Northern Territory

Tracks II: The Last Camel Walk

History & Culture

In 1977 Robyn Davidson, then 27, trekked more than 2700 kilometres across the western desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, accompanied by only four camels. The courageous solo expedition made news around the world and Robyn’s account of it, a book called Tracks, later became a best seller. Robyn went on to other accomplishments, but she never forgot the spiritual bond she had forged with the much-maligned desert creatures. In 1986, for Australian Geographic she told the story of her last walk with them, a funny/sad journey back to their Northern Territory home.

Road trip: Binns Track, NT

Adventure

From the northern Simpson Desert’s vast expanse to Davenport NP’s rocky tracks and Gregory NP’s deep water-crossings, the Binns is a microcosm of the NT’s eternal appeal to visitors.

Flight of fancy: Kakadu Bird Week

Destinations

Home to more than one-third of Australia’s avian species, Kakadu National Park is a bird-lover’s paradise, and Kakadu Bird Week is now attracting an annual migration of twitchers to this Top End treasure.

Road trip: Top End Circuit

Adventure

Want to experience some of the wildest parts of Australia – and spot it’s even wilder residents? Kick off in Katherine, NT, and spend a couple of weeks exploring the mighty Gulf Country.