Love a good sunset? Have you experienced an NT sunset? The Northern Territory is home to several top Australian locations to watch a spectacular sunset. From the incredible monolith colour changing display over Uluru, the transformation of Kakadu National Park as the serene natural landscape changes before your eyes, to the famous illuminating sky shows over Darwin’s harbour and beaches. Make sure you catch at least one as they are an NT institution.
Darwin is full of epic sun setting hotspots favoured by locals and tourists alike. My absolute favourite though is at the Darwin Trailer Boat Club. Relaxing on the lawns with the beach in front, chatting to the friendly patrons and sipping a refreshing drink as the palm trees gently sway above - it doesn’t get much better!
Of course a Mindil Beach sunset must make the list as crowds flock to the iconic viewing spot for a slice of sunset bliss and potential blockbuster photo. During the Mindil Beach Sunset Market season, grab dinner from one of the best smelling and tasting food vendors, find a spot in the sand as you toast to the striking display of reds, pinks and oranges lighting up the sky.
East Point Reserve is an iconic Darwin setting dotted with picnic areas, playgrounds and BBQ’s along the coastal reserve with the often turquoise waters of the Timor Sea providing an equally stunning view of that NT sunset.
A favourite spot for locals is the beautifully rugged Nightcliff foreshore, not only for the famed sunsets but its people friendly setting, inviting atmosphere and convenient food truck options given it’s around dinner time!
For a different perspective, a sunset cruise around Darwin Harbour is a great option with either Darwin Harbour Cruises or Sea Darwin. Flaming hues of orange and pinks take over the sky as you sit back on the boat and drink it all in. You can even add a Territory style buffet dinner to really up the ante and experience.
Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), 300 kilometres south of Darwin, offers not only magnificent, ancient gorge walls bordering a series of pristine waterways full of fascinating ancient Aboriginal rock art and heritage, but also a pretty amazing place to watch the sun setting over the vast and impressive park. For breathtaking views of the warming dusk sky, take the Baruwei Loop trail and stop at the Baruwei Lookout for spectacular scenes over the gorge, exuding complete tranquillity.
The Red Centre of course provides that ultra-unique stage when it comes to sunsets. Visitors from around the world can’t wait to capture and absorb the incredible reveal of the colour changing rock as the sun sets over Uluru and the magical outback.
Presenting an equally stunning NT sunset is nearby Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) where the 36 rock domes seemingly transform from a pinkish brown to a vibrant red before your eyes. Teem either location with a glass of bubbly for a truly memorable, serene, inspiring and humbling experience all at the same time.
ANZAC Hill, in Alice Springs, is the best sunset view in town. At 608 metres high, the hill provides panoramic views over the town, the West MacDonnell Ranges and that captivating red dirt landscape.
Don’t miss a NT sunset, they are a defining moment in any NT holiday.
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