TOP 5 CAMPING SPOTS IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
Camping in the Northern Territory can be a spectacular experience. The state has abundant natural wonders, including dramatic gorges and majestic rock formations. You also get to see preserved Aboriginal art and culture. If you’re looking to have a real outback experience, here are some of the best camping spots in the Northern Territory.
LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK
Litchfield National Park is located 100km southwest of Darwin. Since it’s only 90 minutes away, it’s a favourite camping spot for those who don’t want to venture too far from the capital. Nevertheless, you still experience the quintessential Top End wilderness. Litchfield National Park is known for waterfalls that lead into swimming holes and vast plains with magnetic termite mounds. There are a lot of easy bushwalking trails, but campers up for a challenge can attempt to trek the 39km Tabletop Track.
There are campsites near Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, Tjaynera Falls and Buley Rockhole. Some of the available amenities include cold showers, flushing toilets, picnic tables and campfires. Just make sure to bring sufficient gear, food and firewood.
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
Kakadu National Park, the largest national park in Australia, is 171km southeast of Darwin and is considered as one of the best camping spots in the Northern Territory. With exceptional natural beauty, diverse environments and rich Aboriginal history, Kakadu National Park is currently on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Camping in this iconic location will expose you to a wide range of flora and fauna as well as Aboriginal rock art, cascading waterfalls and stunning views from escarpments.
There are over 20 different campsites at Kakadu National Park. There are areas for bush camping near the Alligator or Red Lily Billabongs. You can also camp near the stunning Jim Jim Falls. Available amenities will depend on your chosen campsite.
ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is, perhaps, the most iconic location in the Northern Territory. It’s 1,943km south of Darwin and located deep in the Red Centre of Australia. Nevertheless, campers flock to this protected area to witness the majesty of Uluru — the awe-inspiring sandstone rock formation that is 3.6km long and 348 metres high. This natural wonder’s contoured surfaces also reveal interesting tidbits about the Anangu people’s culture.
Uluru is best seen in the afternoon. You’ll see its colour change from brown to orange to dark red to charcoal as the sun sets. Conversely, you can also see a spectacular colour show in the morning as the sun rises.
The national park is also home to Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, a group of domed rock formations. It’s about 40km away from Uluru. Consisting of 36 domes huddled together, Kata Tjuta features deep valleys and steep gorges in between.
The Ayers Rock Resort campground is the nearest campsite to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It takes about 10 minutes to reach this campsite. Ayers Rock Resort is a luxurious campground so aside from the basic amenities, there are also tennis courts, a pool and Wi-Fi. However, campers should expect to spend a bit on accommodations. Those who want a more rugged experience can camp outside the national park. However, since there are no facilities, you need to be self-sufficient and have all the essential gear.
KARLU KARLU/DEVILS MARBLES CONSERVATION RESERVE
The Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve is another iconic camping destination in the Northern Territory. It’s 393km north of Alice Springs. The vast open space, humongous granite boulders and rich history in this area make for an unforgettable experience. The boulders, which has spiritual significance to the Aboriginal owners of the land, features a deep red and orange colour. They also provide shelter for the plants and animals in the protected area.
The Devils Marbles campsite has public toilets, picnic tables, caravan sites, campfires, walking tracks and lookout points. You have to bring food, drinking water and firewood. The campsite is basic, but it’s worth a visit even just for the spectacular view of the spectacular rock formations during sunset and sunrise.
NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK
Nitmiluk National Park is located 244km southeast of Darwin. Similar to Uluru and Karlu Karlu, this national park is also an iconic camping destination in the Northern Territory. You’ll get to witness the majestic gorges found along Katherine River. The national park has abundant vegetation, diverse wildlife and stunning waterfalls. Aside from camping and bushwalking, you can go swimming, fishing, boating and canoeing.
There are 10 campsites in the national park. The Eighth Gorge campsite is popular among canoeists. Campers who want to go swimming can set up camp near Crystal Falls, Leliyn (Edith Falls) or Sweetwater Pool.
The Northern Territory boasts some of the most iconic landmarks in all of Australia. Apart from enjoying the majestic views and stunning landscapes, you also get an authentic outback camping experience. When you visit these camping spots in the Northern Territory, you’re brought closer to nature as you explore your surroundings and sleep under the stars. With all these different experiences combined, you’re sure to have a memorable camping trip.
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