North Territory (NT)
The Northern Territory can be divided into two regions: the tropical Top End and the desert Red Centre. Darwin is the Northern Territory’s capital city and is the entry point to many attractions in the Top End.
Litchfield National Park, two hours south-west of Darwin, is a popular area offering scenic walks, swimming holes, picnic areas and other natural attractions. There are also camping grounds so you can enjoy a longer stay and explore the whole park.
Heading down towards Central Australia you pass through Katherine, the gateway to Katherine Gorge, a spectacular setting featuring a large river with rugged cliff walls on each side.The world heritage listed Kakadu National Park is another feature of the Territory. Covering around 20,000 square kilometres, this park is world famous for the almost unbelievable beauty of its scenery and the amazing variety of wildlife it supports. Kakadu hosts a supreme collection of Indigenous rock art — some of it dating back 30,000 years. The paintings constitute one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world.
Once you leave Sydney, country New South Wales also has much to offer. The Blue Mountains is a popular day trip, offering spectacular mountain views, bushland and native wildlife. You will also find cafés, restaurants, art galleries, craft shops and many other stores, along with a wide range of outdoor activities such as horse riding, golf, bushwalking and fishing.
The Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s major wine producing regions, offers wonderful scenery, gourmet foods and distinctive wines. Close by is Newcastle, which is the state’s second largest city, and, like Sydney, is built around a large harbour. Newcastle is a popular destination for both visitors and students. It is close to Sydney and offers an attractive lifestyle with its large port, beautiful beaches, surfing, fishing, and entertainment opportunities.
A short drive south of Sydney is the thriving city of Wollongong, surrounded by lush green valleys and beautiful ocean beaches. Further south is prime dairy country such as the Bega Valley, with lots of opportunities for cheese tasting.