Introducing Northern Territory
From the tropics to the deserts, the Northern Territory (NT) is a splendid place to be during Australia's winter months. Access is easy, with good roads and air connections; however, the vast distances ensure a good dose of adventure accompanies every visit.
NT's tropical Top End has an undeniable wild side. Crocodiles lurk in the rivers, and the air is alive with birds. Here you will find unparalleled opportunities to experience timeless indigenous culture and behold ethereal rock art. The cosmopolitan capital of Darwin is Australia's doorstep to Asia and celebrates its multicultural mix with delicious fusion cuisine and a relaxed tropical vibe.
The Red Centre is Australia's heartland boasting the iconic attractions of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, plus an enigmatic central desert culture that continues to produce extraordinary abstract art. And delighting travellers with its eccentric offerings, pioneering spirit and weathered mountain setting, is Alice Springs, the city at the centre of a continent.
Need to know
Tennant Creek to Alice Springs
The gigantic boulders in precarious piles beside the Stuart Hwy, 105km south of Tennant Creek, are called the Devil's Marbles. Karlu Karlu is their Warumungu name, and this registered sacred site has great cultural importance. The rocks are believed to be the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent.
The beautiful, weather-beaten MacDonnell Ranges, stretching 400km across the desert, are a hidden world of spectacular gorges, rare wildlife and poignant Aboriginal heritage all within a day from Alice. There's no public transport to either the East or West MacDonnell Ranges; there are plenty of tours from Alice.