Darwin is the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory, the central portion of the continent that includes well-known tourist spots such as Alice Springs, Kakadu National Park and Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock.
Darwin is the only major port in the Northern Territory, thus it is home to the only beaches, which provide a great opportunity for tourists to cool off on a hot day. The city is connected to the south by the 950-mile long Stuart Highway, which extends all the way south through the Outback to Alice Springs. Darwin Airport (DRW) has connecting flights to other parts of Australia and beyond, but arranging car hire in Darwin gives you the freedom to explore the Northern Territory at your leisure.
Heading towards Arnhem Land in the north will take you into an area now known as Crocodile Dundee country after the hit 1980s Paul Hogan film. Driving south-west will take you to the historic Litchfield National Park with its vast termite mounds and series of free-standing sandstone blocks known as the 'lost city'.
Heading south-east will take you into the Kakadu National Park where you will find many stunning waterfalls, a billabong (small lake) known as Yellow Water as well as many examples of sandstone Aboriginal rock art. Some of the paintings depict early examples of the didgeridoo, an indigenous wind instrument. For a true taste of the wilderness, with a luxurious touch, the west of the park leads into Barmurru Plains where a range of upmarket accommodation suites will allow you to awake with a wide range of local wildlife outside your door.
Driving south along the Stuart Highway takes you through former gold mining towns such as Katherine and Tennant Creek and will also allow for a diversion to Nitmuluk National Park, home of Katherine Gorge and its many resident crocodiles.
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