Many years before moving to Australia, I had dreamed of this land. It was so far away from the sunny, Floridian shores that I called home that I almost couldn’t even fathom what it would really be like. But now, several years on, I am here and I continue to explore like crazy but the one place that had always caught my eye was the vast remoteness that is the Outback. So, I packed a bag, left Sydney behind and took a whirlwind trip to the “Top End”, as the locals call it.
The Northern Territory of Australia is a wild and rugged place and there is no better locale to kick off your outback adventure than in the capital city of Darwin. Nestled at the tip-top of the Australian continent, Darwin is a stone’s throw away from Asia and seemingly a world away from the rest of Oz.
Well known for its proximity to some of Australia’s biggest and best national parks, this is truly a town where nature and surprising culture intermingle for one of the most unique spots that this land has to offer. Kakadu, arguably the most famous national park and biggest, is just a few hours drive away and will keep the visitor intrigued for days but, if you are short for time, you should check out the equally spectacular Litchfield National Park.
Litchfield National Park covers 1,500 square kilometers and was the home of the Wagait Aboriginal people, whose artwork and cave drawings can be found throughout the park to this day. Just a 90 minute drive from Darwin, Litchfield features everything from spring-fed streams to historic ruins, monsoon rainforest and waterfalls. One of the more interesting sites is the famous Buley Rockhole, pictured at the top of the page. It’s great for cooling off from the afternoon sun or just kicking back and letting the sounds of the flowing waters drift you off to dreamland.
If you want to experience a side of Oz that many people, unfortunately, leave off of the itinerary – this is the place to go and Rainbow Tourism can help by showing off some of the best places to stay and play in Darwin! Also, if you’d like to learn more about Edmund and his Aussie adventures, check out his webpage here or even read through his musings in his first ever book “stuck.at.seven [while awkwardly aiming for ten]“.