West MacDonnell Ranges, NT
An adventure seeker’s mecca, the Northern Territory offers wide-open stretches of rich red outback, clear waterholes, ancient Aboriginal culture and charming tropical towns.
The Northern Territory is vast and incredible, from the mighty monolith of Uluru and the desert town of Alice Springs, to the coastal capital of Darwin and its neighbouring islands. Here, you’ll find thriving Aboriginal cultures offering ancient storytelling and spiritual tradition, and mesmerising natural wonders and landscapes ready to be explored. Offering truly unforgettable travel experiences, you’re sure to leave the Northern Territory a little different than you came.
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The Northern Territory’s biggest drawcard is no doubt its jaw-dropping nature, though its laidback locals and rich connection with Aboriginal cultures come in close second. Among the red earth and tropical palms lie experiences waiting to transform your view of the world. Watch as Kata Tjuta glows red as the sun sets, listen to the palms sway above you as you float in natural spring waters, and taste the variety of Asian-inspired dishes at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market in Darwin. Learn about Aboriginal cultures from traditional owners themselves as you travel through incredible landscapes in Alice Springs, Arnhem Land or Kakadu National Park. The Northern Territory is also an incredible destination for fishing. Catch a sought-after barramundi north of Darwin; you can even do it in style with a helicopter tour.
There are two major gateways into the Northern Territory: Alice Springs in Central Australia and Darwin in the north of the state (often called the Top End). While you can’t fly direct to Alice Springs from outside of Australia, it’s easy to take a connecting flight from most capital cities. For an old-school experience with modern amenities, book a trip on the famed Ghan train journey, which winds along the track between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin. Or, if you have time for an epic road trip, the Explorers Way crosses from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory (or vice-versa).