You can lose and find yourself in the Northern Territory, a place rich in Aboriginal history and rugged, natural beauty. Immerse yourself in Darwins melting pot of cuisines and cultures and explore the rainforest and Aboriginal rock art of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Stay in the Red Centre town of Alice Springs, then visit the iconic wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Cruise down vast Katherine Gorge and pan for gold at Tennant Creek. The Northern Territory also offers a huge array of wildlife, colourful outback characters and landscapes for outdoor adventure.
Darwin and surrounds
Soak up Darwins balmy weather and the melting pot of food and cultures in the citys many outdoor festivals and markets. Then explore the regions dramatic history from World Way II air raids to Cyclone Tracey in the museums and galleries. Sail Darwin harbour at sunset, cruise next to crocodiles and bushwalk through monsoon forest. Do a day trip to Litchfield National Park, where you can swim in crystal-clear waterholes and see thousands of tall termite mounds. Or visit the Tiwi Islands, where you can watch traditional weaving and painting or immerse yourself in the noise and excitement of a local football game.
Kakadu and Arnhem Land
See wildlife, waterfalls and one of the worlds largest areas of accessible rock art World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Bushwalk, spot rare and spectacular wildlife and plunge into sparkling waterholes. Explore the many rich and detailed Aboriginal rock art galleries. See Namarrgon, the Lightning Man at Nourlangie Rock and some of the worlds finest examples of X-ray art at Ubirr Rock in Kakadus north-east. North in wholly Aboriginal-owned Arnhem Land, you can fish off the spectacular beaches of the Gove Peninsula and in the creeks, reefs and ocean of the Cobourg Peninsula. Explore the eco systems of Mt Borrodaile with an Aboriginal guide and watch Aboriginal artists at work in the traditional community of Oenpelli.
Capital Country –
Meander past churches, old-time pubs, galleries and antique stores in historic Braidwood and charming Bungendore. Trek past the waterfalls, wildflowers, rainforest gullies and sandstone cliffs of Fitzroy Falls and Moreton National Park, near Bundadoon. Explore English-styled country gardens and art and craft shops in the highland getaway of Bowral and 1830s Georgian-English architecture in Berrima. Stay on a working farm at Yass, visit wineries in the Hilltops district and buy fresh produce in Young, Australias cherry capital. Learn about the life of Australias best cricketer at the Bradman Museum in Bowral and see world-renowned glass works in Bowning.
Tennant Creek and surrounds
Pan for gold and explore an underground mine in the Battery Hill Mining Centre. Visit the Telegraph Station built in 1872 to link Australia to the outside world. See the huge, precariously balanced boulders known as the Devils Marbles in the plains south of Tennant Creek. You can learn about their cultural significance to traditional owners the Warumungu people at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Culture Centre. Buy Aboriginal art in the tiny township of Ti Tree and visit Australias UFO capital of Wycliffe Well. Stay on huge cattle stations north of town and in the vast Barkly Tablelands to the east.
Katherine and Surrounds
Explore the historic pioneering township of Katherine and see ancient Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Sink into the hot springs of Daly River and fish in the remote waterways of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Spot rare wildlife and wander gorges in Gregory National Park, in the Victoria River region, and relax in Matarankas sandy-bottomed thermal pool. Katherines rugged and ancient landscapes – which stretch from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border – also invite you to canoe, bushwalk, bird watch, camp and four-wheel drive.
Alice Springs and Surrounds
Stay in the famous outback town of Alice Springs, which sits in Australias red heart just 200 kilometres south of its geographic centre. From here you can bushwalk, four wheel drive or join a camel trek across the rolling sand dunes of the Simpson Desert. Trek through Ormiston Gorge and Pound, visit breathtaking Glen Helen Gorge and see rock wallabies at Simpsons Gap, all in the nearby East and West MacDonnell Ranges. Bike ride to Simpsons Gap at dawn, discover different Aboriginal art styles along the Tanami Track and explore the rock art, artefacts and ceremonial sites near the small Aboriginal community of St Teresa.
Lose your breath at Uluru, which rises 348 metres from the desert and matches the light and weather with shades so vivid they upstage the sunset. Learn about Ulurus cultural significance as you walk around its base with an Aboriginal Anangu guide. Get up close to the grandeur of nearby Kata Tjuta – sacred russet domes formed through millions of years of erosion – on the Valley of the Winds Walk.In Watarrka National Park, you can trek to the rim of Kings Canyon and swim in a waterhole in the lush valley of the Garden of Eden. Walk to Kathleen Springs, drive the Mereenie Loop or soar over the canyon on a helicopter.