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Northern Territory

The spectacular sights, ancient landscapes, indigenous culture and art and vast, formidable terrain of the Northern Territory epitomise the description 'Outback Australia'. Adventure and discovery are constant companions in this frontier land.
Darwin

Darwin, the Territory's capital, is perched on a picturesque harbour and lies closer to Jakarta and Singapore than to Sydney and Melbourne. First settled by Europeans in 1869, when South Australian Surveyor-General Goyder arrived to establish a city in the Top End. Palmerston, as it was then known, became the terminus for the Overland Telegraph link to England, which began in 1872.

Central Australia

Central Australia: The terrain west of Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is the heart of the Red Centre, spanning the western section of the MacDonnell Ranges. This vast and stunning but rugged landscape encompasses an ancient and unique terrain dotted with gorges, waterholes, unusual geological formations, tranquil creeks and strange landforms, carved out over hundreds of millions of years.

Kakadu National Park

There are more than 5000 Aboriginal cultural sites in the park. The ancient rock-art galleries of Kakadu National Park are the oldest in the world and record extinct species like the thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) as well as depicting sacred creation beings like Namarrgon the Lightning Man and Ngalyod the Rainbow Serpent. This World Heritage-listed national park is internationally famous for the breathtaking natural beauty of its wetlands, escarpments and spectacular waterfalls as well as its more than 50 000-year-old Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The Top End

The city of Darwin is the gateway to the Top End and a cultural destination in its own right. Its surrounding districts and towns have much to offer the traveller. Visitors invariably rave about the city’s bustling markets, its gorgeous harbour, memorable sunsets, spirited nightlife and welcoming locals. There are a number of attractions within easy reach of Darwin, perfect for laid back excursions not requiring too much of a drive. Half an hour south of Darwin, the Berry Springs Nature Park is a popular recreational area for locals. The bubbling springs and their network of pools provide a rejuvenating fresh-water swimming experience.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, covering 1325km, is perhaps the most talked about national park in the country. The home of Uluru (Ayers Rock), as well as the magnificent Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), this national park has a distinctly spiritual heritage with Anangu Aboriginal history dating to at least 22 000 years. The rock itself, some say, is an incomparable beauty, dwarfing the surrounding desert landscape with its immensity. Around 9.4km in circumference and rising 350m above the plain, Uluru is a giant monolith amidst the flat, arid desert plains.

Katherine

Lying 310km from Darwin, Katherine is a centre for beef-cattle properties, produce farms and the Tindal RAAF Base. Katherine is also the gateway to Nitmiluk National Park. Renowned Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park, 29km SE, can be viewed by canoe, flat-bottomed tour boat, scenic flight or helicopter. Edith Falls, 62km to the north, is also in Nitmiluk National Park and worth a visit.

Tennant Creek and Surrounds

The Tennant Creek region is centred on the junction of two great highways, the Barkly Highway and the Stuart Highway. It encompasses the sprawling Barkly Tablelands and has a rich gold mining history. With a population of 4,000, Tennant Creek is an important supply and service centre for outlying cattle stations on the Barkly Tablelands. Located some 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs and around 1,000 kilometres south of Darwin, the town has a diverse history shaped by Aboriginal culture, pastoralism and gold mining.