Filled with iconic landscapes and wildlife – Hello “salties”! – the Northern Territory Australia needs to be on your itinerary. Here is all you need to know before visiting the Top End on your next holidays, have a look!
Start with the capital city of the Northern Territory, or the “Top End” as Australians like to call it. Darwin is closer to Indonesia than to other Australian capitals, which has had a wonderful influence in the gastronomical scene. Try some of the fusion recipes at the Mindil Beach market, and you’ll see what we mean.
Join the locals at the beach at the end of the day, to watch the sun fading into the Timor Sea. And if you happen to be around during a tropical storm, keep safe but don’t miss the lightning show from cloud to ground.
Another popular activity around here is to greet the crocodiles. Scared? No need to, as you only need to enter a cage and say hi to the “salties” from underwater at the Crocosaurus Cove.
An equally exciting thing to do is to go on a day trip to the Litchfield National Parks. Only an hour and a half drive from Darwin, it is filled with gorges and swimming holes, such as the Wangi and Florence Falls.
Experience the Northern Territory’s Wilderness
Kings Canyon, Alice Springs and the Simpson Desert
Dare to venture out on the Red Centre and visit Kings Canyon, where you can go for a walk at the rim of sky-high cliffs. After that, it’s time to head out to the West MacDonnell Ranges for a refreshing swim in one of the water holes along the Larapinta Drive. Sleep under the stars and get in touch with the wilderness on your way to Alice Springs.
Once there, start at the Anzac Hills for a view of the arid streets of Alice, still the richest city in aboriginal traditions in the country. And for those looking for the ultimate Outback tour, you can get to the Simpson Desert from here. Book with us, your Australian tour operator, and cross the steep and soft dunes of the fourth largest desert in Australia.
Kakadu National Park
Located 240 km east of Darwin, World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park is a spectacular spot to get closer to nature, wildlife and aboriginal culture.
The best time to visit is during the dry season, from May to October, when you can explore more than twenty trails across towering canyons and refreshing waterfalls. On the way, you’ll pass by endless rock art galleries with ancient paintings that will take you time travelling.
Join the Aboriginals on a cruise along the Yellow Water Billabong and learn how precious its ecosystem is to their tribe. Spot the local birds, like the beautiful jabiru, and the not so friendly crocodiles lingering next to your boat. But don’t worry, since not all waters around here are known to such visitors. You can relax and plunge into pristine billabongs and waterholes nestled in the canyon.
Finally, don’t miss the chance to watch the sun setting on the wetlands from up above on board of a charter flight.
Learn about Aboriginal Culture in the Northern Territory Australia
Uluru-Kata Tjuta must be one of the most spiritual places on earth, right in the middle of Australia. The Anangu aboriginal people will tell you all the wonderful and mysterious storylines around its creation and forms. Which is why you can’t miss the free Ranger-guided walking tour to learn more about the Indigenous Culture.
After that, hire yourself a bicycle and go around the base of the mighty Uluru, a.k.a. Ayers Rock. Venture a little bit further, to another and equally stunning rock formation, The Olgas, exploring by foot its tracks, crevices and waterholes.
Make it an exciting sunset on the back of a camel or book the unforgettable Sounds of Silence experience with us. You’ll be having dinner under the stars of the Northern Territory Australia. And to end in the best way possible, return to Uluru at sunrise to witness the beautiful shifting of shades of ochre, greeting yet another day.
Just outside Kakadu National Park, is a remote part of the Northern Territory Australia that you must visit: Arnhem Land.
This is one of those protected lands where you can only enter with a permit. In fact, Aboriginals still live here by their own traditional beliefs. Reach out and we’ll make sure you get your own. Take part in rituals and learn the local methods of fishing at the pristine Golf of Carpentaria. Visit the communities and immerse yourself in the culture of Dreamtime storytelling and the didgeridoo.
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