Busting Common Myths About the Northern Territory
“It’s too hot”
“It’s too far”
“It’s too wet”
“There’s nothing to do”
Thinking about planning a trip to the Northern Territory and being hit with excuses like these from the family? Maybe it’s time to just book that trip and let them discover the real Northern Territory for themselves.
There’s plenty of myths about the Top End, and we’re going to bust some of the ones we hear most often.
- Arnhem Land Doesn’t Exist
We couldn’t believe this one when we heard it! Many Australians believe this magical part of the country just doesn’t exist but we’re here to tell you it certainly does, and it is one of the most spectacular places you’ll ever see. Arnhem Land is boarded by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria; it covers 97,000 square kilometres – that’s a bigger area than the entirety of Tasmania!
Rich in the culture of traditional owners, the Yolngu people, you’ll find remote islands, inaccessible coastlines, an abundance of fish and other wildlife, rainforests, escarpments and savanna woodlands. The area is home to saltwater crocodiles and it is a conservation habitat for dugongs, nesting turtles and migratory birds. Arnhem Land is also where the didgeridoo originated!
We do recommend joining a tour run by an operator that has permission to enter the region. Visitors to Arnhem Land require permits to visit and going via tour makes it that much easier.
- It’s Too Far Away
If you’re planning on driving from say Sydney, yes, it is a long trip but it’s well worth it. You’ll get to experience some amazing places along the way and flying just doesn’t have the same experience. But, if the family isn’t into the drive, it actually doesn’t take that long to fly into Darwin or Alice Springs. Flying from most capital cities will take you around 4 – 5 hours to get into Darwin. From there, hire a car and start exploring!
- It’s So Hot
We don’t accept that one either! And even if it is warm, there are plenty of places to cool off. Darwin and the Top End, including Katherine, Kakadu and Arnhem Land tend to have a wet and a dry season instead of winter and summer.
Wet season runs from November to April and has the higher humidity that comes along with monsoonal rains and storms. The temperature ranges from 25 degrees at night to 33 degrees during the day. The dry season runs between May and October and we enjoy temperatures ranges from 21 degrees overnight to 32 degrees during the day. The big difference is the humidity levels – 80%+ during the wet season compared to 60-65% during the dry season.
The Central Australia region sees the more typical four seasons and, surprisingly, can get quite cold. Summer ranges between 20 – 35 degrees, winter between 3 – 20 degrees with some nights dropping below zero. Spring and autumn experience warm days and cool nights. See, not that hot!
- There’s Too Much Desert
Whoever tells you this, we tell them to look a little closer. The state may look like a desert on the map, but we can assure you there are some pretty amazing waterholes, creeks and ancient rock formations to discover. We invite you to take one of our tours from Darwin where you’ll experience waterfalls, clear refreshing pools to take a dip in, national parks, wetlands, monsoonal forests and much more. There is so much more to the Northern Territory than red dirt!
- I Just Don’t Have the Time
The Northern Territory is just like any other location in Australia – you don’t need a lot of time to visit. While it would be amazing to have months to discover everything the Territory has to offer, you could spend a long weekend in Darwin relaxing, join a bus tour to see the highlights, or take two to three weeks to experience the real Northern Territory.
If you’re family is worried about not having enough to do on a visit to the Top End, make sure you book a full day tour from Darwin with Outback Floatplanes. This tour includes everything from swimming in crystal clear natural pools, a scenic flight over the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park, a water landing and take-off at Sweets Lagoon, cruising through wetlands, getting up close with crocodiles and other wildlife and taking a dip in a croc safe swimming pool (the only place you can safely swim with wild crocodiles).
If after all that, they still complain there’s nothing to do, leave them at home and have your own Northern Territory adventure!