NT Summer Starts Here.
If you’re seeking a unique summer experience, look no further than the Northern Territory. Characterised by epic thunderstorms and flourishing landscapes, the NT offers a host of spectacular activities and sights that will make your trip unforgettable. Join us as we explore the best ways to enjoy the tropical summer in the Northern Territory.
Watch the Sunset Over Darwin Harbour
A summer in the NT isn’t complete without a breathtaking sunset over Darwin Harbour. Cruise Darwin Harbour on MV Cape Adieu and indulge in some of the Territory’s freshest ocean-caught seafood, including NT-caught Banana prawns, fresh Spanish Mackerel smoked daily (the crew’s specialty), or succulent natural Coffin Bay oysters, throughout!
Immerse Yourself in Aboriginal Culture
Discover one of the Top End’s most beautiful attractions, Nitmiluk National Park – home to the Jawoyn people, on this Katherine Gorge Cruise & Edith Falls Tour from Darwin. Soak in the authentic culture and stories of the traditional owners of the land, the Jawoyn people of Katherine, as you are guided through this wonderful area.
Visit the Waterfalls of Litchfield National Park
During the summer, Litchfield National Park’s waterfalls transform into magnificent cascades. Witness the awe-inspiring twin flows of Florence Falls and take a refreshing dip in its cool plunge pool. Explore Buley Rockhole, a series of waterfalls and waterholes teeming with life during the wet season. For a swim amidst thundering waters, head to Wangi Falls, where marsupial mice, frogs, and frilled-neck lizards frolic along the banks.
Can you get to Litchfield National Park in the summer?
The Top End’s tropical summer, also known as the wet season, extends from November to April, bringing with it an annual average rainfall of 1,570mm (62 inches). During this period, temperatures typically range from 25°C to 33°C (77°F to 91°F), with humidity often exceeding 80%.
Topical cyclones, monsoonal rains, and thunderstorms take center stage, offering a breathtaking show unlike any other on the planet. During sunset, the sky transforms into a breathtaking canvas of vivid purple, pink, blue and orange hues.
While the wet season may lead to the temporary closure of some remote attractions due to flooding, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy. Harbour cruises, ferry rides, and scenic plane and helicopter flights remain available year-round, while for many locals and seasoned travelers, the wet season represents the ideal time to explore the Top End. It’s a time when the land awakens in vibrant splendor and dramatic storm activity takes center stage. With the right travel arrangements and guidance from those familiar with the terrain, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a landscape of lush beauty and awe-inspiring natural phenomena.
Check out our Top End experiences, HERE.
EXPERIENCE IDEA: Take a Helicopter Over Nitmiluk Gorge
Experience the grandeur of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park from a unique perspective by taking a helicopter tour. Witness the scale of this gorge system, comprising 13 interconnected gorges, particularly stunning during the tropical summer when the Katherine River overflows with water. Stay at Cicada Lodge, an eco-luxury accommodation nestled within the park, offering a deep immersion into the ancient Nitmiluk landscape. Enhance your understanding of the area through a rock art tour via helicopter or a Nabilil Dinner Cruise with a mesmerizing sunset backdrop.
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FAQs About Travelling in the NT
1. How do I get to the NT?
You can access the NT by air, road, rail, or sea. Darwin, Alice Springs, and Uluru have well-equipped airports served by major domestic and international airlines.
2. What’s the best way to get around the NT?
You can explore the NT by air, road, or rail. Daily flights operate between major NT destinations. Most NT attractions are accessible by well-maintained roads, and there are various car hire options. Check out our NT Campervan Hire options HERE.
3. Can I hire a car in the NT?
Yes, you can hire a vehicle suited to the NT’s terrain from operators like Adventure Travels NT, who have this 4WD Car Hire – Unlimited Kms option!
4. When’s the best time to visit the NT?
The best time to visit depends on your preferences. The dry season (May to October) offers pleasant weather and bustling events. The wet season (November to April) showcases thunderstorms, lush landscapes, and lower crowds. The Red Centre experiences typical Australian seasons with hot summers and cool winters.
5. What should I pack for the NT?
Pack lightweight clothing suitable for warm weather, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, and swimwear. If visiting during the tropical season, bring a light rain jacket. Don’t forget essentials like water, insect repellent, and a camera.
6. What about crocodiles?
Be cautious around bodies of water in the Top End, as saltwater crocodiles can be present. Follow crocodile safety signs and never take unnecessary risks in crocodile habitats. The NT Government prioritises safety, but your behavior around crocodile habitats is your responsibility.
Whether you choose to explore the Top End or the Red Centre this summer, the Northern Territory offers a multitude of unforgettable experiences for travellers of all ages. Discover the wonders of this incredible destination, and plan your adventure today!