Experience the magic of Uluru with local guides.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia
Where is Northern Territory?

Northern Territory & Ayers Rock

The Northern Territory is a mystical and magic place, filled with rugged beauty and more than 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture and history for you to experience. Known as the top end, The Northern Territory is the home to iconic Ayers Rock (or Uluru) - the big red rock that dominates the desert, and Kakadu National Park which is Australia's largest national park.

What to do and where to visit in the Top End

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

An Australian must-do is a visit to Uluru (Ayers Rock) which is a sacred Aboriginal site. It’s beautiful at any time of day but sunrise and sunset are particularly spectacular. There are many ways to experience the Rock including a walk with an Aboriginal elder, on camel back, or a dinner in the desert under the stars.

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

Sit around the campfire and learn about Uluru from
the locals. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

Ancient Aboriginal rock art at Mount Borradaile; Arnhemland. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

Arnhem Land

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.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is home ancient Aboriginal rock art and culture, wildlife, exotic birds, and cascading waterfalls. Explore this world heritage listed national park by bushwalking, four wheel driving, taking a guided tour, or joining a cruise for a bit of crocodile spotting.

Bushwalkers of all levels will enjoy the trails that range from easy strolls, day walks to challenging treks. Why not pitch a tent at one of campsites and enjoy an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

The East & West MacDonnell Ranges

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.

Katherine Gorge

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.

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. It’s a quirky place and hosts some wacky events such as:

  • the Henley-On-Todd Regatta where people race bottomless boats on the dry sands of the Todd River, and

  • the Camel Cup where camels race around the dusty outback track.

The Henley-on-Todd Regatta at Alive Springs.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

Enjoy dining out in Australia's Red Centre.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

Where to eat

Dine under the stars with Uluru as your backdrop, or forage for your own food on one of the traditional bush-tucker tours. Your Indigenous guide will show you how the local people have eaten off the land for thousands of years.

Alternatively, sample some of the local hot places including Bojangles in Alice Springs that serves amazing steaks and native food such as emu or crocodile. Dine alfresco by Darwin Harbour at Char, or try the contemporary menus at the Barra on Todd or the Red Ochre Grill. Click here for more options.

Where to stay

The Top End 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. Click here to see a great selection of camping safaris and tours.

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