Northern Territory


The Northern Territory is Australia's truly outback destination. In the Top End experience the Northern Territory's tropical atmosphere. Feed hundreds of fish by hand at Darwin's Aquascene or come face to face to gigantic salt water crocodiles at the Territory Wildlife Park. Visit World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park with its amazing waterfalls and culturally significant indigenous rock art.

Further South in the Red Centre is Alice Springs, Australia's most famous outback town. There is plenty to see including the Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre, Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air just to name a few. At Yulara lies Australia's most famous icon, Ayers Rock or Uluru as it is called by the local Anangu people.

The major Northern Territory regions are:

  • Darwin
  • Kakadu
  • Litchfield
  • Arnhemland
  • Tiwi Islands
  • Mataranka
  • Gulf Region
  • Victoria River Region
  • Tanami Region
  • Tennant Creek
  • West & East Macdonnell Ranges
  • Alice Springs
  • Ayers Rock
  • Simpson Desert

The Northern Territory has two climatic zones, the Top End experiences a tropical climate whilst the Red Centre experiences a semi-arid climate. In Darwin the average summer temperature is 32 degrees C during the day but this can be accompanied by very humid conditions. During the night the temperature is usually around 24 degrees C. In winter the daily temperature in Darwin is still around 30 degrees C but it is a lot drier and humidity is at its lowest. This is the most popular time to travel in the Top End. In Alice Springs and Ayers Rock daytime summer temperatures are often 35 degrees C and night time temperatures are 20 degrees C. In winter the daily temperature can be as low as 20 degrees C and the night time temperature averages a low 3 degrees C.

Experience hidden treasures and learn about some of Australia's oldest Aboriginal heritage & culture in the Northern Territory.

Looking for a "Real Outback" experience? A land of stark contrasts, the Northern Territory stretches from coastline of the tropical north down to the rugged red centre of Australia.

"The Territory" is the place for ultimate adventure from rainforest to Outback with woodlands and deserts in between.

Highlights

  • This is the Real Outback! World Heritage listed wilderness.
  • Red deserts, great gorges, tropical rainforests.
  • Unique journeys into Aboriginal culture – oldest rock art in the world.
  • Wonderful wildlife - crocodiles, barramundi, birds and more.
  • Welcoming people - dynamic pioneering Aussie spirit.

Must do activities

Central Australia, The Red Centre, Home to Uluru (Ayer's Rock) and Alice Springs

  • Aboriginal Anangu Cultural Walk to Uluru.
  • Sounds of Silence dinner at base of Uluru/Ayers Rock.
  • Valley of the Winds aboriginal walk at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).
  • Take a camel to breakfast, lunch or dinner at Alice Springs.
  • Red Centre Dreaming Dinner & Show in Alice Springs.
  • Alice Springs Desert Park - see rare and endangered animals.

The Top End, Home to Darwin, Kakadu & Katherine

  • Kakadu National Park's Aboriginal rock art tours and wetlands teeming with wildlife.
  • Discover Arnhemland ancient Aboriginal culture.
  • Visit Katherine Gorge's awe-inspiring gorges filled with sheer cliffs, rock art, beaches, and plunging waterfalls.
  • Fly to Tiwi Island and share the local's elaborate art, religion and culture.
  • Wildlife tours, from crocodile jumping to bird watching cruises.