West MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory © Tourism Australia
- Top things to do
- Getting to the Northern Territory
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. Offering unforgettable travel experiences, you’re sure to leave the Northern Territory a little different than you came.
Be sure to come to the Northern Territory with an open mind – this place is not just about arid desert. You'll also find wildlife-rich wetlands and billabongs, natural thermal springs and fringing tropical islands. Each of these places is uniquely characterised by the cultural influence of the world's oldest living cultures, making a trip to the Northern Territory both exciting and insightful.
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).