Featuring some of Australia’s most recognizable natural landmarks, the Northern Territory occupies the far north of the country. It covers vast areas of quintessential “Outback” and is home to more than 50 national parks protecting the region’s native wildlife and rare flora. It’s also renowned for its indigenous cultural experiences, with a rich history of Aboriginal occupation dating back 40,000 years. From rock art to story telling and guided “bush tucker” tours, it’s one of the best destinations to connect with Australia’s indigenous communities.
The Northern Territory covers the Red Centre where the iconic monolith of Uluru stands, together with the surreal rock formations of the Olgas and dramatic King’s Canyon. Spend time exploring the main settlement of Alice Springs and its Aboriginal art galleries, then trek through Simpson Gap on the legendary Larapinta Trail.
To the north lies Tennant Creek, renowned for its desert landscapes, friendly “Outback” pubs and the Devil’s Marbles, as well as the cultural landscapes of the Victoria River Region. Don’t miss a visit to Katherine Gorge, where spectacular waterfalls and gushing rivers carve through a series of deep canyons, then continue on to one of Australia’s most famous national parks - Kakadu.
Featuring bird-filled billabongs, towering waterfalls and soaring sandstone escarpments, Kakadu is renowned for its Aboriginal rock art sites and wildlife spotting. A short drive away are the natural rock pools of Litchfield National Park and the pulsing capital city of Darwin, while Arnhem Land to the northeast offers fascinating encounters with one of the world’s oldest living cultures.