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Exploring theNorthern Territory

Soul-stirring and steeped in spirituality, the Northern Territory is an achingly beautiful part of Australia, home to larger-than-life scenery and six dramatically different seasons.

With its ancient Aboriginal connection, the stories of the Dreamtime are shared on cliff-face galleries, creating the greatest and oldest collections of rock art in the world.

Home to the smallest population of any Aussie state or territory, the NT is big on landscape and natural beauty. Here, indigenous culture looms large, lush nature reserves are a rock wallaby’s hop from town, and the feeling of having entered a parallel world never goes away.

Top things to do in the Northern Territory

Explore the Red Centre

Uluru is far from the only awesome thing to see in Australia’s Red Centre. To the north-east, the mighty Kings Canyon cleaves deep into the earth. Trek to the rim for views across the bluffs and gorges of Watarrka National Park, or through the West MacDonnell Ranges, which stretch for hundreds of kilometres, harbouring gorges and rock pools. It’s one of those trips-of-a-lifetime that is almost always underestimated, but the Red Centre sure packs a punch when you get there.

Chill out in Darwin

Closer to Bali than it is to Brisbane, Australia’s smallest capital blends 56 nationalities, a perky pulse and a laid-back tropical air. From the steamy weather right down to the faces you’ll see in its streets, Darwin is exotic. The city hosts incredible Asian food markets, galleries and museums walled with beautiful Indigenous art, and in the dry season (May to October), a continuous line-up of bumping cultural festivals.

Go Wild In Kakadu

Where better to get back to nature than in Australia’s largest national park – covering almost two million hectares of wilderness? Enter the unique World Heritage-listed landscapes of Kakadu and discover outdoor galleries of ancient art. Swim under Insta-worthy waterfalls, hike through deep red gorges, cruise the Yellow Water wetlands and learn from Indigenous people about how their ancestors related to this land.

Experience the world’s oldest living culture in Arnhem Land

Stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and a total lack of pretension – only a privileged few get the chance to travel to Arnhem Land. A focus on the pristine natural environment, rather than on man-made luxuries, combined with the deeply spiritual feel of the area – the Yolngu people are thought to have lived here for at least 50,000 years – make this a very special place. Whether you go for the fishing, for the wildlife, the beautiful beaches or the extraordinary art and cultural festivals, you’re guaranteed to come home changed by what you’ve seen and done.

Take a road-trip

Whether you’re starting in Darwin, wanting to explore the Red Centre, or gearing up for the drive from Alice Springs to Uluru, the Northern Territory has no shortage of incredible road-trip itineraries that’ll take your breath away. How about hitting the road for the Kakadu self-drive road trip? Or heading though the heartland to Karlu Karlu (the Devils Marbles)? No matter what kind of driving holiday you like, you’ll find it in the NT.

Go fishing

The NT is world famous for its fishing, the ultimate dream being to battle metre-plus barramundi. Someone will one day be lucky enough to land the Million Dollar Fish.


While locals won’t tell you, we have managed to find the best places to fish in the NT.

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Must See Sights in the Northern Territory

See Uluru change colour

Close up, Uluru is powerful, awe-inspiring and intimidating. From a distance, Uluru famously changes colour, anything from blue or violet to glowing red. There are numerous ways and places to watch the sun rise or set over this remarkable pebble (a term coined by explorer Ernest Giles in 1872), from the back of a camel or a roaring motorbike to a romantic candlelit table set for two underneath a million stars.

The waterfalls of Litchfield National Park

Equal to, if not more stunning than, Kakadu, Litchfield is an easy day trip from Darwin. Quite apart from boasting one of the best waterfalls in the Northern Territory, Litchfield National Park features marvels like the Lost City (weathered sandstone pillars), the cooling (wheelchair accessible) swimming hole at Wangi Falls, the breathtaking view from popular Florence Falls, and the fun pools at Buley Rockhole.

The Tiwi Islands

The remote Tiwi Islands (Melville Island, Bathurst Island) off Darwin are worth visiting for so many reasons: art, culture and fishing, to name a few. Think you’re sports mad? Wait until you experience the Tiwi Islands football grand final in March. Before kick-off though, check out the Tiwi Islands Art Sale. You’ll learn about the cultural history of the islands and, for a reasonable price, you’ll get to hang a piece of that history on your wall back home.

Reflections in Nitmiluk Gorge

Over a millennia, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge has been snaking its way for 12km along the Arnhem Land Plateau toward the sea. You can walk, canoe, boat or fly above a series of 13 stunning gorges; be sure your camera has plenty of memory space to capture such a magical place.

Best Accommodation

The Northern Territory holds an undeserved reputation for having only rough-and-ready accommodation options when, in fact, there are far more choices than most travellers would first expect. From luxury lodges to glamorous glamping and million-star camping and crocodile-shaped hotels in the wilderness, there is accommodation to suit any taste and budget.


Accommodation in Kakadu comes in all styles. For those who like a little (or a lot) more comfort, Bamurru Plains Lodge or Wildman Wilderness Lodge on the edge of Kakadu are our pick.


In Uluru, Longitude 131 holds the title for one of Australia’s most iconic accommodation offerings, but there are plenty more: find something to suit you in our Uluru guide.


Katherine is similar, with campsites, rustic and affordable options and the more indulgent Cicada Lodge. 


Like any capital city, the accommodation options in Darwin are almost endless, but this beachfront casino resort has the wow factor.


Natural beauty is the territory’s finest asset, so it makes sense to spend a night or two under the stars. Here’s our pick of the Northern Territory’s best camping, where you can wake up in the desert, next to thermal pools or deep in a national park.

Top Foodie Experiences

The NT’s an outdoorsy type of place, so it’s only natural that it’s home to two of the country’s most memorable ways to dine alfresco. There’s nothing quite like the assault on the senses you get when walking among the food stalls of Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Market – it’s a tropical fantasy come to life. But the market is only the tip of the iceberg, with Darwin blessed with a plethora of incredible places to eat.

Head inland and there’s nothing like watching the setting sun paint Uluru in a cloak of changing colours while dining atop a desert dune at the Sounds of Silence or Tali Wiri dinners.

Itineraries and Guides

With so much to see and do in the Northern Territory, we created some suggested itineraries for couples and families.


And for those that like to make their travel dollars stretch but don’t want to compromise on comfort, here are some helpful guides for the budget-conscious traveller.

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