Heart of the north
Darwin is the State Capital of the Northern Territory where the lifestyle of the 105,000 residents is relaxed and the city is lush and green with palms and frangipani. A modern bustling city with plenty of attractions and entertainment from nightclubs and theatres, with a casino, shopping complexes, restaurants, fabulous multicultural markets and international standard sporting facilities, Darwin was totally rebuilt after it’s total destruction by Cyclone Tracey in 1974.
Darwin is approximately 4050km from Sydney, 3500km from Brisbane, 3200km from Adelaide, 4500km from Perth and 1480km from Alice Springs. The climate is tropical with daytime temperatures between 29-33 ºC (84ºF – 91ºF) and at night 20-26 ºC (68 ºF
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A regional centre within the Northern Territory
Alice Springs is the service centre for tourists visiting Uluru, (Ayers Rock) Australia’s most renowned tourist icon. Situated in the “Red Centre” Uluru in Kata Tjuta National Park is a sacred place to the indigenous people, a unique and beautiful place recognised by its listing as a World Heritage Area for both its cultural and natural values.
In the past, many tourists liked to climb Uluru, and in the heat, many suffered from dehydration and some died of heart attacks. While Anangu (the tribal owners) have not closed the climb, they prefer that you – out of education and understanding – choose to respect their law and culture by not climbing. Remember that
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The Northern Territory is like nowhere else on Earth
The salt water crocodile. They really do eat people, they are often impossible to see in the water, so never swim in the northern ocean or rivers. Image by Neerav Bhatt
The capital city is Darwin, a tropical beach side city with all modern amenities and and arrival/departure point in Northern Australia.
At the Top End of the Territory in Aboriginal Arnhem Land, you will find the Garig Gunak Barlu (Gurig) National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula. This is a tropical paradise with swaying palms, fragrant frangipani and tepid waters that look very inviting. However the rivers are alive with fat barramundi and huge salt
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Australia is full of dangers for visitors, the confusion in trying to understand Australian English can leave native English speakers dumbfounded, especially when talking to rural Auzzis. But the leading causes of injuries and deaths of visitors to Oz are caused by road accidents and venomous bits and stings, so using common sense and taking good care is advised.
Australia like any nation has its share of nasties, however providing you take normal precautions you are unlikely to encounter any problems. The city food and water is generally good with a wide range of exotic fruit. Crime is similar to any country and the greatest risks come from the climate and wildlife.
Outside the cities there are stinging ants, mosquito’s
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