Northern Territory

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Adventure, awe and so much more. Explore more in the NT.

From Kakadu to Uluru, the Northern Territory is brimming with iconic outback landscapes, fascinating wildlife, indigenous culture and endless things to do. This is a place where you can touch the silence, feel the earth and connect with nature like never before.

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Parrtjima light festival

This April, the Northern Territory celebrates the Parrtjima Festival, the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind. Over ten magical nights, the festival illuminates Alice Springs with light installations from Aboriginal artists set against the ancient canvas of the MacDonnell Ranges.

Parrtjima is held on Mparntwe (Alice Springs), which is part of the Arrernte people. As well as Arrernte art, the festival features amazing artwork from across the Central Desert region and associated other parts of the Northern Territory. Don’t miss experiencing this unique festival that includes a program packed with live talks, events and music by local and national musicians.

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Places to visit

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Uluru, NT

The majesty and splendour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock and The Olgas) has be seen to be understood. Plus, you can see the world famous Field of Light art installation until 2020.

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Darwin, NT

Visit Australia’s smallest capital city, where the living couldn’t be bigger. If you're having 'one of those days', you'll find a remedy here.

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Alice Springs and Red Centre, NT

Alice Springs is far more than the gateway to the Red Centre – it’s a thriving, spirited outback centre famous for the personality of its locals and natural wonders.

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Things to do

From hot air ballooning at sunrise, swimming in secret waterholes and crocodile cruises, to Darwin’s eclectic night markets and the fascinating Aboriginal art and culture, incredible moments are waiting in the spiritual heart of Australia. Add in other highlights like the Parrtjima Light Festival and the Territory Arts Trail, and you’ll find the Northern Territory is one destination you just can’t miss.

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Top 10 NT experiences

Get inspired with our top 10 experiences not to be missed;

  • Enjoy a magical camel ride overlooking Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
  • Hire bikes and ride around Uluru.
  • Visit the kangaroo sanctuary in Alice Springs.
  • Discover the West MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs and swim in secret waterholes.
  • Experience the majestic Litchfield National Park renowned for its spectacular scenery and waterfalls.
  • Shop the unique Mindil beach sunset markets.
  • Wander the picturesque waterfront precinct in Darwin.
  • Visit amazing Kakadu National Park where you can swim at Gunlom falls and see ancient rock art at Ubirr.
  • Enjoy a jumping crocodile cruise near Darwin.
  • Hire a canoe at Katherine Gorge for an unforgettable day on the water.
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Follow the Territory Arts Trail

Discover the Northern Territory’s world-class art and cultural centres, galleries, museums and events through a Territory Arts Trail. As a living, growing exhibition over 50,000 years in the making, you can tailor your trail to suit your needs so you can discover the art and artists that interest you the most.

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The Field of Light

A visit to Uluru isn’t complete without spending an evening at The Field of Light, where colours light up the dessert. Pathways draw you into the art installation, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars.
A global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, has come ‘home’ to the place that inspired it – Uluru. The installation named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku means ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’.

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Darwin Festival

There’s no better time to visit the Top End than during the Darwin Festival, celebrated each August. The family-friendly event combines outdoor activities under the stars with a program rich in local, national and international talent. Sample food stalls and pop-up bars as you listen to the soundtrack of local heroes on the Bamboo Bandstand. Or dance the night away to the hottest contemporary bands in the Festival’s iconic open-air big top, The Lighthouse.

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The 3 Most Spectacular Drives in the Northern Territory

The thought of spending a long time cooped up in a car with your loved ones might be daunting, but with the scenery as distractingly beautiful as it is in the Top End, you needn’t worry. 

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Experience the Northern Territory through the elements

From red-dirt tracks to mighty rivers and vast horizons. Open your heart, eyes and mind to a real and raw Australia.

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