Northern Territory

Northern Territory outback highlights

In the same way that some clichés are clichéd because they’re true, there are some ‘must-sees’ you simply – well – must see. The Northern Territory’s outback sights fall squarely into this latter category. Ormiston Gorge Start your journey at Serpentine Gorge, a lesser-known site where you can enjoy beautiful vistas and get to know … Continued

World War II: The Bombing of Darwin

On 19 February 1942, just 10 weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the city of Darwin came under attack by Japanese forces in what was to become a defining moment in Australian history. Heavy cruisers, submarines, warplanes launched from ships, land-based bombers and more than 180 aircraft were levelled against Darwin Harbour. By the … Continued

Native flavours in the Top End

This autumn, take a trip up north and savour the unique tastes and sensations of the Northern Territory. There is plenty of bush tucker to be found throughout the Top End if you know where to look. Here, Indigenous people have lived off the land for thousands of years, sourcing food and medicines from the … Continued

Walk on the wild side in Katherine

Getting fit was never so easy as exploring the enthralling forests of Katherine and the astounding landscapes of Alice Springs. Strap on your bushwalking gear, and get going! Katherine’s Nitmiluk National Park is made up of 13 stunning gorges that can be explored by foot, canoe or boat. Take the Windolf Walk up to Pat’s … Continued

Kakadu National Park

The delights of Australia’s Northern Territory never cease to amaze. Traversing red ochre escarpments, navigating tropical woodlands, and soaking in a natural thermal spring, you’ll see why Australia is famous the world over for its unique outback landscapes. The World Heritage–listed Kakadu National Park is just one of the Northern Territory’s best-loved historical features. The … Continued

Natural attractions in the Top End

Experience two of the Northern Territory’s lesser-known natural attractions this spring. Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, Darwin The Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park is a drawcard all year round. Its thermal hot springs and cooler owing waters will keep you blissed out for your entire stay. The hot springs are located on the lands of … Continued

The Red Centre Way – Alice Springs to Glen Helen

This iconic trek covers more than 1100 kilometres, and takes visitors on a sightseeing adventure through world-famous national parks, sprawling canyons and majestic desert scenery. Alice Springs to Glen Helen is the first leg of the trip, and a drive between the two will bring you up close to history, nature and even the stars. … Continued

The Gunbarrel Highway

Seventy years ago, before the Gunbarrel Highway existed, the remote outback it traverses was close to impassable, with only grizzled bushmen daring to confront it. Cue Len Beadell, the man employed to map the area for proposed British atomic bomb testing sites. One of the last great Australian explorers, Beadell opened up several isolated desert … Continued

The Canning Stock Route and the Overland Telegraph Track

Two of the best-known and most impressive routes in Australia’s history are the Western Australia’s Canning Stock Route and the Overland Telegraph Track, between Adelaide and Darwin. During the 1890s, the discovery of gold near Kalgoorlie in southern Western Australia led to a rise in the region’s population, meaning that pastoralists working in the Kimberley … Continued

The history of Australia’s Afghan cameleers

During the mid 1800s, exploration into the centre of Australia was well on its way, and this period became the peak time for exploration. Explorers had many aims, but highest among them were to continue mapping the country, to find natural resources, and to establish viable areas for settlement. Horses – ill-suited to the dry … Continued

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