Northern Territory

The Gunbarrel Highway

Seventy years ago, before the Gunbarrel Highway existed, the remote outback it traverses was close to impassable, with only grizzled bushmen daring to confront it. Cue Len Beadell, the man employed to map the area for proposed British atomic bomb testing sites. One of the last great Australian explorers, Beadell opened up several isolated desert … Continued

The Canning Stock Route and the Overland Telegraph Track

Two of the best-known and most impressive routes in Australia’s history are the Western Australia’s Canning Stock Route and the Overland Telegraph Track, between Adelaide and Darwin. During the 1890s, the discovery of gold near Kalgoorlie in southern Western Australia led to a rise in the region’s population, meaning that pastoralists working in the Kimberley … Continued

The history of Australia’s Afghan cameleers

During the mid 1800s, exploration into the centre of Australia was well on its way, and this period became the peak time for exploration. Explorers had many aims, but highest among them were to continue mapping the country, to find natural resources, and to establish viable areas for settlement. Horses – ill-suited to the dry … Continued

Explore the Savannah Way

Start at Katherine – one of the main stops on the Savannah Way – to see what lies ahead on this famous Australian track. Sitting at the southern tip of Kakadu National Park, the Nitmiluk National Park is home to some of Australia’s natural wonders. The Leliyn (Edith) Falls cascade year round, and provide a … Continued

Top End waterside escapes

For many people, the first image that springs to mind when they think of the Top End is endless dry desert under a sweltering red sun. But the Northern Territory is home to an impressive number of crystal-clear waterholes, thermal springs, cascading waterfalls and pristine beaches. Here are just two of the state’s most refreshing … Continued

Northern Territory Top Three

Be marooned on Crab Claw Island A tranquil escape from the rest of the world, Crab Claw Island is 130 kilometres from Darwin by road, 15 minutes by air, or two hours by boat. However you manage to get there, you’ll be glad you did, because Crab Claw Island is surrounded by 2500 square kilometres … Continued

Top 5 experiences in the NT

1 . Be marooned on Crab Claw Island A tranquil escape from the rest of the world, Crab Claw Island is a place for lovers of luxury, sun worshippers and beach bunnies – it’s a true island paradise that you’d visit for the views alone. Rise early stroll the beach with local kangaroos and birdlife, or take a … Continued

Spectacular summer in NT

If it’s raw, natural drama that you’re looking for, there are few places better able to provide than the Northern Territory in summer. A good performance takes its audience through a range of extremes: light and shade, varying emotions – all of that great dramatic stuff. And if it’s extremes that float your boat, you’ll … Continued

Red-hot Adventure

Commonly known as the Red Centre, Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park and the surrounding area is considered by many to be the spiritual heart of Australia. Visit the burnt orange monolith that is Uluru, and stand in awe of its magnitude. Stop at the cultural centre and discover the land’s importance to its traditional owners, the Anangu people. You can also … Continued

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