Northern Territory Holidays
For many people, the wild and untamed north is the most quintessentially Australian of all the Australian states. Closer to Bali than Bondi, this colossal region is as distinct as it is huge, from spiritual Uluru in the dry Red Centre to the wildlife rich wetlands of the Top End. If you live for adventure and love the great outdoors, the Northern Territory is an incredible place to visit.
Despite its enormity, covering an area of 521,240 square miles, which is more than double the size of France, the Northern Territory is home to only 1% of Australia's total population including the largest Aboriginal concentration. The two ends of the region couldn't be more different. The Red Centre's rich red soil, semi-arid scrubs and awe-inspiring monoliths jutting out of an otherwise featureless plain are a real contrast to the tropical Top End with its lush rainforests, colourful flowers, thundering waterfalls and abundance of wildlife.
The Red Centre is breathtaking and home to two of Australia's most famous rock formations – unmissable Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the soaring rock domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), whose ochre coloured shapes are a mesmerising sight. Alice Springs is a thriving and welcoming outback town as famous for the personality of its locals and fascinating art scene as the surrounding natural wonders. Other notable Red Centre sights include the chasms, craters and sacred sites of the MacDonnell Ranges, the expansive Simpson Desert and majestic Kings Canyon with its towering sandstone walls and incredible views.
Should you opt to drive along the Stuart Highway, which links the Red Centre to the Top End, a great place to break your journey is Tenant Creek and the Barkly Tablelands. Discover the historic roots of charming Tenant Creek, see native water birds at Davenport Range National Park, experience the local culture at Nyinkka Nyunyu Culture Centre and don't miss a sunset trip to the glowing Devils Marbles.
The Top End's capital, Darwin, is a small yet cosmopolitan city with a sparkling harbour, WWII history and tropical outdoor lifestyle. From Darwin head to Litchfield National Park to connect with nature or take a jaunt to the Tiwi Islands and find out why they are nicknamed the 'Island of Smiles'. Discover beautifully scenic Arnhem Land, one of Australia's last true wilderness areas and wholly owned by the Aboriginal people. Don't miss Kakadau National Park, Australia's largest national park, which has an astonishing array of wildlife or head to Katherine, a great base for exploring this region where the outback meets the tropics.
- Mesmerising Uluru
- Soaring domes of Kata Tjuta
- Aboriginal culture
- Outback town of Alice Springs
- Historic Darwin
- Scenic Arnhem Land
- Kakadu National Park
- Cool off in Katherine Gorge