You can’t help but feel relaxed from the moment you arrive in the NT. Be it the warm air, the friendly, laid back lifestyle, the lack of traffic, the fragrant frangipanis or red desert as far as the eye can see, the unplug and subsequent recharge is near on inevitable.
Want to escape the cold? You can in the NT, year-round. From the temperate climate of the Top End’s tropical summer and dry season to the near daily sunshine in the Red Centre, albeit the seasonal cold nights in the desert, prepare to be warmed and pack your summer attire.
The NT is a feast for the senses, and when it comes to unique experiences it certainly stands out. Experience the magical Field of Light in Uluru as the landscape illuminates as far as the eye can see in a gentle rhythm of interchanging colours. Team this with a superb desert dinner under the stars at Sounds of Silence or Under a Desert Moon for an extraordinary event. Darwin’s annual Lions Beer Can Regatta is an iconic event not be missed as floating vessels are created from cans, plastic bottles and cartons and set sail from Darwin’s Mindil Beach, with many other fun activities included.
Given the expansive and diverse landscapes of the NT, it is known to be a nature’s playground. Enjoy an adrenalin pumping ride on a custom built V8 Airboat gliding across scenic Darwin Harbour, watch crocodiles leap from the water right next to you and test your fears swimming with these prehistoric reptiles in the Cage of Death in the Top End. Soar above the Red Centre desert in a hot air balloon as the sun rises, experience a sunset camel ride, circumnavigate the rock on an Uluru bike ride and visit some of the incredible desert waterholes.
Embark on a journey into Aboriginal culture. See ancient rock art at Ubirr and Nourlangie in Kakadu National Park, hear the Dreamtime stories with Aboriginal guides in Darwin and learn the ways of the ancient Anangu people of the Uluru region. Partake in ancient traditions of basket weaving, spear throwing, fire lighting, painting, and playing the Didgeridoo in Katherine and discover the fascinating spiritual origins of the MacDonnell Ranges in Alice Springs.
Immerse yourself into the compelling history of the Territory. In the Top End, view the pioneering spirit and pre-war architecture, explore Darwin’s war time heritage, discover the impact of Cyclone Tracy via an interactive display and get an overview of Aboriginal history at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The Red Centre offers a rare insight into pioneering history through its long existing cattle stations, in addition to the extraordinary telegraph and Royal Flying Doctor Service beginnings in Alice Springs and the Aboriginal creation stories of the region.
From the Top End’s spectacular World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, the amazing waterfalls of Litchfield National Park to the complete serenity and beauty of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, nature up here is lush and magical. Along with the contrasting natural landscape of the Red Centre where nature continues to shine from the vast Kings Canyon, unique Palm Valley and the majestic splendour of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Image credit: Tourism NT - Adrian Brown, Natalie Sum, Shaana NcNaught, Tess Leopold, Peter Eve