Northern Territory Darwin Alice Springs Uluru: Things to Do

Northern Territory Darwin Alice Springs Uluru: Things to Do

Northern Territory Darwin Alice Springs Uluru: Things to Do

Alice Springs to Darwin Tours

Northern Territories Tours

Uluru Tours

Alice Springs to Cairns Tours

What Are the Parks and Reserves Open to the Public in the Northern Territory?

Territorial parks and reserves are open to the public and accessible all year round, with the exception of periodic restrictions. Conditions and access to parks in the Northern Territory might change quickly, thus it’s important for the public to check the websites below;

For more information on parks and reserves in the Darwin Region, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/plan-your-visit/check-park-open-darwin

For more information on parks and reserves in the Katherine Region, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/plan-your-visit/check-park-open-katherine

For more information on parks and reserves in the Tennant Creek and Barkly Region, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/plan-your-visit/check-park-open-tennant-creek-barkly

For more information on parks and reserves in the Alice Springs Region, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/plan-your-visit/check-park-open-alice-springs    

Things to do in Central Australia

Popular National Parks of Central Australia

Explore a breathtaking national park in central Australia! Explore the rich history, spiritual practices, and breathtaking natural scenery of the area as you learn about the traditional landowners and their fascinating animals. From Alice Springs, you may easily visit most of these destinations on a day trip. However, nothing can compare to the pleasure of sleeping beneath a blanket of stars.


  1. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

The Rock Tours

  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)

The whole park revolves on Uluru, the revered peak of the Anangu Aboriginal people. Uluru may have permanently ceased its climbing operations on October 26, 2019, but that doesn’t mean it lacks attractions.

For more information on Uluru, please visit; parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/

The following are some of the best experiences at Uluru:

  1. Uluru Sunsets and Sunrises
  2.  Field of Light Uluru
  3. Interpretive Walks around Uluru – The Mala Walk, Kuniya Walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, Uluru base walk and Liru walk
  4. Indigenous Cultural Experiences
  5. Aboriginal Art
  6. Camel Rides at Sunrise or Sunset
  7. BBQ Dinner and Star-gazing
  8. Self-guided Bike Ride around Uluru
  9. Dot Painting Workshop
  • Kata Tjuta (The Olgas or Mount Olga)

Kata Tjuta consists of massive dome-shaped rock formations with Mount Olga perched above them. These structures date back 500 million years.Kata Tjuta’s cultural tour showcases the most remarkable indigenous traditional activities! The indigenous Anangu people hold these rocks in high regard.

For more information on the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, please visit;www.environment.gov.au/topics/national-parks/uluru-kata-tjuta-national-park


  1. Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)

The enormous red Kings Canyon, which is 400 million years old and located near George Gill Range, is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Reaching a plateau of granite domes, the canyon ascends 100 metres above Kings Creek. There are more than seven hundred plant species in the park, sixty of which are endemic to the area and very uncommon.

For more information of Watarrka National Park, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/watarrka-national-park


  1. West McDonnell National Park (Tjoritja)

The caterpillar-shaped MacDonnell Ranges, which flank Alice Springs on both sides and extend for hundreds of kilometres, are terrains that date back 800 million years.

Some of the “must-do” things to do include going on hikes or bush walks, driving on 4WD trails, or visiting freshwater bathing holes. The trip is much more enjoyable because of the breathtaking scenery and great camping locations!

For more information on West McDonnell National Park, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/tjoritja-west-macdonnell-national-park

Little Known National Parks of Central Australia

Apart from these popular national parks, there are some little known national parks and reserves located in Central Australia.  Here are some of the off-the-beaten-track places that few people have heard of, yet equally astonishing and incredible!  


  1. Davenport Ranges – Itwelepwenty National Park

For the adventurous 4WD motorist, the Davenport Ranges provide a fantastic distant tourist experience! Traditional proprietors of the region include the Alyawarr, Wakaya, Kaytete, and Warumungu peoples, and the national park covers their culturally rich and alive terrain. Along with year-round swimming, some of the “must do’s” are challenging 4W driving, beautiful scenery, wildlife, and photography.

For more information on the Itwelepwenty National Park, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/iytwelepenty-davenport-ranges-national-park


  1. Ruby Gap Nature Park

Both the ancient practice of ruby-rush and the presence of stones that resemble ruby give this picturesque park its name. After entering this off-road park, you’re free to set a tent wherever the Hale River flows. Included on the list of “must-do” activities are birdwatching, incredible picture possibilities, swimming, and an 8 km return bushwalk.

For more information on the Ruby Gap Nature Park, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park-to-visit/ruby-gap-nature-park

How to get to the National Parks of Central Australia?

i. Tours from Alice Springs

To book your tours to these amazing rugged attractions of Central Australia from Alice Springs, please visit; www.mulgasadventures.com.au/

Pre-travel Voucher

Save money by booking now and travelling to Central Outback Australia later! Enjoy incredible savings of 10% off the 2019 prices on these excursions, with the freedom to choose your own dates for up to two years!

To purchase this pre-travel booking, please visit; www.mulgasadventures.com.au/pre-travel-voucher-offer/

ii. Tours from Adelaide

Adventure tours from Adelaide too cover the above stated rugged attractions of Central Australia through an alternate route intersecting South Australia.

To book your tours to these destinations from Adelaide, please visit; www.adventuretours.com.au/australia/adelaide-alice-springs-overland-127137

Things to Do Along the Way to the Top End From Central Australia

Popular National Parks along the way to the Top End


  1. Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Devils Marbles, also known as “Karlu Karlu,” as you make your way along. Be amazed at the way the light hits these massive stones at different times of day! Your trip in this globally recognised emblem of the Outback might include short hikes, examining the geological features, camping, animal watching, and ranger-guided activities.

For more information on Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/karlu-karlu-devils-marbles-conservation-reserve


  1. Elsey National Park

To relax and unwind, cool down at Elsey National Park’s Mataranka Thermal Pools or Bitter Springs. Among the numerous things to do here are camping, boating, hiking, fishing, and seeing historical places!

For more information on Elsey National Park, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/elsey-national-park


  1. Nitmiluk National Park

Nitmiluk National Park is a sight to see due to its stunning rocky sandstone landscape. Marvel at the picturesque Katherine Gorge and its breathtaking cliffs as the sun casts its enchanting light. Take a hike, a boat ride, or a helicopter ride into one of the thirteen breathtaking gorges that seem to go on forever. Enjoy a refreshing swim at Edith Falls and set a camp in the park!

For more information on Nitmiluk National Park, please visit;nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/nitmiluk-national-park

Things to do at the Top End

Popular National Parks of the Top End


  1. Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park, located less than two hours outside of Darwin, is an absolute must-see for every tourist. There is a wide variety of creatures to see and do, as well as beautiful waterfalls that empty into pristine pools, worn sandstone, and varied landscapes. There are plenty of opportunities for short hikes along scenic routes, swimming beneath the falls, and relaxing in picturesque waterholes.

For more information on Litchfield National Park, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/litchfield-national-park


  1. Kakadu National Park

This national park, which is on the World Heritage list, is breathtakingly beautiful because to its many waterfalls, swimming holes, indigenous history and art, rainforests, bushland, and countless of animal species. Make sure you don’t miss out on Jim Jim Falls, Gunlom plunge pool, Yellow Water Billabong, and the best-preserved Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr!

For more information on Kakadu National Park, please visit; parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/

How to get to the National Parks along the way to the Top End?


  1. The bus trip from Alice Springs to Darwin

The best way to experience the genuine Australian Outback is to take a bus from Alice Springs to Darwin. Unwind and soak it all in as the breathtaking scenery unfolds outside the windows of the luxurious bus on an unforgettable 22-hour adventure!

To book your luxury bus trip from Alice Springs to Darwin, please visit; www.greyhound.com.au/book-a-ticket

Whimit Travel Pass

Greyhound Australia’s Whimit Travel Pass elevates this bus journey from Alice Springs to Darwin to a whole new level. With the pass, you may visit national parks and outback communities as rest stops during your trip! After that, you’re free to board another Greyhound bus going in any direction and along any route you choose, within the time limit you specify!

For more information on the Greyhound Whimit passes, please visit; www.greyhound.com.au/whimit-passes

Greyhound Rewards Programme

As a member of Greyhound Rewards, you will start reaping the rewards right now! On the biggest coach network in Australia, you may earn G-DOLLARS with every Express Ticket. Use them on your next vacation or put them aside for that one-of-a-kind adventure!

For more information on the Greyhound Rewards Programme, please visit; www.greyhound.com.au/my-greyhound/rewards

Things to Do in Darwin

Darwin, the Australian capital of the Northern Territory, is located in the Top End area. Adjacent to the Timor Sea is its location. Darwin is now one of the most multicultural cities in Australia, with residents from over 60 different countries. In the otherwise sparsely populated Northern Territory, it stands as the biggest urban centre.

Darwin Crocodile Attractions

About one hundred thousand saltwater crocodiles inhabit Australia, with most of that number residing in the Northern Territory and Darwin. The saltwater crocodiles that call Darwin, Northern Territory, home thrive in the tropical environment. So, while you are here, you should definitely check out Darwin’s numerous attractions devoted to these amazing, ancient animals!

Crocosaurus Cove

A popular spot for crocodile divers, Crocosaurus Cove sits in the middle of Darwin City! In addition to housing Australia’s greatest exhibition of reptiles, the facility is devoted to the spectacular saltwater crocodiles. Here are just a few examples of the exciting things to do:

       In the Cage of Death, you may gently immerse yourself in the habitats of enormous saltwater crocodiles while remaining safely encased behind glass.

    In Fish for the Crocs, you use a fishing line to feed a school of ravenous juvenile crocodiles! Take enjoy the antics of the baby crocodiles as they dive for food.

       The Big Croc Feed VIP Experience brings you one step closer to feeding the massive saltwater crocodile—with a fishing rod, no less!

       You get to handle little crocodiles before they develop into massive, terrifying predators at the See the Baby Crocs attraction.

       In its 200,000-liter freshwater tank, you may see barramundi, archerfish, and whiprays at the Fresh Water Aquarium.

         You may find some of the most adorable locals in Turtle Billabong. Turtles with red and yellow faces, snapping turtles, and the stunning pig-nosed turtles are also part of this group.

       Over seventy species, including lizards and snakes, are on show at the Reptile House.

For more information and bookings of Crocosaurus Cove, please visit; www.crocosauruscove.com

NT Resident Reopening Special

Take advantage of the Crocosaurus Cove’s reopening deal and save a tonne of money on the “Cage of Death” and “Big Croc Feed” attractions with NT licence plates!

To book these features, please visit; croccove.rezdy.com/catalog/398330/nt-resident-re-opening-special

Jumping Crocodile Cruise

Sail across the crocodile-infested waters of the Adelaide River! Take in the sight of these prehistoric creatures as they swoop down to catch prey. Additional topics covered on the trip include;

i. Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre

To see rare and exotic birds, particularly raptors, stop at the Window on the Wetlands Interpretive Centre. Discover the rich cultural and environmental heritage of the region via interactive exhibits.

For more information, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/window-on-the-wetlands

ii. Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve

This reserve is a year-round paradise for animals and breathtaking wetlands. Birdwatching and the chance to see animals like freshwater turtles and water pythons are additional attractions.

For more information, please visit; nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/fogg-dam-conservation-area

Things to do from the Top End to Western Australia

Popular National Parks from the Top End to Western Australia


  1. Purnululu National Park

The sandstone mountain range in this national park has taken on a breathtaking golden tint, revealing its immense majesty. The Bungle Bungle Ranges, a stunning kaleidoscope of sandstone domes striped orange and black, are located in Purnululu National Park. Its most notable aspects are the breathtaking treks across magnificent canyons.

For more information of Purnululu National Park, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/purnululu


  1. Windjana Gorge National Park

There are few gorges in the Kimberley area as beautiful as Windjana Gorge National Park. As they tower magnificently to heights of 100 metres, the water-streaked canyon walls conceal fossilised marine life forms! Beautiful campsites, animal viewing, and a spectacular gorge trek await you in this park!

For more information on Windjana Gorge National Park, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/windjana-gorge

How to get to the National Parks of Western Australia?


  1. The bus trip from Darwin to Broome

The breathtaking bus ride from Darwin to Broome through the Kimberley area is an event everyone should have at least once in their lives. This bus tour will take you to some of the most visited national parks in the Kimberley area. Some of the most breathtaking vistas Australia has to offer are waiting for you on your 24-hour bus excursion through this picturesque area!

To book your luxury bus trip from Darwin to Broome, please visit; www.greyhound.com.au/book-a-ticket

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