Northern Territory Guide
With a sparse population, expansive countryside, unique indigenous culture and untouched natural attributes, Australia's Northern Territory is an adventure at every turn. From the wilds of Kakadu National Park to the dusty ochre heart of the country in Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Northern Territory is an epic holiday in the real Australian outback proffering memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Start your Northern Territory holiday at the Top End where fresh and saltwater crocodiles have glided amid the biodiverse wetlands of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park since prehistoric times. The Top End has two seasons – wet and dry- but the balmy tropical climate means it's always a good time to visit. Darwin, the capital, is influenced by its proximity to Asia and historic influx of migrants to offer a range of culinary cuisines and an enviable outdoor lifestyle that makes the most of the warm weather.
Within the Northern Territory are 52 national parks and nature conservation reserves offering untouched pockets of tranquil scenery, bountiful wildlife and curious natural phenomenon. Notable Territory attractions include the rock spheres known as Devil's Marbles at Tennant Creek, the majestic depths of Katherine Gorge, the towering rock shapes of the Olgas and the huge monolith that is Uluru in the Red Centre.
The sacred rock formation of Uluru is a stunning natural sight that draws people from all over the world. Around the base of this cultural site are billabongs, trees and rock art to view, but the rock is the real drawcard. Seeing Uluru glow from ochre red to orange and bright red in the transformational light of sunset and sunrise is one of those indelible images you'll treasure always.
Against this stunning natural backdrop is the culture of the indigenous Aboriginal population. Arnhem Land in the Top End is the spiritual home of over 40,000 years of indigenous culture and where the Aboriginal myths and stories of the Dreamtime originate. In the Red Centre town of Alice Springs, you can view the history and culture of both the pioneers and Aboriginal tribes with sacred sites and bush tucker tastings as well as indigenous wildlife and rare flora in this desert environment.
Each part of the territory offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture, explore the natural wilderness and get your adrenalin pumping with heart-stopping activities. With such wild, untouched beauty and mythical cultural significance in this vast, spacious area, the Northern Territory is a holiday adventure unmatched anywhere else in the world.