"The Northern Territory...Natures Playground!" Top 5 Page for this destination Northern Territory by K.Knight

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High adventure! The top of the top end.

Perched at the top of Australia, and midway across this vast continent, lies the imposing frontier of the Northern Territory. I love this place and as well as traveling here for a holiday on six occasions, I also fly from Brisbane to "the territory" every 8 weeks for work.

The remoteness that hides some of the most remarkable natural formations, landscapes and wildlife in the vast tracts of land is incredible and draws Anne and I back time and time again.

High adventure! The middle of the top end.

Alice Springs, or "The Alice" as it is lovingly known by most Australians, is a fantastic place to rest before or after the long treck North or South. There is an amazing array of places to visit from here from natural gorges, to Kings Canyon, the Olgas and the imposing Ayres Rock.

Don't be fooled by the maps that often show the "Territory" on a single page, this place is huge!
Anne and I were in Adelaide (Soth Australia) a few years back and overheard a group of backpackers planning a day trip to Ayres Rock. I asked them how long they felt it would take for them to get to "The rock" and I was told around 5 hours!

A few distances to keep in mind......

Adelaide to Ayres Rock... 1609 km's

Alice Springs to Adelaide..1548 km,s

Alice Springs to Darwin...1489 km's

Alice Springs to Ayres Rock (Uluru).. 462 km's to the car park.

High adventure! The bottom of the top end.

For over 30,000 years the Anangu and their ancestors have lived in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which contains Ayres Rock (Uluru) and The Olgas (Kata Tjuta.) This world heritage area is in remote Australia and is more than a day trip from Alice Springs. This remarkable place has a lot to offer and I feel that 3 days should be set aside for the return trip and spending enough time to get to known this land.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The most amazing scenery and attractions.
  • Cons:Vast distances between attractions.
  • In a nutshell:A must see destination to experience the true Australia.
  • Last visit to Northern Territory: Apr 2009
  • Intro Updated May 8, 2009
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  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Really good and interesting tips In November I hope to visit those marvellous places Thank you Gracias !!!!

  • Sep 6, 2007 at 5:06 AM

    I did this very same trip back in 1991, lots of good memories here!!!, John

  • nipper1's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2006 at 4:08 PM

    scary intro, but fantastic shot. yes N.T. is mothers playground.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2005 at 8:33 AM

    So many wonders in this remote part of Australia! Excelllent page! I love your intro picture!! Fun page to browse through.

  • gabyne's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2005 at 4:09 AM

    Great pages - very enjoyable. I guess, there are no crocs in the Mataranka thermal pool?? ;-) Hope to visit more of OZ in the future! Gaby

  • Zanzibargirl's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2005 at 5:18 AM

    Hey Kev, cool pics, Love the one of the croc jaws poking out.... Glad I inspired you.... he he... take care... nice pages on the nt....

  • Lilasel's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2005 at 4:28 AM

    Those crocodiles.....brrr :-) The first picture is great! Actually I love everything about this place and hope to have a chance to see all this by my own eyes! Thank You for sharing!

  • Kristina1701's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2005 at 4:20 AM

    wow, excellent page!!! makes me wanna go there now *lol* ;-)

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2005 at 3:28 AM

    How inviting it is, now you really make me want to come to visit this beauty! great page Kevin ;-D

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2005 at 5:58 PM

    oops, one step closer, you could have been a goner, but.....superb shot !!.....never seen Uluru in the wet. makes me want to pack my back and rent the Van..Kakadu, Katherine and Darwin waiting!!

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