Top End Travel Tips
The Northern Territory provides a completely different travel experience to most of the country. With over 100 nationalities calling the Top End home, combined with wildlife and amazing landscapes, a trip to the Top End is a must do for everyone.
Travelling to the Northern Territory does require some planning to ensure you have the best trip possible. Here’s 4 great tips to keep in mind when planning a Top End holiday.
- Crocodiles and Wildlife
When you’re out exploring the Northern Territory, there’s a good chance you will come across some of our wildlife. We have some amazing wildlife here in the Territory including crocodiles, snakes, turtles, buffalo, waterbirds, kangaroos and emus to name a few. If you do come across these animals while you are out driving or hiking, take the correct precautions to keep yourself safe which may include moving away from the area. We completely understand that you may want to grab some photos; stay safe and use the zoom function on your camera!
- Walking Tracks
The Northern Territory has some of the best hikes and walks in the country – the Larapinta Trail, the Jatbula Trail, Kakadu National Park, Tabletop Track, Litchfield National Park and Nitmiluk National Park to name just a few. As with any bushwalk, make sure you let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back. Pack enough food and water, as well as sun protection (yes even in the winter!) and be prepared. Make sure you check details for National Parks before you head off – some require permits.
- Driving in the NT
So much of the Top End is accessible by car, that you can explore almost the entire state without issues. However, there’s a few things to keep your eyes out for including wildlife, stock and rail crossings and road trains. The best way to enjoy your trip is to plan out your route and check all road conditions before you leave. We want you to enjoy your trip to the Northern Territory and getting stuck on a muddy road certainly isn’t fun!
- Weather Conditions
Depending on where you are visiting from, the weather conditions here in the Territory may be completely different to what you expect and have experienced before. Interestingly, the NT can be split into two climate zones – the tropics which experiences a wet season and a dry season, and the semi-arid which has your more typical four seasons. Why is the weather important? Because depending on where and when you are going, you may need to adjust your packing!
The Tropics – the wet season usually runs from November to April and we experience temperatures between 25 degrees and 33 degrees. Its humid and you can expect some fantastic storms to roll in. The dry season runs May to October and offers clear blue skies, warm days and cool nights. Temperatures from 21 degrees to 32 degrees and can get down much lower through June and July.
The dry season is a fantastic time to travel – events, festivals, great weather. The wet season however will afford you the opportunity to see the Nitmiluk Gorge in full flow and is traditionally a quieter tourist period. While many parts of Kakadu are closed over the wet season, it is an amazing sight to see waterfalls at their thundering best. Best to book in a plane or helicopter tour.
Semi-Arid – if you are planning on travelling further inland to areas like Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Uluru/Kata-Tjuta, your packing will depend on what time of the year you’re travelling. The desert can get cold at night, even in summer, and extremely hot during the day. Summer temperatures range from 20 degrees to 35 degrees while winter is generally between 3 degrees and 20 degrees, however nights can drop below 0 degrees.
Top Things to Do in the Top End
Explore the Top End with Outback Floatplanes. With tours from half day to overnight, we have something to suit everyone. You can:
– Explore the region on a low- level scenic floatplane flight
– Take an exhilarating cruise on an airboat through Sweets Lagoon and surrounding wetlands
– Swim in a crocodile-safe enclosure
– Indulge in an overnight glamping experience in the Finniss River Floodplains
– Star gaze without the city lights
Our full day Darwin to Litchfield tour will have you exploring Litchfield National Park via guided tour. You’ll stop at all the major waterfalls and points of interests. Not only will you get to experience the magic of Litchfield National Park with its waterfalls, crystal clear pools and amazing landscape, but there is also a low-level scenic flight taking off and landing at Sweets Lagoon. Join in on an airboat ride across the Finniss River Floodplains, take a cruise through the wetlands, enjoy lunch and take the opportunity to swim in a crocodile safe enclosure.
The Ultimate Overnighter is a must do to add to your itinerary. You’ll experience an action-packed day and then relax in an indulgent glamping experience in a safari tent with all the luxuries. As well as our day tour options, experience a Territory sunset around an open-pit fire, star gaze without the city lights and experience our friendly hospitality. Get up early and experience sunrise over the floodplains or simply relax and take in the sounds of the Top End.Book your half day, full day or overnight glamping experience and truly experience everything the Northern Territory has to offer.