Breathtaking desert landscapes, tropical terrain and ancient Aboriginal culture are just some of what to expect on a driving holiday through the Northern Territory. Nothing like your normal road trip, the NT offers everything from action packed adventures under epic skies, to high-end resorts and undiscovered art.
To win a $10,000 Drive Getaway to the NT, all you need to do is enter your details and you’ll go into the draw. The winner will be able to plan their very own road trip with the expert advice of one of the NT specialists at Holidays of Australia. It’s totally up to you how you spend your prize money; you could splurge on a stay in an exclusive resort in the Red Centre, or stretch the budget by taking a campervan around the whole Territory, stopping at campsites along the way. With $10,000 to spend, including airfares and vehicle hire, however you decide to take your trip, you’re bound to discover something amazing.
Need some inspiration? Here’s just a few ways to journey through the Northern Territory. It’s nothing like your normal road trip:
Perfect for: Ticking off the sight-seeing hotspots
Drive from Darwin to Alice Springs, and you’ll be able to stop at some of the NT’s biggest hotspots. Start by exploring art galleries and award-winning restaurants in Darwin, before driving to Litchfield National Park where you can swim in crystal clear waterholes and trek through pristine waterfalls.
Drive down to Katherine where you can camp out under star studded skies, or indulge in some overnight luxury at Cicada Lodge. Pop in to see Karlu Karlu (Devil’s Marbles), before heading to the West McDonnell Ranges where you’ll spot wildlife on the beautiful walking tracks. After a stay in the Aboriginal art capital of Australia, Alice Springs, head to Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park for some incredible views on top of the canyon, and then drive to Uluru where you can watch the sunset over the incredible rock, either from a swag or at the exclusive Longitude 131.
Perfect for: Heading off the beaten track
Arnhem Land is one of Australia’s most unspoilt areas. In fact, it’s so untouched, it requires up to two permits to allow you travel through, so it can be properly preserved. The best way to see as much as possible is by starting 50km south of Katherine and heading towards Nhulunbuy. On the way, stop at local beaches, including East Woody, Middle Car Park and Cape Wirrawuy. Take an optional island escape over to Bremer Island for a stay at the eco-friendly Banubanu Beach Retreat. When you arrive in Nhulunbuy, enjoy some of the world’s best fishing on a charter tour, including catching Red Emperor and Coral Trout.
The Red Centre Way
Perfect for: A desert escape
To experience everything desert life has to offer, drive through the heart of Australia. From red sand and incredible sunsets, to lush valleys and gorges, this remote route will take you across diverse landscapes and across the paths of countless rare birds and animals. If you’re in a 4 wheel drive, drive through the stretch between the West MacDonnell Ranges and the Tjorita, on partly unsealed road. If you’re in a 2 wheel drive, there’s a sealed loop option too. Take the road across to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon, before learning about Aboriginal art and culture in Alice Springs. This is true desert dreaming.