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Travel guide Northern Territory

Review - Crowne Plaza
By Stuart and Michelle Roberts

Barrett Drive Alice Springs NT Perfectly placed to make the most of the view of the McDonnell Ranges and the facilities of Alice Springs. Overall rating?    Excellent What makes the Crowne Plaza different? When you are staying in a hotel that is part of a chain, it tends to be the location that sets it apart, as is the case with the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs.  The foyer is very large and bright and open, with lots of natural light. Accommodation overview We stayed in a Mountain View room with a queen-sized bed and ensuite, with an outlook onto the McDonnell Ranges and the golf course from the balcony.  It was well-maintained, light and showed signs of recent renovation. Facilities overview There is a lovely pool area that is well-maintained an... Read more

Review - Voyages Sails in the Desert
By Stuart and Michelle Roberts

Ayers Rock Resort Via Yulara Drive Yulara NT We stayed at Sails in the Desert, which is the 5 star property, but the resort has five hotels and a campground, so there is something for everyone and plenty of room. Overall rating?           Excellent What makes Sails in the Desert different? As you arrive you see the sails that gives the hotel its name and it is a spectacular sight.  The interior is given over to Aboriginal heritage and culture, with a gallery in the lobby and significant artworks on view in the public areas. Accommodation overview Our room was large and comfortable, with two queen-size beds and ensuite.  The air-conditioning was effective and welcoming and there was a spa on our private balcony. Facilities overview ... Read more

Editor's Choice - ArafuraBlue
By Lisa Monk

When we think of Darwin, we usually think of going in the dry season.  This certainly allows us to enjoy activities like the Darwin Cup in July and the renowned festival, which runs each year in August.  It also means that most of the spectacular national parks are open.  The downside is that the city is more crowded, accommodation is difficult to come by and you will have missed the experience of the Wet! Don’t let the wet season put you off … yes, it is usually around 30 degrees most days, but the afternoon storms cool things down and provide an awesome background to a place of astonishing natural beauty.  The wet season is Darwin’s best-kept secret and a great antidote to the hot, dry summers and water restrictions of the southern states. Another... Read more

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