Northern Territory, Australia

Cheap Flights to the Northern Territory, Australia

The Northern Territory is a mind-bogglingly beautiful place, sporting some of the world’s greatest natural wonders. It stretches from the vibrant, tropical capital city, Darwin, set on the sparkling Timor Sea, to the breath-taking National Parks of Kakadu and Nitmiluk all the way South to the quintessential and quirky outback town of Alice Springs and the Aussie icon that is Uluru.

One of the most Instagrammable places on the planet, the NT is packed with adventure, amazing wildlife, World Heritage sites and the world’s oldest living culture.. Plus, in the city, there’s heaps of great work opportunities and some pretty awesome festivals and events happening too.

Speaking of work, if you're after improving your career prospects back home, you've come to the right place. In Darwin you'll have no problem finding jobs, whether in construction, hospitality, teaching, or in the health sector. Similarly, you'll find plenty of working holiday opportunities in the city of Alice Springs, down south. What better way to stand out from the crowd than some life experience travelling and working!


Landscapes and things to do

The Northern Territory’s laid back vibe, friendly people, and great lifestyle, not to mention spectacular landscapes and weather, will stay with you forever. Whether you feel like going for a swim in the crystal-clear pools in Litchfield National Park, kayaking through Katherine gorge or hiking and camping under the stars in Kakadu, the NT has got you covered.

Darwin itself is one of Australia's most exciting cities. It has the youngest population of any Aussie capital and is closer to Asia than it is to Sydney. It has a multicultural vibe and there's no shortage of great bars, restaurants and budget accommodation. It also has some epic things to do, like Crocosaurus Cove, which allows brave tourists to cage dive with saltwater crocodiles. This is Australia at its adventurous best!


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Working holidays in the Northern Territory

One of the best things to do in Australia is a working holiday, and the Northern Territory is one of the country’s best regions in which to do that. Most travellers base themselves in either Darwin, close to highlights including Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge, or Alice Springs, close to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Kings Canyon.

You’ll find heaps of employment options, covering everything from working with cattle on beautiful Outback ranches, or working with people in the buzzing lights of Darwin. It’s important to have a Working Holiday Visa, as this will give you permission by the Australian government to work for up to 12 months once you’ve entered the country.

Explore the two distinct regions of the Northern Territory below:

The Top End
The Top End
The Red Centre
The Red Centre

Top End Adventure Tours

Australia’s Top End is definitely a TOP destination! The Top End refers to the upper region of the Northern Territory, and this is where you’ll find some of its most incredible natural wonders. There’s Kakadu National Park, an area roughly the size of Wales packed with roaring waterfalls, iconic Aussie wildlife, and fascinating Indigenous culture; stunning Nitmiluk (Katherine) National Park and its famous gorge; Litchfield National Park and its gorgeous natural swimming spots. And so much more! All within easy reach of charming Darwin. Joining a tour can not only be absolutely epic but can really save you money.

Red Centre Adventure Tours

This is what Australia is all about: breathtaking outback, otherworldly natural sights, and deeply cultural Aboriginal spots. The Red Centre of Australia is home to famous Uluru (Ayers Rock), a 348-metre high monolith that rises majestically from the surrounding desert. There’s also Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, and more, all within easy reach of Alice Springs. Join up with a group and explore everything the Red Centre has to offer with one of our carefully selected tours below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Darwin has an international airport and is the main entry point for those travelling by air. The airport is only a 15-minute drive from the city centre – winner. If you’re coming from elsewhere in Australia by road, there are pretty much only three options: from the south follow the Stuart Highway; from the east you’ll need the Barkly Highway and from the west it’s the Great Northern Highway. You can also get there on the Ghan train, which links Darwin with Adelaide in Southern Australia, about 1600 miles away.

Some of the best things to do in Australia can be found in the Northern Territory. This is where you’ll find Uluru, probably the country’s most iconic sight, the Olgas, which are inexplicably not as famous but arguably more impressive, and Kings Canyon, which is as majestic as its name suggests. Further north, you’ll find the Devil’s Marbles boulder field – get ready to question the laws of physics as you know them – and Nitmiluk Gorge, which offers truly splendid kayaking. Further north still you’ll find Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park, and of course Darwin itself, a little beacon of civilisation amongst all the lovely emptiness.

Yes, in short. But which one will depend on what you want to do. If you’re visiting just as a tourist, you’ll need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) which can be done online for about £15. If you want to settle down and earn some cash for a bit, you should apply for an Australian Working Holiday Visa. Make sure you do this before you go – they can’t be issued once you’re there!

Probably walking. That was a joke. You’ll need wheels – or even wings. If you’re tight on time and want to see the Red Centre, you can catch a domestic flight from Darwin to Alice Springs, which will take about two hours. If you want to drive, it’ll take more like two days, though if you want to make stops along the way then give yourself a week. If you have the time and can afford it, driving is by far the best way to get around the Northern Territory, either independently or on a tour. Immersing yourself in the landscape is a huge part of the Outback experience.

The Northern Territory is so big that different parts of it go through different seasons. The ‘Top End’ in the North is tropical so has a dry season from April to October, and a tropical wet season from November to March. The dry season offers blue skies and consistently warm sunshine filled days. The tropical summer brings warm afternoon rains and spectacular storm clouds. This brings the National Parks to life with amazing wildlife, dramatic waterfalls and cooler temperatures. It’s also less busy and you can get some great deals! The Red Centre in the South of the NT is semi desert and has an according climate. The region sees little rain on average and during summer it can get hot in the middle of the day whilst in winter, temperatures are lower and it’s a great time of year but be outdoors walking, mountain biking and exploring.

How long you got?! To see the big hitters at a leisurely pace – that is, driving and making fairly frequent stops – two or three weeks should be enough. However, depending on how much you want to explore, you could easily fill a couple of months. However long you spend here, you’ll never, ever forget it.

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*A Note About Flight Prices: All prices were current at the time this was published. Prices are subject to availability and subject to change without notice. Prices are based on searches done in the last 14 days for one-way flights to select destinations in Northern Territory, Australia between April 2019 and August 2019. Flight prices vary by date, departure city, arrival city and availability. All taxes/fees are included in the price, except certain government taxes, change fees and fees imposed in destination and airline baggage fees if applicable.