The Northern Territory is where all Australian clichés were born. The “real outback” of Australia, the Northern Territory represents nature, wilderness, rare flora, exotic wildlife, and Aboriginal heritage.
It’s here, amongst the wide-open spaces, that many of Australia’s most recognisable natural icons can be found. It’s here, amongst the 52 national parks and nature conservation reserves, that diverse wildlife such as kangaroos, crocodiles and emus roam free. It’s here where you can share a beer with colourful outback characters in a legendary outback pub, and its here, the Northern Territory, that Australia gained its image as a sunburnt country; one of sweeping red terrain.
The Northern Territory is a truly unique travel destination for both foreigners and Australians alike, and there is enough diversity and opportunity for adventure to suit every traveller’s itinerary.
Northern Territory Attractions
Chambers Pillar, Nitmiluk National Park, Kakadu National Park, Kings Canyon and Uluru (Ayers Rock) are some of the more noteworthy attractions; however, why not take a helicopter or other small aircraft to discover remote areas of the outback? While the rugged scenery is stunning from the ground, I can assure you it is even more spectacular from the air!
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Northern Territory 4WD Experience
Is 4WDing more your pace? 4WD tracks lead you straight to UNESCO World Heritage areas such as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Hiking trails end at dramatic, cavernous gorges where the year round warm weather makes for perfect swimming conditions.
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Northern Territory Extreme fishing tours
Extreme fishing tours give you the opportunity to feed crocodiles (from afar!), and catch barramundi. Bird watching tours are popular in the outback and you won’t ever have enough film to capture the amount of breathtaking moments. Or you can also relax in one of the countless resorts and enjoy your extraordinary surroundings by the pool!
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Darwin is the perfect location to start or end your outback adventure. A cosmopolitan city, and a melting pot of different cultures, it’s quite easy to fly into Darwin, but why not cross the country on a great Australian road trip or on a slow train? When else will you have the opportunity to watch for wildlife, admire aboriginal art, and trek through rocky gorges and rainforests while sleeping in a swag and eating bush food?
The Ghan is a train which crosses the country twice a week between Darwin and Adelaide. I recommend a road trip, personally, as it gives you the flexibility and freedom to explore off the beaten path, and discover the Northern Territory at your own pace.
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About The Author
Megan Claire is an Australian journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last seven years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure! Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer and together they have made the world their home. Meg has recently launched Mapping Megan, an up-and-coming travel blog which aims to give you the best tips and advice on travelling, volunteering, living, working and holidaying abroad. She hasn’t been everywhere, but it’s on her list! You can follow her journey on Facebook at MappingMegan, on Twitter @mappingmegan, mappingmeg on YouTube, mappingmegan on Pinterest, and mappingmegan on Instagram also.