Australia's Outback - Northern Territory

From the lush ‘Top End', with its amazing wildlife and aboriginal art treasures of Kakadu National Park to the Red Center and its mysteries of Uluru/Ayers Rock, the Northern Territory is an enticing journey into an ancient culture, stunning landscapes and the Outback.

 Australia's Northern Territory

Central Australia – Red Centre
Home to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Alice Springs, Central Australia is filled with amazing monoliths, great gorges, ancient landscapes, glimmering rivers, free-spirited Outback towns and ancient Aboriginal sites.

Uluru (Ayers Rock)Uluru / Ayers Rock
Behold the majestic rise of the world's biggest monolith, Uluru (Ayers Rock) as it towers 1000 feet over the Northern Territory desert.

To the local Anangu Aborigines, the site's spiritual significance dates back thousands of years, when mythical creatures stalked the land and set down the physical characteristics we see today.

As the sun sets, watch the Rock's unforgettable transformation from reds and oranges to purples and the distinct ‘Namatjira Blue.'

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
Also owned by the Anangu Aborigines, the spectacular and spiritual 36 red-stoned monoliths clustered together 30 minutes from Uluru are stunning to visit.

 

Todd Mall Sunday Markets, Alice SpringsAlice Springs , a welcoming Outback town
From its pioneering roots, Alice Springs has emerged into an attractive town, with a mall, shopping precincts, casino, and a range of cafes, restaurants and accommodation.

 

Learn about bushfoodFind life in the desert
A mere 10 minute drive from Alice Springs, Springs Desert Park's zoo, botanic garden and research centre shows a vivid network of life that lies beneath the barren desert nestled against the McDonnell Ranges.

 

Kings CanyonBrave Kings Canyon
Three and a half hours drive south of Alice Springs, the dramatic, rugged bluffs and gorges of Watarrka National Park , or Kings Canyon, shelter a world of contrasts. The canyon's ancient sandstone walls thrust skyward to the Lost City , a plateau of weathered domes.


Australian Aboriginal playing the didgeridoo
Australian Aborigine playing the didgeridoo.

Aboriginal Boy

Glimpse an Ancient Culture
Known as one of the world's oldest cultures, Australia's Aboriginal people have lived in the rugged, ancient landscape of the Northern Territory for at least 40,000 years. From the tropical Top End to the monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at its red centre, almost every geographical feature is significant to local Aboriginal people.

Guided tours and attractions let you get to know local aborigines and their rich insights into their culture, lore and traditions. Learn to master the haunting didgeridoo or hurl a boomerang. Be spellbound as traditional dance troupes tell the story of creation. Or simply stare in wonder at rock sites boasting the world's oldest artwork, while an Aboriginal guide explains its deep spiritual significance.

The Top End
Lush and beautiful, the Top End's vast plains, plunging gorges, and broad wetlands and capital city, Darwin, plays host to a wide arrange of natural attractions and adventure activities.

Darwin, the gateway to the
Top End

Combining modern charm with a frontier spirit, tropical Darwin offers lively restaurants, thriving markets, museums and lush locales.

Litchfield National Park
Litchfield features waterfalls cascading into crystal-clear watering holes, sandstone cliffs and monsoon rainforests.

Tiwi Islands
An hour's flight from Darwin, the Tiwi people on Bathurst and Melville Islands are ready to demonstrate and share their elaborate art, religion and culture.


Explore the lush wetlands

Kakadu National Park
One of Australia 's most significant national parks and world heritage attractions, Kakadu is globally recognized as a cultural and ecological treasure.  Dramatic gorges, luxuriant rainforest pockets, thundering waterfalls, tranquil pools, rivers with water lilies and crocodiles and ancient Aboriginal rock are all found within its two million hectares

Katherine and its gorges
Tthe outback town of Katherine is the hub of the vast, almost untouched Katherine region. Take a driving, camping or bushwalking adventure, trek through rugged landscape, see Aboriginal sites, or take a flight to Katherine Gorge and its awe-inspiring gorges filled with sheer cliffs, rock art, beaches, and plunging waterfalls.

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