Divided into The Red Centre and The Top End, the Northern Territory boasts vast regions of red desert contrasting with lush green rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, stunning rock formations and native Australian wildlife. Easily accessible through its capital city of Darwin or through Alice Springs or Ayers Rock airports, the Northern Territory offers an unbelievable variety of tours and experiences for every traveller. Visit National Parks, marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of Ayers Rock, go bird watching, swim in crystal clear pools, see ancient aboriginal art and habitat sites, and learn about the Dreamtime legends of the aboriginal people. However you choose to spend your time, you will be mesmerized by the magnificent natural beauty of this land. Best known world-wide as the location for the "Crocodile Dundee", the Northern Territory is one of the few remaining places in the world where you can explore the remote natural environment in complete safety from human danger
The Red Center The spectacular landscape and fascinating plants and animals of Uluru are a source of wonder and inspiration. With Aboriginal ownership there is a rare opportunity to discover a unique part of arid Australia through the eyes of two cultures, both working side by side to look after the land. Uluru and Kata Tjuta are among the world's great natural wonders. Owned by the traditional Aboriginal people, there is a great deal to enjoy in this Park, including the magnificent views, photography, sunset and sunrise over the Rock and walks up and around both the rock and the Olgas. In keeping with the park's importance to Aboriginal people, major emphasis is placed helping visitors to understand Aboriginal traditions, lifestyles and culture.
Be inspired by Sound of Silence tour - Dine on a gourmet barbecue of Australian delicacies accompanied by fine Australian wines, then sit back and take in the mystery of the desert at night as an astronomer takes you on a tour of the clear Southern night skies.
Ayers Rock A ruddy sandstone monolith, Uluru, lies five hours south-west of Alice Springs, an irresistible challenge to adventure-seekers. It rears 348 metres above the land and hides many secrets. Few visitors to Uluru return unchanged. It's easy to see why the rock and the surrounding land have such huge spiritual significance for the Anangu Aboriginal people. It lies in Australia's red centre like an enormous, moody heart.
Uluru / Ayers Rock rises 348 metres above the desert floor and measures 9.4 kilometres around its girth - the equivalent of a three to four hour walk. It comprises 0.54 cubic kilometres in volume above the ground and extends 3.1 kilometres from east to west and 1.9 kilometres from north to south. Such vital statistics have assured this gigantic natural icon its status as the largest and most famous monolith in the world. But the size of the Rock is even more incredible when you consider that an estimated two thirds of it lies beneath the surface. Images of the Rock are used around the world as the symbol of the Australian landscape. Uluru is the Aboriginal name for a rock hole in the vicinity.
Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon Watarrka National Park, synonymous with Kings Canyon, contains the western end of the George Gill Range. This scenic landscape of rugged ranges, rockholes and moist gorges acts as a refuge for many plants and animals, making the Park an important conservation area and a major attraction of central Australia. Kings Canyon features ancient sandstone walls, sculptured by the elements, rising up 100m to a plateau of rocky domes. A breathtaking walk around the rim of the Canyon allows you to gaze down in awe at the sandstone chasm plunging 270 metres to the Canyon floor. Venture down into the depths of the chasm, and you'll discover luxuriant cycads around the permanent water-hole in the exotic Garden of Eden. You'll also find the eerie, beehive-shaped rock formations, appropriately called the Lost City, fascinating.
In the centre of Australia surrounded by red desert lies Alice Springs. Alice Springs is the bustling Outback town from which an adventure in Australia's interior often starts. Once a remote outpost, Alice Springs is now the second biggest town in the Territory, with all the conveniences of a modern city.
The original Alice Spring is still there - the permanent waterhole that clinched the location of the Overland Telegraph Station in the 1870s and named after the wife of Sir Charles Todd, Postmaster General of South Australia. You'll be inspired by the scenery of the West MacDonnell Ranges that motivated artist Albert Namatjira to paint these landscapes and share them with the world.
Washed in sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples, these rocky ridges contain chasms and gorges of rugged scenery, each with their own unique character and scenery. Visit Simpsons Gap, Stanley Chasm, Ormiston and Glen Helen Gorges, Palm Valley and the Finke Gorge National Park. Explore the gullies, sheer cliffs, gorges, rivers and ghost towns of the East MacDonnell Ranges, and to the north, the gemfields of Harts Range and the historic gold mining settlement of Arltunga.
Top End You haven't seen Australia's Northern Territory until you've been to the Top! Start your journey from Darwin where this cosmopolitan city boasts upwards of 45 different ethnic groups and a great variety of restaurants to match. There's plenty to see and do. To the North, the colourful culture and art of the Tiwi Island people. To the south, the kaleidoscope of rainforests, plunge pools, termite mounds and cycads of Litchfield National Park and the magnificent sandstone gorges of Katherine Gorge. To the east, a number of untouched wetlands, birdlife, and fishing in the majestic Mary River Wetlands, the waterfalls, wetlands and wildlife of heritage listed Kakadu National Park and the untamed beauty of Arnhem Land and the Gove Peninsula. Come and discover the real Australia.
Kakadu National Park Kakadu National Parkis probably one of the world's most well known National Parks. Almost 20,000 square kilometres in size (the same size as Denmark or Ireland!) the park is almost three hours drive (257 kilometres) east from Darwin. Attractions include pristine waterfalls, spectacular scenery, a wide variety of bird and animal life, the ever present salt water crocodile and a rich, diverse plant life.
Immediately to the north of Kakadu is a remote and beautiful coastal region that has only recently been established as a Park precinct. Gurig National Park and the Cobourg Marine Park are situated on the Cobourg Peninsula, just 220 kilometres north-east of Darwin as the crow flies but 570 kilometres by 4WD, and the area is perfect for bushwalking, nature photography, fishing, birdwatching and boating.
The best way to experience Kakadu is by 4WD. There is variety of tours and self drive options to choose from.
Arnhem Land Arnhem Land occupies nearly 100,000 square kilometres of remote, pristine wilderness owned by the Aboriginal people.
To the north and east it is bounded by rocky headlands and soft, white beaches with clear tropical waters. It takes in Elcho Island, the Gove Peninsula and the western shore of the Gulf of Carpentaria from Nhulunbuy to the Roper River, including Groote Eylandt.
The central plateau is a mosaic of outcrops and woodloods, interspersed with paperbark-lined creeks. During "the wet", rivers surge from this high country to a dramatic coastline.
A stronghold of traditional life, the area has been home to many different Aboriginal clan groups for thousands of years and even today as many as 40 separate languages are spoken. The distinctive x-ray style rock art and bark paintings of wallabies, fish and fearsome spirit beings seen only in Arnhem Land, reflect the intimate relationship the traditional owners have with the land and it's bounty.
Litchfield National Park Just 129 kilometres from Darwin and 268 kilometres from Katherine, this 143 square kilometre area was scarcely known until it was proclaimed a National Park in 1986. Today, a quarter of a million locals and tourists each year make the journey to the weathered sandstone escarpments, patches of monsoon rainforest, perrenial spring-fed streams and permanent crystal-clear waterholes, spectacular waterfalls, intriguing 'magnetic' termite mounds and historic ruins of Litchfield National Park. With additional attractions including Buley Rockhole, Wangi, Tolmer and Florence Falls, the Park is a must see! If you have a four wheel drive vehicle or you're on a four wheel drive tour, you can reach the more remote locations like The Lost City with its fascinating sandstone formations and Tjaynera Falls.
Darwin The scenic modern town of Darwin and its huge harbour take visitors by surprise. The unexpected lushness of the tropical city surrounded by blue water and sandy beaches make it an ideal place to stay whilst visiting the many beautiful natural attractions of the Top End.
Darwin offers all the sophistication of an international city with restaurants, hotels, museums, art galleries, as well as nightlife. Yet Darwin's tropical boundaries are the glittering allure of the Timor Sea and the luxuriant greens of the tropical wetlands.
Tennant Creek The home of Australia's last gold rush in the 1930's, is a modern town which has lost none of the charm of the outback. Take a break and enjoy the friendly informal lifestyle, great weather, lovely bush and fascinating history. It's here that you'll find unique scenery which appears nowhere else in the world. You'll encounter recent history you can almost touch, and experience the unspoilt outback. If you're looking for the "dinky di" outback town you won't be disappointed.
Katherinelt The focal point of an area rich in tradition, history and scenic beauty. Home to 10,500 people, Katherine is the major intersection between northern, southern and western routes, and is renowned for the spectacular scenery of its gorges, the most famous of which is Nitmiluk.
110 kilometres south of Katherine is Mataranka and Elsey National Park, with its thermal springs and panadanus forests. Just past the town's outskirts is Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park with numerous walking trails and tours allowing visitors to experience this natural wonder for themselves. Attractions include Cutta Cutta Caves, Edith Falls: 61km north of Katherine, Edith Falls is situated in the Nitmiluk National Park's north-western corner, Katherine Hot Springs and many more.