At the geographical centre of the Australian continent the Desert Centre is home to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the remarkable rock domes of nearby Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Uluru rises out of the flat desert – a geological work of art, Uluru is riddled with caves, rivulets, strange wounds and gashes and is adorned with ancient Aboriginal rock paintings. To the west, the equally impressive, Kata Tjuta is a spectacular collection of 36 weathered red domes separated by narrow valleys and covering 35 square kilometres.
At the Top End of Australia is a spectacular ragged coast of tidal inlets and islands. Home to huge quantities of endemic and introduced wildlife and impressive bird life there are thousands of square kilometres of national parks criss-crossed by waterways, spectacular gorges and valleys.
This area is also home to a rich Aboriginal culture. In Arnhem Land a Labyrinth of caves and rock overhangs reveal paintings that date back 50,000 years. Arnhem Land is not only a cultural destination – the escarpment, floodplains and woodlands are teeming with wildlife. The adjacent Kakadu National Park covers almost 20,000 square kilometres and houses a magnificent collection of flora and fauna, flood plains, billabongs, woodlands, rock escarpments and plummeting waterfalls. This land is over 2,000 million years old and has been inhabited by Aboriginal Australia for more than 50,000 years.
The Cobourg Peninsula is an idyllic setting where fish are abundant and people are sparse. Prevalent marine life includes dolphins, sea turtles, crocodiles and dugongs. In addition there are historic sites, scenic beauty, Aboriginal communities, and a wealth of endemic flora and fauna.
1.421 million sq km (548,648 sq miles)
Flight time from London
GMT + 9.5 (AEST)
When to go
In both regions the summer months are hot – in the Desert Centre it will be hot and dry and in the Top End the summer is hot and wet and monsoon storms are frequent.
In the Top End the wetter summer months do have their charms – fabulous waterfalls, nesting birds, migratory bird species, spectacular storms and lush green vegetation.
Winter in the Desert Centre is characterised by warm sunny days and cold nights. Winter in the Top End also provides warm sunny days and mild nights.
For mild and comfortable weather in both regions the best months in the Top End are from May to September.
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- Shoulder Season
Where to stay
These are just a selection of the properties we can personally recommend. Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio.
Bamurru Plains is an extraordinary bush experience on the edge of Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. The coastal floodplains of northern Australia are home to prolific bird and wildlife (Australia’s answer to the Okavango Delta), whilst Kakadu and Arnhem Land are the heartland of the country’s indigenous culture.
Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131° lies at the gateway of the dual World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Located in the heart of Australia and facing majestic Uluru (Ayers Rock), Longitude 131° offers a uniquely personal experience in spoiling accommodation.