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8 Things No-one Tells You About Northern Territory

by Travelbag on 31 August 2016, 10:08AM

Darwin is a just a four-hour flight from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur (fly direct from London with Malaysia Airlines), meaning Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) is the ideal place to start an Australian adventure. Whether you intend on a beach holiday, something a little more cultural, or even a self-drive: Northern Territory is perfect. The reason for this is simple; NT is home to great beaches, a lot of Aboriginal culture, excellent driving routes and much more such as:

 1. Wildlife and landscape

Kings Canyon

NT is home to a vast, expansive, and sparsely populated land, meaning a lot of the area is untouched and free for wildlife to flourish the way Mother Nature intended. Let's take Kakadu National Park to start with, NT’s largest nature reserve and home to over 300 native bird species. On top of this, the Northern Territory is home to the largest population of saltwater crocodiles as well as numerous kangaroos, camels and other reptiles!

2. The Bush

Litchfield National Park

Again, the vast space of the third largest state means there’s plenty to be explored, and we highly recommend it. See the majestic Uluru, the impressive Kings Canyon, the stunning MacDonnell Ranges, and many more awe-inspiring sights.

3. Uluru

Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Yes, we had mentioned Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, above but this inselberg is perhaps the most famous of Australia’s natural landmarks and people don’t usually even know where in Australia it is! The area is sacred to Aboriginal Australians and the main feature of many myths and legends. Beware taking any souvenirs from it as legend tells anyone who takes some of the rock will suffer a terrible fate!

4. The Ghan

The Ghan

The Ghan is a 2000-mile rail journey that runs right along the backbone of Australia, from Darwin to Adelaide. The railway was named after the original Afghan camel traders that operated on the same route. Despite the Aus Outback gaining a reputation of being flat and nothing, there is so much more to see! There’s the tar black night sky lit up by countless silver stars, all above of the infinite awe-inspiring desert. The Red Centre Train still occasionally runs special steam locomotive hauled trains.

5. Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Culture

While the Indigenous population here is relatively small, it still makes up nearly 25% of the population meaning there’s a large cultural influence on the area. The Northern Territory is proud to be home to one of the oldest cultures on earth, and so showcases this with many museums and events dedicated to the past and present ways of life including the chance to taste some ‘bush tucker’.

6. Field of Lights

Field of Lights

This one-year-one-off festival running from April 2016 to 31st March 2017 is a reason in itself to visit the Northern Territory. Imagine the romance of nighttime al fresco dining, a backdrop of one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, all lit up by a canopy of 3 football pitches worth of lights.

7. Adventure

Katherine Gorge

Without sounding too repetitive, we can’t stress the sheer size and abundance of space Northern Territory has to offer. This means that’s plenty to do in the area, from the extremes of cliff diving, hiking up to Devils Marbles, kayaking through a gorge, or an easier boat journey through Nitmiluk National Park.

8. Self Drive Opportunities

Devil's Marbles

A great way to see all the spectacular sights listed above is driving to each of them, what better than to see all the great sights than at your own leisure and even on your own impulse, should you choose a camper van. Furthermore, this also gives you the opportunity to see Northern Territory’s neighbouring states of Western Australia and Queensland

 

Book your Australian adventure now; find our latest Northern Territory offers online. Alternatively, you can pop into a local shop, or call to get some expert advice.


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