Almost one and a half million square kilometres of virtually untouched outback wilderness to explore. So where do you start? Actually Darwin, with its phenomenal harbour and tropical climate, is a great place to begin.
If you’re a nature lover, or have even a passing interest in Aboriginal culture and history you should definitely include a visit to the Northern Territories in your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Australia. And start at Darwin. Just four hours flying time from Singapore, this interesting city gives you an insight into life in a modern, far flung Australian community. But, despite being a modestly-sized regional capital, Darwin has a harbour twice as large as Sydney’s, and is also the gateway to a landscape of almost unimaginable proportions.
A stunning 1.4 million square kilometres of pure Australia awaits you. And at its heart lies the original inhabitants’ culture, art and history; depicted on rocks as old as time itself, as well as in modern galleries and museums featuring the work of artists and artisans both contemporary and ancient. Then there is the natural history of national parks like Lichfield and the double World Heritage-listed Kakadu. Not to mention the horizon-wide wildernesses of Arnhem Land and Katherine Region.
Expect endless, rolling deserts – fascinating in their emptiness – contrasting with cool, twinkling billabongs and lush landscapes populated by a wide range of indigenous species of wildlife, and almost countless colourful birds.