Aug
01
2018

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…

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May
10
2018

Flash Camp Kakadu returns for winter fun near Darwin

By Australia / Darwin /

Tents in the heart of Kakadu Set in beautifully shady grounds, Flash Camp @ Kakadu offers bespoke bell tent accommodation in the heart of Kakadu National Park, ideal for those looking for an effortless camping experience while exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Listed wilderness, so grab your wheels in Darwin and get set for the adventure in Australia’s most famous outdoors! Accommodation will include double and twin bell tents with spring-foam mattresses on pallet bases, quality bed linen, fresh towels, bamboo furniture, toiletries and Armadillo & Co rugs. Tents have power, lighting and a fan, though nights are usually mild throughout the “winter” season (18 – 20C). Flash Camp tents can be configured especially for families, allowing two adjacent tents to be allocated for family groups and a communal Flash tent will be available for relaxing and enjoying complimentary tea and coffee. Flash Camp guests have access to communal toilet and shower facilities, barbeques, as well as a restaurant, bar…

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Apr
30
2018

Northern Territory sights for sore eyes – 5 amazing places

By Northern Territory /

The Northern Territory is a natural paradise waiting to be explored. It’s a true gem on the Australian tourism scene with unique natural wonders and experiences. Hire a vehicle from Darwin Airport and start ticking off these five amazing things to do and see. Uluru The 348-metre high monolith is an iconic Australian attractions. It’s among the world’s great natural wonders, which formed about 550 million years ago. Visit at sunrise or sunset to see the rock transform into an array of intense orange and red tones. Many people choose to walk around Uluru’s 9.5 km base, stopping at waterholes and hidden caves along the way. Mindil Beach Sunset (pictured) At the other end of the Northern Territory is the Mindil Beach which comes alive at sunset. There’s no other place quite like it. After admiring the magical backdrop you can then treat yourself to the famous Mindil Beach Market nearby. It’s Darwin’s largest market which opens every Thursday and…

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Nov
30
2017

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. DRAMATIC DARWIN 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…

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Oct
27
2017

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…

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Jun
28
2017

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…

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Jun
14
2016
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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…

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Jul
24
2015
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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…

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Jul
23
2015

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…

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May
21
2015
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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…

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Mar
13
2015
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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…

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Dec
31
2014

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…

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