From Darwin's famous sunsets to the ancient art and wildlife of Kakadu, from majestic Katherine Gorge through to iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the outback charm of Alice Springs, there is a unique experience for every traveller waiting around the corner.
For those outdoor explorers and lovers, check out our blog on the top 5 places you simply have to visit while at the Northern Territory.
Getting there: There are 8 flights a week from Singapore to Darwin that are a short 4 hour 40 minute. Getting around the Top End is easy by renting a car and exploring many of the national parks within 3 hours of Darwin. You can follow our self drive to experience one of these routes. Want to visit Alice Springs and journey on to Uluru (Ayers Rock) There are 2 flights a day taking the 2 hour flight from Darwin to Alice Springs. You can also fly to Alice Springs from the major Australian cities of Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The Northern Territory has two distinct climate zones: the tropical Top End, which has two seasons, and semi-arid Central Australia, which has four.
The Top End, which includes Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and Arnhem Land, has a tropical climate, and has two distinct seasons, the 'Wet' and the 'Dry'.
Visiting in the wet season visitors can expect high humidity, monsoonal rains and weather not unlike Singapore. Temperatures range from 24.7 - 32°C and humidity beyond 80%. The wettest month to visit is January. Despite these conditions January and February is considered to be the most beautiful time of the year to visit by many. The afternoon storms that frequent the season refresh the landscape and animals and plants are flourishing. Many of the locals enjoy the spectacular thunderstorms from beachside restaurants and bars.
Visiting the Northern Territory during the dry season you can expect warm, dry sunny days and cooler evenings to night. Temperatures typically range from 21.6 - 31.8°C with humidity of 60 per cent. The coolest period is usually May until July where the temperature and diping as low as 17°C at night. This is the perfect time of year to visit some of the more remote parts of the region that might not be possible to visit during the wet season when some roads are off-limits.
Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Central Australia has a semi-arid climate with Australia’s four typical seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring.
In Summer (December - February, the average temperatures range between 20°C and 35°C. In Winter (June–August), the average temperature range is 3–20°C. Spring and autumn in Central Australia see warm days and cool evenings.
Do note that temperatures in Central Australia can be extreme: temperatures can drop below 0°C overnight in winter, and rise above 40°C in summer. At these times, be sure to check the weather before you venture outdoors and make sure you are equipped for extremes.