Home to some of Australia’s last remaining genuine outback, the Northern Territory is a diverse region home to ancient Aboriginal culture and an abundance of natural wonders. Divided into two main regions, each offers its own unique attractions including Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Red Centre and Kakadu in the Top End. Occupying the central and northern regions of the mainland continent, the Northern Territory offers some of Australia’s most recognisable natural attractions.
Home to hundreds of species of rare native wildlife and plant life, the outback offers dramatic landscapes and is home to vast open spaces, 52 national parks and conservation reserves and pioneer journeys, presenting nature on a grand scale. The Northern Territory is known for its likeable larrikins, quaint outback characters, the kind you’re likely to meet at one of the country towns, cattle stations or famous outback pubs, colourful, larger than life types who are more than willing to share a yarn and a beer. The Australian counterparts to the cowboys of Texas, these rugged outback men are known as Jackaroos, drovers or more simply, just good Aussie blokes.
Australia’s last remaining wilderness frontier, the outback is also famous for its Aboriginal cultural experiences, where visitors can understand and experience the 40,000 year old traditions of the Aboriginal people, including spear fishing, rock art, basket weaving, storytelling and guided ‘bush tucker’ tastings where you’ll witness how this ancient culture lives off the land. The Northern Territory’s outback is also home to the largest collection of Aboriginal art in the world.
Part of the region known as the Red Centre, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is the most iconic symbol of the Northern Territory and is famous not only as an Aboriginal treasure but as a wonder of the world. The majestic monolith is an Australian icon and is located 280mi south of Alice Springs, the geographic centre of Australia. Surrounded by boundless desert landscapes, Alice Springs is at the heart of the outback and is a hardy destination home to breathtaking cavernous gorges and a charming pioneer history.
An unmissable attraction on any vacation to Australia, this incredible rock and major landmark is particularly spectacular at both sunrise and sunset and is said to change colour depending on the time of day. The area around Uluru (Ayers Rock) is known as the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park and is home to a wide range of waterholes, natural springs, rock caves, and ancient paintings. The Park is a UNESCO World Heritage area and is also home to Kata Tjuta (‘The Olgas’), a rock formation created by a number of domed rocks.
Part of the Top End, Kakadu is a must-see natural attraction located just 160mi from the Northern Territory’s capital city Darwin and is not only a spectacular sight, it’s also a treasure of great cultural and historical significance to the native Aboriginal people. A World Heritage listed National Park, Kakadu is home to some of the most unique flora and fauna and features dazzling rock formations and breathtaking waterfalls. Unlike anything else in the world, Kakadu must be seen to be believed.
A travel hub for hikes and natural sightseeing, the small regional town of Katherine is also a must see, stretching to the border of Western Australia from the Gulf of Carpentaria. The diverse, sweeping landscapes and unique ecosystems are an otherworldly scene for outback adventure activities such as bushwalking, four-wheel driving, camping, canoeing, fishing and birdwatching. Situated on the banks of the Katherine River, the water flows down from the awe-inspiring Katherine Gorge, an unforgettable and must see natural attraction.