Introducing Northern Territory
The Northern Territory (NT) is the kind of land where clichés are born. The vast Tanami Desert mocks polite attempts to penetrate it; Darwin and the tropical north is a wild, untameable place, with cyclones whipping the coast and dumps of rain that cut road access to many settlements and sights. And then there are all of those deadly animals poised to snap, sting and strike.
Though there’s access to the prolific natural areas like Kakadu National Park, the place has a particular edge. There really are wild crocodiles in the waterways of Arnhem Land, and another car might not come down the desert road for weeks. There are bottlenecks through which travellers are safely funnelled, but, equally, there are huge tracts of country that mightn’t have seen a person in decades. There are art galleries in the outback oasis of Alice Springs. And of course, there's the mesmeric changing colours of the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Crossing this vast country on a legendary road trip, or on a slow train, provides the chance to watch for wildlife and admire art, to hike through rainforest and rocky gorges, to sleep in a swag and eat bush foods.
Best places to stay in Northern Territory
Top 10 outdoor attractions in Australia's Northern Territory
For many people, the north represents the real Australia: vast and apparently empty country, locals with wits as dry as their dusty boots, unfamiliar customs and landforms, and an ancient spiritual culture rubbing up against a more familiar Western way of life.
Northern Territory destination guides
Australia's only tropical capital, Darwin gazes out confidently across the Timor Sea.
Watching Australia's wildlife
Wildlife is one of Australia’s top selling points, and justifiably so. A network of national parks, state forests and reserves is home to unique and fascinating native fauna, and although many of the furry mammals are nocturnal, during the daylight the birdlife is vibrant, noisy and colourful.
Central Rock and Canyon
Welcome to the Outback! Central Australia is a place of Dreamtime spirits, endless vistas and intense beauty. Our tour of the mythical Red Centre reveals the true spirit of Aboriginal history and culture. Discover the mystical history of majestic Uluru and marvel at the rugged expanse of Kings Canyon.
Sounds of Silence Restaurant
Dine under a million stars at the award-winning Sounds of Silence Dinner. You'll travel to a secluded formal dining setting in the middle of the desert, and sip champagne as the sound of the didgeridoo fills the air and the sun sets slowly over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock).
This summer's best secret: Australia's winter
Mark Twain famously said the coldest winter he ever spent was summer in San Francisco. Well, with summer here in the northern part of the world, maybe there's reason to chase winter - down under in Australia? Even in winter, it's packed with things to do, from tropical top to snow-capped mountain south.
Sights in Northern Territory
Activities in Northern Territory
Tours in Northern Territory
Restaurants in Northern Territory
Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
The Alice, as it's often known, sprang from humble beginnings as a lonely telegraph station on the continent-spanning Overland Telegraph Line more than 140 years ago.