Top End, Australia
When to go
There are two seasons in the Top End: the wet and the dry. If you want to see spectacular waterfalls, lightning storms and monsoon rains then head to the Top End between November and April. However, many roads are closed at that time so most touring is done by boat or plane. The dry season – between May and October – is far less humid. It’s the best time to visit if you want to see wildlife, as the area’s animals gravitate towards a few billabongs in search of scarce water supplies.
PlanesInternational and domestic airlines fly into Darwin International Airport (08 8920 1811; www.darwinairport.com.au).
TrainsFor a grand adventure before you get to your destination, travel on the famous Ghan (132147; www.gsr.com.au). Transit from Adelaide to Darwin in a private cabin with ensuite is pretty special, but budget classes are also available. The route runs through Alice Springs and Katherine.
AutomobilesHaving a car enables you to really explore the area. Avis (www.avis.com.au) have branches in Darwin and at the airport.
TaxisRing Darwin Radio Taxis (131008) for a cab.