Where else but the Northern Territory can you travel from orange-tinged deserts to lush wetlands in a single trip? From the wilds of Kakadu National Park to the dusty ochre heart of the country in Uluṟu / Ayers Rock, the Northern Territory is an epic holiday in the real Australian outback.
With a sparse population, expansive countryside, unique indigenous culture and untouched natural attributes, you'll find an adventure at every turn in Australia's Northern Territory.
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The Top End might have two seasons – wet and dry – but the balmy tropical climate means it's always a good time to visit Darwin. Don't leave without picking up a souvenir from one of the city's many outdoor markets.
The tropical capital is influenced by its proximity to Asia and historic influx of migrants, today offering a range of culinary cuisines and an enviable outdoor lifestyle making the most of the warm weather.
Within the Northern Territory are 52 national parks and nature conservation reserves, offering untouched pockets of tranquil scenery, bountiful wildlife and curious natural phenomenon.
The World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is the pick of the bunch, a sacred area where fresh and saltwater crocodiles have glided amid the wetlands for thousands of years.
Other notable NT attractions include the rock spheres known as Devil's Marbles at Tennant Creek, the majestic depths of Katherine Gorge, the towering rock shapes of the Olgas and, of course, the huge monolith that is Uluṟu / Ayers Rock in the Red Centre.
Journey into the Outback
The sacred rock formation of Uluṟu is a stunning natural sight that draws people from all over the world. Around the base of this cultural site are billabongs, trees and rock art to view, but the rock itself is the real drawcard.
See Uluṟu glow from ochre red to orange and bright red in the transformational light of sunset and sunrise for something really special.
Against this stunning natural backdrop is the culture of the indigenous Aboriginal population. Arnhem Land in the Top End is the spiritual home of over 40,000 years of indigenous culture.
In the Red Centre town of Alice Springs, you can experience this rich Aboriginal culture firsthand at sacred sites and bush tucker tastings, and also climb Mount Gillen to get a great view of the outback.
With such wild, untouched beauty and mythical cultural significance in this vast, spacious area, the Northern Territory is a phenomenal holiday destination waiting in your own backyard.