What are the top places to visit in the NT?
The Northern Territory offers countless of experiences for travelers. Recently, it has become the starting point for many overseas travelers hoping to travel along the Gibb River Road as it offers the opportunity to fly direct from and to Asia, notably Singapore. But there’s not only attractions to see in Western Australia! The Northern Territory is rich in culture and history. As a matter of fact, being sparsely populated, it also offers travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the real outback and learn more about the Aboriginal culture.
Darwin and surrounds
From wildlife parks (and crocodiles parks) to the museum and botanical park, Darwin has a lot to offer. It will keep you occupied for a day or two.
Main attractions include:
- Crocosaurus Cove
- Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
- Darwin Aviation Museum
- Mindil Beach Market
- George Brown Botanic Gardens
- Territory Wildlife Park
Litchfield National Park
It is one of the most popular national park close to Darwin (about 1.5 hours). Visitors can enjoy walk trails, waterfalls and swimming holes.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu is the largest park in Australia and can occupy you for days. It has walk trails, waterfalls, wetlands and much more such as Aboriginal rock art.
Arnhem Land is located at the top end of Northern Territory and only accessible with a permit. This isolated reserve boasts beautiful scenery, rugged coastlines and rain forests. Today Arnhem Land remains one of the largest Aboriginal owned reserves in Australia.
Nitmiluk National Park is a beautiful place not to be missed with the two main waterfalls being Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls.
Other places to visit include:
- Katherine Outback Experiences
- Elsey National Park (thermal pool)
- Cutta Cutta Caves
- Katherine hot springs
- Katherine museum
- Aboriginal art shops and galleries
- Dine under the starts with Marksies Camp Tucker
Tennant Creek is full of history and a great spot to stretch your legs if you are on your way to Alice Springs.
Main attractions include:
- Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles
- The Old Police Station Waterhole
- Connells Lagoon Conservation Reserve
- Visitor centre
Alice Springs is famous for its outback spirit and is the closest main town to Ayers Rock. The town offers many activities which include:
- Olive Pink Botanic Garden
- East and West McDonnell Ranges
- Alice Springs Desert Park
- Alice Springs Telegraph Station
- Hot air balloon ride
- Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
- Camel ride at sunset
- Rainbow Valley
Uluru-Katja Tjuta National Park
This national park is mainly known for Uluru (or Ayers Rock), a sandstone formation standing 348m above ground. The national park also features other spectacular rock formations such as the domed rock formations of Katja Tjuta, also known as Olgas.
Image courtesy: Northern Territory Tourism