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Darwin: Capital city of Northern Territory, Australia is Darwin. Now Darwin is closer to Jakarta than to Sydney, and also closer to Singapore than to Melbourne.

It is not really a surprise then that Darwinians looks to Asia for travel, influences in dress and food as much as it looks south to the rest of Australia.

Darwin's proximity and relationship such as its sister city program with the Northern Territory's northern neighbours is reflected in Darwin's cosmopolitan and relaxed tropical atmosphere and culture.


This is the most popular town and also the Territorial capital of the Northern Territory (The Northern Territory, sometimes referred to as ‘the Last Frontier’).

Also the Northern Territory is known as the Gateway to Australia’s “Adventure Playground”, with over 10,000 kms of uninhabited coastline. The town of Palmerston now the city of Darwin was founded by William George Goyder – Surveyor General of South Australia in the 19th century.

It is a city which a population at last glance of Darwin District - 110 280, Darwin - 70 055, Palmerston - 24 123, Litchfield (Rural Darwin) - 16 642 inhabitants with a large proportion of Aboriginal people, which justify the fact that the town is often called 'the multicultural capital of Australia'.

The population varies as the Dry Season arrives so does an influx of workers for the harvest, mining and tourist season.

History: Port Darwin was discovered by Lieutenant John Lort Stokes and named by Captain J.C. Wickham when, travelling in the HMS Beagle, they passed the harbour area in 1839. Now apparently Capt. Wickham named the area after Charles Darwin who had once sailed in the HMS Beagle.

In 1869 it was renamed Palmerston but in 1911 it reverted back to being named Darwin. Did you know the British tried to established settlements first at Escape Cliffs, Port Essington and Fort Dundas on Melville Island though they failed.

Warning: Please do not take for granted facilities: This is the outback ( even though it's a highway) and services like EFTPOS can be awaiting maintenance. Important Note: If you are replying solely facilities at certain remote roadside petrol stations, shops and parks then it's always wise to ring ahead. This is the outback and as an example only if a EFTPOS machine breaks it may take a day to fix.

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History of the city of Palmerston, Northern Territory. It is app. 22km SE of the Darwin CBD Palmerston is relatively new, having been established in 1981 as a satellite of Darwin. In August 2000 when our population reached 23,000, now around 25,000. The City of Palmerston offices are located on the corner of Chung Wah Tce and University Ave. Office hours are: 8.15am - 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Contact our Customer Service Officers on 08 8935 9922.

Suburbs: Archer, Bakewell, Bellamack, Durack, Driver, Farrar, Gray, Gunn, Marlow, Lagoon, Mitchell, Moulden, Palmerston, City, Pinelands, Rosebery, Woodroffe , Yarrawonga. www.palmerston.nt.gov.au/

Howard Springs
Howard Springs is a town and community in a (now semi) rural area on the outskirts of Darwin, 30 kilometers from the centre of town. In 2009 it is often referred as a rural suburb of Darwin. Most of the area is 5 hectarce blocks of land that are either mango plantations or home lots. Now a very desirable location to live properties in Howard Springs are snapped up very quickly when they become available.

Howard Springs has a local supermarket, Big 4 Tourist Van Park newsagency and a service station. Mango farms and picturesque rustic surrounds make it a relaxing base from which to explore Darwin

Howard Springs Nature Park
Howard Springs Nature Park protects 283 ha of diverse habitats including monsoon forest, extensive swamps and riverine areas. These areas provide valuable wildlife habitats, especially for Magpie Geese, Whistling Ducks, Radjah Shelducks and Pygmy Geese. The Park is approximately 35 km south of Darwin. Turn east off the Stuart Highway onto Howard Springs Road.

Turn off onto the Arnhem Highway to Kakadu National Park

Down the highway around 35klm now from Darwin you see the Arnhem Highway on the left with a sign saying Humpty Doo and Jabiru. The first sight of interest along the highway is the didgeridoo workshop, actually at the beginning but it's on the right of the road. Humpty Doo, here is another fuel stop and the home to the Boxing Crocodile though it a great photo snap for the kids to be in it. It seems to be an obsession with Australian's to have the biggest icon's. Humpty Doo is a large sprawling country suburb of the outer Darwin region. Point of Interest on humpty Doo: Humpty Doo is a town some 10klm from the beginning of the Arnhem Highway with around 2829 residents on 5-20 acre farms with some 1006 households in the area. I mentioned this as Humpty Doo seemed to stretch along the highway quiet a bit. I forgot to mention Further out the properties are larger and mostly farmed as Mango Plantations. Can you imagine the aroma driving with the window down when there in season around October/November (there was a small crop at the beginning of September also).

Berry Springs Nature Reserve
Berry Springs Nature Park protects a large part of the Berry Creek catchment. Berry Creek begins as a series of springs, forms a small creek, then reaches Darwin Harbour through a mangrove lined estuary. The Park provides an attractive area close to Darwin for recreational activities, and also provides a refreshing swimming spot after a day at the Territory Wildlife Park. If you swim with goggles you can see many small native fish and other aquatic life that live in the clear pools. The Park is open from 8.00 am to 6.30 pm daily

Turn west off the Stuart Highway about 47 km south of Darwin. The Park is 10 km along the Cox Peninsula Road.

Territory Wildlife Park
Visiting Australia's Northern Territory? Home to an array of flora and fauna the Territory Wildlife Park showcase one of the worlds finest nature Parks. Situated in Berry Springs, a 45 minute drive south of Darwin’s CBD, and conveniently located next door to Berry Springs Nature Reserve the Territory Wildlife Park truly is the Territory’s wildest wildlife experience!

At the Territory Wildlife Park, not only do you see wildlife up-close in their natural habitats, you meet them walking through tree top aviaries, strolling around a natural lagoon and even get to interact with them during daily presentations.

You stroll beneath the surface in our walk-through aquarium and meet some of the Top End’s most amazing aquatic life. You meet, nose to nose, with our giant Saltwater croc. It’s the closest you’ll ever get to a salty without risking a scratch! Our experienced team love sharing their knowledge of the wildlife and the habitats in their care. It’s what our people are passionate about. The more you ask, the happier they are to share.
URL: www.territorywildlifepark.com.au/

Noonamah Store
Noonamah Tavern
The Noonamah Hotel and, Cafe
Noonamah Store, Noonamah Tavern and 'United' Fuel Stop The Noonamah Hotel, Cafe and Fuel Stop is on the Stuart Highway, Northern Territory, Australia. Noonamah is a small town just 46km from Darwin. Noonamah itself consists of pub and a general store/service station. The Darwin commercial Crocodile Farm is located here with over 7000 crocodiles and American alligators.

Noonamah 'United' Fuel Stop

Noonamah 'United' Fuel Stop is excellent for campervans and 4WD rentals as there is ample car p-arks and even for larger motorhomes and RV's. Noonamah was first settled during World War II when the army set up a series of airstrips and depots in the area. Despite being bombed by the Japanese, the airstrips still remain to this day.

Lake Bennett Wilderness Resort
Katherine to Lake Bennett, 260 kms

From the Stuart highway it is 44klm to the Lake Bennett Wilderness Resort. The flora along the Stuart Highway varies from exotic palms to low lying scrub land known also as bush.

The Resort is set around the shores of an 81 hectare fresh water lake located within 125 hectares of tropical Australian bush land. A destination without exception, just one hours drive south of Darwin. For more information email Lake Bennett or browse our pages. Lake Bennett Wilderness Resort is influenced by the cultural diversity and the distinct Australian Outback characteristics of the Northern Territory. 2002 winner of the Brolga Award for “Unique Accommodation”. We are located just 87 km from Darwin City. http://www.lakebennettresort.com.au/

Acacia Hills
Acacia Fuel Stop which is located along side the Acacia Camping and Van Park.

Acacia Store and Camping Park
Acacia Cafe Acacia, Noonamah

Tel: +61 (0)8 8988-2111 (Last known tel number)

Turn off to Batchelor then onto Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park to Darwin, 130 kms

If you travel from Darwin the road to Litchfield National Park one takes is usually via the sealed road called the Stuart Highway. Batchelor Road meets the Stuart Highway about 92klm down from Darwin. Then the Batchelor winds into Batchelor and from Batchelor you drive into Litchfield National Park on Litchfield Park Road.

Visit nearby Litchfield National Park and see stunning waterfalls and amazing termite mounds - and swim safely in crystal-clear swimming holes. Enjoy the first glimpse of the Timor Sea by following the Explorer's Way right into the heart of Darwin.

Together with stunning tropical waterfalls and swimming holes, this is a truly beautiful destination found just south of Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory. Litchfield National Park features numerous waterfalls which cascade from a sandstone plateau called the Tabletop Range, monsoon rainforests, intriguing magnetic termite mounds and historical sites. Litchfield National Park is chosen by local Darwin residents and tourists as 1-3 day destination for it's waterfalls and magnetic termite mounds. Also noted are the 4WD tracks into some of the more remote parts of Litchfield National Park and surrounding region.

Adelaide River
Adelaide River (Wairia).The photo on the left shows the Adelaide River main street. OK it's not 5th avenue though it can busy we have seen 8 cars here at once.

The township of Adelaide River lies on the Stuart Highway 201 km northwest of Katherine and 114 km south of Darwin and has a population of 159. It is located near the headwaters of the Adelaide River.

Adelaide River, being about halfway between Southport and Pine Creek, became a popular camping spot and so, in 1873, an enterprising man named Dougherty opened up an eating place. He constructed a rough building out of logs and bark. A short time later H. S. Finlay opened the settlement's first hotel which he called the QCE Hotel meaning 'Quiet, Comfort and Ease'. In 1879 a police camp was built at the river crossing.

Adelaide River Show Society Caravan Park
+ 61 (0) 8 8976 7032 Fax: + 61 (0) 8 8976 7065
Dorat Road Adelaide River, Adelaide River NT 0846

Adelaide River Inn Caravan Park
Location: Stuart Highway Adelaide River.
Phone: + 61 (0) 8 89767047

Shady River Caravan Park
Location: War Memorial Dve off Stuart Hwy Adelaide River NT 0846
Phone: + 61 (0) 88976 7047

Historic hotel offering motel accommodation and caravan park, plus food, fuel, amenities, gaming room and beer garden. Motel accommodation, caravan park and campground (pets allowed-weekly rates on application), Counter meals, cooked country style breakfast, tropical garden surrounds and relaxing atmosphere, 'Charlie the Buffalo' (deceased) the star of Crocodile Dundee 1&2, the 303 Bar, Fuel and Auto gas, Takeaway meals.

www: Adelaide River Inn
Phone: + 61 (0) 8 8976 7047 Fax: + 61 (0) 8 89 76 7181
106 Stuart highway, Adelaide River NT 0846
Adelaide River Inn Caravan Park War Memorial Drive Adelaide River NT 0846

 Adelaide River

Adelaide to Darwin - this route is known as the Explorers Way. At Adelaide River there is a information stand and the Discovery Trail information sign.

Community Events For information about local events mainly at local showground. The events being the Adelaide River Show and Country Music Talent Quest usually held in June and the Adelaide River Races.

We suggest you visit http://arss.org.au/


• Adelaide River Show
• NT Country Music Talent Quest
• Adelaide River Races

Address: Dorat Road, Adelaide River
Post: c/o Adelaide River Post Office, 0846
E-mail: info@arss.org.au
Office/Bar - Phone: + 61 (0) 8 89 767 041

Hayes Creek
Located on the Stuart Highway, 150 kilometers south of Darwin, Hayes Creek is a gateway to World War II sites and the Northern Goldfields loop with easy access to Litchfield National Park, Batchelor, Pine Creek and the Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park.

Hayes Creek Holiday Park: Considered a hidden treasure, BIG4 Hayes Creek Holiday Park is situated halfway between Katherine and Darwin and surrounded by natural wonders. Heritage sites from the World War II and gold mines are all close by. See thousands of butterflies in the forges at Hayes Creek or take a relaxing dip in the Douglas Hot Springs.

Hayes Creek Holiday Park is set in a tranquil valley and offers cabins and caravan/camping sites in a peaceful setting among shady trees with birds, butterflies, green lawns, a swimming pool and a natural spring flowing along the base of the nearby escarpment. Trees entwine their foliage over the shallow, sandy based waters, making a lovely spot for a dip or to just sit in the shade and listen to the trickling waters and birds. http://hayes-creek-holiday-park.nt.big4.com.au/

Accommodation types
• Cabin Park
• Cabin Caravan/Camping
• Camping Ground
• Caravan Park

Property facilities
• Bar
• BBQ Facilities
• Car park
• Vehicle wash facilities
• Cafe/Coffee shop
• Cots Available
• Fuel
• Gas
• High Chair
• Ice
• Iron
• Kiosk
• Laundry
• Swimming Pool
• Outdoor Public Telephone
• Restaurant - Licensed

Emerald Springs Roadhouse
The Emerald Springs Roadhouse was renovated in 2008 and is now once again the perfect half way spot from Darwin to Katherine.

• Bar • Restaurant • Beer Garden • Outdoor undercover deck area • Sixteen En Suite Motel Rooms • Fifteen Powered Caravan Sites • Fifteen Un-powered Caravan Sites • Coach & Road Train Parking • Public Toilets & Showers • Pet Friendly areas • Sixty carparks Services • Food available from 6:00am till 10:00pm daily • Access to clean public showers & toilets • A range of accommodation • Easy parking for Road trains, coaches, caravans and cars • Hydro bath for washing of pets

For visitors travelling with their pets the Caravan Park is designed as a ‘pet friendly area’ which includes an ‘off the leash’ run area. This area allows dogs to run off the lead, have a swim in the dam and roll around on grassed areas. A hydro-bath is also on site where owners can keep their pets clean for the journey ahead. A range of pet food will be available in the Convenience store.

• A bushwalking track weaves its way down to the water and swimming is possible in most of the pools. Only go after checking with roadhouse manager.
• A Backpack picnic can be provided which includes lunch, energy bars, juice, water & fruit.
• First Aid Kit & Safety Equipment such as flares are also contained in the backpack. o The Gorge offers not only spectacular photo opportunity views but a chance to swim in a natural stream and waterfall which is not overcrowded.

Gold Rush Fever Self Discovery Tours
• All you need is a Map, a Metal Detector, a hat & sunscreen and a touch of the Gold Rush Fever and you are on your way to maybe discovering your superannuation!
• Metal Detectors can be hired at the Roadhouse and detailed maps will be provided with previous gold findings marked on the map.

Bird Watching trails
• With the spring fed waterways that surround Emerald Spring it is a haven for native wildlife and birds. You will see an array of birds from Jabiru’s to Finches.
• The trail follows the waterway and covers a region of 19 square kilometers.
• A Picnic basket can also be provided ranging from a standard sandwich lunch to a gourmet selection, including local made jams & pate.

World War ll sites
• The area is prevalent with World War ll sites including old machinery, dug outs & old telecommunication devices.
• These sites are well signposted where visitors will find interesting facts about the area and the people who were on duty during the war.
• The Emerald Springs Bar also has an extensive display of photographs of the area during the war.

Butterfly Gorge National Park Self Drive tours
• This 17km 4WD track is an excellent 4x4 experience which takes you to the picturesque Butterfly Gorge where visitors can experience the Northern Territory eco system at its best.
• The extensive varieties of butterflies are plentiful all year and swimming is allowed in the rock pools.
• Standard and gourmet picnic hampers are available from Emerald Springs.

• Umbrawarra Gorge is 20km down a rough dirt road just out of Pine Creek, 30km or so south of Emerald Springs

Goldfields Heritage Loop
• With Emerald Springs being only km from Grove Hill Heritage Hotel it is an excellent day trip for exploring the area for crystal and gold and interacting with the locals.
• Douglas Daily Hot Springs
• The Douglas Daily Hot Springs are a short drive from Emerald Springs (20km) and offer the tourist the unique experience of swimming in a natural fed spring that has hot and cold pockets of water rising to the surface, where the temperature can reach 60 degrees in some sections.
• Visitors can also see Aboriginal artists at work at the Merrepin Arts Centre.
• Standard and gourmet picnic hampers are available from Emerald Springs or if preferred Barbeque meats and salads can be provided for guests to cook their own barbeque lunch at the Hot Springs on the Barbeques provided in the picnic area.

Barramundi Fishing in Lake Emerald
• The natural spring fed Lake Emerald is the perfect place for visitors coming to the Territory who are hoping to catch themselves the Territory prized Barramundi.
• Catching a ‘Barra’ whilst in the Territory is on the priority list of most travellers and here the experience won’t cost anything and it won’t take all day!
• The catch is limited one fish per person with a strong incentive for the lucky angler to ‘Catch and Release’ in the breeding season.

Mountain Bike trail along the old Stuart Highway
• The old Stuart Highway makes and excellent Mountain Bike Trail as not all sections of the highway are still intact therefore providing some off road travel to keep the ride interesting.
• The trail is 16km long and can be used by visitors of all ages.
• A range of Mountain bikes can be hired from the Roadhouse.


Pine Creek
Situated 90 kilometers north of Katherine with a population of 600, the colourful mining town of Pine Creek is at the junction of Stuart & Kakadu Highway.

Address: Stuart Hwy, Pine Creek, NT, 0847, Australia

Gold was first discovered in 1871 by workers building the Overland Telegraph Line. The town still possesses the original buildings constructed back in the heady gold days and it is great to soak up some of that old pioneering spirit still evident at Pine Creek. Gold mining still continues to this day with one of the biggest open cut gold mines in the Territory. Just north of Pine Creek you can turn onto the sealed Kakadu Highway and it is just 60km to the southern boundary of Kakadu National Park. This gateway is a bonus when travelling north from Katherine, as it allows the traveller to include Kakadu en route to Darwin.

Lazy Lizard Caravan Park - Pine Creek Caravan and Camping
Lazy Lizard Caravan Park
Address: Millar Terrace Pine Creek 847
Tel: +61 (0)8 8976 1019 Fax +61 (0)8 8976 1244

Diggers Rest Motel, 32 Main Terrace Pine Creek NT 0847
Tel: +61 (0)8 8976-1442 - +61 (0)8 89761458

National Trust Museum - Pine Creek
Entry fees apply
Address Railway Terrace Pine Creek Northern Territory 0847 Australia
Telephone +61 (8) 8981 2848 Fax +61 (8) 8981 2379

Pine Creek is the only original mining town remaining in the Top End from the gold rush era of the 1870s. The National Trust Museum building is the oldest surviving prefabricated structure in the Northern Territory. Originally the home of the Mining Warden in Burrundie, it was later moved to Pine Creek in 1913 and over the years it served many purposes such as; a doctors residence, clinic, dispensary, military hospital, and post office and exchange. Today the building houses the National Trust museum and town library. A browse through the building and its contents sheds light on the gold rush, local Chinese history, buffalo hunters and the Overland Telegraph Line.

• Car park
• Public Toilet
• Shaded Area
• Sheltered Area

Lake Copperfield and the Mine Lookout are worth visiting.


Leliyn Edith Falls
Leliyn (Edith Falls) on the western side of the Park, is reached by turning off the Stuart Highway 42km north of Katherine then following a sealed road for a further 19km.

Swimming is the most popular pastime at Leliyn. Both the lower and upper pools are excellent swimming spots, as is Sweetwater Pool. They are open year round, but may be closed due to dangerous conditions at times during the wet season.

Picnic and camping facilities are provided at the Falls. Limited gas barbecues, tables and an ablution block with toilet and shower facilities are provided for your use. There is a kiosk where you can obtain your permit for camping at Sweetwater, purchase food and drinks and pay your camping fees.

- Leliyn has a landscaped campground with unpowered sites. Generators are not permitted. Camping fees apply and should be paid at the kiosk near the picnic area. When the kiosk is open, campers should pay fees before setting up camp. After hours visitors should find a site and pay fees at the kiosk the next day. The campground does become full during the peak tourist season (June to Sept), and sites are issued on a ‘first in first served’ basis.

Walking - There are two walks at Leliyn.

Leliyn Trail - a 2.6 km, 2 hour circuit that ascends a hill then goes down to cross the upper pool above the falls. It then climbs up the other side of the falls before descending to the level of the main pool where there is a river crossing. Views of the waterfalls and Edith River from two lookouts, on one each side of the river, feature in this walk. So does swimming in the upper pool. Wet season conditions can limit access, reducing the walk to a return trip to the first lookout and top pool.
Sweetwater Pool - an 8.6km return walk to a fantastic swimming spot. This can be done as a day or overnight walk. There are toilets at the Sweetwater Pool camping area. Overnight walkers must obtain a permit from the Edith Falls kiosk - bookings are recommended. A small fee and deposit applies to the bush campsites.

Katherine Gorge - Nitmiluk National Park
This 292,800 hectare National Park is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people and jointly managed with the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory. Some of the Park's features include spectacular dissected sandstone country, broad valleys and numerous, significant cultural sites. The deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River is the central attraction of the Park.

How to Get There
Nitmiluk National Park is located in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory. The Park has two main points of visitor access. The Park's main entrance is located 30 km northeast of Katherine via a sealed road. Katherine is located 310 km south of Darwin along the Stuart Highway. Leliyn (Edith Falls) on the western side of the Park, is reached by turning off the Stuart Highway 42km north of Katherine then following a sealed road for a further 19km.

When to Visit
The most comfortable months to visit the Park are from May to September. The wet season causes flooding of the Katherine River and restrictions on some of the activities available. The access road may be cut off for short periods during peak flooding times.

Visitor Facilities
The picnic area provides gas barbecues, picnic furniture and toilet facilities. The launch tour boat jetty and canoe hire are located adjacent to the boat ramp. A public swimming area is provided in the picnic area. Information on the flora, fauna, geology, walks, activities, and other points of interest can be found in the Nitmiluk Centre at Katherine Gorge.

Numerous walking tracks offer a variety of experiences from riverbank strolls to spectacular overnight walks. Overnight walkers are required to book and register with Rangers at the Nitmiluk Centre.

Jawoyn art
Jawoyn art can be seen along the base of the sandstone escarpment in the Gorge system. Other evidence of Jawoyn activities are located throughout the Park. More detailed information about the Southern Walks and the Jatbula Trail is available in the Nitmiluk Centre, from Park information sheets, on the website or by calling Rangers at the Park.

Canoes can be hired at the Gorge by the hour, half day, full day or overnight. Private canoes can be used in the Gorge. For your safety, you must register and pay a refundable deposit at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre. A small fee also applies. The upper gorges are accessible to canoes, by carrying them over the rocks separating gorges.

There are powered sites at the Gorge or unpowered, sites at Leliyn (Edith Falls). Campsite bookings are required for overnight canoeing and camping as numbers are restricted. A deposit applies to private canoes and bushcamping. Check at the Nitmiluk Centre for the availability of drinking water and location of toilets. Only fuel stoves are permitted.

NT Govt. site: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

Katherine Town
Sweeping from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border, the vast Katherine region is full of hidden gems. Often called the 'Crossroads of the North' because of its location, Katherine is the fourth largest town in the Northern Territory and is located 312 km south-east of Darwin on the Katherine River. With a population of over 9,804 people Katherine is a modern thriving regional center that offers a wide range of services to communities from the Western Australian border to the Gulf of Carpentaria on the Queensland border. There is a modern air conditioned shopping centre, hospital, sports grounds, parks and gardens as well as a large number of Commonwealth and Territory Government services.

Its diverse landscapes and unique ecosystems set the scene for outback adventure activities like fishing, canoeing, bushwalking, birdwatching, camping and four-wheel driving.

The outback meets the tropics at Katherine, about 300 kilometers south of Darwin. The township is situated on the banks of the Katherine River, which flows down from the world-renowned Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park).

Day trips from Katherine can be taken north to Pine Creek or south to Mataranka. Pine Creek has a strong gold mining heritage, with original buildings dating back to the 1800s, while Mataranka is famous for its tropical thermal pool and nearby Elsey National Park.

The Victoria River region, south west of Katherine, is well known as a premier fishing holiday destination. There are also excellent four-wheel drive tracks and camping spots.

Further north, the Daly River region is another spot popular for fishing and camping travellers with hot springs, gorges and rivers.

The remote Gulf region, east of Katherine, is perfect for adventurous anglers who enjoy fishing in remote rivers.

Katherine town council: http://www.ktc.nt.gov.au/

Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park
Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park covers 1,499 hectares of limestone (Karst) landscape, which is limited to only a few locations in Northern Australia. Spectacular features such as Karst formations and complex cave networks are a feature of the Park. Tower-like masses of Tindal limestone with some supporting large boulders and various surface depressions are other features of this landscape.

How to Get There
Access is via the Stuart Highway 30 km south of Katherine. The carpark and visitor centre are one km from the Highway along a sealed road.

When to Visit
The park is open daily all year, however during the Wet Season (December to April) the caves may be closed due to flooding. The most comfortable time to visit the park is between May and August.

What to See and Do
The park concession conducts daily guided tours, generally conducted on the hour, of the cave system. The Tropical Woodland walk begins near the carpark and enables visitors to experience the open tropical woodland. Allow 10 to 20 minutes to complete the walk.

Visitor Facilities
A small kiosk sells tour tickets, refreshments and souvenirs. Toilets and covered seating are provided.

Other facilities and features within the Park include:
Caravans Permitted Kiosk Picnic Tables Walking Tracks

NT Govt. site: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

Springvale Homestead Tourist Park
Situated 7kms from Katherine township on the banks of the Katherine River, Springvale Homestead was built in the 1880’s and is the oldest standing Homestead in the Northern Territory. It is renowned for its hospitality and relaxed atmosphere. Springvale Homestead offers travellers a shady parkland environment, featuring grassed caravan and camping sites, budget motel accommodation, a licensed bistro and kiosk, swimming pool and children’s waterslide. Relax, wander the picturesque grounds with wallabies roaming freely and take in the beauty of the original Homestead. Free Homestead Tours operate daily at 3:00pm from May to September except Saturday and public holidays. Learn about the history and enjoy a devonshire tea.

Accommodation types
• Motel
• Caravan/Camping
• Camping Ground
• Caravan Park

Property facilities
• Bar • BBQ Facilities • Camp Kitchen • Car park • Courtesy transfer • Gas • Ice • Iron • Kiosk • Laundry • Swimming Pool • Outdoor Restaurant - Licensed • Tour Desk

Springvale Homestead
Address: Shadforth Road Katherine NT 0850
Email: springvalehomestead@bigpond.com
Telephone: +61 (0) 8 8972 1355
Fax: +61 (0) 88972 3201

The small township of Mataranka sits on the upper reaches of the Roper River, an hour’s drive south-east of Katherine. This tropical wayside stop is on the Explorer’s Way tourism drive, the main artery that connects Adelaide and Darwin, and is renowned for its thermal pool – a sandy-bottomed lagoon fringed by palm forest and a rejuvenating swimming spot for weary travellers up and down ‘the track’. Although the township itself is small, with a population of about 250, it services outlying cattle stations and Aboriginal communities so is well equipped with facilities for travellers.

Parks & Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Mataranka Office Head Office
32 Giles St KATHERINE NT 0851
Ph: +61 (0) 8 8975 4560
Fax: +61 (0) 8 8975 4696
NT Govt. site: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

There’s a good range of camping grounds, accommodation and a supermarket.

The area was made famous by Jeannie Gunn’s 1908 novel 'We of the Never Never' – a book she wrote about nearby Elsey Station that is now part of Australian folklore. The Elsey Cemetery, 21 kilometers south of the township, marks the final resting place of many of the book’s characters. Attractions around town include the Stockyard Gallery that exhibits local Aboriginal art, barramundi hand-feeding tours and the Never Never Museum that displays the local Aboriginal history. Elsey National Park, eight kilometers from Mataranka, is another of the region’s natural attractions.

The massive Roper River slices through this 140 square-kilometre expanse, flowing through large waterholes then tumbling over rocks and tufa dams. Canoeing and fishing are popular activities and swimming is great at Bitter Springs and the Thermal Pool. Scenic riverside walking tracks to Mataranka Falls are a great way to explore the Park overland.

Mataranka Thermal Springs
Mataranka Thermal Pool
The Mataranka Pool is fed by spring water from the Daly and Georgina basins at a volume of 30.5 million litres per day. It is surrounded by a palm forest and maintains a constant temperature of 34 degrees, making it an ideal place to relax, swim or camp overnight.

Mataranka Thermal Pool
The Mataranka Thermal pool is the biggest draw card to the region. Nestled amongst tall shady Mataranka Palms (Livistonia ....) the thermal pools pump out a tremendous amount of warm water which has soothed many a traveller over the years. Only a stones throw from the Roper River, the turquoise waters of the main pool add to the atmosphere of the springs.

Before any walk ask at
Bitter Springs Cabins or Campground

Botanic Walk
In Elsey National Park there are many great walking trails . By far the easier ones are around the Mataranka Thermal Pool (for those short on time), and the other one is the Botanic Walk a few kilometers away along the Roper River. A great walking trail with informative displays and a few seats & a table along the way. All very shady for those worried about the temperature. At the turn around point is the Roper River (in picture), from here you can walk along the Roper River to 12 Mile Yards (maybe 8 km further) The road & the track run along the river with several other points of interest & entry/exit points at smaller loop walks. So it is very easy to be dropped off and walk for the day/morning back to camp and only be less 1 km from the main road. A great little swimming spot for kids is at the 4 mile hole, where an offshoot of the main river sweeps around creating a shady alleyway, that is segmented and shallow. For the adventurous, get dropped off at the Botanic walk and walk the 3.5 km to the 4 mile hole and meet with others there (boat ramp). You get to see different parts of the Waterhouse & Roper river .

Mataranka Falls
A pleasant 4 km walk along the Roper River and through the bush from 12 Mile Hole (campgrounds). The tranquility of the river turns to the roar of the water pouring over the tufa dams (they act like your own spa pool). The falls have changed dramatically over the years with much of the established foliage ripped from the falls during the wet season & more pandanus taking hold.

Suggest looking at this site: http://www.ourterritory.com/katherine_region/mataranka.htm

Bitter Springs at Mataranka
Bitter Springs Mataranka NT When travelling through Mataranka and you are looking for a nice relaxing place to have a dip and actually stretch out and do some laps, try Bitter Springs Thermal pool instead of the well frequented Mataranka Thermal pools.

The springs here actually branch off into a stream which you can follow down 100 metres to a bridge & ladder to climb out of then go for a walk around the springs. Consistently deeper than the Mataranka thermal pools, Bitter Springs wasn't suited for very young children (under 8's). But much quieter.

Take a floaty with you to paddle down to the 2 exit points along the stream.
NT Govt. site: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

Bitter Springs is part of Elsey National Park and is Mataranka's newest thermal pool. It has a day use area with barbecues, tables and eco-friendly toilets. A walking path loops around the area, winding under fan palms (Livistona rigida), past the swimming pools and through the pristine riparian ecology of the Roper River. To the right the fan palms can be seen from a fish's point of view, up through the clear waters of Bitter Springs Thermal Pools. If you are not the adventurous type then there is stairway entrance to the main pool where you can just loll about soaking up the effects of the luxuriant 32 degrees Celsius spring water. There is another way to experience Bitter Springs. Wade into the warm waters of the Spring and drift with the flow down along the stream that connects the two swimming areas and on to the exit ladder at the pedestrian bridge on the walkway that circles the Spring area.

This Aquatrail (a typical underwater view on right) drifts a couple of hundred metres down through the Springs. The water is incredibly clear, with an underwater mask, freshwater turtles are often seen swimming amongst the reed beds. At the end of the gentle drift, a ladder lets the adventurer climb out onto the Bitter Springs walking path and return to the main pool for another go round. Swimming back up against the current is not recommended.

Bitter Springs Cabins or Campground

The cabins can sleep up to five people. Linen and towels are included and the cabins are fully appointed with television, microwave, stove, cooking utensils and a large fridge - everything needed to make your home-away-from-home; and we are just a short walk to Bitter Springs Thermal Pools!

Bitter Springs Cabins or Campground

The layout of our caravan park is very informal, you can choose your own spot. Stay hitched up to your caravan if you want. Campfires are allowed in the riverside unpowered campground and pets are welcome. Sorry, no generators please! The Little Roper River borders our park so our guests can camp right on its banks and enjoy the natural bush setting. The Caravan Park has powered sites with bore water on tap, toilets, showers, camp kitchen and a laundry. There is plenty of space so you wont be crammed in like sardines! Wallabies are abundant and barramundi and other fish are caught in the river. The rare Red Goshawk nests in this area and birdwatchers are regular guests in the campgrounds and cabins. The Bitter Springs Thermal Pools are a 500 metre walk or short drive from Mataranka Cabins and Camping.

Elsey National Park
Elsey National Park, eight kilometers from Mataranka, is another of the region’s natural attractions. The massive Roper River slices through this 140 square-kilometre expanse, flowing through large waterholes then tumbling over rocks and tufa dams. Canoeing and fishing are popular activities and swimming is great at Bitter Springs and the Thermal Pool. Scenic riverside walking tracks to Mataranka Falls are a great way to explore the Park overland.

The Rainbow Springs and Thermal Pool sector of the Park are a major attraction for visitors. The spring water rising from underground at 30.5 million litres per day and at a temperature of 34 Degrees Celsius is then contained in a relaxing swimming pool surrounded by a palm forest.

How to get there
The Park has three access points. To access the main Thermal Pool (Mataranka Hot Springs), take the Homestead Road turnoff (1.5km south of Mataranka on the Stuart Highway) and follow it for around 7km. To access the facilities along John Hauser Drive, turn off the Homestead Road around 4km from the Highway. The Bitter Springs access is via a sealed road leading directly from the Mataranka township.

Fact sheet: Elsey National Park
NT Govt. site: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

Visitor Facilities
Picnic areas complete with tables, wood barbecues and toilet facilities are provided at Bitter Springs, 12 Mile Yards, Mulurark and 4 Mile.

There are also camping areas provided.

Please Remember - Elsey National Park
• Avoid using soaps and detergent in or near the waterways.
• Camp only in designated areas, and collect firewood before arriving at your campsite.
• Generators are not permitted in this park (Elsey National Park).
• Observe all fishing regulations.
• Pets are not permitted in this Park.
• Nets, traps and firearms are not permitted

Elsey Falls at Mataranka
Mataranka Northern Territory Only 100 km south of Katherine A great place to see some free Barramundi feeding, where the fish are pulled from the water with bare hands. Have a relaxing swim in the many thermal pools and crystal clear streams. Walk along the many shady walking trails amongst the massive palm trees. We have stayed here several times so far during 2003 - 2009 as we poke around in different parts of the region. Next time we will be off to the 12 mile yards to camp and walk along the Roper River to Mataranka falls, after walking and enjoying the 1 hour "Botanic Walk" .

Old Elsey Cemetery
The Old Elsey Cemetery, 21 kilometers from Mataranka, has graves dating back to 1926. It’s a significant part of Australia's heritage and is the final resting place of many local characters written about in the famous 1908 novel 'We of the Never Never' by Jeannie Gunn.

Bitter Springs Cabins or Campground

NT Govt. site: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

Parks & Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Mataranka Office Head Office
32 Giles St Katherine NT 0851
Ph: +61 (0) 8 8975 4560
Fax: +61 (0) 8 8975 4696

Stuart Highway- Explorers Way from Adelaide to Darwin
Drive the Explorer's Way Follow the same route of famous Australian explorer John McDouall Stuart and travel through red desert country via the real Australian outback en route to the Territory’s lush northern tropics. This road links the Territory from top to bottom, encompassing some of its best-known natural icons; the Devils Marbles, Litchfield National Park, Nitmiluk National Park, Cutta Cutta Caves and Bitter Springs. In the south, the road is straddled by the East and West MacDonnell Ranges. You can get a snapshot of the Territory in 7 days, but with so much to explore, it’s easy to stay much longer. NT Govt. site: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

In open tropical woodlands 75 kilometers south of Mataranka, Larrimah is a former railway town good for a stopover. The town consists of three main establishments which provide a good variety of accommodation and services, and the nearby ghost town of Birdum is fun to explore.

The historic township of Larrimah, located 250 kilometers south of Katherine, is a pleasant stop along the Stuart Highway. Its traditional owners are the Yangman Aboriginal people, whose descendants live today in the nearby community of Wubuluwan and in other communities around the region. The Yangaman people believe Dreaming tracks of the Storm Bird (a Channel Bill Cuckoo) helped create the surrounding landscape.

Originally a staging camp for more than 3,000 servicemen during the Second World War, Larrimah is one of the Territory’s most historic towns with a memorabilia display at the old Police Station. Don’t pass up one of Fran’s famous home made pies, you can’t miss the signs.

Camping and Accommodation:
Shell Roadhouse Caravan Park - Larrimah
Malhoney St - Stuart Hwy, Larrimah, NT, 0852
Tel: +61 (0) 8 8975 9932 or 31
Email: la.pub@bigpond.com.au

Last Update: 5 cabins 40 sites

Daly Waters
Daly Waters can be found about 270 kms south of Katherine, close to the junction of the Carpentaria and the Stuart Highway. Daly Waters Pub is on the Stuart Highway actually near the intersection of Stuart Highway and Carpentaria Highway. A township which comprises a few houses and the very famous Daly Waters Hotel.

The annual Daly Waters Rodeo is a Northern Territory local icon event.

Daly Waters also has the distinction of being Australia's first international airfield. It has a unique aviation history. It was a centre location for the London to Sydney air race of 1926, also World War II air force base and a refuelling stop for Qantas. The Daly Waters WW11 Aerodrome and Hangar (Aircraft) exhibits interesting pieces of historical facts, photographs and old equipment from the immediate areas former glory aviation days.

The area's traditional Aboriginal owners, the Jingili people, believe the Dreaming tracks of the Emu and the Sun travelled through here on their way to the southern parts of the Northern Territory.

When the famous Australian explorer John McDouall Stuart explored the areas of Daly Waters in the late 1800s he and his party became lost in the region and were dissolute and desperate for drinking water, making their discovery of a small creek leading to a series of waterholes particularly significant.

Carpentaria Highway turnoff south of Daly Waters
You'll pass the turn off about 150km east of the Stuart Highway. Now we're off on the longest driveway in the world, nearly 400km to "the 'Loo".

It's a long but pleasant drive if you don't push too hard; there are parking bays every 30 or 40km and several rest areas, suitable for camping, along the way to "Heartbreak" and on to" the "Loo". There are lots of just natural things to take your interest; the jump up - or down in this direction - at around the 250km mark is spectacular, especially if you're there at sunrise, and we intend to prepare a strip map from Burketown to Daly Waters in the near future.

Isolated Limmen National Park offers a wonderful remote park experience, but you will need to be fully self-reliant when you visit. Featuring spectacular sandstone formations, numerous river systems and associated wetlands, it is also steeped in culture and history.

NT Govt. site: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

Daly Waters Hi-Way Inn & Caravan Park
Cnr. Stuart & Carpentaria Hwys Daly Waters NT 0852 Tel: +61 (0) 8 8975 9925.

Located on the corner of the Stuart and Carpentaria Highways, the Daly Waters Hi Way Inn offers a variety of accommodation options from motel rooms through to camping sites. Enjoy the wide range of facilities available, including a licensed restaurant and bar, swimming pool, internet cafe and barbecues. With rooms serviced daily and great hospitality, you'll be able to unwind and relax, before planning your next Territory adventure.

Budget Room
The budget rooms have double beds and bunks, with toilet and showers amenities close by.

Deluxe Room
The deluxe room contains a queen size bed and a sofa bed, and has a verandah with tables and chairs.

Powered Site
There are a range of powered sites available, with ablution blocks, barbecues and swimming pool close by. Indicative rate quoted is per person per night.

Standard Room
The standard room contains a double bed, and bunks or single beds, and has a large verandah with tables and chairs.

Unpowered Site
There is a range of unpowered sites available, all within easy access of ablution blocks, barbecues and swimming pool. Indicative rate quoted is per person per night.

Dunmarra is a roadhouse 314 km south of Katherine on the Stuart Highway. Caravan park with lawned sites, large swimming pool and new amenities with budget air conditioned Motel accommodation, fuel and autogas.

Take away food, restuarant, EFTPOS, Shellcard. With lots of pubobilia at the Bar and a wall size painted camp scene in the bar area of the public pub. "Banjo's Dream", hand painted mural showing the location of Dunmarra in the NT.

Address: Stuart Hwy Dunmarra Northern Territory 0852
Tel:+61 (0) 8 8975 9922

Newcastle Waters
Located at the junction of three major overland stock routes, Newcastle Waters was an important gathering place for drovers to provision and rest before continuing on with their gruelling overland cattle drives. The Newcastle Waters township, located 269 kilometers north of Tennant Creek, is part of a large, historic cattle station in the Barkly Tablelands.

The township has become a ghost town, but while uninhabited, Newcastle Waters has a rich, vibrant history. Preserved historic buildings such as Jones's Store and the Junction Hotel are a reminder of the early pioneering era.

Newcastle Waters was once the drover's crossing point where stock routes from the east and south met. It was also departure point for the feared Murranji Track, a notorious stock route with long stages between water for cattle. A number of old buildings from the droving days remain and are well marked with interpretive plaques.

The small township grew until the Junction Hotel served its last beer in 1960 and the remaining buildings are a testament to the era. The remains of the pub, the museum. More information on Newcastle Waters at Barkly Tourism

The famous Junction Hotel/Store & the Drovers Memorial statue dedicated during the Last Great Cattle Drive in 1988. Its set in the middle of a working station and well worth a visit. The Drover's Memorial Park features a large bronze statue of a drover allowing passers by to step back in time and gain insight into life in the rugged and lonely Northern Territory outback. Visitors access is through Newcastle Waters Station. Please observe all station rules that apply.

Newcastle Waters Station
Newcastle Waters is a magnificent 10,353 sq km breeding property in the west Barkly region of the Northern Territory. Its open plains, flood country and timbered sand hills carry 45,000 head of cattle including 20,000 commercial Brahman breeders. The historic property is also home to Newcastle Waters Brahman stud, which comprises 2,600 stud females including 20 single sire herds. The stud produces quality, acclimatised herd bulls for CPC's northern properties. http://www.pastoral.com/en/content/northern-group

The famed explorer John McDouall Stuart (See his memorial just below) passed thru this area during 1861 reputedly describing the river running north from Lake Woods as the most splendid reach of water?. He reputedly named it after the Duke of Newcastle, Secretary for the Colonies. Stuart established a base camp near the present site of the station.

Elliott - BP Fuels
255 kilometers north of Tennant Creek and 23 km to the south of Newcastle Waters is the small town of Elliott. or 100kms south of Dunmarra and 85kms north of renner Springs.
Open 7am to 5pm 7 days a week.
Elliott is the Barkly region’s second largest town and was developed during World War II. There is a range of services and facilities available for the traveller. Lake Woods nearby is a large body of permanent water in an otherwise largely arid region and is a haven for many bird species.

Midland Caravan Park
102 Stuart Hwy Elliott NT 0862.
Tel: +61 (0) 8 8969 2037

Spacious park with modern clean amenities, Cabins, powered and unpowered sites. Takeaway food.
• Fuel
• General Store
• Cold Drinks
• Post office

Renner Springs
Renner Springs, now a roadhouse and motel, was originally a medical post for the workers constructing the Overland Telegraph Line in the 1870s.
Its name derives from Doctor Charles Renner, who was the physician there, and the fact that there are numerous springs in the area.
Renner Springs takes pride in the level of service and quality of product it delivers, and clientele can be assured of a memorable experience of hospitality, and "a little bit of desert magic" whenever they visit.

Renner Springs Desert Inn
• 27 Air-Conditioned Rooms Powered Caravan Sites - Shady Campground
• Licenced Restaurant - Lounge and Public Bar -
• Take Away Food Homestyle Cooking -
• Shop and Souvenirs
• Homebaked Bread Barbeque Area -
• Games Area
• ULP - Lead Replacement - Diesel - LPG - LPG Bottle Refill Station

Renner Springs Roadhouse Stuart Highway, Northern Territory CMB 7, Renner Springs NT 0862 Reception open 6.30am - 11.00pm
Tel: +61 (0) 8 8964 4505
Fax: +61 (0) 8 8964 4525
Email: rennersprings@bigpond.com

Stuart Memorial Stuart Highway Northern Territory
Today, his name is perpetuated by: The Stuart Highway linking Adelaide to Darwin

Explorer: The Overland Telegraph Line, linking Adelaide to Europe via Darwin, was constructed along his route. South Australia established settlement on the north coast at Darwin and vast areas of the north were opened up for pastoral and mineral development.

John Flynn Memorial
Flynn's work is perpetuated throughout the outback in many ways. The Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Australian Inland Mission are working testimonials to his drive and vision. In 1956 the Flynn Memorial Church was dedicated in Alice Springs; at Threeways, north of Tennant Creek a massive monument marks the junction of the Barkly Highway from Queensland and the Stuart Highway to Darwin, it is called the Flynn Memorial.
Source: http://www.wilmap.com.au/

Three Ways Roadhouse, Stuart Highway Northern Territory
Travelling north from Tennant Creek towards Katherine on the fast, straight Explorer’s Way, you pass through golden grasslands that slowly give way to Savannah woodland. Along the way, reminders of the past abound from the region’s pioneering, pastoral and Second World War history.

Three Ways is a roadhouse located at the junction of the Stuart and Barkly Highways, 25 kilometers north of Tennant Creek. This a great place to take a break and unwind during a long journey, all while enjoying warm Northern Territory hospitality.

A local point of interest is the Flynn Memorial. Reverend John Flynn pioneered the Royal Australian Flying Doctors Service. The memorial originally sat at the exact meeting spot of the Barkly and Stuart Highways, but the point has now been moved 250 metres south. The Three Ways Roadhouse offers restaurant meals, take away food, refreshments

The Three Ways Roadhouse offers restaurant meals, take away food, refreshments and fuel. It has a landscaped caravan park with barbecues, a swimming pool, and air-conditioned motel units and cabins.

Shell Threeways Roadhouse
Stuart Hwy (Cnr Barkley Hwy) Tennant Creek NT 0860 Tel: +61 (0) 8 8962 2744
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Bridge over Attack Creek north of Three Ways
74 kilometers north of Tennant Creek is a monument marking the point where explorer John McDouall Stuart turned back on his expedition to cross the continent in 1860 after a hostile encounter with some local Aboriginal people. It has since been appropriately known as Attack Creek.

Tennant Creek Stuart Highway Northern Territory
Tennant Creek in Central Australia sits on the Explorer’s Way, 500 kilometers north of Alice Springs and 1000 kilometers south of Darwin.

To the east of town is the Barkly Tablelands - an expanse of land that supports some of Australia’s premier outback cattle stations.

Tennant Creek’s history is shaped by gold mining, Aboriginal culture and pastoralism. The region's rich mining history can be explored at Battery Hill Mining Centre, the site of Australia's last major gold rush in the 1930s. Visitors can even try fossicking for their own gold.

Aboriginal culture is strong in Tennant Creek. The award-winning Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal life, history and land. The mysterious rock spheres of nearby Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) are said to be the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent - a creature of a Dreamtime story.

Adventure lovers have plenty of options in the Tennant Creek area. Four-wheel-drivers in particular are spoilt for choice with moderate to challenging four-wheel drive tracks available to test skills and vehicles. Stop at character-filled outback pubs, explore the historic Overland Telegraph Line, or experience star-filled nights in a swag.


Tennant Creek Caravan Park
208 Paterson Street off Stuart Highway, Tennant Creek
Tel: +61 (0) 8 8962 2325

Tennant Creek Caravan Park is an ideal base for exploring the area. We're located on the stuart highway only a 5 minute walk to the shops with good access to Tennant Creek main and a good pick up point for tours. The park is a beautifully landscaped 2 hectare site offering open and shady spaces and a good standard of facilities including our outdoor swimming pool; A perfect way to relax after a hot days touring. A range of accomodation options are available to suit all tastes and budgets. We offer grassy lawns for camping, powered or unpowered caravan sites, bunk houses, standard and en-suite cabins.
Other facilities:
• Camp kitchen • Gas • BBQ • Ice • Souvenirs

Tennant Creek - Mary Anne Dam
Mary Ann Dam Recreation Lake is a cool oasis, five kilometers north of Tennant Creek. This man made dam is a pleasant surprise in a rugged, Central Australian environment, offering an ideal picnic spot where the lake provide a cool oasis for locals and tourists alike and is large enough to allow for canoeing, windsurfing and other water sports.

Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve
Free entry
(Aboriginal Culture) (Aboriginal Self Discovery)

The Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles are clusters of mysterious rock spheres located in the scenic Australian desert near the outback town of Tennant Creek, scattered in heaps throughout a wide, shallow valley. The boulders, which are often precariously balanced on top of one another, were formed by millions of years of erosion. The local Aboriginal people, the Warumungu, believe that the boulders are the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent. The ancient Aboriginal mythology surrounding this fascinating geological marvel can be explored through a short self-guided walking trail and informative signage.

The Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, stretching over 1,802 hectares, is home to a wide variety of unique desert flora and fauna, including goannas and finches. The reserve is located approximately 400 kilometers north of Alice Springs or 100 kilometers south of Tennant Creek. The nearest town, Wauchope, offers a limited range of accommodation and facilities.

Camping is permitted within the Reserve (fees apply), offering a great way to enjoy this ancient landscape. One of the best times to explore or photograph these unique formations is at sunrise and at sunset.

• BBQ Facilities
• Car park
• Picnic Area
• Public Toilet

How to Get There
This 1,802 hectare Reserve extends along both sides of the Stuart Highway approximately 393 km north of Alice Springs. The nearest settlement is Wauchope, 9km to the south, where fuel and limited stores can be obtained.

When to Visit
Access is available all year round.

What to See and Do
An easy short (15 minutes return) self guided walk commences from the carpark on the western side of the road (the day use area) with signs explaining the formation of the 'marbles'. Visitors can wander around the site along a network of informal walking tracks.

Visitor Facilities
A simple bush camping area with fire places and pit toilets is located at the southern end of the Reserve. No water or firewood is provided, and campers should come well equipped.

A simple bush camping area with fire places and pit toilets is located at the southern end of the Reserve. No water or firewood is provided and you should therefore bring your own supplies. Camp only in designated camping areas and camping fees are payable onsite.

Wauchope Hotel and Roadhouse
Address: Stuart Highway Wauchope Northern Territory 0862 Australia
Tel: +61 (8) 8964 1963
Fax +61 (8) 8964 1567

This historic pub dates back to the 1930s, when Wolfram was mined nearby. Today Wauchope Hotel provides comfortable cabins or caravan park accommodation, food and refreshments for travellers who want to experience the hospitality for which the outback is famous. Wauchope Hotel and Roadhouse is also the closest accommodation to the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles.

Accommodation types
• Hotel Caravan/Camping
• Camping Ground
• Caravan Park

Property facilities
• Bar • BBQ Facilities • Bicycle Hire • Car park • Cafe/Coffee shop • Fuel • Ice • Iron • Swimming Pool • Outdoor Restaurant - Licensed Shop
Wycliffe Well

Wycliffe Well Holiday Park
Wycliffe Well is an oasis in the desert, and Australia’s UFO hot spot.

Wycliffe Well is located 380 kilometers north of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway, perfectly situated as a stop over.
Wycliffe Well Holiday Park occupies a land area of approximately 60 acres, housing onsite accommodation options, grassed unpowered spaces and powered sites.
The park is only a few minutes drive to one of the Northern Territory’s most renowned attractions, the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve.
There is also an auditorium, bar, animal sanctuary, a large fishing/crabbing lake, restaurant and stage with an Aboriginal performance theme. Wycliffe Well is also home to one of the largest range of beers in Australia.

Accommodation types
• Cabin • Self Contained • Caravan/Camping • Camping Ground • Caravan Park • On-site Van
Property facilities
• Bar • BBQ Facilities • Camp Kitchen • Car park • Cafe/Coffee shop • Fuel Games/Recreation Room • Gas • Ice • Laundry • Non Smoking Floor • Swimming Pool - Indoor Public • Telephone Restaurant - Licensed Security System Shop

Banka Banka Station Stuart Highway Northern Territory
Banka Banka Station was the first operational cattle lease in this region and also served as an army camp during World War II.
Visitors can camp overnight at the station and learn about its past.
The mudbrick Banka Banka homestead is situated approximately 100km north of Tennant Creek and about 100m west of the Stuart Highway on Banka Banka Station.
Phone: +61 8 8964 4511

Ti Tree Roadhouse
Tel:+ 61 (0) 89569741
Is a town in the Northern Territory along the Stuart Highway 193 km north of Alice Springs, 311 km south of Tennant Creek & 1289 km south of Darwin in Australia. It is the closest town to Alice Springs. The area around Ti Tree has a population of 995 people.
The population is distributed between the 11 cattle stations, 6 Aboriginal outstations including Utopia, Ti Tree township, Barrow Creek community & the agricultural produce farms of Ti Tree Farm, Central Australian Produce Farm & the Territory Grape Farm. The area is an emerging centre for grapes & melons due to its year-round sunshine & abundant underground water supply. A famous landmark to the north of Ti Tree is Central Mount Stuart.

Property facilities: Fuels, Autogas, Mini Mart, ATM, Counter and restuarant meals, Fully Self contained Motel rooms.
Caravan Park and Grassed Camping
Clean amenities, Postal services and EFTPOS

Barrow Creek
Barrow Creek Telegraph Station Free entry A beautifully restored Barrow Creek Telegraph Station is located in Barrow Creek, set against the backdrop of the picturesque Forster ranges. This historical reserve is one of 15 telegraph stations that formed the network from Port Augusta to Port Darwin and has considerable historical value.
The stone buildings were originally constructed in 1872. An information sheet on the self guided walk is available from the Parks and Wildlife website or the Barrow Creek Pub.
Facilities Car park Also situated there is the Teamtser-memorial

Barrow Creek Hotel
Address Stuart Highway Barrow Creek Northern Territory 0872Telephone +61 (8) 8956 9753
Fax +61 (8) 8956 9845
The Barrow Creek Hotel is on the road between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek and is a popular stop for travellers along the highway.
The old pub was built in 1926 and it still has the original old bar, underground cellar and tin ceilings, and contains a tremendous collection of memorabilia and items of interest which have been gathered over the years.
It is worth stopping at the Barrow Creek Hotel to enjoy the publican's hospitality and to hear how Barrow Creek came to be an important outpost on the Overland Telegraph line.
There's demountable accommodation outside, rooms inside and a caravan park.

Powered Sites
• These sites are suitable for caravans and close to amenities.

Room Facilities:
• Shared bathroom

Property facilities:
• Bar BBQ Facilities • Car park • Cots Available • Fuel • Ice • Iron • Kiosk • Medical Facilities• Foreign Currency Exchange

Aileron Roadhouse
PMB 175 via Alice Springs NT 0872 (135km north of Alice)
Tel: +61 (0) 8 8956 9703 Fax: Tel: +61 (0) 88956 9868

Property facilities:
Outback hospitality, Aboriginal art gallery, accom: camping, caravan grounds and air-con motel rooms, pool, BBQ picnic area, take a walk and view beautiful scenery, stop for fuel, buy some supplies at the store, or for a longer break enjoy some breakfast, lunch or dinner with an icy cold beer in the Glen Maggie bar!


Plenty Highway turn off
58Kms from Bond Springs going north

Travelling from Alice Springs past the Bond Springs turnoff turn off right to go onto the Plenty Highway and a further 27km to turn left up to the Sandover Highway.

Experience a taste of life on an Historic cattle station in Australia's vast interior, yet be only 25kms from Alice Springs, that famous town at the heart of the legendary "Outback". Laura and Ben invite you to join them on the Heaslip family's historic Bond Springs Station a 1515 square km cattle grazing property nestled in the picturesque, rugged MacDonnell Ranges.

Guests are offered a choice of two self contained comfortably furnished cottages a short walk from the Station Homestead.
• Corkwood Cottage (3 Bedrooms)
• "The Wurlie" (2 Bedrooms)
• Providing a Gold Award romantic retreat for two,
• or A great family option Cottages are air-conditioned and heated.
• Gourmet Breakfasts delivered to your cottage
• Transfers can be arranged


Tropic Of Capricorn Marker
The Tropic of Capricorn crosses the Stuart Highway 30 kilometers north of town. There is a monument marking the spot and a parking area.
The Tropic separates the tropic (to the north) and temperate zones. It passes through Rockhampton on the east coast of Queensland.
The Tropic of Capricorn Marker, a Bicentennial community project, is set back 15 metres from the road, along the Stuart Highway 30 kilometers north of Alice Springs.
In 1987 the local Alice Springs newspaper ran a competition for a design to replace the Tropic of Capricorn marker.
The winning design was submitted by a local resident, it consists of a stylised globe of the world on top of a slanted pole around 6.5 metres high.
A local artist was commissioned to carve the Capricorn goats into either side of the cement base and the new marker was officially opened late 1988.

• BBQ Facilities

Alice Springs
Alice Springs - The heart of Central Australia is comprised of cavernous gorges, boundless desert landscapes, remote Aboriginal communities and a charming pioneering history.
Alice Springs was established by the early explorers and remains as the centre of activity in this region.
From the early 1900s, the vast desert of Central Australia was explored for its promise of rubies and gold.
Today, north of Alice Springs is an adventure travel destination where visitors can still fossick for gems and explore the Australian desert while trekking, camping or four-wheel driving.
Year round blue skies, stunning landscapes and a vibrant, diverse community - that's Alice Springs!
Only a two hour flight from most Australian cities, Alice Springs is a must see destination renowned for its unique identity and rich cultural heritage.
North-west of Alice Springs, along the Tanami Track and south of Alice Springs in the Simpson Desert, the art styles and stories of the Aboriginal people give meaning to the surrounding landscape.
The most well-known natural highlights of Alice Springs are the East and West MacDonnell Ranges that straddle Alice and run for 223 kilometers.

The modern town of Alice Springs has both western and Aboriginal influences.
The town's focal point, the Todd Mall, hosts a number of Aboriginal art galleries and community events.
Alice Springs' desert lifestyle has inspired several unique and interesting events such as the Camel Cup, the Henley-on-Todd Regatta and the Beanie Festival.
The town of Alice Springs straddles the usually dry Todd River on the northern side of the MacDonnell Ranges.
The region where Alice Springs is located is known as Central Australia, or the Red Centre, and is an arid environment consisting of several different deserts.
In Alice Springs, temperatures can vary by up to 28°C and rainfall can vary quite dramatically from year to year.
In summer, the average maximum temperature is in the high 30s, where as in winter the average minimum temperature can be 7.5C.
The annual average rainfall is 279.2 mm, but in 2001 741 mm fell and in 2002 only 198 mm fell.

Explorers Way - the Northern Territory section from Darwin
• Darwin - End or Start of the Explorers Way
• Berrimah
• Palmerston
• Howard Springs
• Turn off onto the Arnhem Highway to Kakadu National Park
• Berry Springs
• Noonamah
• Lake Bennett
• Turn off to Batchelor then onto Litchfield National Park
• Adelaide River - On the Explorers Way
• Hayes Creek - On the Explorers Way
• Emerald Springs Roadhouse - On the Explorers Way
• Pine Creek - On the Explorers Way
• Katherine - On the Explorers Way
• Mataranka - On the Explorers Way
• Larrimah - On the Explorers Way
• Daly Waters - On the Explorers Way
• Hi-Way Inn - On the Explorers Way
• Dunmurra - On the Explorers Way
• Newcastle Waters - On the Explorers Way
• Elliott - On the Explorers Way
• Renner Springs - On the Explorers Way
• Sturt memorial - On the Explorers Way
• John Flynn Memorial - On the Explorers Way
• Three Ways - On the Explorers Way
• Tennant Creek - On the Explorers Way
• Devils Marbles reserve - On the Explorers Way
• Wauchope - On the Explorers Way
• Wycliffe Well - On the Explorers Way
• Barrow Creek - On the Explorers Way
• TiTree - On the Explorers Way
• Aileron - On the Explorers Way
• Alice Springs - On the Explorers Way

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From Darwin and Alice Springs just perfect to travel on the Explorers Way - Stuart Highway from Alice Springs to Darwin some 1450 klm.

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Darwin to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway travel information for self drive visitors guide. 1500 klm a jouney to remember and you have never really known Australian until you visit both Uluru (Ayers Rock), Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) and Kakadu.

  • Travel from Darwin to Litchfield National Park back track to the Arnhem Highway onto Jabiru and then down the Kakadu Highway onto Pine Creek then Katherine and straight through another approximate 1200klm to Alice Springs stopping at Katherine and Katherine Gorge, Tennant Creek, Devils Marbles and the many road houses, wayside inns, hotels and fuel stops along the way and really enjoy true outback hospitality and the flavour of our territory. Option 2 do the reverse from Alice Springs to Darwin and which is better the choice is yours.

  • • Tropical Darwin capital city

    Once a sleepy outback town now a small city now a thriving industrial and tourism hub. Darwin city sits on a peninsula, next the outer city of Palmerston 30klm away and outer Darwin small farm lots of 5 acres to 320 acres agricultural lands.

    Darwin Australia

  • • Kakadu National Park

    Visit Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. 2 different access sealed highways into Kakadu it's a desintaion for tourists on vacation seeking a 5 day experience. Visit pristine waters, wildlife cruises and ancient Aboriginal rock art.

    Kakadu National Park

  • • Litchfield National Park

    Visit Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. Visit nearby Litchfield National Park and see stunning waterfalls and amazing termite mounds – and swim safely in crystal-clear swimming holes such as Buley Rock Holes and Lower Cascades.

    Litchfield National Park

  • Katherine Gorge Nitmiluk

    Visit Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park,Northern Territory, Australia. The most comfortable months to visit the Park are from May to September. The wet season causes flooding of the Katherine River and restrictions on some of the activities available.

    Katherine Gorge
  • Katherine south of Darwin

    Visit Katherine in Northern Territory, Australia! With a population of over 9,804 people Katherine is a modern thriving regional center and excellent town to setup your camp at with it's caravan parks in the town and at Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park.

  • Mataranka Thermal Springs

    Visit Mataranka township and just off Stuart Highway in Elsey National Park.the famous Mataranka Thermal Springs is fed by spring water from the Daly and Georgina basins ata volume of 30.5 million litres per day. Surrounded by a palm forest 34C degrees.

    Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • The Devils Marbles

    Karlu Karlu known Devils Marbles. The Karlu Karlu Conservation Reserve, stretches 1,802 hectares and is home to a wide variety of desert flora and fauna, including goannas and finches. Located just approximately 100 kilometers south of Tennant Creek.

    Devils Marbles
  • Town of Alice Springs

    Alice Springs known just as Alice has both western and Aboriginal influences. The town's central Todd Mall has numerous Aboriginal art galleries. Alice Springs desert lifestyle has several unique events such as the Camel Cup and Henley-on-Todd Regatta.

    Alice Springs
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Tourism
    Uluru Kata Tjuta Park

    Uluru wasn't always known as Uluru actually it was named Ayers Rock and the same for Kata Tjuta was The Olgas. Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park though around 6 hours comfortable 2wd drive from Alice Springs is 452km away southwest of the town.

    Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park