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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2014
Places to stay in NT and time frames  (3 Answers)

We are heading to NT in June from Sydney. Planning to stay at Ayres Rock (3 nts), Kings Canyon (2nts), Alice Springs (3nts), Tennant Creek (2nts), Katherine (2nts) and then Darwin (7nts). Would this be enough time in each place and are there any other places along the way we should see. We are travelling in a sedan.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2013
Driving holiday from Darwin to Ayers Rock  (9 Answers)


My wife and I were thinking of doing a driving holiday from Darwin to Ayers Rock, probably at the end of the wet season, around May or June and just looking for advice as to whether we're allowing long enough, too long, and what sights we should make sure we see and activities we should do.

We were thinking of a few nights in Darwin, with a day trip to Litchfield.

Then one day to drive from Darwin via Kakadu to Katherine

Another day from Katherine to Tennant Creek

Another day fromTennant Creek to Alice Springs

Another day from Alice to Uluru, and a few nights there.

Is there anythin we should spend longer on, Kakadu, anything along the Stuart of interest or in Alice?

We are in our early 30's with a keen sense of adventure, we like good food and drink (I'm aware there'll be none of that on the Stuart!!)

Any advice would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2012
Darwin / NT beach accomodation  (5 Answers)

Dear forum members,

My boyfriend and I are planning our stay in Darwin and/or surroundings at the beginning of June 2012.

We've already searched the internet, but so far the results we found are quite disappointing with regard to location and/or expenses. So we really hope that one of you will be able to provide some good and helpful information!

At the end of our vacation in Australia (including Sydney, Uluru, 4WD trip from Perth to Broome), we will end up in Darwin for 4.5 days.

As the drive from Perth to Broome (which will go, partly, into the outback) will probably be some kind of exhausting, we would like to spend the end of our trip with simply relaxing a bit.

Our idea was to find a nice place (luxury is not a must, the accommodation should be clean and neat, however...) at the beach somewhere in the surroundings of Darwin or even in Kakadu NP or Arnhemland. It does not have to be spacious etc. but should be directly at a beach or really near to it.

Can anyone of you recommend a hotel, B&B or other type of accomodation that is not that extremely expensive? Let's say not more than 300 AUD per night and room?

We're really grateful for any feedback and thank you in advance!

Best wishes,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 13, 2012
Trip from Darwin to Perth  (1 Answer)

I am looking for somebody how is intrested to travel with me from Darwin to Perth. I think the best would be to rent a van or a car.
I am flexible with the start date but sometimes in aprli. i think to spent 5-6 weeks there!
I am a female from Switzerland and I am 24 years old!
Let me know if you are intrested to have fun with me :-)

See you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 12, 2010
Where can I hire a tent?  (4 Answers)

Not sure if tenting is advisable during December for my trip next week but just wondering where can I rent a tent?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2010
Entry fees to parks  (3 Answers)

I'm in the early stages of considering doing a trip to NT middle of next year. "The Ghan" from Adelaide to Darwin and then driving back (car on train) taking a few weeks. Seems there is an entry fee to the national parks (Kakadu, Uluru, Litchfield and others).
1. Is park admission price included in accommodation within parks (we would be straying resorts/motel/hotel and are not campers)?
2. Is there some sort of all parks entry card that is cheaper than paying entry for each and every park.
Thanks for assistance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2010
How to use 2 days to visit Uluru from Alice Springs?  (6 Answers)

I'm arriving in Alice Springs on Oct.1st at 9 am and leaving on the 3rd at 1.30 pm. I wanted to go to Ayers rock and stay there for a night but apparently all buses leave at 6 am so I will not be able to go until the next day and will have to come back the same day. I'm afraid however that one day tours will be too crammed and cannot stay for the sunset. Please advise me what to do and how best to use my time. I'm also on a budget.
I'm on the point of canceling this trip if I cannot arrange it. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2010
Luggage storage  (5 Answers)

Hi :)

I'm going on a tour from Alice Springs to Darwin, and as it is an tour in the outback with some camping involved I know I have some things I'm not going to need/use on that tour, and I'm traveling with a suitcase which won't be that handy on that tour either.
So my question is; what is the easiest way to store the luggage(my suitcase with the things I don't need)? Is it to store it in Alice Springs and then either take the plane or bus from Darwin to Alice when the tour ends in Darwin and then go back to Darwin again?
Or is it to send it with Greyhound Freight and then pick it up in Darwin when I get there?
Greyhound is definitely the cheapest option, but I'm not sure if they would be able to keep it storaged for me until I would arrive in Darwin and pick it up? And since I don't know anybody in Darwin, I would have to have it kept somewhere until my tour ends in Darwin.
If anybody knows which would be the better option or what to do with the luggage when it arrives in Darwin, I would appreciate any help!

Thanks, Lillian

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2010
Itinerary advice needed / Uluru & Kings Canyon  (5 Answers)

We're traveling to Australia in January 2010 and I would definitely like to include a visit to the Northern Territory to our trip, although I know it can be very hot then. Can you please comment whether my planned itinerary so far for this trip to NT sounds ok?

JAN 4th - flight from Sydney to Ayers Rock airport (arrive at 12.00 pm). Visiting Uluru.
JAN 5th - visiting Uluru, drive to Kings Canyon
JAN 6th - Kings Canyon
JAN 7th - drive from Kings Canyon fo Ayers Rock airport (flight leaves at 12.45 pm).

Mostly I'd like to know whether we have enough time at Uluru (the evening on Jan 4th and the morning on Jan 5th). Also whether we'd have enough time to drive from Kings Canyon to Ayers Rock airport and drop off our rental car at the airport in time to catch our 12.45 pm flight.

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2010
Australia - From Sydney to Cairns and beyond for 3 + weeks - ahhh help? JULY  (5 Answers)

Australia - From Sydney to Cairns and beyond for 3 + weeks - ahhh help? JULY

My wife and I are traveling with our daughters and are interested in traveling to the North of OZ with a focus on Nature. So far we have only secured our flight to Sydney and not have to figure out an itinerary that includes flights, places to stay, and some of the other practical considerations. It seems that OZ is a big place and we seek any advice regarding these large issues. We are used to traveling by the seat of our pants regarding bookings but it seems that this isn't the best idea given the "high" season, school holidays, etc… In addition to traveling as a destination we are interested in providing our children with international travel as a means of giving our children a bigger picture of the world.

We live in San Francisco and tend to disagree with the Fisherman's wharf type suggestions that are common in many local guide books. We don't want to visit a Fisherman's Wharf - in OZ if that makes any sense. We have just over 3 weeks and don't want to spend it driving so we are looking into flights. We are very flexible but intend to fly to places like Cairns, Darwin and rent a car to explore the area before our nest flight.

Thanks you in advance for any suggestions to this vague question.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2010
Darwin - Kakadu NP  (2 Answers)

Hi, we are seeking someone to share 4WD vehicle from Darwin to Kakadu NP. Departure from Darwin 5th April, return 7th April, sleeping in Cooinda.
We are couple from Europe.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2010
Uluru "Rock" Tours  (9 Answers)

Looking for opinions from anyone that may have recently done a "rock" tour. They typically run for 3 days, 2 nights, starting & ending in Alice Springs, cater for budget travellers and cost around250-$300.

I have been looking at 2. One is called "Mulga Tours", the other "The Rock Tour".

These 2 both seem much the same; taking in Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon, sleeping under the stars in a swag etc.

Any opinions on these or a better option are much appreciated - thankyou.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2010
Uluru to Darwin  (1 Answer)

Hi there,
I am planning a 3.5 week trip, flying into Uluru and hiring a car/sleeper/4WD to drive to Alice Springs, Tenant Creek, Katherine and to finish in Darwin, starting at the end of May. I know it will be little cold from other posters on the forum, so a camper would be better and with some facilities onboard, but will I need a 4WD to get to most places or are there only a few spots that dont have access for van/car, what will I miss out on?

look forward to your thoughts. cheers

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2009
Darwin and Kakadu in November  (4 Answers)

Hi everibody,
we're a couple living in Italy planning our honeymoon in Australia from 9th to 28th of november. Our first stage should have been northen territory (Catherine Gorge and Kakadu national park), then Alice Springs, Queensland and finally Sydney. Unfortunately some travel agencies in Italy advised us against visiting northern territory and kakadu on november, because of the rainy season...They said that almost 90% of kakadu park is inaccessible....We would like to know if this is true or if it is possible, in any case, to visit this area.
If it's not possible, which should be alternatives...we're evaluating Kangaroo island?

Thanks for your suggestions!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2009
Darwin Visitor - 5 days  (6 Answers)

We are couple with a 14 year kid; We have like 5 days to spare and coming on self drive; I plan to stay the first night and last night in Darwin; I plan to cover Kakadu and Litchfield National Park for which I have 3 days/nights to spare; What should I see and not miss and what is the best way to drive at start to go to Litchfield (Batchelor) first and then to Kakadu and how long a drive is from Batchelor to Kakadu (Jabiru) and should i visit Katherine or do feel i will be stretching too much in such a short time?? How much mileage will it be apprx. from Darwin to Litchfield to Kakadu back to Darwin and if I deviate to Katherine how much more km will I have to add for this extension; Is there any short cut road from Jabiru or nearby to Batchelor as the maps seem to show the road is only via Pine Creek which looks pretty close to Katherine then again.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2008
Dressing for July weather in NT  (4 Answers)

I'm taking a tour-operator organised trip to the NT (taking in Alice Aprings, Uluru and the MacDonell Ranges) in the last week of July. I know that I need to be prepared for cold nights but am wondering what kind of wardrobe I should pack to equip me for days and nights. I'll be doing quite bit of walking - hikes organised as part of the tour; I'm not anticipating that these are going to be especially heavy-duty. I'm staying in hotels and won't be doing any overnight camping.

Any tips gratefully received!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2008
kakadoo nationlpark  (4 Answers)

in want to go to the kakadoo national park in june but I've got only 2 days for this trip. So, I'm not sure weather to hire a car or make a guided tour. want do you think is cheaper, and when do I see more things?


cheers marlen

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2008
transport between Uluru and Alice Springs  (3 Answers)

Can anyone tell me if it's possible to get a bus from Uluru to Alice Springs (or vice versa), and where I would find such information? I have to go to a conference in Alice in July and was thinking of flying into Uluru beforehand.

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2008
Alice Springs - Darwin itenary advice  (4 Answers)


I need some advice about my Northern Territory trip in July. I am thinking of the following itenary: Alice (1 day), Kings Canyon (2 days), Uluru (2 days), back to Alice (1 day), Katherine (2 days), Kakadu (3 days) and Darwin (2 days). My transport probably will be Greyhound or similar public transport. We don't want to use tours, unless it is absolutely necessary.

My questions are the following:
- Does this itenary sounds reasonable to you? Have I planned too many or too little days for the various places?
- Can all of these places be reached by public transport? Or do we need tours?
- Do I miss essential highlights? For example, with the direct bus trip from Alice to Katherine?
- What are your suggestions about sightseeing Kakadu without a own car?
- Is it worth the money to take the Ghan between Alice and Katherine in stead of the Greyhound?

Thank you so much for your help and suggestions.

Mark (The Netherlands)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 20, 2008
Northern Territory - Guided tour or self-traveling?  (4 Answers)


Dear forum members, I and my wife are planning a trip to Australia in the end of the June – beginning of the July 2008. Some of the areas we would like to visit are Darwin and Northern Territory parks (Litchfield, Territory Wildlife, waterfalls, Kakadu National Park and more).
Would you please give me a few advices?
1. Are there places were I would better take guided tours? Why? What we can not see/visit if we do not take guided tour? Any problems or risks if we travel by ourselves?
2. Do we need 4WD car in that season to visit above places or part of them?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2008
Driving from Alice Springs to Katherine  (6 Answers)

my future wife and I are planning our honeymoon travel in Australia.
Our travel agency has set up a wonderful plan, which includes a two days driving between Alice Springs and Katherine in the first half of June. We will spend some days in the area to visit the Ayers Rock and the King's Canyon, then we plan to leave for the North by car.
We should have a first stop in Tennant Creek where we'll spend the night and a second stop in Katherine the day after.
I am not really sure having this travel by car in only two days is worthful: I know there are plenty of things to see and places to visit, but I am worried that two days are not enought and we would spend most of the daylight time just driving on the Highway.
We are from Italy and we also need to care about driving, as we are not used to keep the left when driving, and also have drive controls on the other side.
What are your suggestions: is it better to fly to Darwin instead?
Any advice is more than Welcome!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 28, 2007
Ghan Darwin to Alice - advice?  (2 Answers)

My husband and I - both fit and in our 50s - are planning our second trip from Ireland to Australia at the end of June 08. We are flying to Darwin, then to Uluru, on to Port Douglas area and then to my brother and family in Sydney. We are considering doing the Darwin/Alice leg on the Ghan. Would appreciateyou opinions - is it worth it? - and how does the Red Service option compare with the Gold?
Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2007
i want a travellers woek near darwin..  (4 Answers)

dear sir
i will arrive darwin october ,, looking for any volunteer work near darwin, that gives me some pocket-money , like car-washing, farming, i have a visitor-visa, any one looking for a good employee, please tell me,,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2007
Ayers Rock - Accomm  (4 Answers)

A friend of mine is gonna be in Ayers Rock
22Jan to the 24th jan

She is having trouble finding some cheap decent accommodation there.
Are their any recommendations.

I offered her this link as i stayed at the outback pioneer lodge when I stayed a couple of years ago

Hope u can help her, she did ask if their was a youth hostel equivilent there, but i dont think so. and has tried the lonely planet guide


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2007
Any VTers in NT?

Hi everyone, just wondering if there are any VTers interested in meeting up. I'll arrive in Ayers Rock this sunday early morning and will be joining my tour on Monday late afternoon, so send me a msg if you're there around that time :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2007
Need Travel Advice!  (5 Answers)

Hi everyone!
This is my situation: I want to travel to the NT from 7th July for 1 or 2 weeks but I dont drive, dont want to take "organised" tours and im travelling by myself.
The main places i want to visit are: The Olgas, Uluru,Kings Canyon, Alice Springs and perhaps after go to kakadu National Park etc.
Of course im aware that i'll have to take some sort of tour from point A to B but i would like to avoid that, any suggestions are welcome.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2007
Possible to Drive from Alice Springs to Darwin at Night?  (5 Answers)

Hi, just wonder if it's safe and possible to drive directly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 16 hours overnight, during early July. Thanks for advise.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 14, 2007
alice springs - uluru  (3 Answers)

my sis and a friend are going to travel in the alice springs - ayers rock region in mid april.
they fly into yulara- ayers rock.
they wanna do a tour for 3 days.
does anybody has a suggetion? a tour operator?
many tours start and end in alice... that's a bit a disadvantage, isn't it?
i looked at . but it's rather expensive,isn't it? or do they have to calculate like this...
thanks also in the name of my sis,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2006
moving to darwin  (3 Answers)

hey everyone, i'll be moving to darwin towards the end of february next year and was just looking for some info about transport, accommodation, things to do, weather, etc - general stuff. anything you can tell me will be greatly appreciated, cheers! :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2006
Travelling with infant in NT

We are about to visit Darwin for 10 days and i wanted to visit either Katherine or Kakadu for 2 nights but have a 10 month old. Which is best when travelling with infant and what can we do. Info would be greatly appreciated

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