Wet and wild is the Northern Territory summer

By Darwin / Northern Territory /

The NT is stunning all year round, yet when the wet season rolls in like clockwork every November, it adds a certain vibrancy to the landscape as floodplains fill and spill into surrounding waterways and the green foliage thickens and deepens in colour. Touring the Top End in your Darwin car rental in the green season also means you’ll be visiting out of peak, so your Territory trip-of-a-lifetime won’t break the budget as hotels and tour operators offer generous discounts.

If you’re ready for a cool change this summer, here are Tourism NT’s picks to whet your appetite for travel in the green season.


The tropical capital is treated to vivid sunsets, spectacular light shows and refreshing rains, which bring a cool change during the summer months. Darwin’s famous Sailing Club at Fannie Bay or the Darwin Waterfront are the perfect places to watch the show unfold.

A visit to modern-day Darwin is also a journey back through Australia’s war time history. East Point Reserve, just 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre, is home to a cool collection of artillery that’s housed in the original concrete bunker used by the army to plan the strategy for the wartime defense of Australia’s northern shores.

The Territory’s famous ‘build up’ and run-off from monsoonal rains also make for great fishing from January to mid–March and the Territory’s famous Million Dollar Fish competition provides a million extra incentives for anglers to stay, play and fish in and around the Top End.  For those that prefer to feed their fish rather than catch them, Aquascene offers a daily fish feeding experience in the heart of Darwin that’s perfect for families. Expect to see inquisitive mullet, milkfish, catfish, bream, batfish and barramundi coming in to feed. For more visit


The swell of wet-season waterfalls, like popular Wangi Falls, makes for epic Instagram-worthy images when taken from the lower viewing platforms at Litchfield National Park, just a short 90-minute drive from Darwin’s CBD.

While the 4WD tracks and some walking tracks close during the green season, most of the park remains open year-round as do the popular gin-coloured Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole.

If you’re heading to these parts, then a trip to the Tolmer plunge waterfall really showcases the power of Mother Nature and it’s easily accessible in green season.  A quick dip in the infinity pool at Greenant Creek offers unbelievable views from the escarpment and, if you are lucky, you’ll have the place to yourself during the wet. In fact, this spot is so good, that Litchfield Park Rangers rate it as one of small must-do experiences in life.

For those that love their camping, it’s also much easier to nab a great camping spot at this time of year and soak up the quiet.  Outdoor types can roll up your swags and join Territory Expeditions’ Three day Kakadu/Litchfield small group camping expedition every November to April.


Uluru aside, a visit to World Heritage-listed Kakadu is one of the most spiritual experiences a traveller can experience on home soil.

In the green season, a scenic flight is one of the best ways to fully appreciate this ancient and rugged landscape as water buffalo roam with free abandon, green spear trees reach their full height, billabongs swell and fill and waterfalls are in full-flow. Operators like Kakadu Air take in the park show-stoppers – Jim Jim and Twin Falls – the sight of which guarantees to make your cameras whir as fast as the helicopter’s rotors as the drama unfolds below.

On the ground, sealed roads make exploring a breeze and Nourlangie Rock (or Burrunggui as it is known to the Gun-djeihmi speakers) is one of the most impressive ancient galleries in Kakadu. This open-air gallery was the wet season home for generations of Aboriginal people and Park Rangers stress it’s important to look and not touch to preserve the site for future generations.

A cruise on Yellow Water – a lush, tropical billabong that’s home to wild buffalo, crocs, 120 species of reptiles and flocks of native birds (some 300 species in total) and all manner of flora – is a must-do on any Kakadu trip.  Kakadu Tourism offers a 90-minute trip through the wetlands – complete with expert commentary from super-enthusiastic guides and the occasional trumpeting of brolgas (which can be heard up to 2km away) – which brings visitors nose to snout with the region’s famous salties.

A range of discounted cruise options and accommodation packages are available during the green season including a Sunset and Sunrise cruise package, with overnight stay at Cooinda Lodge, or slip into safari life or embrace the emblem of the NT and stay in the park’s famous croc-shaped hotel, Mercure Crocodile Hotel.

For a touch of understated bush luxury, treat yourself to a night or two at Bamurru Plains lodge, perfectly plonked on a privately-owned buffalo station right on the fringes of Kakadu National Park. Surrounded by savannah woodland, you’ll wake to birdsong, feast on bush-inspired gourmet meals and fall asleep to the sounds of nature. The property is closed during the early months of the wet season (Nov to Feb), operates as an exclusive fishing lodge from February to April and reopens in May.


Stretching from Queensland to Western Australia, the Katherine Region is where the outback meets the tropics in a region that’s filled to the brim with dramatic gorges, river ways, thermal springs and waterfalls.

In country as beautiful as this, it’s always a good idea to take to the skies and soar over the Z-shaped lands to really appreciate the diversity, so make sure your camera is fully charged. No less than thirteen dramatic gorges dot the landscape and names like Biddlecombe Cascades, Crystal Falls and 17 Mile Falls roll off the tongue as you fly low along the escarpment towards Arnhem Land.


A little closer to terra firma, Nitmiluk Tours run their Nit Nit Dreaming Two Gorge Cultural Cruise through the lands of the Jawoyn people and continue during the green season until the water levels rise too high. For water babies, Mataranka Hot Springs and its neighbour, beautiful Bitter Springs, are located just a 50 minute drive south.

Immerse yourself in nature with a hike through the Nitmiluk National Park to the Southern Rockhole – one of the few places where you can swim in park during the wet season. The walk is more hike than stroll as you clamber over the rocky escarpment so BYO good walking shoes. And, at day’s end, retire to your Safari Tent in the National Park campground, complete with resident wallabies and a side of fresh NT air.

Some call it the green season; we just call it a summer well spent in the NT.

SCOTT PODMORE (with Tourism NT)


Pick up your campervan rental and explore one of these top destinations

By Australia / Las Vegas / New Zealand / North Island / Northern Territory / United States /

At any given time, DriveNow has an extensive list of bargain campervan rental deals. As the company continues to expand its influence worldwide, we’re able to offer more great motorhome and campervan rental deals than ever before.

The latest development includes DriveNow becoming the new sales and operational partner for motorhome and campervan rental company, Camper Travel. Essentially, DriveNow will handle and process all of Camper Travel’s bookings.

This means you can comfortably book and pick up your campervan rental from one of these destinations and trust that DriveNow has it covered. While you’re travelling in one of our most destination countries, we suggest you enjoy one of these road trips.

Australia – Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is a fantastic place for travellers to head with their campervans. This world-class national park boasts an abundance of wildlife, pristine wetlands, protected Aboriginal art sites and spectacular waterfalls. There’s little wonder why it has earned itself a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. You’ll find it to be very camper-friendly, with many camping areas scattered throughout the park and close to natural attractions.

New Zealand – North Island

You could easily spend weeks traversing the natural wonders of New Zealand’s gorgeous North Island. Many people who are travelling to New Zealand overlook the North Island for the South. But this amazing part of the world treats your to active volcanoes, top quality wineries and sandy beaches. Pick up your rental in Auckland, explore the city and make sure you add to your itinerary places like Rotorua, the Bay of Plenty and Hobbiton (also known as ‘the Shire’ on the Lord of the Rings). Thrill-seekers may even decide to add death-defying activities like skydiving to their list at Taupo.

Don’t forget there are plenty of fantastic car rental deals available through DriveNow. Choose one and explore a place like North America.

USA – Las Vegas to Grand Canyon

If you’re up for an epic drive, say about 1,500 km, then we say look no further than a Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon road trip. From exploring the bright lights of Sin City to hiking through the desert wildnerness, this type of trip will allow you to explore something different at every turn. Witness the crazy rock formations at Valley of Fire State Park. Jump on board a boat to see the beautiful Lake Mead. Of course, take the Historic Route 66 to arrive at the Grand Canyon’s south rim, where the hiking tours begin!


A winter break in the Northern Territory – 5 things to do

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Are you desperately in need of a winter break? Luckily for you, winter is the best time to visit the Northern Territory. Instead of battling some of Australia’s highest temperatures in summer, you’ll get to enjoy sunny weather that southerners are missing out on.

To get your winter break started, look into cheap car hire deals from Darwin.

Here are our recommendations for top things to see or do on your winter break.

Explore Uluru

No trip to the Red Centre is complete without visiting Ayers Rock, or Uluru, as it’s known in Aboriginal tongue. The giant sandstone is right up there on many tourists’ bucket lists, and it should be on yours too. Get a local Aboriginal guide to take you on a tour around the rock and teach you about Uluru’s cultural significance. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to photograph the rock.

Take a dive at Crocosaurus Cove

Jumping into the water with a five metre saltwater crocodile probably isn’t the best idea. But you can actually do it safely at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin and take home some pretty epic photos to remember the experience! The Cage of Death protects you and puts a safe distance between you and the croc. Watching these monsters open their powerful jaws for a feed while right next to them is a once in a lifetime experience.

Discover Katherine Gorge (pictured)

The Northern Territory is home to some of the country’s most stunning landscapes. Katherine Gorge is right up there. The best part about it is Nitmilum National Park spans 180,000 hectares and is home to 13 beautiful gorges. Explore this pristine region on foot, by canoe or by helicopter. While making your way through the park you can also explore Aboriginal rock art, culture and history.

Go stargazing in the Red Centre

Outback Northern Territory is home to some of the most beautiful starry nights you’ll ever witness. Stargazers say this region is one of the best in Australia to see various constellations on a clear night. Just drive from the nearest town, pick up some beers and snacks along the way. Then stop in a sandy patch, away from light, so that way you have the sky all to yourselves that night. But if you prefer company, you might want to join a tour where guides teach you how to take awesome photographs of the Milky Way.


Party time in the Northern Territory over winter months

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

COOLER temperature and the dry season up north usually means there’s a party going on in the Northern Territory, so jump in your Darwin car rental or Alice Springs car hire and get ready to enjoy one of these great events. Tourism Northern Territory gives us the heads up for coming months:

Beer Can Regatta (Darwin), July 9

See boats built of beer cans, plastic soft drink bottles and cartons put to the test! Get involved in some of the silly competitions that take place at this unique Top End festival. Thousands gather for this annual Darwin family event on Mindil Beach, taking full advantage of the balmy dry season weather in the Northern Territory.

Apex Camel Cup (Alice Springs), July 15

The quirky, annual Apex Camel Cup attracts visitors to Alice Springs from all over the world. While camels may have a reputation as dedicated ‘ships of the desert’, these magnificent beasts are certainly not short on personality. Entertainment is assured, with nine unique races scheduled around the dusty outback track throughout the day for what is a Northern Territory classic!

Darwin Festival (Darwin), August 10-27

Darwin Festival combines the local love of outdoor community festivities and dining with a program of Australian and international performances and exhibitions. Festival goers can be seen for 18 nights each August at the long communal tables in the festooned Festival Park eating Darwin’s legendary Asian food and arguing about who has seen the most shows.

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (Darwin), August 11-13

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is back! Affectionately known as DAAF, it provides an amazing and genuine opportunity for arts industry buyers, and art and design aficionados, to purchase art directly from Indigenous owned and incorporated Art Centres. The Fair showcases the work of emerging and established artists. It  also provides a space for visitors to meet them and learn from the variety of different cultural groups across Australia.

Henley on Todd Regatta (Alice Springs), August 19

The Henley on Todd Regatta is one of the most iconic events in the Australian outback. It’s a boat race – without any sign of water! It’s an action packed day where teams and individuals race ‘boats’ in the dry bed of the Todd River including bottomless ‘eights’, ‘Oxford tubs’, ‘rowing 8’s’ and ‘yachts’ through the deep coarse sand.

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Campervanning ideas in Alice Springs and surrounds

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Experience Alice Springs with a campervan. It’s the easiest way to explore Australia’s Red Centre. Stunning desert landscapes, rock formations and colourful sunsets are right here in the middle of Australia.

Make sure you check out our list of things to do in Alice Springs and surrounds before you leave for your holiday.

When you arrive in town, pick up a hire campervan at Alice Springs Airport then start driving to one of these caravan parks nearby.

Heritage Caravan Park
Heritage Caravan Park is nestled among the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. The caravan park is situated close to many of Alice Springs’ famous attractions, making Heritage Caravan Park the perfect base for your stay in Central Australia. Apart from its great atmosphere, the caravan park is also pet friendly and even comes with a self-service dog wash!

Ayers Rock Campground
This campground is  just 15km from Central Australia’s greatest attraction, Uluru. It’s also an ideal base from which to explore the Ulutu-Kata Tjuta National Park if you want more from your trip to Ayers Rock. Ayers Rock Campground also offers a free shuttle service to help you get around Ayers Rock Resort. There are also many free daily activities, including garden walks and Indigenous bush tours.

Kings Canyon Caravan Park and Campground
Staying at Kings Canyon Holiday Park puts you right in the middle of the Red Centre’s panoramic scenes. The incredible views of the canyon range are unforgettable, and will become vivid memories once you return home. It’s a friendly and relaxed holiday park where you can unwind after a long day in the outback heat.

BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park (pictured)
This is one of the Northern Territory’s most awarded tourist parks. The BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is known for its picturesque surrounds and tranquil environment. It also boasts all the modern facilities you need to make your stay comfortable. Guests at the park always look forward to its famous Pancake Breakfast every Sunday.

Gemtree Caravan and Tourist Park
Gemtree Caravan and Tourist Park is the gateway to Central Australia’s gemfields. It’s hailed as a true oasis just north of the East MacDonnell Ranges. It’s quiet, spacious and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Relax around a campfire in a spectacular bush setting under the stars after a day of fossicking. There’s also a 3.5km self-guided nature trail for avid bushwalkers and birdwatchers.


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Five things to do in Alice Springs and surrounds

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

South west of Alice Springs, near the border with South Australia, lies one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, Uluru. This magnificent rock formation is 348 metres high and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Anybody can complete the 10km walk around the base of Uluru. It allows you to explore indigenous rock paintings, learn about indigenous culture and see native flora and fauna.

Quad Bike Tour

The Northern Territory’s oldest working cattle station, Undoolya Station, has been operating since the 1800s. It’s only 17km east of Alice Springs and here you can opt for an adventurous quad bike tour of the station. A guide will take you alongside mountain ranges, over bush tracks and riverbeds. It’s also a fun and exciting way to spot wildlife, such as kangaroos. No license is required and all bikes are automatic.

Alice Springs Reptile Centre

The Alice Springs Reptile Centre showcases more than 100 reptiles and nearly 40 different species. One of the highlights for visitors is getting up close to venomous snakes! You’ll see Eastern and Western Brown snakes, the Inland Taipan, and the Death Adder, to name a few. You can also see and maybe even touch pythons, goannas and frill-neck lizards. Don’t miss one of the centre’s most popular residents, Terry, who’s a 3.3metre long saltwater crocodile.

Hike Mt Gillen

The Mt Gillen summit offers spectacular 360-degree views of Alice Springs and its vast surrounding landscape. Allow two to three hours to make it from the starting point, Flynn’s Grave, to the summit and back. This 4km hike has a vertical ascent of 300 metres – and while visitors have said it’s a difficult climb, it’s definitely worth it. Birds of prey can be seen soaring around the cliffs, while black-footed Rock Wallabies are frequently spotted sitting on cliff edges on summer mornings.

Simpsons Gap

This is one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions, and when you see the scenery with your own eyes, it’s easy to understand why. Situated in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, Simpsons Gap has magnificent cliffs that tower above its waterhole. A great spot for a hot day, and you can also spot some wildlife while you’re there.



Kakadu Mahbilil Festival for Indigenous music, arts and bushfoods

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

HEADING for an adventure in the Kakadu National State Park is awesome for all sorts of reasons but none more so than the upcoming Kakadu Mahbilil Festival September 5 celebrating the best in Indigenous music, arts and bushfoods.
Staged at Jabiru Lakeside Park, Mahbilil offers a program of local and national live music, traditional dance, performance and circus, bushtucker demonstrations, cooking competitions, sports carnival, workshops and lots of markets to feed the mind and body.  With activities and entertainment aimed at children, teens and the older folks, there is something for everyone.
Jabiru is the gateway to Kakadu and offers a wide range of accommodation including one of the world’s most distinctive hotels, the Crocodile Hotel (shaped like a crocodile). Jabiru is a unique cross-cultural crossroads and provides easy access for visitors to Kakadu’s major attractions such as Ubirr, Nourlangie, Jim Jim and Twin Falls, Gunlom and Yellow Waters Billabong.
Weather at the time of the festival is expected to be perfect: mild nights and dry, sunny days with temperatures around 30C.
“We invite everyone to come to Mahbilil to share in Mirarr culture and enjoy this beautiful Gurrung season in Kakadu,” said Gundjeihmi chairwoman Annie Ngalmirama. “Every year Mahbilil brings us together to celebrate, and we welcome everyone to join us, to dance, to try some bush tucker and have fun!”
There will be a wide selection of Aboriginal bands from across the Top End with hand-picked acts from Darwin and around the country.  Expect everything from folk through to roots and blues and even some rocking reggae and hip hop in the later hours.
One of the highlights of the festival for many is the local dance program with the Jabiru Bininj Gunborrk dancers set to light up the dance ground once again.
Workshops will include traditional arts and craft such as spear-making, grass weaving and local storytelling.
Authentic bush food will be available throughout the day, cooked both on the coals and in a traditional ground-oven.

Don’t forget to snap up a great deal on car hire with the DriveNow gang.
Mahbilil Festival Accommodation Package
Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel in Jabiru is offering a special package allowing visitors to enjoy a full taste of Kakadu, including a spectacular Yellow Water Cruise. The Mahbilil Festival Package includes overnight accommodation at the Crocodile Hotel, breakfast for up to 2 people and a daytime Yellow Water Cruise. The package is available for $280 per night, and is available during the Mahbilil Festival weekend (September 4-6). Conditions apply, subject to availability. Reservations: (08) 8979 9000 or – refer to ‘Mahbilil Festival Package’
Mahbilil Festival –
Information about Kakadu, the Crocodile Hotel & Yellow Water Cruises –


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5 places to explore near Alice Springs

By Australia / Northern Territory /

There are many beautiful and exciting destinations to discover in the Northern Territory, apart from Uluru. Here’s a list of five places to explore near Alice Springs, Australia’s spiritual heart.

The sky above Alice Springs

A spectacular bird’s eye view awaits as you float gently over the West MacDonnell Ranges at sunrise in a hot hair balloon. This unique experience sees you wake early and drift across the red desert landscape and historic cattle stations. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as kangaroos, roaming around below.

Rainbow Valley

The Rainbow Valley’s famous sandstone cliffs are covered with different coloured rocks. Located an easy day trip south of Alice Springs, you can either drive or take a tour, which will educate you about the area’s significance to Indigenous Australians. Make it a priority to visit in the early morning light or late afternoon, when the sun changes the cliffs from red to orange and purple. You can even visit this site after heavy rainfall, when the rain forms a layer beneath the cliffs and reflects the magnificent colours.

Finke Gorge National Park

This national park is spread over 46,000 square kilometres, encompassing desert landscapes, rocky gorges and waterholes. Many visitors flock to the park to see Palm Valley’s red cabbage palm trees, which can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The 350-million year old Finke River here is also estimated to be the oldest river in the world. There are great bushwalking tracks throughout the area, which offer spectacular views of these natural wonders.

Simpsons Gap

Located among the several hundred kilometres of wilderness, known as the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park. Simpsons Gap is one of the region’s most popular and iconic tourist attractions. The gorgeous cliffs that tower above its waterhole is picture perfect for tourists. It’s also a spot where you can spot some unique plants and wildlife.

Central Australian Gemfields

Gemtree is located 140km east of Alice Springs. Here, you can take a tour of the gemfields or even fossick for zircons and garnets. At certain times of the year, you can take any gems you find to a local gem cutter, who will can cut and polish your lucky discovery. You can also view a selection of stunning gems, jewellery and minerals.


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Five incredible Aboriginal cultural experiences around Australia

By Northern Territory / Queensland /

Australia is thriving with Indigenous cultural experience tours. Here are five Aboriginal cultural experiences that will change your perception of this great southern land and teach you about the culture of Australia’s First People.

Tiwi Islands, NT

The Tiwi Island’s pristine beaches are located 80 km north of Darwin. The indigenous people who inhabit the island are famous for their artwork, their love of footy and for welcoming visitors. Spend at least one day exploring Bathurst Island and the area’s museums. A full-day tour is also enough time to learn about Tiwi ‘Dreamtime’ stories. You can also spend morning tea with ladies, eating damper and watching them finish their weavings and paintings.

Uluru, NT

Indigenous Australians ask that tourists don’t climb Uluru (Ayers Rock) out of respect for their culture and beliefs. However, surrounding this iconic Australian landmark are fascinating alternatives. Local indigenous cultural tours teach you about Indigenous life in the Red Centre. You can also join Indigenous artists in a dot-painting workshop, which teaches you about the different symbols used for Indigenous art.

Ngilgi Cave, WA

A full day cultural tour of the Ngilgi Cave and its surrounds with Koomal Dreaming treats you to an authentic cultural experience. Venture into the famous Ngilgi Cave to admire stunning stalactites, stalagmites and unique formations and learn about the Aboriginal legend of how the cave formed. You’ll also learn about the six seasons and how they influence life for the local indigenous people. Also experience how Indigenous Australians traditionally light fire and make tools, and enjoy a live digeridoo performance.

The Daintree Rainforest, QLD

Far North Queensland is rich is Aboriginal history and you will find traces of their 40,000-year existence in the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree. Learn about the stories, the beliefs and the culture of the local Kuku Yalanji community, as you admire pristine waterfalls and unique flora with Adventure North’s One Day Daintree Dreaming Tour. You’ll also head north to Cooya Beach, where traditional owners teach you how to track and hunt for fish and crabs. You’ll also visit an art gallery and have the opportunity to swim in the rainforest’s beautiful, calm waters.

Melbourne, VIC

Enjoy a guided tour by boat, canoe or kayak with a unique tour down the Yarra River with indigenous-owned tour company Gulpilil’s Australia. The tour gives you a greater understanding and awareness of Melbourne’s diversity and the Yarra River’s beauty. Learn about the history of Indigenous Australians in a big city like Melbourne and admire the views as you paddle down the Yarra River, which are unlike no other.



Seven stunning lookouts in Australia

By Australia / Broome / New South Wales / Northern Territory / Queensland / South Australia / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

WHEN it comes to lookouts Down Under, there may not be another country in the world that matches Australia for sheer diversity and absolute stunning sights whether be inland or coastal. We fetch seven from throughout the continent to consider during that next road trip.

1. Staircase to the Moon (WA, pictured)

One of the world’s great mystical wonders for sightseeing, visit Broome in the north-west from March to October and you can witness the Staircase to the Moon, a natural phenomenon when the moon rises over the mudflats at Roebuck Bay at low tide.

2. Echo Point (NSW)

The famous view of the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains is one of the best in the world, let alone Australia. Situated on the north escarpment of the Jamison Valley. An absolute stunner.

3. Mount William (Victoria)

Mount William is the highest point in the Grampians National Park at over 1100 metres and offers 360-degree views of mountain ranges. Make sure you have plenty of energy in the tank to walk to reach the summit, and also have two glasses and a bottle of wine in your backpack for when you get there.

4. Cradle Mountain (Tasmania)

Take your pick when it comes to Tassie, but one of the hottest spots for some beautiful views is Cradle Mountain. The scenery is outstanding, overflowing with mountainous peaks, bushwalking tracks and a beauty that’s hard to top anywhere in the world.

5. Bungle Bungles (Western Australia)

One of Western Australia’s most fascinating landmarks, there are a number of great viewing spots in the Bungle Bungle range in Purnululu National Park. There’s nothing quite like this area anywhere on the planet.

6. Point Lowly Lighthouse (South Australia)

Head north about 400km from Adelaide and you will stumble upon this beauty in Port Bonython. The lighthouse is at a point jutting into the north end of gorgeous Spencer Gulf.

7. Best of All Lookout (Queensland)

The name says it all, so how could you possibly avoid the Best of All Lookout in Springbrook National Park in the sunshine state? Absorb panoramic view across Mount Warning, the lava plug centre of the erosion caldera of the extinct Tweed shield volcano, to Byron Bay and Coolangatta. This is one lookout to rule them all.



Go retro with these 4 Australian drive in venues to catch a movie under the stars

By Australia / Darwin / Melbourne / Perth / Sydney /

GOING to the local cinema always guarantees a good night out, but nothing compares to the nostalgic charm of jumping in a car with your partner, or the family, and watching a movie at the drive in theatre. Whether you’re with your partner, friends or family, everybody loves a night under the stars. It’s an old-fashioned way to have some fun, but it’s a goodie.

1. Skyline Drive In

Blacktown, 38km west of Sydney CBD

When it comes to drive in movies Sydney does as well if not better than anyone with its only drive in featuring a 50s-in-America theme, perfect for anybody who wants to go back to the days of Elvis, Rock’n’Roll and puffy dresses for an evening out. The staff at the diner even bring you burgers and hotdogs in their ’50s style costumes. It’s serious retro fun at a Sydney drive in threatre that offers the lot!

2. Deckchair Cinema

13km south east of Darwin Airport

Watch a movie with a frog hopping at your feet, an owl gently hooting and the occasional bat flying across the projector’s beam. That’s just how the locals love it at Darwin’s famous Deckchair Cinema overlooking Darwin Harbour on Jervois road in Darwin. Open throughout the dry season, chairs and cushions are provided while a licensed bar offering beers, wines and other tasty treats.

3. Coburg Drive In

16km north of Melbourne CBD

For some good old-fashioned fun on a Saturday night, Melburnians head to the Coburg Drive In. Grab a bite to eat in the spectacular retro style diner, or if feeling a little self-indulgent, order your treats via SMS and have them delivered straight to your car.

4. Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema

Mundaring, 35km east of Perth CBD

This beautiful outdoor cinema is unlike any other in Australia. What makes Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema so special is that you’re in the forest – while watching your movies you have the stunning state forest as your backdrop. It’s also small in comparison to some of the other city drive ins, and there’s plenty of deckchairs and picnic tables to go around.

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Campervan Hire in the Top End – Travel Tips

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

If you are planning a campervan holiday in the Top End of the Northern Territory and exploring more remote locations, here are some tips from our experience on the road. Much of this applies to travel any way in remote Australia. If you have ideas and tips you’d like to share, please send them into


    • Walk round and thoroughly check your Campervan rental before you leave the branch. Take photos of any existing external scratches or damage. Check inside that everything is working. Your campervan supplier will be helpful and will work with you on this but photos are the easiest and clearest way to document and record


    • If your Campervan comes with a TV you may need to use the auto-tune feature when you move between locations to pick up digital signals. In the Top End these appeared to change between Darwin, Jabiru, Katherine and Batchelor


    • If your campervan has a toilet cartridge you will find sewage dump points close to most caravan parks


    • Whilst you’ll find Supermarkets in most locations stock up with food before leaving Darwin – cheaper and easier


    • Purchase multi-packs of water bottles and keep the Campervan’s fridge well stocked with them for daily excursions


    • Tap water at campgrounds may be unsuitable for drinking water – best to use your own


    • Fuel in the Top End is expensive – that is a fact. Top up whenever you can and expect to pay up to $0.40 more per litre in remote locations. Cheapest location we found was the BP in Katherine, cheaper than even Darwin


    • You’ll get mobile phone reception near most locations but on highways such as the central stretch of the Kakadu Highway between Jabiru and Pine Creek this will drop out


    • Avoid driving at night or sunrise and sunset when animals are at their most active and more likely to stray on the road


    • Never take your Campervan off sealed roads other than short distances (sub 5kms) to designated campervan parks. To do so will void all your insurance cover and make you liable for the cost of any damage. This rules out Jim Jim Falls and twin Falls.


    • Road Trains – for those new to Outback roads, Road Trains are trucks with multiple trailers up to 53 metres (174 feet) long and are a common site on Northern Territory highways


    • Observe the warning signs about not lingering around water holes or fishing – crocodiles may be present and you don’t want to become lunch