Days 1-3 Red Centre
Days 4-7 Alice Springs to Darwin
Day 8 of my Northern Territory adventure began in Darwin with seven of the eight tour mates from the second leg of the tour. We met our new guide Chizo outside the hostel and hopped into the 4WD bus headed for Kakadu National Park. At the first lookout, Chizo filled us in on the seasons in the Top End. While we lucked out on the weather, March is usually the tail end of the wet season, meaning many of the popular 4WD tracks were still closed and there were still some saltwater crocodiles hanging out in many of the swimming holes. Apparently, the best time to visit the Top End runs from June to October, while the weather is cooler and tropical monsoons are less frequent.
“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” – JK Rowling
This is the second photo set from my Northern Territory tour, including images from Alice Springs, stops along the Stuart Highway, and the Top End. For more from the Northern Territory, check out the first photo set and posts from the Red Centre, Alice Springs & the Stuart Highway, and the Top End (coming soon).
Day 4 began with a much-needed sleep in (or whatever you consider waking up at 8 am). After breakfast, I went out for a quick grocery run before a few of us from the tour walked to the nearby Alice Springs Reptile Center. Like the reptile center in Canberra, this one also had a plentiful supply of native Australian reptiles, including a previously injured monitor lizard that was free to roam the indoor areas. I’m convinced that if I ever came across a brown snake or taipan in the wild, I’d probably pass out or have a heart attack, but I did take a liking to the bearded dragons outside. The highlight, though, was the thorny devil in another outdoor enclosure. One of my friends said it looked like a Pokemon in the photos, and that’s probably the best description of it.
Two weeks ago, I flew from my home on the Sunshine Coast to Sydney for a relaxing evening in Bondi before jetting off to the Red Centre of Australia. I didn’t know much about the Northern Territory before I arrived in Australia, but when I first read about Uluru, I knew I had to add it to my bucket list. The Red Centre is probably what you think of as the Australian Outback (although the “outback” really is far more expansive): red dirt, seemingly never-ending highways, and a plentiful supply of reptiles. Before I tell you about the tour itself, here are some quick facts about the Northern Territory: