Darwin the start of Darwin to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway travel information for self drive visitors guide

Tropicl Darwin  a fantastic place for 5 day stopover

Tropical Darwin
: Access driving via the sealed Stuart Highway south from Darwin or north from Alice Springs.
Where is Darwin, Northern Territory in Australia
Darwin to Alice Springs | Darwin - End or Start of the Explorers Way Tropical Darwin a great destination for the family for a stopover for things to do and free places to go.

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.

Darwin: Tropical Darwin has 100's of pages of great things to do in Darwin and free places to visit.

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.

Cullen Bay in Darwin about 3klm from the CBD - image courtesy of MChristie

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Darwin's scenic and famous East Point Reserve and Lake Alexander - image courtesy of MChristie
Mindil Beach Casino or offical Sky City Casino Darwin - image courtesy of MChristie
Doctors Gully fish feeding tourist attraction in Darwin - image courtesy of MChristie
Sadgroves Creek in Darwin - image courtesy of MChristie
Ariel view of Tropical Darwin and Cullen Bay - image courtesy of MChristie
Tipperary Waters marina and loch in Darwin - image courtesy of MChristie
Darwin - visit Nightcliff on the esplanade in Tropical Darwin - image courtesy of MChristie.

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free map of Darwin
free map of Darwin

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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