Kill the winter blues with a Top End adventure
As the southern states begin to cool and we start putting on jumpers and jackets it’s worth casting your thoughts to a mid-year holiday somewhere warm, sunny and local – Australia’s Top End.
It’s the perfect time to explore this underrated part of the country – and Life’s an Adventure has a number of amazing pack-free walking destinations showcasing this unique area.
First up is the iconic Larapinta Trail running through the heart of Central Australia. The five-day itinerary allows you to explore the best of the Larapinta – from Standley Chasm and Ormiston Pound to Mount Sonder and Count Point.
Your first two nights you’ll be camping comfortably under the stars at Ormiston Gorge which means once all the day visitors have gone you’ll have the place to yourselves. The last two are at the historic Glen Helen Homestead which includes a swimming pool, cosy fireplace and restaurant featuring hearty pub food.
The walks you’ll experience on the Larapinta will make you appreciate the light and colour of this special area made famous by the stunning watercolours by Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira.
You’ll finish the trip with a scenic helicopter flight from Alice. From the air, you’ll also see stunning views of the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, parallel ridges spanning almost 700km.
Next up is Life’s an Adventure’s five-day Kakadu Walk and Beyond. Having done this walk I can tell you now this is one for the books.
You’ll meet your guides in tropical Darwin and then be driven to Litchfield NP to explore the magnetic termite mounds and swimming in some gorgeous waterholes. See what we mean by beating the winter blues!
Then it’s off the NT’s most famous park, Kakadu. You’ll explore timeless rock art, spectacular savannah wetlands and go on an informative boat ride on the East Alligator River to spot crocs and hear some wonderful stories about life in Arnhem Land.
Accommodation is all first-class, as are the meals. Other highlights include Jim Jim Falls, the Barrk Sandstone walk, the famous Ubirr rock art site and Hawk Dreaming Lodge, which has restricted access so you’ll be one of the lucky ones to see this little piece of paradise.
And of course, the WOW factor is a scenic flight over Kakadu where you’ll appreciate the sheer size of this ancient world.
And finally, if five days is not enough, you can add another two to this trip and explore the best walking trails of Nitmiluk National Park home of Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls.
The best time to do these trips is between June and August so you’ve still got time to book a holiday and escape the southern winter!