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Journey through time in the Northern Territory

Journey through time in the Northern Territory

From the red earth of Alice Springs to the tropics of the Top End’s capital, the Explorers Way is a trek through time, soaking up the very best of the Northern Territory’s ancient landscapes.

If you’ve ever been to the Northern Territory, then you know just how magical this part of the country is. Here, the outback plains and rolling hills make way for snaking rivers and towering rock faces; the earth is a kaleidoscope of red and orange; and the dry climate and azure skies in the Red Centre become a roaring display of rumbling thunder and cooling rains the closer you get to the capital. Regardless of whether you’re exploring the Northern Territory for the first time, or if you’ve been countless times, each visit is special.

One of the best ways to explore the Northern Territory is on the aptly named Explorers Way. Starting at Uluru – Australia’s most famous natural landmark – you’ll be trekking through lush national parks, admiring ancient Indigenous rock art, learning the stories of the land’s First Nations people, and taking in the views atop epic summits. Here are the highlights!


The world-famous sandstone monolith of Uluru is considered one of the greatest natural wonders of our world, thanks to its spectacular red colour and striking formation. At 348 metres high and close to 550 million years old, Uluru is a deeply spiritual place with cultural significance to the Anangu people, who have called Uluru and surrounds home for thousands of years. As such, one of the best ways to experience such an incredible natural landmark is with an Indigenous cultural experience. For an immersive and adventurous experience, SEIT Outback Australia – a small tour company – offers four-wheel drive adventures, sunset tours, and even a six-hour guided walk around Uluru’s base.

Alice Springs

Much like Uluru, Alice Springs really doesn’t need much of an introduction. The outback town is the Northern Territory’s second-most populated town outside of Darwin, and is a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding outback.

If you’ve got the kids in tow, then a visit to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre or the Kangaroo Sanctuary will see your little ones getting up close (and cuddly!) with joeys and lizards alike. Art enthusiasts can peruse the Mbantua Aboriginal Art Gallery, while those interested in the past can explore the history of Australia’s bravest doctors and nurses at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility.


Katherine is a bustling regional hub, where there is something for every type of traveller. If you’re in the mood to relax, a trip to Katherine Hot Springs is bound to leave you feeling Zen. If you’d prefer something more action-packed, then Katherine Outback Experience offers live working dog demonstrations.

From Katherine, it’s about an hour north to Pine Creek. This tiny town sits at the intersection of the roads that lead to both Kakadu and Litchfield national parks. If you opt to detour towards Kakadu, you’ll be admiring ancient Indigenous rock art at Ubirr or enjoying swims in Maguk, Twin Falls Gorge or Jim Jim Falls. If you’re exploring Litchfield, you’ll be discovering the landscape on epic four-wheel drive tracks and viewing the magnetic termite mounds – some of the most enormous ones in the Northern Territory.

Pictured: Uluru

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