Experience the magic of Uluru with local guides.
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Where is Northern Territory?

Northern Territory & Ayers Rock

The Northern Territory is a mystical and magic place. It has a rugged beauty and more than 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture and history waiting for you to experience.

The ‘Territory’ as it’s known to the locals, is a desert with the occasional town, beautiful national parks, and of course a massive, stunning rock (Uluru) popping up in the middle of nowhere. The desert dirt is a deep rich red. Once you see it, will remain etched in your memory forever.
 
In contrast to all this beauty, the locals are laid back, happy and almost cartoon characters. Think Crocodile Dundee and his true blue Australian friends, and these are who you can expect to meet in the Territory. Oh, and of course there’s the local wildlife – crocodiles. True story.
 

The Red Centre, Central Australia - Uluru & Alice Springs


The Red Centre is in Central Australia. It is where you'll find Uluru (which you may know as Ayers Rock), and the quirky outback town of Alice Springs.
 

Uluru (Ayers Rock) is a sacred Aboriginal site and is not to be missed when you are in the Northern Territory. It’s beautiful at any time of day but sunrise and sunset are particularly spectacular.
 


Learn about Uluru from the locals.
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sine under the stars at Uluru
Dine out in Australia's Red Centre.
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There are many ways to experience the Rock including a walk with an Aboriginal elder, on camel back, or dining under the stars with Uluru as your backdrop.

Take a traditional bush-tucker tour and forage for your own food. Your Indigenous guide will show you how people have eaten off the land for thousands of years. Other local native delicacies to try include emu or crocodile steaks. 

Getting there: Uluru is in the middle of nowhere, so get their by plane, organised tour or drive from Alice Springs.
 

Alice Springs is a famous Australian outback town and has featured in many movies including Priscilla – Queen of the Desert and Crocodile Dundee.

This quirky town also hosts wacky events such as:

  • the Henley-On-Todd Regatta where people race bottomless boats on the dry sands of the Todd River
  • the Camel Cup where camels race around the dusty outback track.


Camel racing in the outback. Photo: Tourism Australia


Go hiking in the outback. Photo: Tourism Australia

The East and West MacDonnell Ranges are on both sides of Alice Springs and go on for hundreds of kilometres. There are hiking and four-wheel drives tracks, swimming holes, and great camping spots.

Enjoy the waterholes and gorges of the West Macs, or take on the 223 kilometre Larapinta walking trail, or maybe a small section of it.

The East Macs have bush walking, camping and four-wheel driving, and more than 6000 ancient rock paintings and carvings at various gorges.

 

 

The Top End - Darwin, Kakadu, Arnhem Land

 
This is the very north of the Northern Territory. In fact, it's known as the Top End and boasts tropical weather, rich indigenous culture, and spectacular national parks. 
 

Kakadu National Park has 50,000 years of rich Indigenous culture. For truly authentic cultural experience, tour with the Bininj/Mungguy people - who are the local Indigenous community - and learn about the artworks on display in the natural rock art galleries.

Take a hike in Kakadu. Photo: Tourism Australia

Cool off in the water holes in Kakadu. 
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Other features of Kakadu are exotic birds, and cascading waterfalls. Join a guided tour, go four wheel driving, or join a cruise where you can spot crocodiles. Why not explore the park on foot. Bushwalkers of all levels will enjoy the trails that range from easy strolls, day walks to challenging treks. Pitch a tent at one of campsites and enjoy an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience.

Distance: Kakadu is three hours from Darwin.
 

 

Arnhem Land​ is one of Australia’s largest Aboriginal Reserves and is renowned for its strong Aboriginal culture and traditions.

Book an organised tour with one of the Aboriginal elders and learn about the Indigenous culture, and the Dreamtime stories associated with the ancient rock art.

Nature-lovers will enjoy the rugged coastlines, rainforests, saltwater crocodiles, turtles, hundreds of fish and birds. Why not cast a fishing line and try to catch the local red emperor, Spanish mackerel, coral trout, or famous barramundi.


Explore Arnhemland with a local Indigenous guide. Photo: Tourism Australia
 
 

Katherine - just beneath the Top End


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This is where the outback meets the tropics, and is part of the Top End. Discover ancient Aboriginal cultures, stunning national parks, gorges & waterfalls.

Katherine Gorge has 13 gorges to explore by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. Serious bushwalkers can do the five day, 58km Jatbula trail through the national park.




 


After all that walking, relax in the Katherine Hot Springs, or the Butterfly Gorge Nature Park swimming hole with its paperbark trees, sheer rock faces and large populations of ​butterflies.

If you have time, visit the Katherine School of the Air and listen in on a lesson being broadcast over 800,000 square kilometres.

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Getting to the Northern Territory & getting around the Territory

This is one giant desert. You can drive for hours and still not see another town. Unless you have plenty of time and a reliable, well-stocked 4-wheel drive, I’d suggest booking a guided tour to explore the territory or flying to each destination. Welcome to the Northern Territory.

 

Where to stay

The Territory has plenty of places to stay. Chances are, you'll end up camping out under the stars so you can really experience the magic of this sacred place. 

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