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3 Must-See Spots in The Northern Territory

3 Must-See Spots in The Northern Territory

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Northern Territory is home to one of Australia’s most unique and diverse landscapes, filled with barren deserts, lush coastlines, and some of the most magnificent landforms on the planet. That’s why traveling to the Northern Territory and trying to capture all that’s on offer can be a gruelling task. With over 1.3 million square kilometres of land tucked just below Indonesia, the Northern Territory is Australia’s most sacred and culturally significant territory that is a must see for all Australian travel enthusiasts.
Considering that there’s so much to see and do, today we’ll only be taking a closer look at 3 must-see spots in the Northern Territory. While there’s plenty of other breathtaking attractions, we’re going to diversify the attractions as much as possible to offer a well-rounded look at this beautiful territory.
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Arguably Australia’s most renowned landmark, Uluru is the archetypical image of Australia’s outback. Located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, this 348m high and 3.6km long sandstone rock is the highlight of Australian tourism for many domestic and foreign travellers alike. As a result, there is a high standard of service and accessibility that makes traveling to the middle of nowhere both comfortable and stylish.
After increased tensions between Anangu land owners and adventure seekers, it’s still not prohibited to climb the rock but it’s a treacherous and challenging journey not for the faint of heart. Despite this, exploring Uluru from the ground is just as beautiful and impressive. The popular 10km walk around the rock is very popular amongst tourists and takes roughly 3 to 4 hours to navigate by foot. Whether you’re traveling from Alice Springs or Yulara, the drive to Uluru is filled with anticipation that doesn’t disappoint. Just don’t miss the native performance at sunrise!
Katherine Gorge
Located in the Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge is one of the Northern Territory’s most popular day trip destinations, packed to the brim with an abundance of wildlife from fresh water crocodiles to wallabies and over 160 species of birds. Katherine Gorge is in fact a combination of over 12 individual gorges which highlights some of Australia’s most dramatic and colourful sandstone landscapes.
Boat trips down the Katherine River are the most popular form of tourism, with the river itself serving as both a visual highlight and a means to explore this natural wonder. You’ll pass sandstone cliffs more than 100m tall along with having the option to see the Baruwei Lookout Walk, various historical and cultural regions of the Jawoyn people, and taking a swim at Edith Falls surrounded by local flora and bird life. If you’re interested in trekking the area, there are hikes available that range from a 2-hour hike to the first gorge to a 5-day hike all the way to Edith Falls.
Kakadu National Park
World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, located at the top end of the Northern Territory, is a complete contrast to the barren red deserts in the middle. Being Australia’s largest national park, Kakadu is home to some spectacular wilderness areas, from river estuaries to mangrove swamps, flood plains, and tall monsoon rain forests. Kakadu hugs the escarpment of the Arnhem Land plateauand watching the waterfalls over the escarpment after heavy rain is a magnificent experience.
Kakadu is a celebration of the continuing link between the Indigenous aboriginals and the country they have inhabited for almost 60,000 years. With rich and diverse wildlife and cultural heritage, visit enigmatic rock art sites and explore remarkable wetlands teeming with some of the biggest salt water crocodiles on Earth! If you’re interested in the history and culture of Kakadu National Park, visit the National Park’s Visitors Centre in Jabiru.
One of the best ways to travel to the Northern Territory is by 4WD which will allow you to access almost all the attractions on offer. Just make sure you give yourself enough time, and adequately prepare yourself for the journey. If you need any 4WD products or accessories to make your trip more memorable, get in touch with TJM Australia by phoning 07 3865 9999, or visit our handy store locator to discover which TJM store is closest to you.