Northern Territory must do experiences
The Northern Territories is often an overlooked part of Australia with the majority of tourists visiting the states of New South Wales and Queensland, working their way up or down the East Coast. That said the 3rd most popular destination after Sydney and The Great Barrier Reef is some 2000 km inland from the Eastern Coast, Uluru also known as Ayers Rock. One of the world’s most mysterious religious sites this massive sandstone monolith is constantly changing colour from flaming red at sunrise to a glowing blue and purple hue at sunset. Again the vast majority of tourists will head back to the coast once they have taken a whistle stop tour of the Red Centre, but why stop at Uluru, when the Northern Territories has so much more to offer and now with Malaysian Airlines flying into Darwin it has made it a whole lot more accessible.
Top 4 Northern Territory must do experiences outside Uluru National Park.
The Ghan Train
To access the Northern Territory the obvious way is to fly in from one of Australia’s major cities, however another option is to take an epic train journey. The Ghan, named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from one edge of this continent to the other, through the very centre of Australia. Running from Adelaide to Darwin with the opportunity to break your journey at Alice Springs, It is a 54 hour train journey with amazing views of the Australian outback. There is a lot more out there than you might expect! Alternatively you can do half and half by flying in and taking the Ghan out, or vice versa. There’s adventure around every corner in Australia’s “Outback.” The diversity of the Northern Territory transforms from red desert in the south to tropical bush land in the north creating an array of adventure opportunities. No matter what your travel style is, there’s something for everyone.
Visit Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park takes up a great deal of land in the Northern Territory occupying land half the size of Switzerland. When visiting Kakadu you can see crocodiles, over 280 species of birds, beautiful rock formations, vast plains, you can visit the Bowali Visitors centre and you can also find Aboriginal rock paintings.
The Aboriginal people have continually inhabited this land for the past 40,000 years and still live here today. While visiting Kakadu take a crocodile boat tour where you drive through the rivers and swamps of Kakadu in search of crocs and will see a beautiful sunrise over the calm river waters. Remember to keep your hands in the boat!
The capital city of the Territory, Darwin is the most Northern city in the country and is named after Charles Darwin. Give yourself a day or two to explore. Visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, take in the market, go for a swim on the waterfront, stroll through the Botanical Gardens, go to the Aquarium, visit a Crocodile farm and enjoy the food. Being so close to Asia there are also a lot of great Asian and Asian fusion restaurants in the city that you can enjoy.
Just one hour from Darwin you’ll find the Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the Adelaide River. As one of your cruise guides holds bait out over the edge of the boat, you will watch in astonishment as the crocodiles jump completely out of the water.
Katherine Gorge & Nitmiluk National Park
Located 200miles south east of Darwin, Katherine is the fourth largest settlement in the Northern Territory. Katherine is a whistle stop tour when you take the Ghan train and is a popular stop for people driving to Darwin, there are several things to do while visiting. Visit Nitmiluk National Park and take a boat tour through the Katherine Gorge. Easily seen by canoe or flat bottom boat Katherine Gorge is made up of 13 gorges, some which become inaccessible during the dry season
After witnessing the jumping crocs, you may be a bit apprehensive about entering the water in the Northern Territory. Luckily, there are many gorgeous swimming spots in Litchfield National Park that are completely croc-free. Buley Rockhole has waterfalls flowing into big natural water holes perfect for cooling off.