Northern Territory by two-wheel drive vehicle
- This article is an itinerary.
The Northern Territory is an area of land in Australia under the primary jurisdiction of the Australian Federal Government. Although the NT (as it is known) has its own Parliament, decisions made by this Parliament can be overturned by the Australian Government.
The NT is a large and remote place. Its climate varies from Tropical Wetlands in the North to Arid Desert in the South. Once you depart Darwin, townships progressively get further away from each other.
For more information about the Northern Territory, visit the NT page.
To prepare for your Northern Territory adventure, you will need to hire a car and plan your stops. This is a suggested itineary and all locations are accessible by a conventional 2WD vehicle, although, if you hire a vehicle you should check with the hire company about accessibility.
As with all remote area travel (although this is on sealed roads) make sure you carry additional water and are well aware of the distances you will need to travel.
As this itineary starts in Darwin and ends in Uluru I will just cover the options for getting to Darwin and from Uluru.
Getting to Darwin
Domestic flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra, as well as regional services from Cairns and Broome.
Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue, as well as Qantaslink, Air North and Sky West fly into Darwin.
International flights from Asia, however these change often depending on loadings.
Flying from Uluru
Domestic flights to Sydney (Daily), Cairns, Alice Springs, Melbourne (Regular). All other destinations served from Alice Springs Airport.
Qantas fly all these sectors, and Virgin Blue to Sydney.
On arrival in Darwin, make sure you have pre-booked accommodation. Although Darwin is a capital city, during the peak tourist season (June/July/August) it can be very difficult to get accommodation. Also, there are other times of the year where major events are on and accommodation is scarce.
In Darwin there are many attractions, and at least 1 full day (2 nights) is suggested to experience the place - although two or three days would be good for further exploration.