The Northern Territory is quintessential Australia, with the Outback and ancient Indigenous culture reflecting all that is unique and beautiful about this land. And being such a large area, it’s not surprising that there’s no shortage of things to do in the Top End. It’s tough to choose, but here are ten of our favourite things to see and do in the Northern Territory.
Uluru (or Ayers Rock as it’s alternatively known) is an iconic Australian landmark. At 3.6 kilometres in length and over 348 metres tall, this huge mass must be seen in person. The significance of Uluru to the Aboriginal people, and its sheer beauty – particularly at sunset – make it one of the most memorable and unique Australian experiences.
Just 35 kilometres west of Uluru lie the Olgas. The Olgas are a group of 36 domed rocks that are in shoulder formation, creating a striking scene of valleys and gorges. The tallest rock is 546 metres high, making it higher than even Uluru.
Kakadu National Park exhibits all that is special about the Northern Territory. From Aboriginal rock art, to endemic wildlife, to the unmistakable beauty of the landscape, Kakadu is a true draw card for the Northern Territory. Explore all that the National Park has to offer with a local guide to ensure you don’t miss out on anything.
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
Lively and fun, the sunset markets at Mindil Beach are a great experience for people of all ages. Set against a beautiful backdrop of the ocean, there are lots of stalls ranging from international cuisine to traditional arts and crafts. You’ll find plenty of souvenirs for those back at home, and even if you’re not the shopping type, the live music and bustling atmosphere is well worth the visit.
This landmark has to be seen to be believed. With 13 sandstone gorges carved from the flow of the Katherine River, the Katherine Gorge is an incredible place indeed. During the dry season tourists can paddle in the river, but during wet season it is transformed into rushing rapids. So why not come during both times of the year to experience it both ways?
Territory Wildlife Park
Open air zoos are a great way to experience nature and learn more about wildlife. The Territory Wildlife Park is a huge, state of the art, open air facility that also includes a walk through tunnel aquarium. Worth a look, especially for the kids who will feel as though they are out exploring in the wild.
Litchfield National Park
Sprawling over 1,500 square kilometres, Litchfield National Park is the perfect opportunity to do some bushwalking, camping, and swimming in the Northern Territory. With plenty of waterfalls, Tabletop Range mountains, and safe swimming spots, Litchfield is a great way to immerse yourself in the natural surrounds and experience Northern Territory flora and fauna.
Jumping Crocodile Cruise
A true spectacle, the jumping crocodiles of the Adelaide River are worth a look. Experience the sheer power of these giant saltwater crocodiles as they jump out of the water to snatch their prey. This is the perfect tour to get those unique awe-inspiring photographs to show everyone back home.
Outback Floatplane Adventures
The Northern Territory is such an expansive place, and a floatplane will allow you to truly experience just how magnificently large this land is. The tour combines various methods of transportation to allow you to truly experience the stunning nature of the Northern Territory. From floatplanes to airboats to helicopters, you’ll experience it all in an adventure packed day out. And it’s literally the only way you could see the entire state in a day.
Crocosaurus Cove Cage of Death
The equivalent of diving with Great White sharks, the Cage of Death allows you to enter a clear capsule and see the crocodile living in its natural environment. Being in the water is a thrilling experience, and the only way to get up close and personal with Darwin’s famed crocodiles (while remaining safe, that is).
There’s never a dull moment in the Northern Territory, and you’re guaranteed to have the trip of a lifetime here. No matter what activities or tours you prefer to do, there’s something for everyone.