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National Parks Series: Northern Territory

National Parks Series: Northern Territory

So far, we’ve travelled to Western Australia and South Australia to explore their renowned national parks – now, join us as we head to the Northern Territory. Countless international tourists visit the Northern Territory every year to explore its profound nature wonders, and with international travel halted, Australians should continue to travel to these phenomenal locations (restrictions permitting) to keep our tourism industry alive.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

It wouldn’t be an accurate feature on the Top End’s national parks if Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park wasn’t mentioned. Named after the famous sandstone Uluru and the red grounds of Kata Tjuta, the national park is bursting at the seams with exciting areas to explore. The outback landscape is home to an abundance of natural flora and fauna and is preserved by the Anangu traditional owners. Uluru rises a whopping 348 metres and is higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Eiffel Tower. Kata Tjuta is heavily restricted to tourists, although two walking tracks are available to view Walpa Gorge and the Valley of the Winds. In terms of accommodation, campgrounds and resorts are a 20-kilometre drive away.

Kakadu National Park

Similarly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Kakadu National Park is a renowned location that cannot go unmentioned. Explore the phenomenal national park that houses crocodile spotting, walking trails and hikes, Aboriginal rock art, fishing, and swimming in designated areas. The World Heritage–listed site is a spectacular spot that can’t be appreciated all in one day. Book a safari retreat, cabin or even camp nearby.

Nitmiluk National Park

Located on the lands of the Jawoyn people, Nitmiluk National Park is home to an array of stunning gorges that are just waiting to be discovered. The 13 glorious gorges can be explored on walking trails, via canoe or even by helicopter. For experienced canoers, head to Butterfly Gorge, which, as the name suggests, is home to thousands of phenomenal butterflies. Experienced hikers will enjoy the 58-kilometre Jatbula Trail, with rock art and waterfalls to view along the way.

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