Northern Territory

Wycliffe Well

Wycliffe Well is not a town. It’s not even a village. But it was number one on my list of places to visit in the Northern Territory. We set off from Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway travelling through endless stretches of seemingly flat land. Harsh and beautiful, this is the real Australia. In the early days […]

Uluru

Uluru is synonymous with Australia. Think of one and the other comes to mind. 96 kilometres (60 miles) north of the Northern Territory-South Australian border the Stuart Highway intersects the Lasseter Highway, the turn-off to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park and Yulara where the Ayers Rock Resort is located. With 244 kilometres (152 miles) […]

Stuarts Well

90 kilometres (56 miles) south of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway, Stuarts Well is the perfect base for exploring some of the Northern Territory’s most beautiful landmarks. The caravan park at Stuarts Well Roadhouse ([star][star][star]), also know as Jims Place, is lovely. It’s not 5-star and there’s an awful lot of red dust, and […]

Mataranka

“Where lone Mount Desolation lies, Mounts Dreadful and Despair ‘Tis lost beneath the rainless skies In hopeless deserts there.” So wrote Henry Lawson in is poem “The Never-Never Land” and whenever these words are spoken, they evoke the image of the ‘never-never’, a term meant to convey the meaning as ‘the most extreme area of […]

Kulgera

  The SA-NT border crossing is more than just a line drawn in the sand. The site includes a free campground, barbecues and picnic tables, toilets, and an information bay. And a mere 21 kilometres (13 miles) north of the border is Kulgera, the Northern Territory’s southernmost town. It was early in the afternoon as […]

Katherine

Katherine, in the Northern Territory, is known as the “Crossroads of the North”. The Katherine region stretches from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the Western Australian border and is an area steeped in pioneering and Aboriginal history. The town of Katherine is 317 kilometres (197 miles) south of Darwin and after the Overland Telegraph was […]

Jabiru and Kakadu National Park

The town of Jabiru has the distinction of being the only Australian town inside a national park, the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Kakadu is the 2-billion year old jewel in Australia’s crown and the gateway to Arnhem Land. Covering over 20,000 square kilometres (7722 square miles), the contrasts in this stunningly beautiful vista […]

Darwin

Darwin is hot and humid for most of the year. And so it was when we arrived one afternoon in early autumn. To the locals I imagine it was a pretty normal day, to those of us from way down south it was just hot! We’d been travelling since about 9:00 that morning and already […]

Threeways Roadhouse

Threeways Roadhouse is at the junction of the Stuart and Barkly Highways in the Northern Territory. From there you can head south towards Alice Springs, north to Katherine and Darwin, or east to the Queensland border. Hence the name ‘Threeways’. We were heading for Queensland and Threeways was to be our overnight for our last night in the Territory. On our southward […]

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park, 307 kilometres (191 miles) from Uluru, is one of the Northern Territory’s most remarkable natural wonders. We left the Stuart Highway at Erldunda Roadhouse and proceeded along the Lasseter Highway for 95 kilometres (59 miles) until we reached the intersection with Luritja Road. Very little traffic meant that […]

Daly Waters

Even those who have never been to the Northern Territory have heard of Daly Waters. The historic Daly Waters Pub is one of those Aussie icons, like the Oodnadatta Track, and every travelling Aussie wants to see it. Clad in corrugated iron and literally draped in bougainvilleas, it is chock a block full with decades […]

Alice Springs

Alice Springs beckoned and on a hot and sunny day we set off along the Stuart Highway to a town known affectionately as “The Alice”. Australia’s most famous outback town is in the heart of Central Australia between the East and West MacDon­nell Ranges. In the 1800’s, the tiny settlement of Alice Springs played a […]