G’day everyone! People are always super excited to visit Sydney, Melbourne and all the lovely southerly coast cities. But have you ever considered looking to the north? The Northern End (aka Northern Territory) is made up of 7 areas; the northern most is known as the Top End and consists of Darwin, Kakadu and Arnnhem Land. Followed by Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Uluru.
The Northern Territory is rich with Aboriginal history, rugged natural beauty, amazing wildlife, charismatic outback characters and amazing landscapes to boot. Each area boasts wonders and adventures of all kinds! You’ll find in Darwin, a wonderful array of cuisines and cultures, as well as rainforests and Aboriginal rock art in Kakadu National Park, and gold panning in Tennant Creek. In the Northern Territory you’re sure to find adventure in every corner.
Here are just some of the amazing Aussie adventures you’ll find in the Northern End:
– Rising 348 meters from the desert, you’ll find yourself breathless at Uluru. Learn about Uluru’s cultural significance as you walk around its base with an Aboriginal Anangu guide. Get up close and personal to the grandeur of Kata Tjuta- sacred russet domes formed through millions of years of erosion. Walk to Kathleen Springs, drive the Mereenie Loop or soar over the canyon on helicopter!
The incredible and massive Uluru rock. Image: Tourism Australia
-Meet the crocodiles of the Northern Territory. These magnificent, prehistoric creatures are what Darwin is known best for. In the heart of Darwin city, Crocosaurus Cove houses some of the largest crocs in the world! Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush with the Cage of Death and come face-to-face with the largest saltwater crocs in captivity. You can also take a guided cruise along the Adelaide River and watch saltwater crocs in their natural habitat, propelling themselves high out of the water to snatch their pray. If you feel like exploring Darwin city, you’ll find unique cuisine, local arts and live entertainment. From Sparkling Harbour and its WWII history to the city’s Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle- you won’t be disappointed.
One of the many enormous saltwater crocodiles in the Northern Territory. Image: Tourism Northern Territory
-Here you’ll find wildlife, waterfalls and one of the world’s largest areas of accessible rock art at the Kakadu National Park- a World Heritage site; and located less than 3 hours from Darwin. Explore on foot, join a cruise or guided tour, spot crocs and birdlife, swim in waterfalls, and be fascinated by Aboriginal culture. Make your way to the Nourlangie Rock Art site in Kakadu National Park and immerse yourself in ancient paintings and rich spiritual tradition. Or head over to Ubirr, home to one of two major Kakadu rock-stars, see the ancient Aboriginal rock art and enjoy a remarkable sunset from up high.
Aboriginal rock art in Kakadu National Park. Image: Tourism Australia
-Bordering Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria- Arnhem Land is a vast and lush wilderness, rich with Aboriginal culture. The Yolngu people are the owners of Arnhem Land and have occupied the area for at least 60,000 years, keeping strong cultural and spiritual ties to the land. Split into East & West, there are many things to see. East Arnhem Land is full of historic sites, chartered fishing trips, cultural experiences and exotic island retreats. West Arnhem Land has loads to explore including Garig Gunak Barlu National Park and Seven Spirit Bay, Injalak Art Centre and Mt. Borradaile!
An aboriginal cultural experience in the Arnhem Land. Image: Tourism Australia
– Here you will find a never-ending supply of exploration! Learn about the historic pioneering township of Katherine and trek the ancient Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Take a soak in the hot springs and thermal pools this region is known for, or fish the waterways of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Hire a canoe and paddle along the gorge, jump in waterfalls, see Aboriginal rock art and massive amounts of wildlife. If you really want to get a view of the region, take a 40-minute scenic flight and see the sights from up high!
The magnificent Katherine Gorge. Image: Tourism Northern Territory
-History is in abundance in this region- pan for gold and explore an underground mine in the Battery Hill Mining Centre. Visit the Telegraph Station linking Australia to the outside world in 1872. Trek to the perilously balanced boulders known as Devils Marbles in the plains south of Tennant Creek and learn about their significance to the traditional owners the Warumungu people.
– Stay in Australia’s red heart, in the famous outback town of Alice Springs. Here you can bushwalk, 4WD, or join a camel trek across the sand dunes of the Simpson Desert. Visit Glen Helen Gorge and see rock wallabies at Simpsons Gap, or bike ride to Simpsons Gap at dawn! Discover the amazing Aboriginal art styles along Tanami Track and explore rock art, artifacts and ceremonial sites near St. Teresa.
The kangaroo sanctuary in Alice Springs. Image: Tourism Northern Territory