Are you in desperate need of a break from the city, can’t stand another freezing winter stuck inside at home, or just have an insatiable wanderlust? The tropical and semi-arid climates of the Northern Territory make it the perfect mid year escape from the cold, the wet and the mundane. In the Top End (Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and Arnhem Land) the wet season is typically from November to April and while the landscape is lush and skies are stunning at this time, you’re probably better off taking your caravan there in the dry season, from May to October.
The Red Centre (Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, the Barkly Tablelands and Uluru-Kata Tjuta regions) experiences all four seasons, yet is much dryer than in the North and being semi-arid desert, can see freezing winter nights and scorching summer days.
Always check the weather before you begin your journey to NT and make sure you and your vehicle are well equipped for possible weather extremes. The Northern Territory is home to the oldest living indigenous culture in the world. No trip to NT would be complete without immersing yourself in it; witnessing the complexity of this ancient society, listening to their incredible stories and admiring their art and customs.
There are plenty of caravan parks and tourist centres, giving tourists the opportunity to experience all this and more around the Darwin area, Kakadu, Arnhem Land and the Red Centre, when you’re on your way to the majestic and spiritually sacred Uluru. Road trip to Litchfield or Kakadu National Park, swimming in pristine billabongs or under waterfalls (keep an eye out for crocs!). Wonder at the dramatic Kings Canyon and rock formations in Watarrka National Park or go bushwalking or horseback riding in Tennant Creek.
When in Darwin, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are a must; shop for souvenirs, try just about every type of cuisine you can think of, then settle down on the beach for stunning sunset. With so many adventures and activities to choose from in NT, the best way to explore it while being prepared for everything is with a caravan.