When you picture a vacation to Australia, your first thought is probably Sydney or Canberra. Most people don’t picture the dry, mostly-inland Northern Territory. Although some areas of the Northern Territory are barren, most of it is a hidden gem just waiting for tourist discovery. The Northern Territory is home to over 20 national parks and nature preserves and the locals, or “Territorians,” are devoted to the preservation of the region’s natural wildlife.
There are several hotels scattered among the national parks and along the main drag of the Northern Territory, Stuart Highway. Accommodations vary greatly in price and amenities, making it possible for visitors to find the perfect fit. If you want to visit Australia’s Northern Territory without emptying your wallet, the following cheap hotels are worth a try.
Desert Rose Inn
This budget motel is conveniently located in the heart of Alice Springs and within walking distance of several Aboriginal art galleries, as well as the Todd Mall, Trevor Reid Park and the popular Red Ochre Grill. Guests also have easy access to the MacDonnell Ranges and Finke Gorge National Park. Room rates at the Desert Rose Inn range from $45 (AUD) to $90, depending on the room size and length of stay. The inn is similar to a European youth hostel, providing a communal television room and a saltwater swimming pool where guests can socialize with people from all around the world.
Katherine River Lodge Motel
If you’re looking to visit Kakadu National Park, Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge, there is no better place to stay than the Katherine River Lodge Motel. This motel is only a short drive from these three national parks, not to mention it is extremely close to the Katherine Hot Springs, the Jurassic Cycad Gardens and several fascinating art galleries. The budget accommodation provides you with a cozy and spacious room, an outdoor swimming pool and free internet access, all for under $150. The onsite restaurant has won numerous awards for its unique and delicious meals.
If you’re in search of a relaxing beach vacation in Australia’s Northern Territory, look no further than the coastal city of Darwin. The Vibe gives you all the luxury of a fancy resort without the high prices, as most rooms cost around $140 a night. Start your morning with a workout in the gym or a dip in the pool. From there, you can eat breakfast at the Vibe’s Curve Cafe, tan on the beach, go shopping in downtown Darwin or check out the nightlife on Mitchell Street.
Palms City Resort
Also located in Darwin, the Palms City Resort is the perfect place to stay for anyone who enjoys a pampered lifestyle experience. Standard motel rooms are as low as $155 a night. If you feel like splurging, you can get a luxurious villa for just under $200 a night. The villa has a kitchen, so if you decide to cook your own meals and skip the restaurants, you can actually save quite a bit of money. Otherwise, the resort has an on-site breakfast restaurant and the award-winning Lewinsky’s Restaurant is very close by. Other local attractions include the Darwin Parliament House, the Mindil Beach Sunset Market and the George Brown Botanic Gardens.
Voyages Lost Camel
Nestled in the beautiful city of Ayers, the Voyages Lost Camel has a unique Aborigine theme, noticeable in its furnishings and décor. Stop by the cafe and bar in the hotel’s lobby or lounge outside by the pool and courtyards. Guests can dine at the Kuniya Restaurant, Pioneer BBQ, Arnguli Grill or Rock Deli. All of these establishments offer customers the convenience of charging meals to their room account at Voyages Lost Camel Hotel. The usual nightly rate may be a bit pricey, but with the 2-Night Escape deal, guests can stay two nights for a total of $229.
Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn
What could be better than staying in a hotel shaped like a crocodile? The Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn may be famous for its shape, but has an outstanding reputation for its clean rooms, expansive pool and unique Ochre Gallery. Located right in the middle of Kakadu National Park, the Gagudju provides guests with opportunities to see the Northern Territory’s diverse wildlife, including wallabies, corellas and goanas. Onsite dining is available at the Escarpment Restaurant and the Gingas Tavern. To get the best deals on rooms, be sure to book reservation online. With online hotel booking, you can get a room for $179 a night, which is the best deal in Kakadu National Park.
With all of these Northern Territory hotel suggestions, the only thing left is to book a flight and jump on getting down under as soon as you can. If you can’t afford a luxury hotel, the cheap hotels listed above can really ease the strain on your wallet when you vacation to the Northern Territory of Australia and everything it has to offer.
This guest post was written and provided by freelance writer and consultant for Expedia, Erica Gustafson.