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Northern Territory Touring Information

 

Secret water holes, hot springs, waterfalls, Uluru, red outback landscapes, Aboriginal culture, an abundance of wildlife, big skies and wide open plains and tropical forests – the Northern Territory is full of surprises.

We've listed the best places to visit and how to tie them all into a road trip. The articles are intended for campervan travelers, which means all the destinations are accessible by conventional 2WD vehicles. We list drive times, the best places to camp, camping fees and highlights, and it's all mapped.

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park is known for its waterfalls and swimming holes set amidst monsoon rainforest. Towering termite mounds dot the open woodlands and the night sky shimmers with a billion stars.

Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park. Photo: florence windancethevan

Nitmiluk National Park - Katherine Gorge

Katherine Gorge is really a series of thirteen gorges with rapids and waterfalls. The 58 km (five day) Jatbula trail follows the gorge all the way to Edith Falls. Cruises go as far as the fifth gorge.

katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge. Photo: amandaliarogers

Nitmiluk National Park - Edith Falls

Edith Falls (known to local Aboriginal people as Leiliyn), has a pandanus-fringed plunge pool at its base which is perfect for swimming and an upper pool above the waterfall.
Edith Falls Nitmiluk
Edith Falls. Photo: powershala 

Mataranka Hot Springs

Soak in the hot springs of the Elsey National Park. It is safe to swim in Bitter Springs and Mataranka Thermal Pools, which are a comfortable 34 C year round. There are some great places to stay here for the night so you can wake up and enjoy the springs again or explore some of the walks.

Mataranka Hot Springs
Mataranka Hot Springs. Photo: laetitiamar 

Alice Springs

With excellent museums and desert gardens, plenty of quality places to camp and eat, and the nearest town to the MacDonnell Ranges and Uluru, Alice Springs is a handy and comfortable base from which to explore Central Australia.

alice springs desert park
Owl at Alice Springs Desert Park

Uluru and The Olgas

Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (formerly known as The Olgas) are only 50 km from one another and both are worth visiting. Enjoy the many walks and viewpoints of these iconic rock formations, especially at sunrise and sunset when their colors are at their best.

Uluru
Uluru. Photo: theresalila 

Macdonnell Ranges

The MacDonnell Ranges stretch to the east and west of Alice Springs. There is camping at Ormiston Gorge and several walks from which to explore the sandstone cliffs and year round swimming holes.

mount gillen
The MacDonnell Ranges. Photo: elleschembri 

Map of Australian Road Trips

Use this map to customize your own road trip through the Northern Territory. Camperman has campervan hire depots in Adelaide and Cairns which are good cities from which to begin a Northern Territory road trip.

Northern Territory Road Trips

Our road trips start and end at Campervan hire depots. Northern Territory sits between the campervan hire depots of Adelaide and Cairns. By adding two of the following road trips together, you'll be able to pick up your campervan at your start point and drop it off at your destination.

Cairns to Darwin - The Savannah Way

3,260 km | 9 - 15 days

The sparsely populated northern belt of Australia is one of dry red soil, termite mounds, surprising lush waterholes and isolated landscapes with not a human being in sight. Highlights include Devils Marbles, Mataranka Hot Springs, Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge and Edit Falls) and Litchfield National Park. If you are starting from Cairns, give yourself a few days to explore Port Douglas, the Daintree, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wooroonooran National Park before embarking on this two week drive. From Darwin, you can head south through central Australia to Uluru ending in Adelaide, or continue around Western Australia to Broome, Perth and back to Adelaide.

Darwin - Uluru - Adelaide: Central Australia

3,760 km | 9 - 15 days

This road trip cuts straight through the red centre of Australia joining the Savannah Way (above) at Devils Marbles. Highlights include the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy, Uluru and the Olgas, Alice Springs, MacDonnell Ranges, Mataranka Hot Springs, Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge and Edit Falls) and Litchfield National Park. If you are adding this road trip to the Savannah Way (above), give yourself 3 weeks for the whole trip.

Darwin - Broome - Perth - Adelaide

Darwin - Broome | Broome - Perth | Perth - Adelaide
8,800 km | 5 - 7 weeks

This road trip take you half way around Australia - the sparsely populated half. From Darwin, you travel through the surreal outback landscapes of the Kimberley, then follow the coast all the way around from Broome to Adelaide. Highlights include Kununurra and Lake Argyle, Parrys Lagoon boab forest, Wyndham, Geike Gorge National Park, Broome, swimming with whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef, the dolphins of Monkey Mia, the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, The Pinnacles Desert, carpets of wildflowers (July – October), the Dampier Archipelago, the Lancelin Sand Dunes, Karijini National Park, Perth, the giant Gloucester Tree climb, Yeagerup Dunes, Margaret River wine region, limestone caves, and the great feat of crossing the Nullarbor plain.


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