Planning your trip to the Northern Territory? Make sure to add these extraordinary destinations to your itinerary.
No trip to the Northern Territory is complete without experiencing one of its most famous natural wonders – Uluru. Can you believe that Uluru is roughly 550 million years old?
There are so many fun and culturally appropriate ways to experience Uluru, from cultural tours and experiences hosted by local Aboriginal people, to camel rides through the desert. Visit the site at night to witness Field of Light, an incredible art installation from British artist Bruce Munro that’s situated in front of Uluru and comprises 50,000 coloured lights.
If you love hiking, then you need to tackle the Larapinta Trail. This astonishing trail takes hikers through some of the most picturesque areas of the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park, including Ormiston Gorge and Simpsons Gap. The Larapinta Trail takes 13 to 15 days to complete, and has 41 different camp sites located along the trail.
Nestled in the Kakadu National Park, Ubirr is where you’ll find some truly remarkable Aboriginal rock art. As you follow the walking track, you’ll get to see artistic representations of local animals like turtles, goannas and even a Tasmanian tiger, as well as depictions of the Rainbow Serpent. After you’ve finished admiring the artworks, journey up to the Nadab Lookout and gaze out at the astonishing scenery below.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Take a break from outdoor activities and spend an afternoon at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in Darwin. Set across several sites throughout Darwin, MAGNT is the major gallery and museum in the state. Here, you’ll find exhibitions from some of Australia’s best contemporary artists and scientists, and displays from MAGNT’s extensive collection.
Pictured is Ubirr, Northern Territory. Image Courtesy of Tourism NT/Daniel Tran