Accommodation in the Northern Territory caters for both the international and domestic tourist trade. The Top End, as it is known, is a place of vast distances and the accommodation is concentrated in a few major towns and around some of the tourist icons like Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, Katherine Gorge and Kakadu National Park. In some of these regions, the accommodation available for tourists is extremely limited as large tour groups fill up the available hotel and motel rooms and in Darwin, many special events like the Darwin Cup or the V8 Supercar races fill every room in town. For this reason, booking ahead in the Northern territory is absolutely essential.
Darwin is the Northern Territory's largest city and it is situated on the north coast. It has a tropical climate and the wet season extends from November to March. The best time to visit the Northern Territory is during the dry season as the temperature is more bearable and roads are in better condition. Darwin has a wide range of accommodation. Backpacker hostels are very popular, motels and hotels can provide a wide range of accommodation and there are also resorts and self catering apartments to choose from. Darwin has an international airport with regular flights from Asia as well as a complete domestic air service to other Australian destinations like Sydney in New South Wales and Cairns in Queensland. Rail services to Adelaide in South Australia via "The Ghan" are also available and train lovers love this journey that takes you right across the center of Australia.
Alice Springs is The Northern Territory's second largest city. It lies almost at the geographical center of Australia and is the country's most remote city. Alice Springs is also on the domestic flight circuit and is a gathering place for tourists to explore the arid center of Australia with its spectacular scenery. Alice Springs is a modern city with excellent resorts and plenty of quality tourist accommodation. "The Alice" as it is known to Australians is a great place to base yourself to see places like Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon as well as the MacDonnell ranges and the many historical places and museums that relate the history of central Australia and the great Outback.
Some of the places of special interest and natural icons of the Northern Territory tourist scene also have accommodation for travelers wishing to stay overnight. Kakadu National Park has several resorts that cater for visitors. Katherine Gorge visitors can stay in Katherine if they can find a room and visitors to Kings Canyon and Ayers Rock can stay in the resort accommodation that is available close to each of these scenic icons.
Most travelers find they need at lease a week to explore the Northern Territory's tourist icons and all they all need to book their accommodation well in advance. Many travellers who have been driving through the Territory then drive through to Western Australia and first visit the fantastic Kimberley region in the north of the state. Excellent accommodation can be found in all the major towns in both Western Australia and the Northern territory.