You have probably heard the line, “there’s nothing quite like…” but there are few places in our shrinking world that truly delivers on this message. There is literally no place on earth like the Northern Territory.
Considering a visit to the Top End?
Where else in the world can you spend the day cooling off under waterfalls before tucking into a barbeque of locally caught barramundi and crocodile. If croc meat isn’t for you then you can always feast on Asian-inspired fare at the famous Parap Markets before finishing off the day with a cold drink on the Waterfront.
Only a few hours drive from Darwin and you’ll truly leave your world behind. The sweeping views, exotic wildlife, natural infinity pools and ancient rock art at Kakadu National Park make it a destination you’ll remember forever. Take a Yellow River Cruise through the water lilies and see if you can spot the elusive crocodile resting on the banks. Learn dreamtime stories at Nourlangie’s rock art galleries before climbing to the top of Ubirr to witness the sun setting over the floodplains in Arnhem Land.
Further along The Nature’s Way drive you’ll find yourself in Katherine – a place where the tropics meet the outback. Head to Nitmiluk to canoe amongst the towing cliffs at Katherine Gorge, or jump on a relaxing dinner cruise. Learn about the local history through a cultural tour or an outback experience, or relax and rejuvenate at the Thermal Pools at Mataranka.
Kakadu National Park
Canoe amongst the towing cliffs at Katherine Gorge
Ready to wind your way down South through Australia’s spectacular red Central Desert? Pull in at Tennant Creek, a friendly hamlet on the main artery between Alice Springs and Darwin, and discover a rich history shaped by gold mining, Aboriginal culture and the NT’s original cattle kings.
Further on in Alice Springs art lovers big and small will easily lose themselves in the art galleries of the unofficial capital of Aboriginal art and culture. For the outdoorsy type there’s a whole host of four-wheel drive, quad bike and camel trekking options to choose from. A great way to see the town is on 2 wheels, exploring its many mountain biking trails.
Share the clean night air and the stars above with friends over delicious food and champagne at the Sounds of Silence Dinner or enjoy a buffet of Australian and International cuisines at the Ayers Rock Resort. At the Earth Sanctuary you can try real Aussie damper with a variety of different grilled meats. And for those that enjoy a good old fashioned campfire, meet new friends at the Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge.
One of the final spots to pop into for a true outback experience is Curtin Springs. 85 kilometres east of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the Curtin Springs Station offers accommodation, tours, 4WD tours and fantastic meals. There’s plenty on offer but you’d be silly not to try the Curtin Springs steak. It’s also the spot to pick up a unique souvenir for the family back home- some of Curtin Springs’ homemade paper created from the vast native grasses of Central Australia.
We think you’d agree it’s about time you ticked the NT off your bucket list. Start planning today and book that trip you’ve always dreamt about.