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10 Top Things to Do in Northern Territory: Exhilarating Activities for Your Coastal Getaway

The Northern Territory is a must-visit place in Australia for all the nature lovers and adventure seekers. It extends from Central Australia, near Uluru and Alice Springs, to the coastal capital city of Darwin. It is known for its dramatic landscapes, aboriginal culture, wildlife and iconic natural reserves situated amidst vast areas of the red outback.  Are you planning a visit to this remarkable destination? Then, here are the top 10 things to do in Northern Territory that you definitely must include in your itinerary.

Top 10 Things to do in Northern Territory, Australia

  • Witness the spectacular sunrise and sunset at Uluru
  • Stroll around the domes of Kata Tjuta
  • View the Aboriginal rock art in Kakadu National Park
  • Go Fishing – Fish the silver barramundi
  • Meet the Indigenous artists
  • Cruise Nitmiluk Gorge at dawn
  • Explore the Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park
  • Taste the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
  • Swim under the cascades at Litchfield National Park
  • Watch the sunset at Karlu Karlu

Witness the spectacular sunset at Uluru

Uluru is a giant sandstone rock and a significant landmark for the local or the indigenous Anangu people. It is about 350 metres high and is ringed by ghost gum trees and waterholes. Uluru offers one of the most captivating sunsets when the rock’s surface shifts through a gamut of colours.  The sunrise here is also no less astonishing than the sunset. 

Uluru, Northern territory, Australia
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Holding a lot of cultural secrets, there are many sacred places around this monolith where still rituals are held by the Anangu people. Also known as the ‘Ayers Rock’, Uluru is one of the most recognisable places in Australia. 

Stroll around the domes of Kata Tjuta

Also known as Olgas, the Kaja Tjuta is located at about 20 minutes from Uluru. There are about 36 steep domes in Kata Tjuta. The meaning of ‘Kata Tjuta’ in the local language is ‘Many heads’.  Take the opportunity of escaping from the congested city life and enter the peaceful plus remote Kata Tjuta and Valley of the Winds.

Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory in Australia
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There are three different grades of walk available here.  Choose one among them depending on your walking ability. Best suited for those who enjoy a challenging, yet rewarding stroll, with some breathtaking views. 

View the Aboriginal rock art in Kakadu National Park

This is Australia’s biggest National Park and is said to be around half the size of Switzerland!

Kakadu national park
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This astonishing National Park holds an array of landscapes and ecosystems and also holds the world-renowned rock art. These rock arts are thousands of years old and they help us understand the way of life of the Kakadu’s natives and their ancestral beings. 

Go Fishing – Fish the silver barramundi

Fishing is fun, isn’t it? Be it the beginners or experienced fishermen, fishing barramundi equally satisfies them alike. Arnhem Land is an ideal place for fishing. You can also join the various tours operated from Darwin. Heli fishing is also available here. 

barramundi fish in Northern Territory
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Get a chance to win a million dollars, by registering and participating in Northern Territory’s Million Dollar Fish competition. This is conducted by the National territories government every year, between the months of October and March. 

Meet the Indigenous artists

The Indigenous artworks of the Northern Territory include wooden sculptures, vibrant, modern fabric designs and traditional paintings. The artists of these world-renowned artworks are often around the corner to have a chat with the visitors. This is an amazing opportunity where you get to know the actual stories behind their creations. Meeting them and watch them work is mandatory when it comes to visiting the Northern Territory. 

Northern Territory Art
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Cruise Nitmiluk Gorge at dawn

Embark on a Cruise into the picturesque Gorges and Katherine River. This is one amongst the Northern Territory’s most special experiences. The best time to take the Gorges River cruise is during sunset. Don’t forget your camera.

River Gorges
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Explore the Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park

Stretching for about 223 kilometres, the Larapinta Trail is situated within the Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park. This Park also houses some cold water holes such as Glen Helen Gorge and Redbank Gorge. Make a day trip and enjoy the Territory’s wilderness and its escarpments. It is one of the best camping sites in Australia (Camping fee applicable). Those who plan on Camping here overnight should carry their own supplies required for the night.

National Park Camping site
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Taste the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

Throughout Darwin’s dry season, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are open on all Thursdays and Sundays from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. From Indian and Thai to Japanese, Portuguese and Brazilian – dishes from every corner of the earth are found here. Eat and relax on the beach as you watch the sun descend into the ocean. Are you a food Maniac? Then you definitely should not miss the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets.

shows at the Market
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Swim under the cascades at Litchfield National Park

The Litchfield National Park is located at about 1.5 hours drive from Darwin. With stunning waterfalls and waterholes, this Park is ideal for a cool respite on warm summer days. Find yourself float under the impressive double cascades of Wangi and Florence Falls that drop majestically into the natural swimming holes or soak yourself in the tiered rock pools at Buley Rockhole. 

Wangi falls in National park
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Watch the sunset at Karlu Karlu

Karlu Karlu is one among the protected areas in the Northern territory. It is situated at about 105 kilometres south of the Tennant Creek. Just like Uluru, the Karlu Karlu is one among the best sunset stops in the world. Watch hundreds of granite boulders turn into fiery red stones as the sun descends the sky. Capture this beautiful sunset not just in your camera but capture the wonderful moments in your hearts and cherish them for a lifetime. 

Karlu Karlu
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The Northern Territory in Australia offers a blissful experience for all types of travellers. If you do not mind long distances, the Northern Territory in Australia is a perfect road trip destination. Plan for an amazing road trip to Northern Territory. I’m sure you’ll love it! Apart from visiting the Northern Territory, there is an array of things to do and places to visit and experience in Australia. Are you planning a trip to Australia? Check-out best selling Australian packages in and customize your own Itinerary in seconds and book your Australia holiday packages. As simple as that! Keep reading Pickyourtrail Blogs for more information on travel and places to visit.

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