Places to Visit in the NT
If you’re planning your post-COVID holiday itinerary, add the Northern Territory to the top of the list. From the incredible Aboriginal culture to stunning nature, wildlife, and vast open spaces, consider visiting the NT for a trip that will be different in every sense.
The Top End is brimming with culture, nature and adventures, with a world class calendar of events to boot. From Australia’s only tropical capital city, Darwin, to the lush greenery of Kakadu, the majestic gorges of Katherine and unspoilt beaches of Arnhem Land, there’s something for everyone in the Top End.
Darwin boasts a budding culinary scene, year-long endless summer, and a laidback lifestyle. From meandering through street markets (with a bowl of laksa in-hand), to catching a famous Territory sunset at the Darwin Waterfront and heading on a WWII history trail, Darwin will surprise and delight you.
Best of all, adventures in the Top End’s pristine natural landscapes are just a day trip away. Drive 90 minutes south to Litchfield National Park to swim amongst cascading waterfalls or see hundreds of magnetic termite mounds.
A wealth of outdoor adventure and ancient culture awaits at dual World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Teeming with monsoonal forests, wetlands and show-stopping waterfalls, explore Aboriginal rock art at sites like Nourlangie, and cruise along the Yellow Water Billabong for prime views of the park’s renowned wildlife, including the infamous saltwater crocodile.
Vast and diverse, the Katherine region is where the outback meets the tropics, and adventure meets relaxation. At Nitmiluk National Park, be drawn to the spectacular sandstone country, majestic gorges, misty waterfalls and Aboriginal experiences on offer. Outside of town, relax in Mataranka’s spring-fed thermal pools and tour limestone wonders, at the Cutta Cutta Caves.
For those hoping to get off the beaten track, secure a permit or book a tour to one of Australia’s last true wildernesses. Discover a tapestry of magnificent landscapes, from remote islands, like Groote Eylandt, to soaring escarpments, savannah woodlands and billabongs abundant with barramundi. Whether you’re on a fishing charter or learning from the locals, Arnhem Land offers unique and immersive experiences.
The Red Centre is on everyone’s travel radar. From ticking Uluru off your bucket list to hiking Kings Canyon, discovering the secluded gorges of Alice Springs or road-tripping to Tennant Creek, the Red Centre makes for an undeniably epic holiday.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
A visit to Australia’s spiritual heartland is a rite of passage for every Australian. Take in an enchanting sunset at Uluru, explore the spectacular rock domes of Kata Tjuta, and learn about Anangu culture at one of the local art galleries. Splurge with world-class dining experiences including dinner under the stars at Sounds of Silence or at Bruce Munro’s beautiful Field of Light installation.
You’ll find unparalleled solace and inspiration at Kings Canyon, the halfway point between Uluru and Alice Springs. At Watarrka National Park, you’ll be surrounded by 300-metre-high sandstone walls and palm-filled crevices. Embark on the iconic Kings Canyon Rim Walk for panoramic views of the desert.
A thriving, spirited outback centre, Alice Springs is famous for its Aboriginal art and the natural wonders which surround the city. Explore stunning sites like Simpsons Gap or go swimming in The West MacDonnell Ranges’ plentiful waterholes. Be immersed in Aboriginal culture at one of the region’s many galleries and festivals, like Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, or head to its quirkier calendar offerings, such as Alice Springs Beanie Festival.
Tennant Creek & Barkly region
Take a trip to the true Aussie outback, with its vast blue skies and boundless horizons broken by remote pubs and million-acre cattle stations. Learn about the region’s rich gold-mining heritage at Battery Hill Mining Centre and visit the sacred Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles.
For more information, visit northernterritory.com
Courtesy Tourism NT