When most people dream of travelling to Australia, probably the first images that come to mind are of the Sydney Opera House, the beaches of the Gold Coast and Ayers Rock (now known as Uluru). There is of course, so much more to this huge country.
The majority of visitors will travel to the larger cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne or Alice and the Red Centre. The more readily accessible attractions from these population centres, such as the Great Barrier Reef and the beaches of Queensland and New South Wales are also on most traveller’s wish lists.
Due to its comparative isolation, the largest city and Capital of the Northern Territory of Australia, Darwin, is relatively forgotten. This is a real shame, as there is a myriad of Darwin accommodation available to the more adventurous travellers to this surprisingly cosmopolitan city.
As well as the city’s relative proximity, in Australian terms, to Uluru in the south of the state, Darwin offers visitors some great shopping opportunities. The city is actually much closer to the Asian capital cities of Jakarta and Port Moresby than it is to the national capital of Canberra. Therefore multi-cultural influences can be found in many arts and crafts available to purchase in the markets and stores throughout this region. As would be expected from many Australian coastal cities, Darwin boasts extensive beaches, enjoying a warm and rain- free climate in the dry season, between April and October.
Travelling to the centre of Australia or the red centre of this vast continent, thoughts arrive at Alice Springs which happens to be the largest town in central Australia. Home to roughly 25, 000 people, it is known as “the Alice” or quite simply “Alice” to the locals. If you are looking for space, colour, Aboriginal history and culture, Alice cannot be overlooked.