Australia’s Northern Territory is one of the most stunning and varied states in Australia. On the one hand there’s the bustling city of Darwin, with its great bars, restaurants and budget accommodation. And on the other there’s the national parks of the Top End and Red Centre. All are fascinating and full to the brim with incredible things to do, see and experience.

If you’re thinking about travelling to Australia’s Northern Territory anytime soon and need some ideas on what to do, you’re in luck: we’ve put together our ultimate Northern Territory bucket list…

Uluru

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Uluru is the most famous landmark in the Northern Territory and one you must have on your bucket list. Most choose to experience Uluru at sunset or sunrise to watch the beautiful colour of the rock change with the sun. Uluru is located in the Uluru-Kata- Tjuta National Park and you may opt to explore with a tour group, or on your own – it’s completely up to you. If you are making a trip to Uluru solo make sure to read up on any rules and regulations about visiting the area. This includes making a note of areas that do not allow photography, due to the sacred nature of the site.

Kata Tjuta

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Less famous than Uluru, but just as impressive, is Kata Tjuta, otherwise known as the Olgas. This sacred site is incredible to see and there are a number of walks around and among the 36 steep domes, that you can take. One of the longest trails is the Valley of the Winds Walk. It’s a pretty difficult track, but once you reach the viewing platforms all the sweat, dust and perhaps tears will be worth it for the breathtaking views. The site is located only 50 kilometres down the road from Uluru, so if you’re short on time you can explore both in the same day. This is also a sacred site so do make sure you stay on the marked track when in the park.

Katherine

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If you’re looking to experience both the tropics and the Outback whilst in the Northern Territory, head to Katherine. It’s a region full of waterfalls and thermal springs, ancient cultures, top fishing destinations and heaps of national parks. Some highlights of Katherine include the Katherine Hot Springs, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, the Gulf Region and the Bitter Springs.

Darwin

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Whilst in the Northern Territory you may also want to explore its capital city, Darwin. You’ll be pleased to know there isn’t a shortage of great bars and places to grab a bite to eat and accommodation options for budget travellers are awesome too. There are also some epic things to do in Darwin including the Deckchair Cinema, exploring the Darwin Waterfront and cage diving with saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove.

Kakadu National Park

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No trip to the Northern Territory is complete without a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. It has got everything you could need: incredibly beautiful waterfalls, examples of prehistoric Aboriginal artwork, plunge pools with epic views (we’re looking at you Gunlom Falls) and tonnes of wildlife!

Devils Marbles

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If you’re looking for something a little different to add to your Northern Territory bucket list head to the Devils Marbles. These huge granite boulders stand up to 6 metres tall and are believed to be the fossilised eggs of the Rainbow Serpent by the Warmungu Aboriginal people. They were formed millions of years ago and continue to change appearance each and every year. If you’re looking to visit this fascinating site you’ll find them scattered across a valley to the south of Tennant Creek.

Litchfield National Park

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If you are looking for natural pools, some pretty epic landscapes and stunning waterfalls to explore, the Northern Territory has it all. Head to Litchfield National Park to experience all three! And if you’re looking to make the experience a little more memorable, why not book yourself on a hot air balloon ride? The views of the beautiful landscape are worth it, we promise! Within the park you’ll also find the impressive Florence Falls. If you fancy a swim you can take a dip in the clear waters, or if you’d prefer a panoramic view of the valley and waterhole take a scenic walk to the viewing platform.

And if you’re thinking about booking your very own adventure in the Northern Territory, you can book flights to Darwin with us. Take a look at our fantastic student and youth fares to Darwin here. You can now save yourself £20 off flights with code DARWIN. Promo code will expire on 05/05/2019.

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