Northern Territory

You can lose and find yourself in the Northern Territory, a place rich in Aboriginal history and rugged, natural beauty. Immerse yourself in Darwin’s melting pot of cuisines and cultures and explore the rainforest and Aboriginal rock art of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Stay in the Red Centre town of Alice Springs, then visit the iconic wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Cruise down vast Katherine Gorge and pan for gold at Tennant Creek. The Northern Territory also offers a huge array of wildlife, colourful outback characters and landscapes for outdoor adventure.

Darwin

Soak up Darwin’s balmy weather and the melting pot of food and cultures in the city’s many outdoor festivals and markets. Then explore the region’s dramatic history – from World War II air raids to Cyclone Tracey – in the museums and galleries. Sail Darwin’s harbour at sunset, cruise next to crocodiles and bushwalk through a monsoon forest. Do a day trip to Litchfield National park where you can swim in crystal-clear waterholes and see thousands of tall termite mounds.

Kakadu and Arnhem Land

See wildlife, waterfalls and one of the world’s largest areas of accessible rock art World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park Bushwalk, spot rare and spectacular wildlife and plunge into sparkling waterholes (only where there are no crocodiles!). Explore the many rich and detailed Aboriginal rock art galleries. See Namarrgon, the Lightning Man at Nourlangie Rock and some of the world’s finest examples of X-ray art at Ubirr Rock in Kakadu’s north-east. North in wholly Aboriginal-owned Arnhem Land, you can fish off the spectacular beaches of the Gove Peninsula and in the creeks, reefs and ocean of the Cobourg Peninsula. Explore the eco systems of Mt Borrodaile with an Aboriginal guide and watch Aboriginal artists at work in the traditional community of Oenpelli.

Katherine and surrounds

Explore the historic pioneering township of Katherine and see ancient Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Sink into the hot springs of Daly River and fish in the remote waterways of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Spot rare wildlife and wander gorges in Gregory National Park, in the Victoria River region, and relax in Mataranka’s sandy-bottomed thermal pool. Katherine’s rugged and ancient landscapes – which stretch from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border – also invite you to canoe, bushwalk, bird watch, camp and four-wheel drive.

Alice Springs and surrounds

Stay in the outback town of Alice Springs, which sits in Australia’s red centre just 200 kilometres south of its geographic centre. From here you can travel through the Western MacDonnell Ranges to Ormiston Gorge. Visit breathtaking Glen Helen Gorge and Standley Chasm and see rock wallabies at Simpsons Gap.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta

Lose your breath at Uluru, which rises 348 metres from the desert and matches the light and weather with shades so vivid they upstage the sunset. Learn about Uluru’s cultural significance as you walk around its base with an Aboriginal Anangu guide. Get up close to the grandeur of nearby Kata Tjuta – sacred russet domes formed through millions of years of erosion – on the Valley of the Winds Walk.In Watarrka National Park, you can trek to the rim of Kings Canyon and swim in a waterhole in the lush valley of the Garden of Eden. Walk to Kathleen Springs, drive the Mereenie Loop or soar over the canyon in a helicopter.

Must do:

  • Visit Arnhem Land, the greatest Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Walk “Valley of the Winds” in Kata Tjuta in the early morning at sunrise
  • Walk on top of Kings Canyon
  • Visit and walk Palm Valley
  • Enjoy a bath in Ormiston Gorge
  • Enjoy a swim in Edith Falls waterfall
  • Canoe trip in Nitmiluk National Park
  • Sounds of Silence Dinner at Uluru in the desert