Photos of the Top End of the Northern Territory, Australia

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The Top End of the Northern Territory

The "Top End of Down Under" is the northern part of the Northern Territory of Australia, a lush tropical land with rivers, wetlands and waterfalls. Darwin is the logical starting point; driving south from there the road leads past Adelaide River, an important place during the Second World War and the site of a War cemetery. Continuing, the turn off west leads to Berry Springs and the Territory Wildlife Park, where visitors can enjoy and experience the various habitats of the Top End and get close to its wildlife. A small train can take you around to the different habitats. Continuing this road leads to Batchelor, Litchfield National Park and finishes after 130 kilometres at Mandorah, passing, among others, Belyuen Aboriginal community (formerly Delissaville).

Magnetic Anthill
 
Berry Springs
 
Moline Mine
 
Fogg Dam: no swimming
 
Xamia palms
 
Xamia seed pod
 
Xamia Palm seed pod
 
Near Adelaide River
 
Surprise Falls
 
Termite mounds
 
Wangi Falls pool
 
Curtain Falls
 
Lush jungle
 
The Lakes
 
Huge termite mound
 
Cycad palms
 
Tolmer River
 
Fogg Dam
 
Entering Belyuen
 
Bushfire
 
Blythe Homestead
 
Jungle near Fogg Dam
 
In the NT Wildlife Park
 
Florence Falls
 

Litchfield National Park, covering approximately 1500 km², is near the township of Batchelor, 100 kilometres south-west of Darwin. There are permanent spring-fed waterfalls and huge termite mounds. Sealed roads allow easy access, but The Lost City and Tjaynera Falls can only be reached with 4-wheel drive. The township of Batchelor is home to Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (formerly known as Batchelor College), providing vocational education and training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Turning east on the Arnhem Highway the former rice growing project at Humpty Doo is reached and Fogg Dam, that was constructed for that scheme, is now a paradise for the water birds that can be easily observed here. Further on there are the wetlands, on the way to Kakadu National Park. Huge termite mounds known as "Magnetic Ant Hills" stand sentinel everywhere in the landscape; these are called this way as they seem to be orientated in a north-south direction, because of the way the termites react to the position of the sun during the day