Australia has some of the best camping areas in the world. Camping in Northern Territory, can be one of the most adventurous and memorable experiences ever. The Northern Territory is also known as the "real outbackÓ that represents Australia. It is the most barren area in Australia and has hundreds of rare species of flora and fauna. NT has 52 national parks and reserves, and huge open spaces ideal for camping. Its diverse environment and breathtaking landscapes will make camping with the family a memorable experience!
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Why is camping in NT a great activity for your kids?
If your kids love the outdoors and love exploring, then they might enjoy camping. It is also a great way to bring the family together. Bring your tent or caravan and settle on the spacious campgrounds of the many camping parks and grounds in NT. Most of them also provide facilities such as toilets and showers. You can also go backpacking and allow the trees to provide you shelter for the natural wilderness feel. Teach your kids some survival skills, such as building a campfire, and engage them in some fun nature activities like scavenger hunts, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and bird-watching.
NT has a split climate Ð monsoonal tropical in the north and hot, dry desert in the south Ð so you and your kids would have more choices of where to go camping. Among its national parks and landmarks, here are a few of the most famous places in NT that have campsites, guided camping adventures, and tours.
The best way to start your Northern Territory adventure is to go camping in Darwin area. It is known to be the gateway to Australia's natural beauties as it is located at the topmost of NT. This multicultural city has aboriginal lands with a Pacific vibe, being the nearest Australian city to Asia. Watch the sun set while enjoying some Asian street food at the sunset beachside markets. Darwin is also near the Adelaide River where you can take your kids to see the crocodiles. The Jumping Croc Cruise ensures your safety as it takes you to the crocodiles' natural habitat.
- Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National park is Australia's largest national park, which holds monsoon rainforests, vast wetlands, billabongs, and creeks. Aside from camping, bushwalking and river cruises are other options to explore this national park. It is home to the highest concentrated areas of aboriginal rock art sites as well as waterfalls, crocodiles, parrots, and cockatoos.
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
This national park is a UNESCO World Heritage site found in the Red Centre. It is home to the iconic Ayers Rock (or Uluru) and The Olgas (or Kata Tjuta). The national park also protects numerous species of plants, mammals, and reptiles. Take your kids camping to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for them to see two of the most famous landmarks in Australia. Although some areas in The Olgas are off-limits and climbing Ayers Rock is discouraged, the view can be seen and appreciated from all the other areas of the park.
- Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon, located at the Watarrka National Park, is a huge 270-meter deep crater. The trail where you can see the canyon's rim is called the Kings Creek Walk. Upon reaching the rim, you can travel along the Kings Canyon Rim Walk to reach the Garden of Eden, a natural pool surrounded by cycads.
- Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge, thirteen gorges connected by rapids and a rocky terrain, is located in Nitmiluk National Park. It has natural hot springs along the banks of the Katherine River, where you can swim, ride a canoe, or a boat. The best ways to experience the Katherine Gorge and Katherine River is through canoeing and overnight camping.
- Alice Springs
Go on a journey into the heart of Australia where you will see red soils and wonderful landscapes. Alice Springs will let you experience the haunting sunsets in the afternoon and the unparalleled view of the Milky Way that lights up the sky at night.
When going camping in NT and in any area, the most important concern of parents is safety. When going swimming, familiarise your kids with signs that indicate if a particular area is safe for swimming. The Northern Territory is abundant in jellyfishes and crocodiles, so better watch for signposts. Also, don't forget to bring sun protection, such as hats and sunscreens, insect repellents, and sunglasses.
Camping can cost around $10 to $48 per site. Some campsites allow roadside camping for free, but there may be no facilities available so you would have to be self-sufficient. Our ActiveActivities Directory has a list of campsites around NT, as well as a list of recommended kids activities your kids can do in the area.
You haven't seen Australia until you've seen the iconic rock formations, the crocodiles, and the tropical wilderness in the Northern Territory. Bring out the explorer in your kids and let them experience what the Outback is really all about. Take them camping in NT!