Sunset View of Katherine Gorge From Barrawei Lookout in Nitmiluk National Park.

5 Unique Ways To Explore the Northern Territory

24 March 2017
Read Time: 3.8 mins

Life up top is pretty breezy when you’ve got things like heli pub crawls and views of the sun rising over Uluru….from the comfort of your plush bed.

If you thought you knew what living was, think again. The Northern Territory has so much to offer from its red centre to the steamy city streets of Darwin but if it’s unique and luxurious experiences you’re after, then you’ve come to the right place.

Sound of Silence at Uluru. Photo by: Mark Pickthall. Sound of Silence at Uluru. Photo by: Mark Pickthall. Sound of Silence at Uluru. Photo by: Mark Pickthall.

1. Indulge In A Helicopter Pub Crawl

Make an entrance at iconic outback watering holes like a kooky rock star, landing in your very own helicopter. Then promptly pinch yourself just to make sure you’re not dreaming.

You will be sure to hear your fair share of tall tales, meet interesting critters and get to know the laid back locals that define each of the establishments, all the while you’re on your quest for the Top End’s coldest beer. Round up your mates. You have a choice of visiting either three or five pubs (better make it five to be sure) or, having half a day of fishing and half a day of pub crawls. The choice is yours.

2. Have a Sunset Dinner Cruise On The Katherine Gorge

Katherine Gorge with its rugged facades and striking waterfalls is well worth the three-hour drive from Darwin. If you are up for an adventure the best way to view the gorge is by canoe.

However if you’re looking for a more laid back option why not try a romantic sunset dinner riverboat cruise that glides along the Katherine River taking in the Nitmiluk National Park’s stunning surrounds. You’ll also get to enjoy stories of the local Jawoyn people with a glass of champagne in hand. Sunset dinner cruises run from May to October.

Sunset View of Katherine Gorge From Barrawei Lookout in Nitmiluk National Park. Sunset View of Katherine Gorge From Barrawei Lookout in Nitmiluk National Park. Sunset View of Katherine Gorge From Barrawei Lookout in Nitmiluk National Park.

3.See Uluru Under Lights With A Sounds Of Silence Dinner

This unique four-hour experience at Uluru begins with canapes and sparkling wine, complemented with didgeridoo music and uninterrupted views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Dinner is a buffet of Outback cuisine including crocodile, barramundi and kangaroo, accompanied by quality Australian wines and beer. Everything is included in the one price.

After dinner the group is given a moment of silence to better appreciate the sounds of the Red Centre, followed by stargazing for constellations led by one of the resident staff. An otherworldly and immersive Outback experience.

4. Discover Local Art and History at the NT Museum and Art Gallery

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is the region's main cultural facility housing some of the most significant works of art from the Aboriginal and Southeast Asia cultures. In addition to its fine art collection, the museum’s exhibits also feature displays about the life and history of Darwin and the Northern Territory.

From its five major galleries, the facility houses a permanent collection with an emphasis on the area’s history and culture. One popular exhibit details the events of Cyclone Tracey, a significant natural disaster that took place on Christmas Eve 1974. The museum’s modern facility is set among beautiful gardens on the shores of Darwin’s Fannie Bay.

 The 15-tented ‘glamping’ icon Longitude 131. The 15-tented ‘glamping’ icon Longitude 131. The 15-tented ‘glamping’ icon Longitude 131.

5. Glamp Out Under The Stars at Longitude 131

Certainly one of the Outback’s (and all of Australia’s) most glamorous accommodations. Longitude 131 allows you to awaken to your own private view of the sun rising over Uluru Ayers Rock. The deluxe private tent’s include a white dome roof and flowing fabric draped from the centre creating the illusion of camping, otherwise known as glamping.

Each elevated tent’s walls are a visual narrative, paying homage to an early Australian pioneer or explorer telling of the discoveries made. Longitude 131 also offers up the best of contemporary Australian cuisine included in your stay, emphasising fresh, quality produce to mirror the tranquil, spiritual surrounds.

Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a Flight Centre travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.

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