Amazing experiences beyond the beach
76% of Singaporeans think Australia is all about the amazing beaches.
Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches and epic surf breaks in the world. But even warm and coastal locales offer more than sand and surfing. The Northern Territory is home to rugged outback landscapes and ancient Aboriginal rock art as well as remarkable waterfalls. Look inland to find some amazing adventures in the Northern Territory.
Lose yourself in a field of light
Even after the sun goes down there’s plenty to see and do around Uluru. The award-winning exhibition Field of Light will be on show until 2020. The outdoor installation, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara, sees more than 50,000 solar-powered stems light up at sunset and glow throughout the night. In keeping with the desert’s vast scale, the brightly coloured light stems cover an area the size of four football fields. Explore it on your own, or join a tour to see the sunset over the twinkling lights while you sip champagne and nibble canapes.
Swim in the waterholes of the West Macdonnell Ranges
Just a one-hour drive from Alice Springs will bring you to the West MacDonnell Ranges, a stunning and mountainous region that deserves a spot on your Red Centre itinerary. Here, you won’t find sandy ocean beaches. Instead, you’ll get to swim in calm water holes surrounded by red rock cliffs. Explore the weaving hiking trails and discover a huge variety of flora and fauna. Embark on a section of the Larapinta Trail, one of the most incredible treks in the region, to West MacDonnell attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge.
Visit the epicentre of Aboriginal rock art
About three hours from Darwin by car, Kakadu National Park is world-renowned for its Aboriginal rock art. In fact, Kakadu is a dual-listed UNESCO World Heritage site for both its natural beauty and its cultural significance. Visit Ubirr, one of the park’s most famous rock art galleries, to marvel at an ancient painting of a Tasmanian tiger, which became extinct on the mainland about 3,000 years ago. You’ll also see early records of European visitors, including men smoking pipes. Delve even deeper into Aboriginal culture with Arnhemlander Cultural and Heritage Tours. On this full-day 4WD tour, you'll meet Aboriginal artists, watch women weave pandanus baskets, witness stunning billabongs and wildlife and explore rock art sites.
Take a day trip to Litchfield National Park
Just over an hour from Darwin you’ll find the local’s favourite day trip. With its plunging waterfalls, refreshing water holes, thrilling four-wheel drive tracks and abundant wildlife, Litchfield National Park is a must-visit. Take a cooling dip at Wangi Falls, home to pristine beauty and a huge plunge pool. The pool is about 1.5 metres deep and is one of the top swimming spots within the park (be sure to check that it’s open for swimming). Don’t forget to bring your camera; Wangi Falls is a stunning backdrop as the two waterfalls crash down over red rock. If you’d rather stay dry, walk the one-hour return track that takes you from the base to the top of the falls, offering an exhilarating view.