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Camping and travelling in the Northern Territory
Like all of the Top End, the Territory demands some special considerations if you’re going to have a successful trip. Here are our Top Ten tips…
- If you haven’t purchased your sleeping accommodation yet, consider a rooftop tent or a camper trailer if you’re going into croc country. You can be an easy snack at ground level!
- If you prefer to go with a tent, make sure you camp well away from billabongs and deep stretches of river.
- Pick a tent that’s easy to erect - like an Oztent - which erects in about 30 seconds. That way you’ve got time to see things and don’t end up wasting it setting a temporary Taj Mahal.
- Take some tropical strength insect repellent with you as Territory mozzies can carry tropical diseases.
- Wear long sleeved shirts if possible.
- Choose the right clothing for the job - something stylish but practical. Pat’s been wearing Blue Dog jeans for ages now. Designed in Australia, Blue Dog jeans come in a variety of styles to suit both men and women.
- Get off the beaten track. The Territory is an enormously popular tourist destination, complete with the dreaded tour buses. For example, Mataranka is famous for its hot springs, is usually wall to wall with visitors. But it also has the little known Bitter Springs, completely au naturel with no concrete, but plenty of river rocks and very few swimmers.
- If you want a break from the cooking, consider a stay at Coodardie Station near Mataranka. A working cattle station running Brahmans and Bantengs, Coodardie is where the O’Brien family entertains guests on farm stays. Unique rotunda bedrooms at each corner of the house afford magnificent views over the surrounding bush land and the meals, cooked with local produce, are simply delicious!
- Firewood is getting scarcer and scarcer these days, with a lot more people getting out and about. If you see some during the day as you’re travelling and you’ve some space on your roof rack, rope it on. Saves scrounging around at dusk!
10. Do yourself a favour and get out into Gregory National Park. The four-wheel driving is great, only outdone by the amazing scenery!