Dreaming of...the NORTHERN TERRITORY!

  • May 14, 2020
  • Amber Mitchell
  • Northern Territory

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Situated in the central north of  Australia,  immerse yourself in the incredible landscapes, Indigenous culture and outdoor adventures.

With canyons, national parks, crocs, gorges and spectacular waterfalls, feel the surrounds of the outback from the very top end to the red centre.

 

 

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Top Sights to visit in the Northern Territory!

Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park

Prepare to be blown away by the world heritage listed natural wonder, as you watch the sunset change the colour of Uluru from red to deep orange then to a dusky purple. Wishing to immerse yourself in the location why not take a helicopter flight over the iconic rock formation, enjoy a camel ride or, wanting to release your inner thrill seeker why not sky dive into the incredible landscape! Kata Tjuta National Park is a bulky group of ancient rock foundations that shares the jagged landscape with Uluru only a 45-minute drive between them.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu expands nearly 20,000 square kilometres of World Heritage listed land.  Just 3 hours drive from Darwin it is the perfect location to absorb the Aboriginal culture and natural wonders.  Consider swimming under glistering waterfalls, stroll through the lush rainforests, spot exotic wildlife and Aboriginal rock art.

Nitmiluk National Park

Fall in love with spectacular gorges, waterfalls and sandstone carvings. With 13 gorges that make up Katherine Gorge you can explore by cruise, canoe, foot or helicopter. Delve into the landscape as you take a refreshing swim in one of the many natural swimming holes such as Edith Falls. Learn about the Aboriginal traditions, stories, ceremonies and art works that are dated back thousands of years from a local guide or tour. Feeling adventurous and have a passion for hiking, experience the once in a lifetime 62 kilometres 5-day hike through the Jatbula Trail, camping close to gorges, waterfalls and natural springs.

Kings Canyon

Surround yourself with the great outdoors taking in the red rock cliff formations. With hiking trails to suit all abilities you can find incredible viewpoints taking in the Watarrka National Park. Don’t miss the remarkable sunrise from the top of Kings Canyon, so worth the early wake-up call (also escaping the heat).

Arnhem Land

Get lost in the beauty of this rugged wonderland, not far from Kakadu National Park. Arnhem Land has a diverse range of landscapes from remote islands, barren coastlines to dense rainforest. Arnhem Land has a strong cultural background of the Aboriginal Indigenous Community which can be seen from their artworks, crafts and dream time stories. To explore this well-kept land, you will require a permit therefore we suggest joining a tour or guided activity.

Uluru Field of Light

Light up your night with a trip to the Field of Lights, showcasing hundreds of lights at the base of Uluru, turning the giant rock into a silhouette. Purchase a self-guided tour at your own pace around the exhibition or package of your choice and watch the magic begin.

Mindil Beach Markets

Darwin’s famous markets open Thursday and Sunday evening April to October. Browse through the several stalls that Mindil Beach has to offer, from arts & crafts to local food cuisines to fashion. Taste local products including fresh fish, kangaroo even crocodile while listening to local Northern Territory artist perform while you watch the sun set on the beach.

Litchfield National Park

Relax and unwind in the peaceful Litchfield National park only 60 minutes from Darwin. The park has some incredible well-kept locations to discover such as impressive waterfalls, the lost city, bush walks, the magnetic termite mounds and natural swimming holes. Rent a 4WD and travel along the beaten paths to Surprise Creek Falls or Tjaynera Falls for a refreshing swim.

Darwin City

Thriving on the outdoor adventure so far, you’re in luck as it doesn’t stop there. Darwin has so much fun for all ages to enjoy whether it be relaxing on a harbour cruise, cage diving with crocodiles, waterhole hopping, airboat tours and shopping at the Mindil Beach Markets. Darwin offers the perfect slice of paradise with its sparkling ocean, palm trees and abundance of activities.

The Ghan Rail Service

Board one of the greatest Australian rail services, passing through Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin experiencing both the tropical wonders and the red centre of the Northern Territory. Travel in elegance across Australia’s outback with two different services on offer gold or platinum, both providing different experiences onboard. You can decide on where you start your rail journey whether that be Adelaide, Alice Springs or Darwin allowing you to create your unique and authentic outback adventure tailored to your needs and experiences.

Self Drive

Wanting to explore on your own, stopping wherever you want, then self-drive is the perfect way to travel around the picturesque landscapes. Experience the crystal waters of Darwin, the tropical features of Kakadu National Park and the thick red sand of the outback Uluru there is so much to see and do here.

 

Photo: Mataranka Hot Springs

What to drink?

This cocktail will give you all the Northern Territory feels.

The Crocodile Cooler is a refreshing blend of lemon, lime, and melon flavours,  perfect for anybody who wants a fruity treat that has a strong bite to it.

Watch on to see our recipe for the ultimate Crocodile Cooler!

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Our top travel tips…

  • The best time to visit the Northern Territory!

The Northern Territory has two unique seasons the dry season and the wet season, depending on what you’re wanting to experience can determine your choice in when to travel.

The dry season is between May to October with temperatures ranging from 19 degrees to 33 degrees. Sunny days to be expected with moderate temperatures, making it comfortable for outdoor activities and wandering.

The wet season is between November to April with temperatures 25 degrees to 33 degrees. High humidity, tropical storms & rain can be expected, great for seeing the land vibrant and lush however when travelling through the top end ensure to keep an eye out of the road closures as flooding can occur.

The Red Centre experiences 4 distinct seasons summer, autumn, winter & spring ranging from 3 degrees to 35 degrees. The preferred time to visit Alice Springs is Autumn between March to May as the days are sunny & warm while the nights are comfortable with temperatures of 12 degrees to 28 degrees. Being in the middle of the outback ensure you have plenty or water, sunscreen and protective clothing such as a hat and sunglasses.

Photo: Uluru bathed in stars
  • May 14, 2020
  • Emma Spelman
  • Northern Territory

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