AFTER arriving in the Top End, I needed a way to get around and also a place to stay. Luckily both these problems were solved when I picked up a Darwin campervan rental. With the open road to keep me company, I first headed to the Howard Springs Big4 Holiday Park where I could power my new mobile home.
Howard Springs was the ideal home base for the first few days of my stay, as I was halfway between the capital city of Darwin and the amazing wilderness of Litchfield and surrounds. In my campervan I was able to cook my own meals while the holiday park provided me a place to relax in the swimming pool.
On my first day I headed into Darwin to explore the city. My first stop was the local art gallery and museum, home to the Cyclone Tracey exhibition and the stuffed body of infamous giant saltwater crocodile “Sweetheart”. Hours were spent in this interesting destination and, best of all, it was free. That night I enjoyed the fresh barramundi at the Darwin wharf while watching fish swim to the surface of the water for chips and any other food thrown their way.
Other attractions I enjoyed in the city included the World War II oil tunnels and the man-made wave pool. Swimming in the wave pool was a great way to cool off without fear of crocs or jellyfish.
Next I took my campervan into the wild and drove an hour out to the Adelaide River. After a few beers with locals at the local pub I went on the jumping crocs boat trip. Professional guides took myself and others on the river and fed large saltwater crocodiles that jumped metres into the air for their food. After that, I wanted to explore further into the Litchfield National Park. Once there I saw marvellous wildlife and indigenous flora and fauna. With my campervan I was able to stay and see the sights including magnetic termite mounds and cascading waterfalls.
A few nights later it was time to head back to Darwin to return the camper and my Territory adventure had come to an end. It was not going to be my last, however, with many more trips to the NT planned for the future.