Welcome to the Top End...
A lush tropical crown on top of remote desert regions of the red centre, the Northern Territory's Top End is a wild and fascinating wilderness area filled with arguably the most spectacularnatural scenery anywhere in Australia. The sheer cliffs and craggyescarpments which make this land so unforgettable, also feature apriceless heritage of Aboriginal Rock-Art considered to be one of the most significant Palaeolithic sites in the world.
A number of renowned national parks including Litchfield, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge), and the majestic Kakadu protect and manage this unique and culturally important landscape, as well as making them available for a rewarding and memorable travelling experience. Most visit during The Dry or between June and October, when all the Top End's services and attractions are accessible and open for business. From November to May the monsoon or The Wet transforms trickling creeks into gushing torrents and floodplains into wide billabongs, isolating many centres and making most roads impassable. Brave soulswho venture to the Top End during the wet will be rewarded by theregions breathtaking regeneration display.
Darwin is the obvious and popular choice when deciding on a base for explorations. However, the towns and settlements found predominantlyalong the Stuart Highway (otherwise known as The Track) provide interesting alternatives, each giving it's own vivid glimpse into theTerritory's past and present.