Northern Territory travel guide

So often associated with its stunning Red Centre, the Northern Territory is an explosion of so many other colours, colossal landscapes and creatures. NT for short, don’t be thrown by the word 'northern', because this federal Australian territory spreads well into the heart of central Australia, with Uluru as its crowning glory and the Aboriginal people being the rightful bearers of the crown, having settled in NT over 40,000 years ago.
Our land has a big story. Sometimes we tell a little bit at a time. Come and hear our stories, see our land. A little bit might stay in your hearts.
— Jacob Nayinggul, Manilakarr clan
Don’t miss the chance to take an Aboriginal guided tour through Kakadu and Watarrka National Parks or Arnhem Land to learn about the often painful history here, with a beautiful backdrop of sacred landscapes all connected by songlines. Aboriginal people regard all land as sacred, and songs must be continually sung to keep the land ‘alive’. By visiting and respecting the NT, you are contributing to this very special act of stewardship. Find out how, in our Northern Territory travel guide.

Northern Territory is…

vast and rich. Not just in terms of its landscapes, but also its Aboriginal heritage which is its beating heart.

Northern Territory is not…

for ‘cotton wool’ travelers. There is so much adventure to be had in NT.

Our top Northern Territory Vacation

Uluru and the Olgas tour in Australia

Uluru and the Olgas tour in Australia

Experience Australia's rugged land of Dreamtime legends

From US $1370 3 days ex flights
Small group travel:
This tour has regular departures, normally at least twice a week
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You can travel through the heart of the Northern Territory on board the legendary Ghan railway, go on a wildlife tour or just take a four day tour to Uluru and Kings Canyon. The two gateways to NT are Darwin and Alice Springs; the former is the springboard to the Top End, and the latter to Uluru and the Red Centre. You can take a flight from Darwin or Cairns to reach Gove in the historic region of Arnhem Land, although you can also drive from Darwin. National Park musts are Kakadu up in the Top End, and two lesser known nirvanas of Watarrka and Mary River National Parks. The former is home to the Red Centre’s magnificence and the latter to a lot of crocodiles. The coastal crown is East Arnhem, where you will learn all about the maritime heritage of the Aboriginal people.
Bamurru Plains

1. Bamurru Plains

A top experience in the Top End region this unique safari lodge is on the edge of Kakadu National Park, giving you access to a further 300km2 of wetland, woodland and wildlife, waking up to the sound of kookaburras under the old bush tree. Explore by boat, on foot or just sit at your eco lodge and breathe in the timeless landscapes.
East Arnhem

2. East Arnhem

We all know that Australia does beach time brilliantly, but welcome to a whole new level. Home to the Yolngu Aboriginal people for millennia, traditional fishing and sailing is still a way of life here. So you can combine a truly cultural trip in the Nyinyikay homelands with some beach time at the region’s magical spot of Bremer Island, aka Dhambaliya, in the Arafura Sea.
Kakadu National Park

3. Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park at approximately 200km long by 100km wide, half of which is owned by the Bininj/Mungguy Aboriginals. They have been stewards of the park’s rainforest, spectacular escarpments, waterfalls, pools and wildlife for over 40,000 years. We are just mere guests in this spectacular, wild world, which is an utter joy to behold. Staying at Bamurru Plains on the outskirts is Oz bush bliss.
Mary River National Park

4. Mary River National Park

Famous for fresh and salt water crocodile watching, as the park is home to some of the world’s largest. Travel with responsible wildlife guides to see them at a safe distance in specially constructed boats as well as a bevy of beautiful birdlife, including the iconic black-necked stork. Stay in a wilderness lodge and walk out to Couzens Lookout or along Point Stuart Coastal Reserve for superb views.

5. Uluru

Uluru is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where there are actually 36 other rocks, known as the Olgas. Uluru and Kata Tjuta dominate the desert landscape and have done for millions of years. The park is now, after many years of struggle, back in the hands of the Anangu Aboriginal people (aka Pitjantjatjara), and all the rocks and landscapes are sacred.
Watarrka National Park

6. Watarrka National Park

Camp here to experience the Red Centre in all its glory, surrounded by the rugged George Gill Range. There’s great hiking here, most famously around the rim of Kings Canyon where red walls soar 100m over Kings Creek, with natural highlights known as the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and North and South Walls. Watarrka is often combined with Uluru.
Written by Catherine Mack
Photo credits: [Page banner: Jon Connell] [Aboriginal dance: Malcolm Williams] [Kata Tjuta (the Olgas): Maarten Danial] [Bird - Bamurru Plains: David King] [East Arnhem: Brian ireland] [Kakadu National Park: Edwin Farrel - Intrepid] [Crocodile: Bryn Pinzgauer] [Uluru: Edwin Farrel - Intrepid] [Watarrka National Park: Alberto...]