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Upper Pool in Kakadu National Park

Northern Territory is a vast state of the north of Australian cut in two parts. There are more than 200 000 habitants. In the south,  the "Red Center", the heart of Australia famous and recognized with the Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs. The climate is hot and dry in contrast to the tropical and humid climate of the northern part also called the "Top End "including one of the widest national parks of Australia, the Kakadu National Park and the capital Darwin. We must admit, we don't come here for the beaches infested of crocodiles, but we find there many thermal pools on the road and some national parks with the enchanting rivers like Litchfield NP or NP West MacDonnell located in the Red Center. Darwin has over 127,500 inhabitants near the Indonesian islands. Aboriginal culture is important and some national parks such as Kakadu NP and Uluru/Kata Tjuta NP are managed by the latter, according with Park Australia. Rich diversity of landscapes, the Northern Territory could be your next destination! 

 


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Here our top 10:


 Kings Canyon

TOP 1 : Kings Canyon

Lost in the desert  of Northern Territory, take the time to forget the kilometers and to admire the mountains of Watarrka National Park and to get to Kings Canyon. Look like a huge gorge, considered as one of the most spectacular sites of the Australian center, hiking enthusiasts will be impressed by the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. After a enough steep climb to reach the top of the canyon, take a little breath and stop for a moment to contemplate its spectacular views, its colors and its green vegetation placed in the middle of the chasm. Do not hesitate to deviate a little rocky trails to climb its decor and find yourself at the edge of its vertiginous cliffs. Under this desert heat, go down this stairs to reach his Eden Garden where palm trees, ferns, eucalyptus and peaceful pool offer a refreshing moment before closing the loop of 6 km. For more security, the hiking Rim Walk  close at 9am due to the hot weather. The Kings Canyon is a amazing and unique place, which is a great time for all travelers.



TOP 2  : Litchfield National Park

Close to Darwin is located Litchfield National Park. This place part of the most beautiful parks on the Top End including 15000 km2. Less famous than its rival Kakadu National Park, This National Park is free all year. At the gates of the park, you will be surprised by huge magnetic termitary, rising in his sunny valley. Continuing on the road, you arrive on the Buley Rockhole, a series of rock pools letting out pure and clear waters. More appreciable the early morning as the sunset when the crowd dispersed, it leaves a quiet and cozy place. These water flows will take you to Florence Falls where draws up a large waterfall pool accompanied by a dark and deep waters surrounded by the tropical forest. After crossing the 135 steps, take the road to the Wangi Falls where the water flows on the orange rock and drains into a large basin. A picnic area and a café are located at the edges of the natural pool. Litchfield is very well preserved, ideal for camping, swimming or walking along the Creek. You will need two beautiful day minimum to visit the Park, can't be missed.

Rockhole



Valley of the winds / Kata Tjuta

Uluru

TOP 3  : Uluru / Kata Tjuta National Park

The Uluru and Kata Tjuta both sacred by the Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the region and cultural and spiritual owner, are two of the main attractions of the "Red Center". Let's start with Uluru, emblem of Aboriginal Australia in the heart of it and a UNESCO heritage site. For some people one banal stone posed in the desert and for the others the center of spirituality and greatest moment of their journey. From its 348 meters on top of the surrounding plateau (Eiffel Tower: 300 meters)Uluru impresses from afar by its size and form and by its changing colors at the different time of the day. Those who come to climbing will be disappointed. Great place sacred by the Anangu people, it is not advisable to climb, see prohibited at certain times of the year. It is even forbidden to take pictures of some parts of Uluru. Hundreds of tourists arrive by bus and by car to watch the beautiful sunrise and sunset. For this part Kata Tjuta neighbor of few kilometers of Uluru is intended as more undulating with 36 rounded peaks and polished by the wind with leading Mount Olga and 546 m (1088 above the sea). Two great walks are proposing: the first one "Valley of the Winds" penetrating into the mountains with steep slopes and immaculate landscapes is one of the best walks in the park. The second one is a walk in the gorge Walpa which is shorter and gives a feeling of disproportionate like we had to face two vertiginous walls. It is also possible to see the sunrises and sunsets at Kata Tjuta. It is hard to be indifferent to two phenomena that nature gives us and embellishes his 1001 lighting effects from the first to the last minute of the day.



TOP 4  : Mataranka Hot Springs

At the entrance of the "Top End", or the exit, a bridge crossing a rainforest bring you to a paradise of Northern Territory. Mataranka hot Spring allows you a swim in a hot spring and translucent water in the middle of tall palms, where the sun's rays play with trees creating a play of light and shadow, before reaching the clear waters flowing to the river. A bat colony regularly h this green oasis. Other animals come near the pools such as wallabies and wild pigs. The thermal pool is located  ten kilometers from the center, in front of a small resort. Please note at certain times of the year these basins are invaded by the visitors. The best time to go is October and November before the wet season.

Hot Springs



Vue de Upper Pool au Kakadu National Park 

TOP 5 : Kakadu National Park

 Part of the natural and cultural heritage of the Top End, Kakadu is one of the widest national parks in Australia with its 20 000 km area. There are many things to see like its huge waterfalls of Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls emblematic of a height of over 215 m. Or majestic cliffs with a length of 500 km, offering spectacular views on all the park some with natural pools (Barramundi). It's fauna and rich flora, account many mammals, fish, birds and reptiles including freshwater crocodiles witch sometime do more than 3 meters. With its tropical climate, it is best to go during the Dry Season allowing time the rains fill the waterfalls, rivers and dense vegetation. Kakadu is also an Aboriginal art which has one of the biggest the country dating more than 20,000 years near Nourlangie. More feasable by 4x4 than with one car, Kakadu National Park remains highly prized by tourist bus. It is best to visit the park early on the morning to enjoy the quiet and wonderful places that nature gives you, or late in the day to admire one of the most beautiful sunsets in Australia on top of Ubbir rock.

 

 

 



TOP 6 :West MacDonneld National Park

Less than an hour's drive west of Alice Springs is situated a chain of eroded mountains which crosses the heart of Australia on 400km and more commonly called the West MacDonneld Range. Nothing spectacular here, just delicious valleys wedged between mountains where it is nice to refresh. A few short walks are proposed to you with a "trail" of 223km for the most enthusiastic. A few small hikes are proposed to you with a "trail" of 223km for the most enthusiastic. When the temperatures become stifling you can head to the rivers and sources dark and cool such Ellery Creek and Simpson Gapor where both are stuck in a crack in the red rock. The most beautiful and impressive flaw remains Ormiston Gorge. Some places belong to Aboriginal communities and charge the entrance as Standley Chasm. At the end of Park, to the west roads become paths and it is better to have a 4x4. West MacDonneld NP make you forget that you are in the center of Australia and will offer you some good surprises!

Ellery Creek



Durt Road

Bush fire

TOP 7 : Outback

 Driving for hours under the burning sun of the Australian Outback remains unforgettable journey. This feeling of infinity and isolation or only a few carcasses of kangaroos and cows eaten by raptors sometimes keep you company on a huge stretch. On the roads it is imperative to salute with the index other motorists and Road Train. Road Train sometimes pulling up to 4 or 5 trailers behind  them on the "Durt Road" and "Gravel Road" and that force you to stop on the roadside and close your windows by security because of the red dense cloud dust kicked into the air. You can see on the horizon wallabies, kangaroos, cows, dingoes, emus, dromedary, camels and snakes or scorpions. You will be delighted to see Roadhousse in the middle of nowhere, only one zone of life in a district 300km sometimes. Provide enough water and gasoline along the way because no repairman will  save you (atleast free). Outback do not have a clear border and includes around 80-90% of Australia.  These discarded and removed over the world or only a few shrub and dry lakes will welcome you. It is of course obvious to browse and explore in a 4x4. And forces to search and peer into the void you come face to face with nice surprises such gigantic craters in the "red center" or huge monolith just as beautiful as Uluru or Mount Conner or the Devils Marbles . You will cross the road to ghost towns, orphans of habitant for most of them old mining towns. The only thing that will make you think that life goes on in the world is the burning sun that passes over your head and airstrips planes on the roads. Huge ranches go out of the ground with quantities of sheep, cows and goats seeking the slightest blade of grass and can not get out of their fields a result of grids placed on the road that will shake your vehicle. Millenniums indigenous territories welcome you, or not, on their land showing their culture. Of course the Outback is not situated just in the Northern Territory but it has one of the busiest roads between Alice Springs and Darwin. You will find many abandoned and rusted vans and backbones  car burning by the violence of hot days and freezing nights. The Outback is a place of disproportionate size where your loyal companions are large black crows. Once a foot out of your car, an armada of flies will greet you. There is no real sign or map but you will know pretty quickly that you are there and it is very hard and very long to escape!



TOP 8  : Nitmiluk National Park

Located on the Stuart Highway, joining Alice spring to Darwin, you will arrive on the town of Katherine and its 9000 inhabitants. It has great advantages such as its nature reserve, or its famous national park. Katherine Gorge, located a few kilometers from the city center in the Nitmuluk National Park,they are 13 in number, equally impressive and different. Dug by the elegant River, the Katherine River is the perfect place for boating and canoeing. Step into the halls sheltered from the sun to contemplate the extraordinary orange walls. By early evening, cruises are offered to observe crocodiles and other nocturnal animals living in this waters, all accompanied by a good traditional meal. Its national park also offers several excursions which one will take you to the heights of its majestic gorges offering a poetic scene in the park at the sunset.

Katherine Gorge



Darwin

TOP 9 : Darwin

Darwin, capital of Northern Territory, is a tropical city with the hot and humid climate. It is located a few hours from Kakadu and Litchfeld. Facing the Timor Sea,  130 000 habitants live there. A relaxed and cosmopolitan atmosphere, take time to discover Aboriginal history recounted in its many museums. Under the tropical heat, join the Waterfront Precinct, seafront neighborhood with a natural lagoon and many shops and restaurants. When the sun goes down on the horizon, going to the village market or PARL Mindil Beach Sunset Market which are paradise for gourmets. You will find several restaurants, caterers, serving local products and dishes from the 4 corners of the world. Despite its isolation Darwin does not lack attractions for travelers. Its culture, its dynamism and charm make this tropical capital has everything a great.

 



TOP 10 : Adelaide River

As you know Australia is famous for being one of the most dangerous countries in the world, specially in the state of Northern Territory. By its tropical climate and its location are hiding many species as dangerous as each other even fatal, specially by various reptiles, sharks or jellyfish living near the coasts of the Top EndAdelaide River, located on the north part of the territory, is certainly the most dangerous river of Australia, with its troubled and muddy color are hiding many crocodiles of all sizes, some of which are more than 3 meters long. The "Jumping Crocodiles" is the main attraction of the Adelaide River. Embark on the river boat to discover the reptiles closer. Surprise yourself, for enjoying these formidable predators forth water as a show to catch a piece of meat suspended a stick. Artificial but still impressive, the river is crawling with crocodiles love this flesh, its show is guaranteed. At your peril, you will certainly see a few local fishermen along the river, the Adelaide River is strictly prohibited to swim!

Jumping Crocodile





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