If you’re the type of walker looking to experience some of our country’s most immense national parks, the Northern Territory delivers in spades. As one of the most “natural” states in Australia, the NT’s range of walks offers a cavalcade of all the rugged beauty one would expect.
Kakadu National Park is a destination in and of itself, with a host of walking trails running the gamut in both distance and length. Its concentration of towering waterfalls, indigenous art and biodiversity is hard to match, with the only limits being the weather and your degree of stamina.
Some of the NT’s most significant individual highlights are also best explored by foot. With the ability to climb now gone, Uluru is still incredible to experience by navigating its base, while sister formation Kata Tjuta offers the several-hour Valley of the Winds walk amongst its towering domes.
Taking things up a notch in terms of challenge and time, both the Jatbula Trail (5-6 days, great mix of Katherine Gorge and Arnhem Land terrain), and the epic and iconic Larapinta Trail (13-15 days spanning valleys, plains, canyons and much more) are staples for veteran walkers and hikers.
Even traversing the edge along the Kings Canyon Rim Walk – a 6km hike along “Australia’s answer to the Grand Canyon” – provides a spectacle of a valley that’s unmatched elsewhere in Australia.