The Northern Territory of Australia encompasses the real outback of the country where visitors can truly experience a truly unique region. From the iconic red rock of Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the majestic views of the Katherine Gorge, and from the ancient art and wildlife of Kakadu to the rural charm of Alice springs on through to the memorable sunsets over Darwin, there is so much to see and experience around every corner.
Renowned the world over for housing some of the most recognisable natural landmarks, such as the World Heritage-listed Uluru and Kakadu, the Northern Territory is an area rife with highlights, not to mention an enriched Aboriginal culture, diverse landscapes, fresh foods, spectacular wildlife and endless opportunities to discover.
Despite its vast size and numerous hotspots, the Northern Territory is much easier to explore than one might think – with the area split between two distinct regions: the Red Centre in the south and the Top End in the north.
Above all other icons in the Northern Territory, Uluru is not one to be missed. Located deep in the heart of the ‘Red Centre’, the majestic monolith shares the region with several ‘outback’ landmarks such as the intriguing Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and the beautiful, charming town of Alice Springs with its art scene and hip café culture.
The Northern Territory’s (NT) ‘Top End’ capital, Darwin, is a booming city that entices travellers the world over with its exotic, outdoor lifestyle. With crocodile adventures, waterfront dining, an enriched sense of history and access to the Tiwi Islands all within reach of the city centre, there’s plenty to do in this Australian getaway that serves as the gateway Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge).
One of Australia’s most intriguing regions, the Northern Territory is filled with bustling cities, ancient cultures and thriving wildlife all spread across its stunning landscapes.
With so much to do throughout the Northern Territory, you’re likely to be spending a great deal of time outdoors, which means you should pack plenty of sun protection like hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and plenty of water. Be sure to bring a camera for any photo opportunities and sturdy walking boots for those long adventures on foot.
With such a large, diverse landscape, the Northern Territory’s climates can differ widely between areas. The Red Centre’s climate resembles that of an arid desert, with the hot summer days and nights giving way to the warm days and cold nights of winter. The Top End’s climate is more tropical in nature, with a warm, dry winter lasting between April and October shifting to a summer of humid weather and afternoon rains that last throughout the remaining months.
Because of the area boasting such a differing climate, judging the days based on highest and lowest averages is not recommended as they can vary greatly from place to place.
Things to do in the Northern Territory
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