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An adventure seeker’s mecca, the Northern Territory offers wide-open stretches of rich red outback, clear waterholes, ancient Aboriginal culture and charming tropical towns.

The Northern Territory is vast and incredible, from the mighty monolith of Ulu r u and the desert town of  Alice Springs  to the coastal capital of  Darwin  and its neighbouring islands. Offering unforgettable travel experiences, you’re sure to leave the Northern Territory a little different than you came. 

Be sure to come to the Northern Territory with an open mind – this place is not just about arid desert. You'll also find wildlife-rich wetlands and billabongs, natural thermal springs and fringing tropical islands. Each of these places is uniquely characterised by the cultural influence of the world's oldest living cultures, making a trip to the Northern Territory both exciting and insightful.

  • Experience the magnificence of Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • Learn about Aboriginal history in Arnhem Land or in the Tiwi Islands
  • Visit awe-inspiring national parks, including Kakadu and Litchfield

There are two major gateways into the Northern Territory: Alice Springs in Central Australia and Darwin in the north of the state (often called the Top End).

While you can’t fly direct to Alice Springs from outside of Australia, it’s easy to take a connecting flight from most capital cities. For an old-school experience with modern amenities, book a trip on the famed  Ghan train journey , which winds along the track between  Adelaide , Alice Springs and Darwin. Or, if you have time for an epic road trip, the  Explorers Way  crosses from Adelaide in  South Australia  to Darwin in the Northern Territory (or vice-versa).

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Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Northern Territory

Nothing can really prepare you for the immensity, grandeur, changing colour and stillness of 'the Rock'. It really is a sight that will sear itself on to…

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Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is one of the world's great national parks, combining an astonishing array of attractions. Its wetlands and escarpments shelter abundant wildlife,…

It takes a lot more than the busloads of visitors to disturb Ubirr's inherent majesty and grace. Layers of rock-art paintings, in various styles and from…

Nitmiluk National Park

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Spectacular Katherine Gorge forms the backbone of this 2920-sq-km park, about 30km from Katherine. A series of 13 deep sandstone gorges have been carved…

Devil's Marbles rock formations in the Australian desert.

Devil's Marbles

The gigantic granite boulders piled just east of the Stuart Hwy, 105km south of Tennant Creek, are known as the Devil’s Marbles (Karlu Karlu in the local…

Garig Gunak Barlu National Park

Arnhem Land

The entire wilderness of remote Cobourg Peninsula, including the surrounding sea, forms the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park. It's a stunning, isolated…

Trephina Gorge Nature Park

If you only have time for a couple of stops in the East MacDonnell Ranges, make Trephina Gorge Nature Park (75km from Alice) one of them. The play between…

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Mindil Beach Sunset Market

Food is the main attraction here − from Thai, Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and Malaysian to Brazilian, Greek, Portuguese and more − all at around $6 to $12…

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Alice Springs Desert Park

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Head to Desert Park, where the creatures of central Australia are all on display in one place, including many that are extremely difficult to find out on…

Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary

Run by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), this ground-breaking wildlife reserve 136km south off the Tanami Track covers 2620 sq km and is on the…

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Crocosaurus Cove

If the tourists won't go out to see the crocs, then bring the crocs to the tourists. Right in the middle of Mitchell St, Crocosaurus Cove is as close as…

Simpsons Gap

One of the prettiest corners of the West MacDonnell Ranges, Simpsons Gap, 22km by road from Alice Springs and 8km off Larapinta Dr along a paved road,…

Arltunga Historical Reserve

At the eastern end of the MacDonnell Ranges, 110km east of Alice Springs, the old gold-mining ghost town of Arltunga (33km on an unsealed road from the…

Territory Wildlife Park

This excellent park showcases the best of Top End Aussie wildlife. Pride of place must go to the aquarium, where a clear walk-through tunnel puts you…

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

This superb museum and art gallery boasts beautifully presented galleries of Top End–centric exhibits. The Aboriginal art collection is a highlight, with…

Caranbirini Conservation Reserve

Just off the Carpentaria Hwy, 46km south of Borroloola, this fine nature reserve is good for wildlife – including euros (wallaroos), agile wallabies and…

Limmen National Park

A vast and rugged landscape, this 9608-sq-km national park is in the heart of tropical savannah country and appeals particularly to fisherfolk and 4WD…

Ormiston Gorge

If you've only time for one stop in the West MacDonnell Ranges, make it here. There's a waterhole shaded with ghost gums and the gorge curls around to the…

Cahill's Crossing

It may be small, but there can be few more dramatic frontiers in Australia. This shallow causeway, which is impassable when the tide's in, crosses the…

Injalak Arts

At this centre, artists and craftspeople display traditional paintings on bark and paper, plus didgeridoos, pandanus weavings and baskets, and screen…

Though it's unlikely you'll have dreamy Maguk to yourself, you might time it right to have the glorious natural pool and falls between just a few of you…

Pungalina–Seven Emu Wildlife Sanctuary

Pungalina–Seven Emu represents a groundbreaking collaboration between the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and local traditional owners, merging wildlife…

Protected by a combination of remoteness and difficult access, Tnorala, as it's known to the Western Arrernte people, is a lost and beautiful world. The…

Palm Valley

Top attraction Palm Valley is famous for its red cabbage palms (up to 12,000 of them!), which exist nowhere else in the world. These relics from…

Waralungku Arts Centre

This relaxed art centre on the main road through town showcases work by artists from the four different Indigenous-language groups in the area: the…

Gunlom is a superb escarpment waterfall 40-odd kilometres south of Maguk and 37km along an unsealed, though well-graded, gravel road. The reward is a…

Elsey Cemetery

This lonely cemetery under the eucalyptuses is a poignant footnote to We of the Never Never, with so many of the larger-than-life characters from the book…

Ghunmarn Culture Centre

The Ghunmarn Culture Centre, opened in 2007, displays local artworks, carvings, weavings and didgeridoos from western Arnhem Land. The centre also…

Royal Flying Doctor Service

This outstanding museum on Stokes Hill Wharf is the way all museums should be. There's a 55-seat hologram cinema, virtual-reality glasses that enable you…

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve

One of the more uplifting sights accessible off the Stuart Hwy south of Alice, Rainbow Valley consists of freestanding sandstone bluffs that turn from…

Field of Light

This extraordinary installation by artist Bruce Munro will be open until at least 31 December 2020. It consists of over 50,000 poppylike stems topped with…

Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, just 1km from the Rock, is a fabulous introduction to your Uluru experience. Displays and exhibits focus on tjukurpa …

Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre & Museum

This museum and community-run art centre, 20km southeast of Nhulunbuy in Yirrkala, is one of Arnhem Land’s best; this is the heartland of some of Arnhem…

Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery

Run by the owners of the on-site Katherine Art Gallery, Top Didj is a good place to see Aboriginal artists at work. The cultural experience is hands-on,…

Talinguru Nyakunytjaku Lookout

Much loved for its sunrise views in particular, with Uluru in the foreground and Kata Tjuta far away on the southwestern horizon. It also has two great…

Ngukurr Arts Centre

This community-owned and run Indigenous arts centre is well worth the long trip out here, showcasing as it does works by artists from local Alawa, Mara,…

Warlukurlangu Art Centre

The community arts centre Warlukurlangu is a locally owned venture representing over 150 artists working primarily in acrylics. It's one of the longest…

Nardab Lookout

The magnificent Nardab Lookout is a 250m scramble from the main Ubirr rock-art gallery. Surveying the billiard-table-green floodplain and watching the sun…

Old Victoria River Crossing

Signposted off the Victoria Hwy on the north side of the road, the original river crossing is simply magnificent. You'll need a 4WD to get all the way,…

Mt Sonder Lookout

Just 1km northwest of Glen Helen Gorge, the Mt Sonder lookout has sweeping views out over the West MacDonnells; sunrise and sunset are the best times to…

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The Northern Territory stretches from the Top End down to the Red Centre in the heart of Australia. Making up 20 percent of the continent's landmass—but home to only one percent of its people—the NT is known for its strong Aboriginal cultures, impressive landscapes, and unique country towns.

This vast expanse of country can be difficult to navigate for visitors, so it's best seen on a well-planned road trip or a guided tour. Festivals such as the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair in August, Barunga in early June, Garma in August, and Mahbilil in late August offer a chance to experience the music, dance, food, art, and culture of local Aboriginal communities.

The climate in the Top End is warm and tropical, with a wet season from November to April that can result in road closures and tropical storms. Further south, the Red Center has four distinct seasons and a semi-arid climate, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit in summer (December to February) and plummeting to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in winter (June to August).

No matter when you choose to visit, the NT is packed with adventurous things to do and see. Read on for our full guide to the top destinations in the Northern Territory.

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The capital of the NT, Darwin is a 4-hour flight northwest of Sydney. This tropical city is nestled between the Timor Sea and one of Australia's best national parks: Kakadu. The city itself has a population of around 150,000 and is located on the traditional lands of the Larrakia Indigenous people.

Darwin makes the perfect base for your NT adventure, with plenty of restaurants, accommodation, and tour providers who can help you reach the Territory's more remote attractions.

Thrill-seekers should check out Crocosaurus Cove , home to Australia's only crocodile cage dive, while history buffs will be spoiled for choice when it comes to World War II historical sites. For local food and souvenirs, don't miss the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets on Sunday evenings.

Tiwi Islands

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Just off the coast of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands are home to an internationally renowned artistic community. The Tiwi people reached the Islands around 20,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, and since then have developed a distinct culture and artistic style due to their isolation from the mainland.

On Bathurst Island, travelers can visit Tiwi Design and Patakijiyali Museum , while on Melville Island, you'll find Jilamara Arts and Crafts and Munupi Arts Centre .

Bathurst Island can be reached by ferry on Thursdays and Fridays; the trip takes around 2.5 hours. Day tours by plane are also available. If you can't make it to Tiwi, Outstation Art in Darwin showcases work from the islands and other remote Indigenous communities.

Kakadu National Park

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If you've heard of the Northern Territory, you will likely have heard Kakadu mentioned alongside it. It is the largest national park in Australia and a dual-listed UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding natural and cultural values. Highlights include Gunlom Plunge Pool, the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art gallery, and Yellow Water Billabong.

You can easily spend three days or more exploring the park, so we recommend booking one of the dozens of camping or glamping sites, resorts, or lodges within the park. The traditional custodians of Kakadu are the Bininj and Mungguy Aboriginal people. If possible, take a tour with an Aboriginal guide to get the most out of your visit.

Litchfield National Park

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Known for its towering waterfalls, Litchfield National Park is a 1.5-hour drive from Darwin and can easily be visited as a day trip, although there are campgrounds on site if you'd like to stay longer.

Hiking trails and designated swimming areas are plentiful throughout the park, including Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, and Tjaynera Falls. (These areas are surveyed by park authorities for saltwater crocodiles before being opened to visitors.) Check the park website for alerts and road closures before setting out, especially during the wet season.

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A 3-hour drive south of Darwin, Katherine is the gateway to the Outback. With a population of just over 6,000 people, the town is a hub for mining and defence employment in the NT.

Nearby Nitmiluk National Park is Katherine's biggest tourist attraction, where you'll find Nitmiluk Gorge, Edith Falls, and a collection of rock art by the Jawoyn people, the traditional owners of the land. Take a river cruise through the gorges or hire a canoe and camp overnight. For the ultimate luxury, take a helicopter ride to your own private swimming hole. Visit the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre before setting off for all the essential information.

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An hour south of Katherine, the thermal pools at Mataranka make this little town a favorite with backpackers and RVers alike. Visit the small Never Never Museum (which takes its name from a classic Australian novel set in Mataranka) to learn about the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the country, the Mangarayi and Yangman people, as well as the North Australian Railway, the Overland Telegraph Line, and the region's significance in World War II.

You can also explore a replica homestead from the early days of white settlement in Mataranka, in addition to the waterways, hiking trails, and historical sites of Elsey National Park . With a population of only about 200 residents, Mataranka offers basic accommodation and dining options.

Alice Springs

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Alice Springs in Australia's Red Centre marks the halfway point between Darwin and Adelaide. The town is often used as a jumping-off point for tours of the wonders of Central Australia, including Uluru, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, and the MacDonnell Ranges. (There is also an airport at Uluru for time-pressed visitors who'd rather head straight for the rock.)

Around 25,000 people live in Alice, on the traditional lands of the Arrernte people. Visitors can enjoy the Araluen Arts Centre , hike the Larapinta Trail , or dine on native ingredients at the Barra or Red Ochre Grill .

The Aboriginal art galleries of the Central Desert communities around Alice Springs (like Arlpwe , Ampilatwatja , Papunya , and Warlukurlangu ) are well worth a visit, but most require an appointment in advance.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Arguably Australia's most renowned landmark, Uluru is located a 5-hour drive southwest of Alice Springs. Rising up out of the red dirt, this is the world's largest monolith. The traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, have long requested that visitors do not climb the rock, and as of 2019, climbing has been permanently closed.

There's still plenty to do in the national park, including partaking in cultural experiences, hiking, cycling, camel-riding, and sky-diving. We recommend spending two or three days here to see both Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), another beautiful rock formation. There are lots of accommodation, dining, and tour options nearby.

Kings Canyon

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A 3-hour drive from Uluru, Watarrka National Park features another red rock landmark that is just as impressive. Here, visitors can survey the surrounding landscape from the 300-foot high canyon walls of Kings Canyon, a location made famous by the classic Australian film "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."

The 3.7-mile Rim Walk is a great (although relatively strenuous) option, with stunning views across the rugged desert and the green valley below. You'll also find more hiking trails, camel tours, and accommodation within the park.

Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park

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This national park covers around 1,000 square miles west of Alice Springs. Its striking landforms have been most famously depicted by the paintings of Western Arrernte artist, Albert Namatjira.

The  Larapinta Trail is the best way for experienced walkers to see the West Macdonnell Ranges. The full trek stretches just under 150 miles, but it is broken up into 12 sections that can be completed in a day or two. Day trippers can also check out sites like Simpsons Gap, the Ochre Pits, Ellery Creek Big Hole, and Ormiston Gorge. Nearby Standley Chasm is privately operated with a separate entrance fee.

Many landmarks within the park are sacred to the Arrernte people, so make sure to obey all signage. Basic camping areas are available, as well as accommodation at Glen Helen Resort.

Arnhem Land

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Arnhem Land is a majority-Indigenous region in the northeastern corner of the Northern Territory. The Yolngu people have lived here for at least 60,000 years, preserving traditional culture and language. Nhulunbuy, the region's largest township, can be reached by 4WD from Katherine during the dry season or by plane from Darwin or Cairns all year round. You can also drive from Darwin through Kakadu National Park to get to some locations in west Arnhem Land in the dry season.

Travelers can soak up the tropical climate at Banubanu Beach Retreat on Bremer Island, take advantage of the world-class fishing spots, learn about Aboriginal art at Yirrkala or Injalak Hill , and forage for bush tucker with a local guide .

To visit Arnhem Land, you'll need permits from the relevant Aboriginal authorities ( Northern Land Council  and/or the Dhimmurru Aboriginal Corporation). We recommend joining a tour to get the most out of your trip.

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13 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in the Northwest Territories

Written by Chloë Ernst Updated Sep 13, 2021 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Almost six times the size of the United Kingdom, the Northwest Territories cover an immense tract of Canada that lies north of the 60th parallel and almost reaches the North Pole. This is the land of towering mountains, mighty rivers, and treeless tundra. It's a harsh land, but one that will make an everlasting impression on you long after your visit. This vast region extends from the high Mackenzie Mountains in the west to the tundra regions of the east (and the border with Nunavut Territory, established in 1999).

During the short summer, which lasts only a few weeks, the region bursts into a frenetic growth spurt with plants and animals (and humans) making the most of every warm day. Fortunately, this undertaking of doing as much as you can in the shortest period of time is aided by the fact that the sun barely sets. These extra long days have given the region its nickname, the "land of the midnight sun." Conversely, in winter it remains dark virtually around the clock, the so-called "polar night." Winter temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius are recorded in virtually all parts of the territories for days and sometimes weeks on end.

To help you get the most out of your visit to this beautiful part of Canada, refer to our list of the top tourist attractions in the Northwest Territories.

1. Nahanni National Park Reserve

2. wood buffalo national park, 3. yellowknife, 4. great slave lake, 5. hay river, 7. the northwest passage, 8. great bear lake, 9. mackenzie river, 10. victoria island, 11. banks island, 12. church of our lady of good hope, fort good hope, 13. norman wells historical centre, norman wells, map of tourist attractions in the northwest territories.

Nahanni National Park Reserve

The remote Nahanni National Park Reserve is one of the treasures of northern Canada and one of the best places to visit in the Northwest Territories for outdoor adventurers. Here, the raging Nahanni River flows through the stunning canyon scenery of the Mackenzie Mountains, challenging experienced canoeists and rafters. The South Nahanni River also tumbles over the 90-meter precipice of spectacular Virginia Falls , creating one of the most impressive waterfalls in Canada.

The Rabbitkettle Hot Springs , which give life to a rich landscape of rare plants, are another sightseeing attraction in this immense national park. As tempting as it would be to take a dip in the hot springs, the fragile nature of this beautiful natural attraction means tourists can only visit as part of a guided tour.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in the Northwest Territories

  • Read More: Exploring Nahanni National Park Reserve: A Visitor's Guide

Wood buffalo

Wood Buffalo National Park is the biggest national park in Canada, and the second largest on the planet. This UNESCO World Heritage Site encompasses vast tracts of land in both Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

While the park was originally intended to protect the herds of wood buffalo that inhabit the area, it has also served as a safe haven for other important species, such as the extremely rare whooping cranes that nest in the delta region. Once a fur-trading post, Fort Smith is now the launching point for exploring the park, and bison are often spotted from the highway near town.

  • Read More: Exploring Wood Buffalo National Park and Fort Smith

Yellowknife

Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories, grew up around a 1930s gold rush. While all of the miners tents of Old Town have long since been replaced, there is now a mix of wooden heritage buildings, arts and cultural institutions like the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre , and a bustling community life fueled by the mining industry.

Popular things to do are the boat tours and houseboating on Great Slave Lake . Other activities and attractions are the impressive falls at Hidden Lake Territorial Park , visiting galleries featuring local artists, and seeing the Bush Pilots Monument.

If you find yourself here in the winter, the stunning Aurora Borealis viewing that can be enjoyed here is second to none. The Snow King Festival and its huge snow castle is also something not to be missed. Don't be afraid to join in the fun, as the town lets loose in March.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Yellowknife

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Great Slave Lake

Great Slave Lake is North America's fifth largest lake and reaches depths of more than 600 meters in places. Though it's frozen for eight months of the year, it sees plenty of action. In summer, house boaters and sailors enjoy the freshwater. In fact, the lake is home to the Commissioner's Cup, the world's longest freshwater sailing race .

If you love to fish, don't miss the opportunity to head out onto the water and test your skills against one of the legendary giant trout, (some up to 40 pounds) lurking deep below. Bring your own boat and take your chances or take a charter and ensure success.

Come winter, dog sledders race on the frozen surface. Many of the major communities in the Northwest Territories front the lake, including Yellowknife , Fort Providence , and Hay River .

  • Read More: Great Slave Lake: Top Things to Do

Alexandra Falls in Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park near Hay River

On the southern bank of Great Slave Lake, Hay River is the southernmost port on the Mackenzie River System. Here, freight (mainly building materials and fuel) destined for settlements along the Mackenzie River and in the Arctic is transferred to barges. During the four- to five-month summer season, the port is chock-a-block with barges, fishing boats, and coast guard launches.

Long a home to First Nations people, Hay River became the first Hudson's Bay Company trading post in the area in 1868. The little wooden houses of the old town lie at the mouth of the Hay River. This is also where the fishermen live, often returning home with rich catches from Great Slave Lake , or the Hay and Mackenzie rivers.

In the newer area of town, Diamond Jenness School is an outstanding example of northern architecture. Named after an anthropologist who, around 1910, was the first to study northern native culture, the school boasts a purple color that makes it the landmark of Hay River. Southwest of town, Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park features Hay River canyon and the Alexandra and Louise Falls, with trails and a viewing area.

Famous igloo-shaped church

"Place of Man" is the Inuit meaning of Inuvik, a modern settlement in the Arctic Circle and on the Mackenzie River. Built between 1955 and 1961 during the exploration for oil and gas, it replaced Aklavik, which was prone to flooding.

Today, Inuvik is the trading, administrative, and supply center for the western Arctic. It has an airfield, several schools, and a hospital. From here, the many supply planes set off for the exploration bases in the far north to destinations such as the Mackenzie delta and Beaufort Sea. Sightseeing flights over the Arctic also take off from here.

Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, with its distinctive igloo shape, has become a landmark building of Inuvik. It contains a tabernacle (also igloo-shaped) and a remarkable "Way of the Cross" by Inuit artist Mona Thrasher. Aklavik , Inuit for "home of the polar bears" is west of Inuvik. The Hudson's Bay Company founded it in 1912 in the middle of the Mackenzie delta, an area prone to flooding. It is only accessible by a winter ice road.

Tuktut Nogait National Park, to the east of Inuvik was established in 1996, boasting some truly overwhelming arctic rock scenery with spectacular canyons and cliffs. Finds made at literally dozens of archaeological sites within the conservation area show that this now-inhospitable region was inhabited thousands of years ago. Access to the park is by air only, but well worth it if you can make it happen.

Icebreakers in the Franklin Straight, Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage provides waterway access from the Atlantic Ocean through the Arctic to the Pacific Ocean. The search for the Northwest Passage began in the 16th century by Dutch and English navigators who hoped to find a favorable sea route for trade with the Far East and thus circumvent the Portuguese monopoly on trade round the Horn of Africa.

Martin Frobisher made the first attempt in 1576. He assumed that since saltwater never froze, this could not be the legendary sea of ice but just a frozen lake. In 1585-87 John Davis penetrated through the strait (later to bear his name) as far as Baffin Bay. Henry Hudson was looking for the Northwest Passage when he discovered Hudson Bay in 1609/1610. In 1616, William Baffin got as far as Lancaster Sound, but since he concluded that the Northwest Passage simply did not exist, there was no more exploration for another 200 years.

It was 1818 before John Ross resumed the search at the head of an English expedition, although the motive this time was scientific rather than commercial. In 1829, he discovered the magnetic north pole on the Boothia-Felix Peninsula.

The doomed expedition of John Franklin followed in 1845. After last being seen in July of that year in the Lancaster Sound, the members of the expedition were finally found dead on King Williams Island. They had succeeded in exploring much of the Arctic coast of North America.

McClure was the first, in 1850 to 1853, to be able to trace the passage on foot, coming over the iced up straits from the west. But the first person to finally manage to navigate the Northwest Passage from east to west was actually Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian polar explorer in 1900-03.

A large Arctic char

The eighth largest lake in the world, Great Bear Lake is 240 kilometers long and 400 kilometers across. It is covered with ice for eight months of the year, often as late as July. Its Great Bear River flows into the Mackenzie River. The shores of Great Bear Lake are rich in wildlife, with martens being particularly numerous. Grizzly bears roam the shores in summer, and the pinewoods are the haunt of elk in winter.

Great Bear Lake has achieved more angling records than any other lake in North America. It is especially famous for its trout, and some of the world's biggest (weighing up to 65 pounds) have been caught here, as well as top-weight grayling and whitefish. Arctic char can be found in the nearby Tree River. For a fishing tour of Great Bear Lake, hire a guide in Fort Franklin, now known as Deline.

The Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories

With a length of 4,250 kilometers, the Mackenzie River is the second longest river in North America, and its catchment area covers a fifth of Canada. The river was already an important artery for the canoes of the fur trade in the 18th century, and is navigable today in summer by steamers as far upriver as Fort Smith .

The Mackenzie Highway was built shortly after the Second World War and is an all-weather road covering the 600 kilometers from Peace River in Alberta to Great Slave Lake and the territorial capital Yellowknife .

Fort Simpson is situated where the Liard runs into the Mackenzie River, west of Great Slave Lake. It is the oldest settlement on the Mackenzie River, founded by the North West Company in 1804 for the trans-shipment of skins and furs at this strategic junction. In the 19th century, trade came from the few trappers and fishermen who lived here from time to time, but in the first half of the 20th century the forests in the Mackenzie Valley attracted the attention of the paper industry.

This was followed by the discovery of oil at Norman Wells in the 1920s, pitchblende at Port Radium, and gold at Yellowknife in the 1930s, with mining becoming a thriving industry after the Second World War. It is possible to catch planes from Fort Simpson to Nahanni National Park Reserve .

The vegetation of this delta landscape is mostly low bushes and shrubs, juniper, lichens, and mosses, with magnificent displays of color from flowers and mosses during the brief but intensive summer (from June to late July this is the land of the midnight sun). To complete the picture, this very special environment also has a great variety of wildlife on water as well as on land.

The west side of Victoria Island on the Amundsen Gulf

Situated directly off the northern coast of mainland Canada, Victoria Island is the third largest island in the Canadian Archipelago. It lies well north of the Arctic Circle, where Ice-Age glaciers flattened everything into a rather monotonous terrain of moraines, drumlins, and glacial lakes. The creation of the new Territory of Nunavut in 1999 divided the island administratively into two.

Canada's central Arctic region is administered and supplied from Iqaluktuutiak (Cambridge Bay) on the island's southeast coast. Sir John Franklin (1786-1847) "discovered" Victoria Island in 1826, and European seafarers searching for the Northwest Passage, missionaries, and fur traders were among the earliest to call in at this remote spot. Until the 1950s, the Copper Inuit used the area mainly as a summer camp; "Iqaluktuutiak," as it was called in Inuktitut, meaning "good place to fish."

Victoria Island

Iqaluktuutiak's main modern features are its stone-built Catholic church and modern wind-generation plant. The second place of any significance on Victoria Island is Ulukhaktok (formerly Holman) on the west coast. Located at the tip of the Diamond Jenness Peninsula , this small community is already quite well prepared for the burgeoning numbers of tourists attracted to the North. There is even a golf course with views of the Beaufort Sea.

Banks Island

Banks Island possesses rich tundra vegetation and is home to many animals, especially the more than 65,000 musk-oxen (Ovibus moschatus), the largest population anywhere in the world. The southwestern part of Banks Island, equal to about one-third of the whole land mass, is a bird sanctuary.

Although it had been used for hunting for perhaps 3,500 years, it was not until 1929 that Banks Island had a permanent settlement, when three Inuit families put down roots in Ikaahuk (Sachs Harbor) on the northwestern tip of the island. Its "European" name derives from the Canadian Arctic expedition of 1913-15 led by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, whose ship was called Mary Sachs .

Situated in the north of Banks Island, Aulavik National Park is home to numerous musk-oxen. During the summer months, it is also home to a large proportion of Canada's snow geese. A completely intact tundra flora is still to be found here. This extremely remote park attracts adventurers looking to hike, backpack, or paddle the Thomsen River.

There are no services in Aulavik National Park, so visitors are expected to be experienced in the outdoors and self-sufficient. Visitors get to the park by chartering aircraft, usually from Inuvik.

Church of Our Lady of Good Hope, Fort Good Hope

The Church of Our Lady of Good Hope in Fort Hope is a national historic site that was built in the mid 1880s. It is one of the oldest surviving buildings of this type with much of the spectacular interior decoration designed and carried out by Father Émile Petitot. The mission church was built in the Gothic Revival Style.

Around the left side of the church is a historical graveyard with interesting headstones, some dating from the turn of the century.

The Norman Wells Historical Centre is within twenty minutes drive of McKinnon Territorial Park. The center offers detailed information about the history of the area and the current condition of the CANOL Trail , including shipping and transportation on the Mackenzie River. Artifacts and photographs depict Dene history. Two highlights include a replica log cabin decorated in traditional Dene style and a salvaged WWII Quonset hut, which is now used for movie screenings.

The historical center also has extensive displays related to the industries of the region, including mining, oilfields, and aviation among others.

Official site: http://www.normanwellsmuseum.com/

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Exploring Canada's North : Canada's north is a vast region and encompasses many excellent things to do. Topping our list is visiting Nunavut , a vast region encompassing 1.9 million square kilometers (a fifth of the country) and home to vast stretches of treeless tundra and dramatic fiords. Begin your adventures in the gold rush city of Whitehorse , a great base from which to experience attractions such as the sternwheeler, the SS Klondike , and magnificent Miles Canyon. Farther to the east is Hudson Bay , an area famed for its stunning scenery and wildlife, including polar bears.

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Northern Territory Attractions

Things to do in the northern territory.

Ubirr

Litchfield National Park

Tolmer Falls

Tolmer Falls

Cathedral Termite Mounds

Cathedral Termite Mounds

Wangi Falls

Wangi Falls

Nourlangie Rock

Nourlangie Rock

Twin Falls

Jim Jim Falls

Koolpin Gorge

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Maguk

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Jumping Crocodiles

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon

Edith Falls

Edith Falls

Karlu Karlu (Devil's Marbles)

Karlu Karlu (Devil’s Marbles)

Kata Tjuta & Valley of the Winds

Kata Tjuta & Valley of the Winds

Mataranka Hot Springs

Mataranka Hot Springs

Kata Tjuta

Uluru & Surrounds

Alice Springs

Alice Springs

Katherine

Arnhem Land

Kakadu

Welcome to the Northern Territory. This is home to the iconic landscapes people imagine when they refer to Australia as a Sunburnt Country. Vast areas of red outback that stretch forever, refreshing plunge pools fed by thundering waterfalls and the palpable presence of the oldest continuing culture in the world. For visitors to this part of Australia, there is an array of things to do and places to visit to experience some of the most spectacular scenery the country has to offer.

Places to Visit in the Northern Territory

There are two places to visit on everyone’s list when they come to the Northern Territory – Uluru and Kakadu. Uluru is an icon of Australia, and up there with the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Opera House on the list of must do’s while in the country. Uluru, along with nearby Kata Tjuta, have huge cultural significance to local indigenous population. When you visit, the two most popular things to do are enjoy a walk around the base, and watch in awe as the colours change at sunset.

Further north, Darwin is your gateway to World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park . We have day tours to the area that will give you a taste of what is on offer in this spectacular environment, rich with native flora and fauna. But with so many places to visit, to truly appreciate the wonder and beauty of Kakadu you need to join one of the multiday tours. Our multi-day tours will take you to explore some of the Northern Territory’s most famous attractions, including Twin Falls , Nourlangie Rock Art and Gunlom Falls . Another place to visit in the Northern Territory is Litchfield National Park, a lesser known, but equally impressive area of waterfalls and picturesque scenery.

More Attractions in Northern Territory

For nature lovers there is a plethora of things to do in the Northern Territory. Crocodiles are one of the Northern Territory’s most famous residents, and if you want to see them in the wild, a Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin will take you to see this popular attraction. One of the best things to do in the Northern Territory is take a refreshing dip in one of the many plunge pools of the area, and splash about as the waters cascade over you from above. There are also plenty of walks to go on, allowing you to immerse yourself in the unique environment of the Top End.

Those who spend some time in the Red Centre will find heaps of things to do beyond the famous Uluru . A walk through Kata Tjuta will leave you in awe of this fascinating attraction, while a visit to the Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre will give you a deeper understanding of the cultural importance of the region to the local indigenous population. If you take the tour from Darwin – Alice Springs (or the other way round), the best thing to do is stop off at the Mataranka Hot Springs .

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Northern Territory Destinations Top 10!

By: Author Alyson Long

Posted on Last updated: 09/10/2023

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Must See Places in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory is Australia’s spiritual heart. From the green lush spectacle that is the wet Kakadu wilderness right through the red centre of the country and the enduring Uluru, the Northern Territory covers many types of magnificent landscapes. The pulse of Australian Indigenous culture is palpable in the Northern Territory. You can find the best examples of aboriginal cave art here and learn so much about Australia’s intriguing original inhabitants at cultural centres across the state. There are epic wildlife viewing opportunities, picture-perfect desert vistas and even a cosmopolitan city. So what are the must-see Northern Territory destinations and most beautiful and interesting places to visit in the state?  Let’s take a look at tourist attractions in the NT.

Australia must see places Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Destinations

We’re going for the big 10 Northern Territory destinations first, of course, there are more and they’ll appear on our travel blog soon, but here are our top 10 – actually, 11, you get a bonus place, to get you started with planning your trip to the NT.

If you’re looking for more info, head back to our main Australia travel blog and guide. 

We visited the north and south of the NT, by air and by road to find all the best NT experiences to share with you.

Our top destinations in the Northern Territory of Australia are these:

Kakadu National Park

Litchfield national park, katherine gorge, daly waters pub, alice springs, west macdonnell ranges, king’s canyon.

  • Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Things to do in the Northern Territory Visit Darwin Museum

Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and is a very tropical city.

There are not many places in the world where you can do a cage dive with saltwater crocodiles , and Darwin is one of the best.

We didn’t get in the water with the crocs but visitors can watch others take the plunge.

Enjoy sunset markets at Mindil Beach with a slight Southeast Asian influence.

Check out the defence force museums and learn about Darwin’s role in protecting Australia in WWII. 

Have a ride in the wave pool in the city centre or visit one of the best free water parks in Australia at Leanyer.

Additionally, it is possible to use Darwin as a base for visiting some of the country’s best National Parks at Litchfield and Kakadu. 

Or hire a car and get out there and explore on the road.

You can easily drive to and from one of the top end’s famous jumping crocodile boat tours from Darwin. We did.

Be sure to book and have a departure time to aim for.

If you’re heading out to see the Jumping Crocs, take a photo opp in Humpty Doo for yet another of Australia’s ” big ” things, the boxing croc, and stop off at Fogg Dam on the way. It’s a really pretty spot.

Visiting Darwin in the cooler months between June and September is wholly recommended.  In contrast, during the summer months, the temperatures soar in this tropical climate.  This is also when the wet season kicks in.

How to Get to Darwin

Darwin has an international airport with direct flights from Singapore, East Timor, and Bali ( please double-check, routes change).

If you’re already in Australia you can fly to Darwin from just about any internal airport.

In the current tourism climate, you can often find great flight deals on Jet Star.

Flying will most likely be cheaper than bus or rail.

You could drive, but Darwin is a long way from just about anywhere. Darwin is roughly 1,400 Km by road from Alice Springs,  2,800 Km by road from Cairns, and 253 Km from Kakadu National Park.

Head over to Skyscanner (if you haven’t used this awesome tool before, we have money-saving tips on how to use Skyscanner ) and start researching your best routes and dates.

Avoid Australian school holidays and try to go when it’s cooler.

Where to Stay in Darwin

Australia has expensive accommodation and Darwin is no exception.

You could start your search for a place to stay on Airbnb but we didn’t have much luck.

. Hostel dorm prices start around $20 in Darwin, a basic room for two $55 +.

You’ll see a good selection of hostels, hotels and appartments on Booking dot com.

We used two hotels in Darwin recently, H on Mitchell and Frontier Hotel . Both were OK, the latter was cheaper and the rooms more spacious while the former had basic cooking facilities in-room.

If you’re looking for a luxury resort hotel in Darwin, try the Darwin Hilton , but this style of hotel isn’t common here, you’ll see more luxury apartments, try Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites .

Places to visit in the northern territory Kakadu National Park

Driving from Darwin you will find Kakadu National Park to the south. It is Australia’s largest park covering over 20,000 square kilometres of protected wilderness and is one of the key tourist attractions in Australia, not just the NT.

In Kakadu, you can get up close and personal with some well-known creatures made famous by the movie Crocodile Dundee.

Huge saltwater crocs live in waterholes and rivers all over the Northern Territory.  Their concentration is even higher in Kakadu.

We lived in Queensland for many years and are well used to saltwater crocodiles. We were astonished by how much bigger the population is in the Northern Territory.

Water buffalo are still seen hiding amongst the wetlands, unfortunately we didn’t find any.

The bird life here is astonishing as it is home to over 280 species of birds. That is over a third of all Australia’s birds! The birdwatching and wildlife viewing in Kakadu are second to none if you are in the right places at the right time.

Take a sunset cruise through the stunning scenery of the Yellow Water Wetlands. Visit cultural centres in Jabiru with aboriginal art galleries.

The extensive rock art at Ubirr and Nourlangie are the best examples in the country with some well-preserved pieces estimated at 20,000 years old.

These places are of enormous international, cultural and historical significance.

There are interesting bushwalks for all levels, tranquil campgrounds and picturesque waterholes. You can also find 5-star hotels in Kakadu. 

Jabiru is the main administrative centre.  It is home to a few hotels, the Bowali Visitor Centre, and a small supermarket.

Be sure to check out the awesome thundering waterfalls at Jim Jim and Twin Falls, and the beautiful natural infinity pool at Gunlom.

Many areas of the park are accessible by 4WD only.  You will need to either hire one from Darwin for a self-drive holiday of The Northern Territory, join a tour or BYO.

National Park Pass

You, in theory, need a Parks Pass to visit Kakadu. These are available online here: at Kakadu Park Passes or at other centres around the state including the Bowali Visitor Centre in Jabiru.

I was told that in practice you’re unlikely to need one and that if you encountered a ranger he would simply ask you to get one when you reached Jabiru.

Kakadu National Park is open all year round.  Although, some parts may be closed due to wet season flooding that occurs mostly between November to February.

We visited in winter, July. It’s still hot and the sun is intense.

Places to Visit in the Northern Territory Litchfield National Park Termite Mounds

Litchfield is only 100 km south of Darwin.  You can easily book a Litchfield National Park tour from Darwin , our featured tour includes a jumping crocodiles boat cruise.

This makes it perfect for a day trip from the city. You can also camp here, in low-key National Park campsites with limited facilities.

The big attractions at Litchfield are the beautiful waterholes for swimming and powerful waterfalls.

Visiting just after the wet season will ensure plenty of water.  The cool pools fill up on the weekends and school holidays with locals visiting from Darwin and the streams of campers and caravanners.

Expect crowds and difficult parking in high season.

There are bush walks for the more adventurous including the wild 39 km Tabletop Track.  This walk will reward you with secret waterfalls and breathtaking views along the way.

Don’t miss the magnificent Florence Falls and Wangi Falls.  Visit Buley Rockhole with its relaxing shaded tiers of crystal clear water.

Check out the huge 2-metre tall magnetic and cathedral termite mounds here too.

A pleasant 4WD trip to the peculiar sandstone formations of the “Lost City” is definitely recommended. Litchfield can be enjoyed in a day or is well explored over a 3-day stay.

There is no entry fee to visit, but it does cost to camp. Camping fees are payable on site. Litchfield is open year-round.

Northern Territory Attractions Katherine Gorge Tour

The dramatic Katherine Gorge formed millions of years ago.  The Katherine River carved its way through the sandstone cliffs to create this grand spectacle.

This place is one of the must-see destinations in the Northern Territory.

The towering cliffs are best explored via a 2 or 4-hour boat cruise along the river. The cruises, in theory, operate year-round.

The red sandstone gorge is over 70 metres deep in places. The river winds its way over 12 km, through 13 spectacular gorges. Swimming is possible in some gorges and you’re likely to see fresh water crocodiles.

Saltwater crocs shouldn’t be here, but, they have been here.

The peak season for the Katherine Gorge is between May to September. You can also find kayaking trips, scenic flights and bushwalking.

Katherine Gorge is inside Nitmiluk National Park. The closest town of Katherine is located 317 km south of Darwin. Katherine itself isn’t really worth stopping at as far as we could see.

Mataranka is famous for the beautifully scenic sandy-bottomed thermal springs. Float gently on the current around the natural circuit shaded by pandanus palms.  This is one of the nicest spots in the NT.

Mataranka is best accessible on a self-drive holiday of the Northern Territory.  There is camping available at nearby Mataranka township.

Daly Waters Pub is an iconic pub located in Northern Territory. Camping is available on site.

It is a classic corrugated iron clad Aussie pub.

The walls are adorned with fascinating memorabilia from nearly 100 years worth of customers.  The Daly Waters Pub is a great spot for refreshments.

It is open every day of the year from 7 am until late, and there is live entertainment nightly. This exceptional pub is 600 km south of Darwin on Highway 1 so you will need your own car to reach it.

Alice Springs is in the geographical centre of Australia. Although it isn’t much of a destination in itself, it is an important town as the launching point to Australia’s most well-known landmarks in the Red Centre.

We were lucky enough to be there on the right day for the Alice Springs Camel Cup .

Get your timing right and this is quite the thing to see! It’s usually in July.

Heading west of Alice Springs you find the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges stretching 161 km into the sunset.

This is a must-see destination on a self-drive tour of NT. Don’t miss Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm and the permanent waterholes at Ellery Creek Big Hole, and Ormiston Gorge. You will find basic camping along the route with minimal facilities.

The ever-popular King’s Canyon has a caravan park near its entrance.  Bookings are essential and the busy period out here is between May to September. The nighttime temperatures can get down as low as 0 degrees in the winter, so come prepared, especially if you are camping.

Doing the challenging 6 km rim walk around the top of the canyon is a must-see attraction in NT. The views from up here are awe-inspiring, especially if you can make the sunrise. For the less adventurous, you can venture deep into King’s Canyon at ground level and also be dazzled by the beautiful canyon walls from below.

Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park

This is one you must have heard of.  Uluru and Kata Tjuta together form the living cultural heart of Australia’s Red Centre.  If you can only see one of the Northern Territory destinations, make it this one!

Uluru is a massive sandstone monolith around 450 km from Alice Springs. The National Park also includes Kata Tjuta.  Formerly called The Olgas, it consists of 36 remarkable red rock domes close to Uluru.

Uluru is only 863 metres tall but the sheer majesty of this monolith will leave you feeling completely in awe. However, as of 2019, tourists are no longer permitted to climb the rock.  You can still enjoy many opportunities to get close to Uluru though. There is a 10 km walking track around the entire base of Uluru.  This path can also be enjoyed by bike.

Uluru is famous for its sunrises and sunsets.  There are multiple viewing platforms around the park which allows for perfect tourist photos of the hues transforming into that unique burnt orange. This is a must-visit for Instagram lovers!

Kata Tjuta Places to see in the Northern Territory

You can see Kata Tjuta up close on the Valley of the Winds walk.  Or check out its full expanse from a distance via a helicopter tour.  Similar to Uluru, watching the striking domes glow in the sunset is a memorable way to end your day.

Visit the Cultural Centre at the base of the rock.  This provides an exciting opportunity to learn more about the fascinating Indigenous history in Central Australia. Within the Cultural Centre, you will find the superb Walkatjara Art Centre.

Where to Stay

Stay at nearby Yalara township.  Accommodation options range from camping to 5-star luxury at Ayers Rock Resort.  Exploring the area for a few days is a great way to immerse yourself in Australia’s very soul.

Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park is open all year and a 3-day pass costs $25AUD per adult. Kids under 16 years are free.

Jetstar and Virgin offer direct flights into Ayers Rock Airport or it is a 4.5-hour drive from Alice Springs.

 Pine Creek – A Bonus Northern Territory Destination

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We just got back from the NT and our favourite Northern Territory destination was actually the little town of Pine Creek. It had a lovely country vibe, interesting history, a few things to see and some stunning bird life.

If you’re heading to the NT, Pine Creek is only 50 minutes or so from Katherine so you could, as we did, drive to Katherine for your Katherine Gorge boat trip from Pine Creek. Likewise, you can drive into Kakadu, Darwin, or Litchfield from here.

We stayed and the Katherine Railway Resort, which was a great spot with family and double cabins. Right next door you’ll find the Lazy Lizard with good pizzas, a well stocked bar and friendly service. I’ll publish a full post on Pine Creek soon, we really liked it. We booked through Airbnb (see our link above for your credit)

Booking Tours in the Northern Territory – Don’t Be Us!

We found it incredibly hard to get information, to book and organise tours and trips in Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, everywhere we went in the NT. We added a lot of stress and drive time by not booking in advance. This is the company we almost always use to book tours and I would highly recommend you lock in some of your excursions, particularly the jumping croc cruises, Darwin Hop on Hop Off Bus, the Darwin War History Tours, and any and all boat tours. We really regretted not doing this and not putting enough planning into the trip, in advance, as was needed. It’s not easy to do when you’re spending so many hours per day on the road.

Northern Territory Destinations Wrap-Up

10 Iconic places to see in Northern Territory Australia

This post is just a round-up, we’ll add more detailed posts soon. The Northern Territory offers so many must-see destinations.  The spectacular natural beauty of The Territory’s National Parks, the richness of the culture and history and the wealth of wildlife viewing continues to amaze and delight visitors. Don’t underestimate its size. In 1 week out of Darwin visiting Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine, we drove almost 2,000 Km. Also, don’t underestimate the cost. You’ll find nothing cheap out here and the boat trips added up fast. It’s indisputably beautiful, but you’ll put in a lot of road hours. Have you been yet?

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Bianca Ebeling

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Thanks so much, this is a wonderful post and i have planned our NT trip around all your tips and locations. I was curious if you have a link to the additional Pine Creek post? i tried finding it, but couldn't seem to locate it. Thanks so much, Bianca

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I never published it in the end, sorry Bianca. Have a great trip to the NT! Thanks for the reminder.

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

I was able to tour the West MacDonnell Ranges and Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park during my visit to Australia. I only spent 3 days in the Northern Territory. I wish I'd spent many more.

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11 best places to visit in the Northern Territory

By Tina Burke

Published on Mar 11, 2021

W ith vast red desert plains, cascading waterfalls, towering gorges and beautiful beaches, the Northern Territory is unlike any place you’ll  find in the world. In 2022, keen Aussie travellers  are flocking to this pristine natural environment to  enjoy the great outdoors and finally have some much-deserved FUN . To help you make the most of your trip, we’ve  rounded up the  very best places to visit in the Northern Territory.  

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Let’s kick things off with one of the most famous – and inspiring –  places to visit  in the NT:  the sacred site of Uluru . Forming  more than 500 million years ago, Uluru is   a towering sandstone monolith soaring  348m (1,142ft) high  and spanning a  perimeter  of 9.4km  (5.8mi) . Not only is this  natural landmark a   remarkable sight to behold ,  it  also holds   important  cultural significance to the Traditional Owners of the land, the  Anangu  people. When visiting Uluru, you should make sure to  take  the Mala Walk along Uluru’s base, scope out wildlife and native plants on the  Walpa  Gorge Walk  and check out the  technicolour  Field of Lights art installation.

A s the name of the national park would suggest, the region is also home to Kata Tjuta, a colle ction of  large, domed rock formations.  With its own unique topography and cultural significance, this is another must-visit when in the area – and it’s  pretty easy  to get to, sitting just 25km east of Uluru.  

At the end of all your sightseeing, one of the best things you can do in the NT – and, probably, the world – is sit back and watch the sun   set behind  Uluru . Golden hour is an understatement in this beautiful park. Check out how you can make the most of a trip to Uluru with Contiki here .

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Kakadu National Park

The largest national park in Australia , and undoubtedly one of the best, Kakadu is known for  beautiful  landscapes   and  ancient Aboriginal art and cultural sights.  

Cruis e through the flat plains of the Yellow Water Billabong, keeping an eye out for some 280 bird species, crocodiles , wallabies  and more.  Or head somewhere you’ll want to get  into  the water like the tranquil Gunlom Plunge Pool (pictured below), Jim  Jim Falls and Twin Falls. For the outdoorsy types among us, there are more than THIRTY walking tracks and hiking trails to enjoy. The Bardedjilidji Walk is one of the most popular. It shows off the diverse landscapes of Kakadu, with a monsoonal rainforest and sandstone pillars. 

For insight into the lives and customs of the Traditional Owners of the land – the Bininj  people in the north of the park and  Mungguy people in the south – there are  a number of  excellent places to visit. Head to  Burrungkuy  ( Nourlangie ) to see the World Heritage-listed rock art, rock shelter; here, you can take a lookout to uncover how the Bininj  lived . Or h ead to Ubirr , another famous site for rock art, to compare different rock styles and learn about its unique history . And be sure to check out the Warradjan  Aboriginal Cultural Centre for  displays and exhibitions.  

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King’s canyon.

In the  Watarrka  National Park, just a three-hour drive from Uluru, lies the  magnificent   King’s Canyon.  It’s c onsidered one of the best places to visit in the Northern Territory, with sandstone walls reaching heights of 300m,  red sand dunes  and the surprisingly green Garden of Eden.  

It’s a truly unique landscape, and one of the best ways to check it out is to walk the 6km Rim Walk circuit.  Movie buffs will  recognise  the iconic ‘Priscilla’s Crack’ on the walk, made world-famous by the Aussie classic  The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Nitmiluk National Park

Another national park stocked with travel-worthy places – are there any parks in the NT that aren’t beautiful? – the Nitmiluk National Park in the Top End  is prob ably most famous for the  striking  Katherine Gorge. Cruising  along the water , you’ll be left in awe of  how these sandstone cliffs have been carved  by the river . And the Katherine Gorge is just one of 13 magnificent gorges to explore!  

If you’re visiting the  park you should also try to check out these majestic water spots: Northern & Southern Rockholes , Sweetwater Pool, 17 Mile Falls, Crystal Falls and The Amphitheatre, a U-shaped gorge filled with monsoon rainforest.  

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Litchfield national park.

In the Top End of the Northern Territory you’ll find an abundance of c ascading waterfalls, monsoonal vine forest and luxe waterholes .  Looking oh-so-lush compared to the desert parks of the Red Centre, the Litchfield National Park offers up an oasis of glorious swimming spots and tranquil walks in nature.  Check out  the iconic Florence Falls and plunge pool,  Wangi Falls,  Tjaetaba  Falls, Tolmer Falls, Walker Creek and  Buley Rockhole (to name a few).  

But it’s not all greenery and sun-drenched swimming holes. Visit the famous Magnetic Termite Mounds  or   The Lost City , a collection of large sandstone outcrops, to see how the NT’s landscape can really vary.

Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles)

If you grew up in Australia , you’re probably familiar with the  ancient Dreamtime story of the Rainbow Serpent   -and if you aren’t, you can read the story here.

Well,  in ancient mythology the  Devils Marbles (or Karlu  Karlu  in the  T raditional language)  are believed to be the fossilised eggs of the Rainbow Serpent.  These massive granite boulders sit in a valley just a short distance from Tennant Creek , and they’re incredibly special to see.  

Image source: Callum Parker / Unsplash

Alice Springs

This remote town is considered one of the best spots to base yourself when exploring the Red Centre of the Northern Territory.   Alice is known as the gateway to  the natural beauty of the  East and West MacDonnell Ranges , but even if you’re not staying in  town  it’s a fun spot to visit.  

Immerse yourself in local culture with a visit to the  Araluen Cultural Precinct  and  The Albert Namatjira  Gallery,  or  catch an impressive sun rise  from great heights with a hot air balloon ride.

Mindil Beach, Darwin

Further north from Alice (a LOT further) is the chilled-out capital city of Darwin. Known for outdoorsy adventures and friendly locals, Darwin is a must-visit for many travellers. Especially those keen to see one of the greatest sunsets Australia has to offer.  

Head to  Mindil Beach in Darwin in the afternoon to bask in the golden glow. The beach is a short walk from the centre of town and spans 500m so there’s room for everyone to pack a picnic and pull up a beach-chair.  

If you’re in the mood to really make an evening out of it, head to the  Mindil Beach Sunset Markets in the afternoon once they open. You can shop at the local stalls which sell heaps of delicious fresh food and multicultural cuisine.  

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West macdonnell ranges.

The West MacDonnell Ranges –   Tjoritja  in the Traditional language – is an expansive mountain range with some of the most famous and beautiful natural sights to see in all of Australia. Within the West MacDonnell National Park, walking and swimming are the main activities on the agenda, with plenty of hiking trails and cool swimming holes to keep traveller’s  occupied.   

The impressive  223k m  Larapinta Trail weaves through the ranges, with  h ikers able to join for set tracks or – if they’re game – the entire  14  day  hike.  Or, if casual one-day events are more your thing (same) then check out the many gorges and swimming holes on offer, including the famous Simpson’s Gap, Ormiston’s Gorge, Ellery Creek Big Hole and Glen Helen  Gorge.  

Trephina Gorge Nature Park

Onto the East MacDonnell Ranges! Make sure you put Trephina Gorge Nature Park on your to-do list. With its rugged landscape and significance to the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people, it’s not one to miss. Part of the landscape also connects to the Wallaby Dreaming Trail. 

The Park has heaps of easy-to-access walking trails and picnic spots, giving you plenty of opportunities to check out the  rocky walls  of the Gorge and the sandy creek bed in the valley, which makes this one of the best places to visit in the Northern Territory.

Tiwi Islands

Welcome to the ‘Island of Smiles’  AKA the Tiwi Islands ! There are two main islands, Bathurst and Melville, and it takes about two hours to reach them from Darwin. Made even  more  famous by Miranda Tapsell’s recent rom-com Top End Wedding – the islands are known for their rugged natural beauty and the strong culture and traditions of the Tiwi people.  

Immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle of the Aboriginal community on the islands, learn about their history and check out their intricately designed artworks, vibrant fabrics and textiles . Or take a wildlife tour led by a local guide to check out the diverse landscape of lush tropical rainforest, white-sand beaches, rock pools and jungle. It’s a beauti ful place to explore, and well worth taking a day-trip to Tiwi – or longer if you have the time.

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16 Famous Landmarks in Northern Territory, Australia

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Located in the north of Australia , the Northern Territory covers more than 1,300,000 km². This state, also called the Top End because of its location, is the Australian Bush in its purest form. The real Outback!

The conditions here are extreme and this is what makes this region so unique in the world. Therefore, it’s also one of the least populated states. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing to see! From Darwin to Alice Springs, the NT has many must-see places. Among them, national parks, hot springs and Aboriginal cultural wonders.

Do you know what are the most famous landmarks in Northern Territory? 

Here is the list of 16 of the best landmarks you can find in the NT!

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We can say there are 2 kinds of landmarks in Northern Territory Australia: the natural landmarks and the man made landmarks.

But as said before, the NT is quite empty, that’s why you’ll find much more natural landmarks than man made ones. Here is the full list 👇

Natural Landmarks:  

  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Kings Canyon
  • Katherine & Nitmiluk National Park
  • Bitter Springs
  • Arnhem Land
  • West MacDonnells Ranges
  • Finke Gorge National Park
  • Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)
  • Tiwi Islands

Man made Landmarks : 

  • Crocosaurus Cove 
  • Territory Wildlife Park
  • Alice Springs
  • The Ghan Train

So, here are 16 of the best landmarks of Northern Territory! If you want to learn more about each of these places, keep reading!

The Northern Territory is full of natural gems you’ll never found elsewhere in the world. Indeed, most of the NT remained untouched, in its natural state: both fauna and flora are unique here. 

Let’s see 11 of the most famous natural landmarks in Northern Territory! 

1. Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park

Symbol of the Outback and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, Uluru is one of the most famous gem of the Red Centre. Visiting Uluru is a magical, spiritual, and highly interesting discovery.

uluru is one of the most famous places in northern territory

While its Aboriginal name is Uluru, Westerners call it Ayers Rock. Located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the rock formation impresses first of all by its unusual features. Indeed, its dimensions are impressive: 348 meters high, 2.5 km long and a base circumference of 9.4 km. 

Go admire the sunset on the rock, you’ll see a unique vibrant color palette you’ve never seen before! If you have time, you should also try hiking in the Olgas, an equally impressive rock formation not far from Uluru, in the same park. 

2. Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is the largest national park in Australia. It’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural and cultural landscapes. Located at 3 hours drive from Darwin , you should dedicate at least 2 days to discover this park if you want to make a full visit.

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There, you’ll discover impressive landscapes, aboriginal paintings, hundreds of wild animals including marine crocodiles… Ubirr and Nourlangie are the most famous aboriginal sites of the park, paintings dates back thousands of years.

Visits during the wet season are limited as several sites are closed because of heavy rains.

3. Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park is one of the greatest landmark in Northern Territory. Although located only 2 hours drive from Kakadu, this park is quite different and takes you on an adventure that can be done in one day. 

litchfield national park is in the top places to visit in northern territory

On the road and at the entrance, you’ll see the famous Termite Mounds welcoming you. But Litchfield National Park is mostly known as a natural water theme park: you’ll find many incredible swimming spots such as Buley Rockhole, Florence Falls and Wangi Falls.

Little bonus: you can have swimming companions: freshwater crocodiles! But don’t worry, they are completely harmless to humans!

4. Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon is one of the most famous and mythical places in Australia, just like Uluru, the Sydney Opera House or the Great Barrier Reef. The park covers 71,000 hectares and has been home to the Aboriginal people for over 20,000 years.

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Located in the Watarrka National Park, it is a formation of gigantic red rocks. A thousand year old sandstone canyon that rises above forests at the western end of the George Gill Ranges.

When going to Kings Canyon , you shouldn’t miss the Kings Canyon Rim Walk, the must-do hike: it’s a 6km-loop along steep cliffs offering breathtaking views. 

5. Katherine & Nitmiluk National Park

Small town lost in the desert between Darwin and Alice Springs, Katherine isn’t a city you must-see, but its region is really worth a visit! 

katherine gorge is a great landmark in northern territory

You’ll be amazed by Mataranka Hot Springs. The water is transparent and turquoise blue, almost unreal, and the temperature of the water is constantly at 33°C. So don’t miss to swim there if you have the chance to! 

The other major point of interest in the region is Nitmiluk National Park , where Katherine Gorge is the main attraction. There are many ways to explore the gorge, but the best is to hike so you can enjoy both the various swimming spots and viewpoints.

6. Bitter Springs

Located at Mataranka in the Elsey National Park, Bitter Springs is a real oasis in the heart of the Australian desert. It’s a long turquoise lagoon of about 120 meters. 

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There, you’ll be able to swim in a natural crystal clear river, surrounded by lush vegetation and lulled by the sound of the surrounding wildlife. 

To enjoy better the place, try going early in the morning or at the end of the day to avoid the crowds! Also, avoid going there after heavy rains as the water tends to be muddy.

7. Arnhem Land

Located north of NT in the Top End, Arnhem Land is adjacent to Kakadu National Park. Mysterious and intriguing, it’s one of the wildest and most isolated territories of the country with very few tourists.

arnham land

Between virgin landscapes and aboriginal culture, it’s a unique place with a very rich flora and fauna, still well preserved from human passage. It’s home to marine crocodiles, dugongs, turtles and migratory birds. Among the unmissable places: Macassan Beach and Nhulunbuy. 

As it belongs to the Aboriginal people, you’ll need a permission to visit. It helps protects the privacy of the Aboriginal communities as well as their culture and natural environment.

8. West MacDonnell National Park 

West MacDonnell National Park is a desert mountain range that stretches for 200km west of Alice Springs. 

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While it’s often ignored by tourists who limit themselves to a few days around Uluru and sometimes Kings Canyon, this park is an amazing area with lots of waterholes that are so big that you can swim in them! One of the most famous are the deep gorges of Simpsons Gap. 

There are also many amazing walking trails in West MacDonnell National Park, including the 223km Larapinta trail.   

9. Finke Gorge National Park 

Located near West Macdonnell National Park at 140km from Alice Springs, Finke Gorge National Park covers 46,000 hectares.

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The park includes the impressive Palm Valley , an oasis which is home to a variety of species unique to this area, such as red cabbage palm. It’s this unique vegetation that makes the park so well known.

You can visit the park with an all-terrain vehicle or with an organized tour. 

10. Devil’s Marbles (Karlu Karlu)

The Devils Marbles Reserve is located 410km North of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway, close to Tennant Creek. They are one of Australia’s greatest geological curiosities, and guess what? Entrance is free 🔥

devils marbles

What characterizes the park are these huge rounded granite rocks scattered all over the desert and balancing on top of each other. It’s quite incredible because these rocks seem to come out of nowhere.

The best time to discover this place is at sunset or sunrise, when the rocks take on a flaming red color. The second advantage is that it is much less hot than during the day!

11. Tiwi Islands 

Tiwi Islands is the 2nd largest island behind Tasmania, and it’s located 100km from Darwin. You can reach the island from Darwin by plane in 30min or by ferry in 2.5 hours. 

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The archipelago is composed of 11 islands: Bathurst and Melville, the 2 main islands, and 9 more that remain inhabited. As most people living in Tiwi Islands are Aboriginal, it’s the ideal trip if you want to meet them and learn more about their traditions and culture. 

Because of the heavy rains and their isolated  location, fauna and flora in Tiwi Islands is unique in the world. No doubt you’ll be amazed when discovering them! 

Despite these difficult natural conditions, we can still find marks of civilization and man made landmarks, which makes NT a very complete destination for holidays . 

Discover 5 of man made landmarks in Northern Territory below!

12. Darwin 

Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and is located in the very north of the country, on the Timor sea. It’s a city on a human scale with many cultural sites and an idyllic natural setting.

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From the boats in the harbor to the restaurant terraces, from the historic museums to the Aboriginal art galleries, Darwin has no shortage of attractions for tourists.

Relax at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct, take a stroll through the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets to try some exotic food. If you’re looking for a thrill, head to Crocosaurus Cove to get close with the Top End’s iconic animal, the crocodiles!

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13. Crocosaurus Cove

According to all travel guide, Crocosaurus Cove is THE BEST attraction in Darwin that you don’t want to miss!

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Situated in the heart of Darwin, this park is dedicated to reptiles, especially crocodiles, the city and Top End’s emblematic animal. 

The park is mainly known for the Cage of Death : visitors can slide in a transparent box that is immersed in the water to observe and dive with a massive saltwater crocodile of 5-meter long. The faint-hearted should abstain! 

14. Territory Wildlife Park

Located at 40min drive from Darwin in Berry Springs, Territory Wildlife park is a natural park dedicated to the animals of the region. It’s one one of the best places to visit in Northern Territory if you want to get a closer look to local animals. 

territory wildlife park

Animals are kept in their natural habitat with a lot of space and the separation with the visitors is minimal for a guaranteed immersion in the wildlife. You’ll even find some wild animals running free all over the place.

You’ll be able to interact with the animals, and feed them. The park is mainly famous for its impressive raptors!

15. Alice Springs 

Alice Springs is a desert town in the middle of the country, and an excellent starting point to visit the Outback. It’s the main town of the Red Centre.

alice springs is a top man made landmarks in northern territory

Nestled between huge rocks, this small town is charming and unique. It’s peaceful and has a western movie atmosphere that is very cool.

You can stroll down Todd Street, a pleasant shopping street with many Aboriginal art galleries, or enjoy a panoramic view from the top of Anzac Hill. You can also discover the local flora and fauna at Olive Pink Botanic Garden.

16. The Ghan Train

Like the Orient-Express or the Trans-Siberian Railway, The Ghan is one of the longest rail journeys in the world, covering 2979 km in 54 hours (4 days and 3 nights).

ghan train

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From Darwin to Adelaide though Alice Springs and Katherine, it crosses the largest spaces of the Australian Outback and Northern Territory, from north to south (or the reverse). It’s a journey in itself: life on board, landscapes, meetings and discoveries of incredible places… 

Prices are quite expensive as the conditions in the train are luxurious, but it’s a unique experience in the world to do at least once in a lifetime! 

Here is a map of Australia with all the Northern Territory landmarks listed in this post. To get it, click on the image below to open it in Google Maps. Then click on the “star” icon to save it to your own maps.

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So here are 16 of the most famous places in Northern Territory, Australia!  

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  1. 15 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Australia's Northern Territory

    Uluru, the iconic red monolith, is one of the region's most famous tourist attractions. Northwest of here lies the legendary outback town of Alice Springs, a popular base for wilderness safaris.

  2. Places to go in the NT

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  3. Visit the Northern Territory, Australia

    Visit the Northern Territory, Australia Seek different in the Northern Territory Top things to see & do in the NT Darwin & Surrounds Litchfield National Park Alice Springs & Surrounds Alice Springs Uluru & Surrounds Uluru Katherine & Surrounds Nitmiluk National Park Darwin & Surrounds Darwin Drive the NT Things to do Crocodiles Uluru & Surrounds

  4. Things to Do in Northern Territory

    Things to Do in Northern Territory Top Northern Territory Attractions Things to Do in Northern Territory Explore popular experiences See what other travelers like to do, based on ratings and number of bookings. Half-day Tours (38) Day Trips (45) National Parks (24) 4WD Tours (50) City Tours (13) Parks (19) Audio Guides (18)

  5. Northern Territory: Places to visit and things to do

    Popular destinations in the Northern Territory Darwin Alice Springs The Red Centre Kakadu National Park Kings Canyon Litchfield National Park Trips and itineraries 10 days of waterhole hopping 10 days of Australian Aboriginal experiences Alice Springs to Uluru: a 7-day road trip Ultimate 6-day Kakadu family road trip

  6. Top 10 things to do in the Northern Territory

    1. Fish for the famous silver barramundi Beginners to experienced anglers can have one of the NT's best experiences: fishing for barramundi, a fish prized for its exhilarating fight and enormous leaps out of the water.

  7. THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Northern Territory

    Things to do in Northern Territory Top Northern Territory Attractions Things to Do in Northern Territory Popular things to do Half-day Tours Day Trips National Parks 4WD Tours City Tours Parks Audio Guides Nature and Wildlife Tours Hiking Tours Safaris Historical Tours Helicopter Tours Overnight Tours Sporting Events Transfers & Ground Transport

  8. 15 Top Things to Do in the Northern Territory

    15 Top Things to Do in the Northern Territory Vacation like a pro The Complete Guide to Australia's Northern Territory SEE FULL GUIDE Things to Do in Darwin Things to Do in Alice Springs Things to Do at Uluru Guide Kakadu National Park Best Parks to Visit Must-Try Food Best Time to Visit Weather & Climate Top Destinations in the Northern Territory

  9. Places to Visit in Northern Territory

    Places to Visit in Northern Territory, Australia: See Tripadvisor's 3,25,939 traveller reviews and photos of Northern Territory tourist attractions. Find what to do today, this weekend or in February. We have reviews of the best places to see in Northern Territory. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions.

  10. Northern Territory 2023: Best Places to Visit

    13 items Essential Northern Territory Stay A mix of the charming, modern, and tried and true. 2023 Ramada Suites Zen Quarter 1,535 Darwin, Australia 2023 Quest Alice Springs 893 Alice Springs, Australia 2023

  11. Must-see attractions Northern Territory, Australia

    Layers of rock-art paintings, in various styles and from…. Top Choice. Nitmiluk National Park. Spectacular Katherine Gorge forms the backbone of this 2920-sq-km park, about 30km from Katherine. A series of 13 deep sandstone gorges have been carved…. Top Choice. Devil's Marbles.

  12. The Top Destinations in Australia's Northern Territory

    The Top 11 Destinations in Australia's Northern Territory By Molly McLaughlin Updated on 09/28/20 Joey Photo / 500px / Getty Images The Northern Territory stretches from the Top End down to the Red Centre in the heart of Australia.

  13. 13 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in the Northwest Territories

    Great Slave Lake 5. Hay River 6. Inuvik 7. The Northwest Passage 8. Great Bear Lake 9. Mackenzie River 10. Victoria Island 11. Banks Island 12. Church of Our Lady of Good Hope, Fort Good Hope 13.

  14. Northern Territory Attractions

    Welcome to the Northern Territory. This is home to the iconic landscapes people imagine when they refer to Australia as a Sunburnt Country. Vast areas of red outback that stretch forever, refreshing plunge pools fed by thundering waterfalls and the palpable presence of the oldest continuing culture in the world.

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    In Alice Springs you can explore a thriving, spirited outback centre, famous for the personality of it's locals and contemporary and traditional art as the natural wonders, including the Larapinta Trail and the East and West MacDonnell Ranges that surround the town. Or visit one of the great natural wonders of the world, Uluru/Ayers Rock.

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    10. Daly Waters Pub 11. Alice Springs 12. West MacDonnell Ranges

  17. 11 best places to visit in the Northern Territory

    King's Canyon. In the Watarrka National Park, just a three-hour drive from Uluru, lies the magnificent King's Canyon. It's considered one of the best places to visit in the Northern Territory, with sandstone walls reaching heights of 300m, red sand dunes and the surprisingly green Garden of Eden. It's a truly unique landscape, and one ...

  18. Visit Darwin, Northern Territory

    Darwin Darwin & Surrounds Destinations Darwin Litchfield National Park Mary River Tiwi Islands Things to see & do Festivals & events Guided tours Darwin accommodation Region guide Treat your taste buds and indulge your sense of fun and adventure in the Northern Territory's tropical capital city.

  19. THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Katherine

    Katherine Gorge is really a must visit and I would highly recommend taking a boat tour. 2. Top Didj & Art Gallery. 259. Art Galleries. By 365ashleighs. ... loved every moment of the experience from the storytelling, to the painting, fire starting and spear throwing. 2023. 3.

  20. 16 Famous Landmarks in Northern Territory, Australia

    16 Famous Landmarks in Northern Territory, Australia by Kevmrc, Travel Expert | Updated on November 7, 2023 Located in the north of Australia, the Northern Territory covers more than 1,300,000 km². This state, also called the Top End because of its location, is the Australian Bush in its purest form. The real Outback!

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    1. Make like a local: head to the markets! Find locally made treasures and indulge your tastebuds at Darwin's famous markets. Every weekend, suburban spaces across the city are transformed into open-air markets where locals get their fruit and vegetables, authentic laksa and fresh juices.