makes this place a little more interesting too.
A major landmark with both traditional and more modern heritage makes for a worth while trip.
MaryVale is your closest fuel/lunch stop. There are some local Aboriginal items such as paintings on authentic canvas/skin you can purchase but they are a little rich on the wallet :-)
Rainbow Valley in one word is "Spectacular" at Sunset.
The sandstone cliffs light up like a light bulb! You can camp there for a small amount of $3.
LIMITED amenities - So ensure you are well organized and have your own supplies if you camp.
There is a pit toilet, bbq area and some limited covered seating...that's it.
Kings Canyon would have to be one of the most incredible of the many natural rock carved mountains of the outback in the middle of Australia. Probably my favourite, located in Watarrka National Park it etches out a very rugged pathway and in the hot dry of the summer when I visited I thought the heat would just about kill me, yet I proudly made the walk to the top of one of the most beautiful stunning drops I have ever seen in stone. See the picture below.
The walk I did was the Kings Canyon Walk, a 6km walk leading to the stunning views of the buttressed domes of the Lost City and the Garden of Eden. Plus along the way spotted some lizards and rock designs by aboriginals.
Kings Canyon is absolutely amazing.
See my Uluru Pages page for more photos and details.
This odd collection of large boulders seems out of place in the barren desert landscape. The local Aboriginals say they are the eggs of the rainbow serpent.
Our tour bus stopped here overnight for some basic camping. The lack of amenities was made more bearable with a party under the stars and a concoction of our homemade "devil's brew".
Katherine Gorge is actually a series of 13 gorges on the Katherine River. You can enjoy the park by hiking one of many trails or by taking a 2hr cruise along the Katherine River. You may spot fresh water crocodiles along the way. There are also camping facilities available and canoes for rent.
The sheer rock cut is amazing to see. Take the time and follow one of the walks there. The 6km Kings Canyon Walk will take you right along the edge of the canyon. But be careful not to stand too close, for there are no railings to protect you. It is also advised to remove your hat before approaching the edge because a sudden gust of wind could send you plummeting over the canyon's cliff as you instinctively reach for your flyaway hat.
A visit to view the crocodiles in their natural habitat is a must. The Adelaide River along the Arnhem highway is home to hundreds of crocs. Several tours operate river cruises where you can see the crocs basking in the sun or getting a little energetic and jumping up from the water for a free feed.
If you want to see some real, old, traditional outback folk then this is the place to come. A stop here to quench your thirst will fill your memories with tales to make your sides ache from the laughing! A better bunch of characters you won't meet - Stan and Mary will welcome you to their accommodation-cum-bar-cum-museum and share their tales with you.
You will find memorabilia throughout the Hotel and its grounds and much of the mining history of the area can be found in the old photos.
Smith Point is in the northwest of the Northern Territory; it is the top of the Top End and is washed by the Timor Sea which is part of the Indian Ocean. Access to Smith Point is via an unsealed road.
There are two campsites at Smith Point, Campsite 1 is for those without generators and Campsite 2 for those using generators.
Garig Gunak Barlu is a national park located around the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory. It is approximately 216 km northeast of Darwin and was established by joining the former Gurig National Park and the Cobourg Marine Park.
The park consists of the land of Cobourg Peninsula, Burford Island, the Sir George Hope Islands, Mogogout Island and Endyalgout Island as well as all of the adjacent waters.
The National Park is Aboriginal owned land which is run by a Board consisting of both traditional owners and Northern Territory Government representatives.
Not far from Uluru is KataTjuta National Park.In my opinion the best park as the scenery is amazing.I recommend taking the long hike through the park 6-8 hours to truly apprieciate this incredible site.
Travel around 4 hours drive from Alice Springs to Uluru National Park and enjoy this icon of Australia.Located here you will find resorts,camping grounds,supermarket,restaruants,petrol station,etc.I recommend hiking around the base of the rock rather than climbing up the top as 1 to respect the indigenous owners request
2 to get away from the crowds
3 you will see far more interesting sites(rock art etc)
Although dusk is the best time to view the rock, you should be aware that viewing places will be crowded and also helicopters buzzing around can be a distraction.
On certain days of the week (currently Sunday and Thursday), the area next to Sky City Casino/Hotel comes alive with a huge variety of stalls and entertainment. There are lots of different craft stalls, a large choice of food stalls with choices 'from 5 continents' and the option to watch the fabulous sunset from Mindil Beach. See the web link for details of opening times and entertainment etc.
The market is VERY popular, and therefore very busy. Be prepared for this, and carry any valuables close to you.
These fascinating rock formations are just as impressive as Ayres Rock itself, and more interactive for those of you who can't or don't wish to climb Ularu.
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