18 June 2019
There is nowhere else like Australia’s Northern Territory. From pristine coasts to the beauty of its Red Centre — the heart of the outback centred on the town of Alice Springs — its wild landscapes are filled with unique experiences. This is the real outback, where people from all over the world immerse themselves in its diversity and are awed by its untouched wilderness.
Come and check out the spectacular landscapes, amazing wildlife, ancient culture, unique dining experiences and friendly locals; this place has all the ingredients for a trip of a lifetime.
Getting to the Northern Territory is easy. Darwin, the region’s modern and multicultural capital city, is only 4.5 hours away from Singapore by air. You can also jump on a domestic flight from most Australian capital cities to airports in Darwin, Alice Springs or Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock).
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The Northern Territory is one of the least populated environments on the planet, with landscapes left almost untouched since the dawn of time. It is home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed national parks and world-famous natural icons that draw thousands of visitors a year.
In the Top End — the top half of the Northern Territory — head to Australia’s largest national park Kakadu National Park. Covering an area of nearly 20,000 sq km, Kakadu is rich in natural beauty and has an abundance of native wildlife. It has earned its World Heritage listing for both its cultural and natural values.
You can board a cruise on the famous Yellow Water, a billabong brimming with birds and wildlife, and soak up amazing sunsets at Ubirr while admiring the vast wetlands and floodplains. Nature comes alive at Nitmiluk National Park in Katherine (300km south of Darwin) as you cruise or canoe on the mighty Nitmiluk Gorge or swim at Leliyn / Edith Falls.
To truly immerse yourself in this special place, take a five-day hike on the Jatbula Trail to explore hidden rock holes and waterfalls. Find your spot and relax in the thermal pools at Mataranka Hot Springs or Bitter Springs and let the warm, turquoise water work its magic. In an easy 90 minutes’ drive from Darwin, you can also explore the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. It is a popular destination for a day trip, but with so many swimming and camping spots to choose from, it is well worth spending a night or two here. Camp or book a cabin.
As the spiritual heart of Australia, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is like a land of giants — the sheer size of its natural attractions will leave you speechless. Walk, cycle or ride a segway around the base of massive rock monolith Uluru and discover caves, crevices, and little-known waterholes and lush woodlands that line this sacred Aboriginal site.
Be sure to explore another great natural wonder in this area, the 500-million-year-old rock formation known as Kata Tjuta. Don’t miss a sunset or sunrise at Uluru when the light turns its massive surface from ochre brown to burnished orange, intense red and all the colours in between. Have the dinner of your life, tucking into gourmet outback fare under the stars and deep in the desert against the backdrop of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
In the Red Centre, nature’s playground is on either side of Alice Springs in the West and East MacDonnell Ranges. Discover outback waterholes, amazing rock formations and even a tropical oasis in the desert at Palm Valley. With plenty of spots to camp and hike at, there’s no shortage of ways to lose yourself in one of the world’s most inspiring landscapes.
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There are hundreds of Aboriginal languages, customs and laws woven together across the Northern Territory to tell a story that’s more than 50,000 years old. Visit ancient rock art galleries in Kakadu or take a cultural tour to meet the locals and experience traditional skills first-hand.
Just outside Darwin, visit Pudakul for a traditional welcome and introduction to local customs. Or take a short ferry ride or flight across the harbour to the Tiwi Islands to see original artworks, meet their artists and learn the stories behind the art. Further down the track in Katherine is Top Didj, where you can sit with a traditional elder, hear his stories and learn how to hunt and paint.
In Alice Springs, join an Aboriginal chef for an unforgettable campfire dinner to taste some local bush tucker — foods gathered from the wild — and learn about traditional gathering skills under the stars on RT Tours Australia. At Maruku in Uluru, hear desert stories, discover art, and have a go at creating your own masterpiece.
In all these interactive experiences, you’ll get to know the Northern Territory’s strong Aboriginal culture — direct from the traditional custodians of the land.
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View thousands of species of native flora and fauna around the Northern Territory in the wild, at wildlife parks, and on wildlife tours and cruises. Wildlife in this region flourishes across an expanse of varying ecosystems, from desert plains to monsoon tropics.
There are over 400 species of birds here, including a handful of endemic and rare species, attracting thousands of domestic and international visitors who come to tick off their list of must-sees! The Northern Territory is also home to 150 mammals such as kangaroos, wallabies, the rare Northern quoll, cute sugar-gliders, and loads more. Over 300 reptiles including saltwater and freshwater crocodiles can be seen in most rivers and billabongs in the Top End, or at wildlife parks around Darwin. There are 50 species of frogs, 60 species of freshwater fish and several hundred species of marine fish too. The Northern Territory really is the best place to get your nature and wildlife fix.
The best way to see the region’s wonderful wildlife is to join a tour or visit one of the wildlife parks. In Alice Springs you can cuddle a joey at the Kangaroo Sanctuary, meet dingoes at the Alice Springs Desert Park, and pat a blue-tongued lizard at the Reptile Centre. In Darwin, you can hold a baby crocodile at Crocodylus Park, Territory Wildlife Park, or brave the “Cage of Death” at Crocosaurus Cove.
Don’t miss a cruise on one of the Northern Territory’s many waterways. Sign up for a turtle tracks tour with Sea Darwin to watch baby turtles make their way back to the big blue. A great way to see the wildlife of rivers and wetlands is on a guided cruise. Check out the cruises on Corroboree Billabong, just 1.5-hour’s drive from Darwin, or on the famous land-locked Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park, where you’ll see submerged crocodiles, wild horses, buffalo and other wildlife. During the wet season, these areas flood and attract millions of migratory birds.
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With the culinary influence of more than 50 nationalities, which make up the Northern Territory’s population, diners will be spoilt for choice here. Ditch the dining room for an open-air market or dine under the stars and feast on fresh flavours prepared with colourful influences. You’re guaranteed fresh produce in the Northern Territory’s culinary hotspots, with menus commonly featuring barramundi, prawns, squid and mud crabs, prepared with Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Greek, Indian, and traditional Aboriginal influences.
Take a Territory food tour to uncover the best regional produce. From authentic outback fare to tropical fine-dining, the Northern Territory offers a delectable spread you won’t find anywhere else.
Here are the top five Northern Territory food and wine experiences: