Incredible Reasons to Visit the Northern Territory
The Northern Territory, or the NT as the locals call it, is the best part of the country to get an authentic Australian outback experience.
You will discover the history, the culture and the landscape that makes Australia the adventure filled and other-wordly travel destination that it is. Here’s a few reasons why you should visit the Northern Territory for a slice of real Aussie action.
Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory is very laid back. Life happens at a slower pace here compared to other state capitals, although it’s definitely not boring. As you head south toward Central Australia, you’ll most likely find yourself heading toward Alice Springs and to the world famous, Uluru. In this article, we cover some of the Northern Territories key attractions and must visit sights for your Australian outback experience.
1. Swim with a crocodile in the Cage of Death
A once-a-lifetime chance and the only place in Australia to get into water with a hungry crocodile without the fear of being eaten, head to Croc Cove and take the plunge into the “Cage of Death” to get an underwater view of these reptilian beasts up close.
2. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
Home to one of the most picturesque sunsets, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are open from Thursday to Sunday. Here, you’ll find local entertainment, arts and crafts and lots of food stalls.
3. Kakadu National Park
Visit Kakadu National Park and experience the stunning swimming holes, towering termite mounds and more critters than you can shake a stick at!
4. Ubiir Rock and cave art
Ubiir Rock is a great place to see ancient Aboriginal cave art dating back to 20,000 years old.
5. Alice Springs
Explore this vibrant buzzing arty city which will be the gateway to Central Australia and thousands of travellers Uluru experience.
6. Mataranka Hot Springs
Take a dip in a proper Aussie billabong at the Mataranka Hot Springs. Just what you’ll need after trekking in the outback.
7. Daly Waters
Arguably Australia’s most regional pub, Daly Waters has been on the tourist map for centuries.
8. Take a group tour of Uluru from Alice Springs
Take a trip to Uluru – Australia’s most famous landmark and the heart of the Red Centre.
9. Visit the Olgas
Another rock formation, although not as famous as Uluru, Kata Tjuta – also known as The Olgas – are a range of dome shaped rocks that you won’t believe exist on earth.
10. See the Katherine Gorge
Cruise and kayak in this breathtaking sandstone formation.
11. See the fruit bat swarms
Hundreds of these fruit bats or flying foxes can fill up trees without warning. They’re harmless, but better keep your mouth shut when you look up for them!
12. Lessons in aboriginal culture
Northern Territory is one of the best places to meet local aboriginal people still living a semi-traditional life.
13. The real Australian billabong
The classical Australian folk song ‘Waltzing Matilda’ talks about the billabong – a stagnant pool of water off the main waterway. At the end of the song, the swagman jumps into the waterway, not to be seen again. Perhaps he disappeared because of the incredible wildlife in the billabong.
14. Crocodiles in the wild
The billabongs in Mary river are home to many massive saltwater crocodiles.
Litchfield National Park
15. The most unspoiled waterfalls in the world
A dip in the waterfalls of the park are an excellent way to escape the tropical heat.
16. Termite Cathedrals
Some of the biggest termite mounds in the region are in Litchfield National Park, growing for over 70 years and over 4 metres tall.
17. Cultural welcome
The Tiwi island aboriginal culture is distinct from the mainland – like the traditional smoke dance they perform to visitors to promise a safe visit.
18. Create your own aboriginal art
Work with a local screen printing artist to create your own aboriginal art.