The Australian Outback – the Northern Territory has it all.
Commonly known as the Australian Outback, the Northern Territory is one of the last fronteers. You will find us just south of Alice Springs, north to the capital city of Darwin and neighbouring islands.
Despite its large geographical footprint, just over 250,000 people live in the Northern Territory.
Connect with the oldest living culture on earth and learn about their deep spiritural connections. Aboriginal people maintain their ancient heritage through cultural practices such as storytelling, art and traditional languages.Territorians are some of the friendliest Australians so be sure to say hello when visiting the Australian Outback! Click To Tweet
Make the Territory your next adventure!
- Enjoy a perfect Sunrise at Uluru
- Swim in the gorgeous waterfalls in Litchfield Park
- Experience Mindil markets at Sunset
Things to see and do in the Northern TerritoryTravel beyond Australia's big cities to experience the true Australian Outback. Make the Territory your next adventure! Click To Tweet
See Sunrise at Uluru
Uluru stands 350 metres (1150 feet) high and is surrounded by ghost gum trees and natural waterholes. For the ancient Anangu people, Uluru is a place a great spiritual power as the centre of the universe and the home of the Earth Mother. Uluru is at its most captivating at sunrise and sunset when the rock’s surface shifts through a rich spectrum of beautiful colours. Read more about Uluru …
Walk the West MacDonnell Ranges
The West MacDonnell ranges stretch some 110 kilometres (68 miles) beyond Alice Springs, displaying the familiar landscape of Albert Namatjira watercolours. Without a doubt, the clear blue skies and rich ochre rocks in vivid yellows and oranges will take your breath away. Beautiful swimming holes, desert walks and peaceful surrounds. Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm and Ormiston Gorge are some of the most popular places to visit.
Stop off at the Devils Marbles
A place of ancient Aboriginal dreaming, the Devils Marbles are a ‘must stop’ destination when driving through the Northern Territory. A surreal collection of massive granite boulders strewn across acres of sparse desert country just 110 kilometers south of Tennant Creek in Central Australia is one of the most spectacular sights to be seen.
Swim at Mataranka & Bitter Thermal Springs
About 100 kilometres south of Katherine is Mataranka & Bitter Hot Springs. Refreshing natural hot springs are a popular rest stop for tired weary travelers. The sandy-bottomed Mataranka Thermal Pool is alive with fish and freshwater turtles. Take a snorkel and explore this beautiful swimming hole. The site’s sister lagoon, Bitter Springs, is a 10 minute drive away.
Visit Nitmiluk National Park
Located on the lands of the Jawoyn people, the rock art sites are showcased throughout the park. Learn about the Jawoyn people’s connection with the land at the Nitmiluk Centre or take a boat cruise of the first few gorges. With a network of 13 gorges in the Katherine River, Nitmiluk National Park is ideal to explore by canoe.
Eat at Darwin’s Mindil Market
Mindil Beach Sunset Market runs on Thursday and Sunday nights from April to October and features street performers, musicians, arts and craft stalls as well as an eclectic range of Asian, Greek and Italian and local food stalls. Try local favourites such as a Thai papaya salad or be bold and visit Go On Be Game, a stall serving kangaroo, crocodile and buffalo fillet burgers. Mindil has one of the most magical sunset outlooks ever! Don’t miss it!
Discover Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park is a must see if you’re in the Top End. It’s home to several stunning waterfalls that cascade into crystal clear pools like Buley Rockhole, Florence Falls and Wangi Falls. Make sure you take in the magnetic termite mounds and clusters of weathered sandstone pillars at the Lost City. Swimming under the falls and relaxing in waterholes is a favourite pastime for visitors and locals alike. It is a popular day tour destination from Darwin or Katherine, but many visitors choose to stay overnight in one of the nearby campgrounds. Access one of the beautiful walks from most popular sites.
World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is famous for its magnificent landscape. You will see an abundance of birdlife unique to this area, crocodiles and other reptiles in the wild, rare plants and so much more. Climb to the top of Ubirr Rock to see vast expanses of the wetlands of Kakadu and experience some of Australia’s most ancient Aboriginal rock art. Don’t miss the Yellow Waters cruise at sunrise or sunset for some unforgettable moments. Find out when is the best time to visit here.
Visit the Tiwi Islands
Often called the Islands of Smiles, the Tiwi Islands − Bathurst Island and Melville Island − lie about 80km north of Darwin. A visit here is one of the cultural highlights of the Top End. The Tiwis are well known for producing vibrant art and champion Aussie Rules football players. They specialise in crafting wooden sculptures, traditional painting and vibrant, modern handcrafted fabric designs. Artists are often around to have a chat and share the stories behind their creations.
HOW TO GET THERE
To explore the Northern Territory, catch the Ghan train from South Australia, or fly into Alice Springs with Qantas or Virgin Airways. Alice Springs is a two hour (and a bit) flight from Sydney.
To arrive in the Top End, continue north on the Ghan or fly into Darwin with Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar or Tiger Air from most capital cities in Australia. Darwin is a 4 1/2 hour flight from Sydney.
If you don’t mind driving long distances, the Northern Territory is an ideal road trip destination – hire a campervan from Alice Springs or Darwin.
The Northern Territory represents the ‘real’ Outback and certainly a place to experience the real Australia. Be sure to take home the Territory Experience!