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Explore the natural wilderness and get your adrenalin pumping
A mention of the Northern Territory conjures up vivid imagery that is typically Australian – ochre monoliths, vast untamed waterways and wide open spaces showing off the rugged diversity of our land. Take off to Darwin for the weekend and soak in the laidback ambience of the modest capital city. Multicultural Darwin leads the charge for tourism in the top end and may surprise you with its cultural offerings from open-air cinemas to picturesque heritage architecture. Treat yourself to a tropical short break exploring significant wartime sites and taking things at a steady pace while perusing the local flavour-infused markets.
From Darwin, head east to Australia's largest national park and the perfect setting for outback adventure, Kakadu National Park. Adorned in ancient Aboriginal rock art, the landscape is heaped with walking tracks, secluded billabongs and dramatic waterfalls. For an all natural weekend escape, swap your stay in luxury for a blanket of stars. Continue your wilderness exploits and push on to Katherine, home to the spectacular Katherine Gorge and an adventurer's playground with opportunities for caving, kayaking and cooling off in volcanic pools.
Your time is well spent on a weekend getaway in the country's Red Centre where beautifully jagged plains and iconic natural wonders are all within easy access of Alice Springs. Visit a land locked in time, bathed in a grand palette of earthy hues and shrouded in spiritual significance. Day trek the West MacDonnell Ranges, be dwarfed by the magnificent Uluṟu / Ayers Rock and learn the stories of the Olgas from a local guide. Whether you're craving a few days getting back to nature or a weekend romantic getaway, Flight Centre's short breaks in the Northern Territory boast intoxicating activities and scenery that will leave you energised to tackle whatever Monday throws at you.