The Northern Territory is the central northern state of Australia and is famous for awe inspiring outback adventures. Frequently known as the Never Never by the traditional owners due to it’s timelessness and mythical stories, the Northern Territory offers more grand adventure than almost all of Australia’s states and the possibility to get totally lost in the wonder and ruggedness of what is the classic “Australian Outback”.
The best way to visit this vast red, green and sapphire land is with a vehicle of your own hired in Darwin or Alice Springs – the two biggest cities. There is only 1 thing to bear in mind when driving in the Northern Territory, Western Australia or anywhere in the outback: When you are leaving the black tar, you need to be in a 4wd!
Where is Darwin. Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, and is the biggest in the state. It is situated on the central north coast of Australia on the Timor Sea and is located between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator.
About Darwin. Darwin is the gateway to the outback of Australia – the rugged, stunning, crimson, green and sapphire lands that have made Australia famous the world over. From Darwin you get easy access to some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. Kakadu National Park – the world heritage listed park lands, Litchfield National park – the inland treasure of the Northern Territory, Uluru – the worlds largest monolith, and a myriad of additional attractions which make you gaze in wonder. There is no better way to visit these ageless, rugged places than with your own 4wd camper hire from Darwin.
The Northern Territory is sparsely populated and is primarily outback bushland and national parks. Darwin has a population of about 130,000 making it the biggest city in the Northern Territory, however is only 16th largest in Australia. It is an important gateway to South East Asia and has quite a military significance to Australia. As a result, you will typically find Navy ships in the harbour. It is the northernmost point of the popular Ghan railway that crosses the country in a North/South direction with the alternative end being Adelaide some 2979km away.
Like all leading cities in Australia it offers a plentiful supply of stores, pubs, hotels, diesel, lodgings and everything a traveler will need to have a wonderful time.
When to Go. Darwin is in a tropical region so is warm and humid all year round. It is better defined by a wet and dry season. The ideal time to go is the dry season, but in particular the times when there are no school breaks is the best of the best.
Dry Season: Late April to September/October. This the ideal time of the year to go. In this time there is less rain and the night times become a little cooler. “A little cooler” in Darwin means an average of around 20 deg C (68F) as apposed to 24 deg C (75F). The days remain about the same average all year at 32 deg C (90F) but they seem more bearable during the dry season with about one half the humidity of the wet season.
School holidays: These are the times that will increase crowds in Darwin and other places of interest in the Northern Territory during the dry season. Dates change from state to state, but taking in to consideration the commencing dates of the first state(s) to go on break and the end of the last state(s) to go back, these are the dates of school holidays. (Subject to minor change annually).
29th March – 26th April 1st July – 21st July 23rd September – 13th October
Wet Season: October/November to around April. The wet begins with especially steamy, hot weather accompanied by some amazing lightning storms. The rain increases as you approach the end of the year. The wettest section of the year is from January to March. During this time numerous unsealed roads will close to all but locals and it is not advised to go at this time unless you like being wet. Even 4wd campers are likely to get bogged at this time of year. This is also the part of the season that is most prone to cyclones.
What to See. Darwin is the gateway to outback Australia. With a 4wd campervan rented from Darwin you may get to all the places you want to go or even to a few you don’t know you want to get to yet. From Darwin it is only a road-trip to the likes of Litchfield National Park, Katherine, Uluru & Kings Canyon, Alice Springs and The Kimberly in Western Australia. And don’t forget about Darwin itself for some fun and recreation. Less than three hours drive from Darwin, Kakadu National Park has a rare dual World Heritage listing for both its natural beauty and its ancient Aboriginal culture, dating back 50,000 years. It is one of the more popular sights in the north, with Uluru being the most desired in the south.
Transport. There are no trains or trams around Darwin, only just buses. There are several interesting attractions around Darwin which are not central to town and you will save yourself a great deal of waiting at a hot bus stop if you splash out on a vehicle. As soon as you are ready to see the places that are further afield, be sure you grab yourself a 4wd camper hire to do the long miles with. There is minimal effective public transport options outside of Darwin. The only train runs from Darwin to Adelaide twice a week (The Ghan).
Darwin and the Northern Territory are where so many of the most well-known photographs of Australia are taken, not to mention films like Crocodile Dundee and Kangaroo Jack. It is a place where time simply stopped tens on thousands of years ago and today provides the contemporary sightseer a glimpse in to the past when only the Aboriginals inhabited the land along with the indigenous animals. No other place in Australia or the globe can offer astonishment, serenity, exhilaration and adventure like that which is on offer in the “Never Never”.
Before you plan your next vacation anywhere, find out more about the amazing journey you can experience with a 4wd camper hire, Darwin Australia. Find out which style of 4wd camper hire will suit you and where to take it.