If you’re looking for the real, wild Australia, this is the section for you. Think dark, red, dusty earth, huge deserts, wide open roads and incredible national parks. Combine this with the hippie vibe that Darwin has to offer and you’re in for a treat when you visit this part of Australia.
One of the freest and most welcoming places I have ever lived. This tropical territory is not for everyone. But if you love it like I do, you’ll find a home in it that you won’t find anywhere else.
Where is the Northern Territory?
Covering a vast area of the country from the Red Centre up to Darwin, it’s a massive task to try and see much of it. But those who try, will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful national parks I have ever seen.
I spent two six month stints based in Darwin and also road tripped a lot across the Northern Territory to try and explore as much as possible while living there. During these times I was based in Darwin CBD with several jobs based around the centre of the city.
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I spent my weekends at the Jumping Crocs, visiting Litchfield National Park for swimming holes and hikes, and at Berry Springs cooling off in the heat. I also spent time at Katherine Gorge which was incredible for hiking – just make sure you’re prepared for the heat! I would have loved to stay longer and go kayaking through the gorge.
By far, my favourite national park has to be Kakadu. Just a few hours drive from Darwin, you’ll want a 4WD for this adventure! Prepare for off-roading, rustic campsites, incredible Aboriginal artwork, epic sunsets, sweaty hikes and stunning waterfalls and swimming holes. Read more about it in my Kakadu guide, and find lots of other posts on Darwin and the Northern Territory.