Do you love exploring the Land Down Under, aka Australia? If so, you probably have a bucket list you aim to complete when the time’s right and traveling is once again allowed. With all the safety measures and travel restrictions in place because of the pandemic, it seems traveling may not be something you can fully enjoy at the moment.
On the brighter side, though, it gives you more time to save up and prepare for the dream vacation destinations that’d complete your bucket list. If your goal is to travel around the country, your bucket list indeed includes checking out Australia’s Top End.
Must-Vist Top End Destinations
Australia’s Northern Territory, also called the Top End, consists of the vast peninsula in the northern areas of the territory. With its abundance of everything from stunning landscapes to fascinating culture and sights of nature, the Top End is one region you shouldn’t miss, according to kimberleystours.com.au.
Many spots are worth traveling to, making it more confusing to know the ones you should include in your list. As much as you’d want to visit every possible destination, time and budget may constrict you from doing so. Thus, to keep you more focused on achieving your travel goals, here’s a list of some of the Top End Australian destinations you might want to consider for your bucket list.
Perhaps nothing defines an outback and cosmopolitan adventure better than the contemporary city of Darwin. The tropical metropolis has so much to offer, and you surely wouldn’t feel bored or left with nothing to do as you roam in the area.
If you’re into international cuisine, you can start your day by trying out several restaurants at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. From Portuguese and Brazilian to Indian and Thai, the spot is oozing with a variety of flavors. There are also plenty of historical attractions and art galleries where you can get to know more of Darwin’s Aboriginal culture and abundant history.
Other must-see attractions in Darwin are the following:
- Deckchair Cinema
- Wave Lagoon
- Waterfront Precinct
- Litchfield National Park
A day won’t be enough to make the most out of your travel to Darwin. If you’re looking for a more laid-back journey to experience everything it has to offer, boarding a cruise that’d take you to different spots in the city can also be something you might want to try.
Tropical and outback at the same time, Katherine is nestled three hours south of Darwin. After a tiring day or two of exploring Darwin, taking your much-needed rest in Katherine may be a good idea, considering its vast options for accommodation. When you’re fully rested and ready to take on new adventures, you can choose from an array of activities you can do in this beautiful town.
From four-wheel driving, fishing, canoeing, and dipping in hot springs to speedboating, camping, and hiking, you’re always off to another fun-filled experience when checking out Katherine. For true-blooded nature lovers, you can bask in the glory of one of the best bushwalks in the world—the Jatbula Trail.
Or if you prefer to take it nice and easy, a romantic and relaxing dinner cruise also awaits your indulgence. Before going home, don’t forget to drop by the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre to shop for souvenirs.
Another Top End destination in the Northern Territory you shouldn’t miss is Kakadu, which locals and tourists consider as one of Australia’s best-kept treasures. With its World Heritage listing, essentially for cultural and natural values, Kakadu won’t fall short of your expectation if you’re looking for a fair share of a wildlife encounter, Aboriginal life, and iconic landscapes.
Be sure to include the following spots in your Top End bucket list for a well-explored Kakadu visit:
- Kakadu National Park
- Gunlom Falls
- Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art
- Twin Falls
- Jim Jim Falls
- Mamukala Wetlands
Kakadu is also home to several billabongs, but if you’re short of time for the other Top End destinations on your list, you can consider checking out just one for now. The Yellow Water Billabong is perfect if you want to get that postcard shot of boats cruising across the stunning floodwaters with the sun setting as its backdrop.
4. Arnhem Land
No traveler would ever say no to an opportunity to experience authentic Australian wilderness, which is exactly what awaits you in Arnhem Land. The region is brimming with dramatic landscapes and primeval Aboriginal culture, which remains untouched through the years.
If you’re up for some spectacular exploration, you’d appreciate everything Arnhem Land has to offer. Its rugged coastlines, untouched fishing habitats, charming wetlands, and natural rainforests are all an experience you won’t forget in your lifetime. You can choose to be nestled at a safari lodge or a beachfront accommodation—pretty much anything you’d imagine for an extraordinary nature encounter.
Tick Off That Bucket List
They say to travel is to live, and this statement couldn’t be any truer for adventure seekers like you. The world has so much to offer, and its beauty is waiting to be explored and experienced. Make the most out of your life, and be sure to complete your travel bucket list by including these Top End destinations of Australia’s northern regions.
So save up for your dream holidays and start ticking off those bucket list entries as soon as you can. You’ll indeed have the best time enjoying the views, taking pictures, and making memories that’d last you for a lifetime.