Australia Inspiration: 15 Incredible reasons to visit NT (Northern Territory)

The Northern Territory, Australia. The best part of the country to get a real Aussie Outback experience. From crocodiles to Aboriginal rock art, thousands of years old. The NT, as us Aussies call it, is the best place in Australia to get back to nature and discover the unique history, landscape and culture that makes Australia a one of a kind destination.

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Stunning Sunset on Mary River, NT

Darwin

Darwin is the capital of NT. It’s actually a very chilled city compared to the other state capitals in Australia. Life just moves a little slower here… That is, unless you jump in the tank with a 5 meter man eating crocodile.

1. Swim With A Crocodile – The Cage of Death!

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Get lowered into the water with a hungry croc. A once in a lifetime experience at the only location in Australia where you can swim with deadly crocodiles – and get photos doing it.

Read more about swimming with crocodiles yourself.

2. Mindil Beach

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Visit Mindil beach for one of the most incredible sunsets in the world. Come on a Thursday or Sunday to eat and explore at the Mindil beach sunset markets.

Read more about Mindil Beach & Darwin.

Kakadu National Park

3. Flood Plains of Kakadu

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Visit Kakadu after the wet season to see an unexpected side of the outback – incredible greenness!

Read more about visiting Kakadu.

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4. Ubirr Rock & Cave Art

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This particular X-Ray turtle painting is newer than most. Dating perhaps 2,000 BCE

See both the more modern X-ray style Aboriginal artworks and those dated much older at up to 20,000 years old.

Read more about our trip to Ubirr Rock.

5. See Wallabies In The Wild

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Shy Rock Wallaby

You can see wallabies in many parts of the northern territory. In Kakadu we saw groups of rock wallabies. They are a little shy, so stay quiet. shhhhh

Uluru

6. Tour the Rock

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Take a trip around Australia’s most iconic natural wonder. Probably the most famous landmark in the country.

Read more about our trip to Uluru.

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Get up close to the rock by taking a tour

7. Sounds of Silence – Night Dining at Uluru

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Drinks at Uluru sounds of silence before sitting down for an outback dinner

Dine under the stars of the outback in peaceful serenity surrounded by the striking red sand. Uluru sits as a backdrop to this perfect meal. Book The Sounds Of Silence Dinner for yourself

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8. The Olgas

Take a tour out to the incredible domed shape rock formations: Kata Tjuta also known as The Olgas

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Katherine & Nitmiluk

9. Katherine Gorge

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Cruise or kayak the incredible sandstone Katherine gorge.

Read more about taking a trip to Katherine Gorge.

10. See the swarms of fruit bats (Flying Fox)

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Literally hundreds of these can suddenly fill the trees around you. They are not dangerous, but you might want to keep you mouth closed when you look up.

11. Meet the locals – Get a lesson in Aboriginal Culture

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Practice spear hunting with a local Aboriginal teacher

Northern Territory is still one of the best places to meet Aboriginal people who still live a semi traditional lifestyle.

Read more about visiting an Aboriginal cultural centre near Katherine.

Mary River

12. Visit a real Australian Billabong

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When the classic Australian folk song “Waltzing Matilda” talks about the Billabong, this is what they mean. It’s a stagnant pool of water, off shooting the main waterway. It’s full of some incredible wildlife. At the end of the song, the swagman jumps in the billabong, never to be seen again. Maybe he disappeared due to one of the other inhabitants of the Billabong…

Read more about taking a Mary River Cruise.

13. See Crocodiles in the wild

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Yes, the Billabong we visited on Mary River is home to many huge saltwater Crocs. You have a great chance of seeing them if you visit. We saw 2 big ones, and one much smaller freshwater croc.

Litchfield National Park

14. Swim in some of the most unspoiled waterfalls in the world

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Escape the tropical heat by taking a dip in one of Litchfield National Park‘s many natural waterfalls.

15. See the 4+ metre high Termite Cathedrals

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Tommo, dwarfed by this epic cathedral termite mound

These huge termite mounds can grow for over 70 years, reaching more than 4 meters in height. Some of the biggest in the region are at Litchfield National Park.

Tiwi Islands

16. Get a Cultural Welcome

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The Tiwi Islands have distinctly different Aboriginal culture from the mainland. We were greeted with a traditional smoke dance to promise us a safe visit.

Read more about our trip to the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin.

17. Create your own Aboriginal Art work

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After a friendly welcome, we got the chance to work with a local artist to create our own traditional Aboriginal style art using screen printing.

Find out more about the art and culture tour to the Tiwi Islands.

Visit The Northern Territory

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