With only 250,000 people, the Northern Territory is the least crowded of all states and territories Australia's and the capital city is Darwin. In this part of Australia, you can really experience the giant emptiness of the outback.
Places to see
- Uluru, also called Ayers Rock is this giant red rock symbolic for Australia and a important and sacred place for Aboriginal people. Many tourists go there all year long, in the very hot days of the summer or the less hot ones of summer. You can climb on the rock and many people do it, even though it is not really appreciated by Aboriginals. Because it is a little bit in the middle of nowhere, you have to drive 1500km from Adelaide to get there or take a plane to Alice Springs. The road is an experience, as it is a long, long road and gives a nice outback feeling, in some places surrounded by this red sand. There is a fee of AUS25$ for a 3-day pass in the National Park (for one car, but could someone confirm?) and a campground for AUS36$ unpowered (which is part of a bigger resort, everything 10 minutes drive from Uluru itself). The park is big, but there are many tourists that free camping might be difficult because of the rangers. You could try free camping outside the park taking a dirt road somewhere on the side?!
- Once you have paid for the entry, don't miss Kata Tjuta another same kind of big red rock. Both places are very supervized, for example in Kata Tjuta you are not allowed to leave the path and guides will let you know it in a quite agressive way sometimes.
- Kings Canyon is a very impressive canyon maybe more than Uluru and less touristic, about 3 hours driving from there. There is a campsite as well there for AUS$20/person but you can maybe negociate a price if you are off-season.