The Northern Territory Is Calling All Millennials
If you thought the Northern Territory was just for well off, grey-haired tourists armed with flash cameras and cash to splash on luxury resorts, then think again. More and more millennials are making the pilgrimage into the Red Centre to experience its rich cultural history, and witness spectacular landscapes just begging to be loaded up onto anyone’s insta feed. Many feel this area is Australia’s spiritual heartland and it’s hard to disagree given the ancient indigenous legends that are so deeply intertwined with the land and its people.
It’s now easier than ever to tick this beauty off your bucket list with direct flights from most of the major cities and accommodation options ranging from backpacker hostels and hotels to honeymoon worthy swanky resorts. Millennials a plenty are joining up with one of the many Uluru tours on offer from Darwin and Alice Springs, a great choice if time and money are in short supply. With rich, dense green rainforests busting with wildlife to terracotta coloured desert scenes and cobalt blue seas there’s an Instagram worthy snap at every turn.
Set against these beautiful backdrops are loads of festivals and unexpected delights such as the Mindil Beach Sunset Market up in Darwin – a weekly foodie haven – and the Territory Taste Festival serving up quality tucker on 22nd and 23rd April every year.
It’s not just gastronomy. May sees the Bass in the Grass festival, Darwin’s biggest, draw the crowds swiftly followed by the electronic vibes of the Summer Sessions Beach Party between 9th and 11th June. For something a little more homemade, check out the hilarious scenes of hundreds of ‘sailors’ frantically paddling homemade beer-tinny boats from Mindil Beach during the Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta. Alice Springs hosts The Henley-On-Todd Regatta on 19 August – a boat race held in a dry riverbed, naturally. The Beanie Festival pops up in Alice Springs during June bringing with it independent hat markets to make any self-respecting hipster weep with joy.
From beanies to beer boats, crocodiles to croque monsieur and hashtagged hats, the Northern Territory isn’t just for the oldies.