The Northern Territory is the central northern state of Australia and is acclaimed for legendary outback expeditions. Often referred to as the Never-Never by the traditional owners because of it’s timelessness and legendary tales, the Northern Territory delivers more adventure than almost all of Australia’s states and the possibility to get totally lost in the beauty and ruggedness of what is the perfect “Australian Outback”.
The best way to travel this vast red, green and blue land is with a vehicle of your own hired in Darwin or Alice Springs – the two biggest cities. There is just one thing to bear in mind if driving a vehicle in the Northern Territory, Western Australia or anyplace in the outback: if you want to be leaving the black tar, you MUST be in a 4wd!
Where is Darwin. Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, and is the largest in the state. It is located on the central north coast of Australia on the Timor Sea and is situated between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator.
About Darwin. Darwin is the gateway to the outback of Australia – the rugged, stunning, red, green and blue lands which have made Australia famous the world over. From Darwin you get quick access to a number of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. Kakadu National Park – the world heritage listed park lands, Litchfield National park – the inland jewel of the Northern Territory, Uluru – the worlds largest monolith, and a myriad of additional attractions which make you gaze in wonder. There is no greater way to visit these eternal, rugged sites 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 around 130,000 defining it as the biggest city in the Northern Territory, however is only 16th largest in Australia. It is an important gateway to South East Asia and possesses quite a military importance to Australia. As a result, you will typically find Navy ships in the harbour. It is the northernmost place 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, eateries, restaurants, fuel, accommodation and everything a traveller will need to have a wonderful time.
When to Go. Darwin is in a tropical location so is hot and humid throughout the year. It is more 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 perfect time of the year to go. In this time there is less rain and the nights 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 stay about the same average all year at 32 deg C (90F) but they feel more tolerable during the dry season with about one half the humidity of the wet season.
School holidays: These are the dates which will boost crowds in Darwin and other attractions in the Northern Territory during the dry season. Dates differ from state to state, but taking in to account the beginning 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 breaks. (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 starts with especially steamy, hot weather accompanied by some amazing lightning storms. The rainfall increases as you get to the end of the year. The wettest part 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 except if 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 destinations you want to go and even to some you don’t know you want to get to yet. From Darwin it is just 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 disregard Darwin itself for a bit of fun and recreation. Less than three hours drive from Darwin, Kakadu National Park possesses a rare dual World Heritage listing for both its natural splendor and its historic Aboriginal culture, dating back 50,000 years. It is one of the most popular points of interest in the north, with Uluru being the best known in the south.
Transport. There are no trains or trams around Darwin, it is just buses. There are plenty of sights around Darwin that are not central to town and you will save yourself much waiting at a hot bus stop if you splash out on a campervan. As soon as you are ready to see the sights that are further afield, be sure to get yourself a 4wd camper hire to do the long miles with. There is virtually no useful public transport options outside of Darwin. The only train operates from Darwin to Adelaide twice a week (The Ghan).
Darwin and the Northern Territory are where many of the most well-known photographs of Australia are taken, not to mention movies like Crocodile Dundee and Kangaroo Jack. It is a spot where time simply stopped tens on thousands of years ago and today provides the contemporary tourist a glimpse in to the past when only the Aboriginals inhabited the land along with the native animals. No other place in Australia or the world can provide astonishment, peace, 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 have with a 4wd camper hire from Darwin Australia. Discover which type of 4wd camper hire will suit you and where to take it.