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Best places to visit in the Northern Territory in 2021

Sort out your entire itinerary with the best spots when visiting the Northern Territory.

sunrise in the Northern Territory, Australia... as the sky lit up, the very eerie sound of dingos howling to each other from way beyond the gorge made this scene even more surreal. Magic.

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Most famously known for being home to the heart of Australia, the Northern Territory offers a plethora of holiday must-dos. We've brought together the places and activities sorted to all travellers, whether you're doing it solo or bringing the whole family on school break. From witnessing a sunrise while riding a camel through the outback, to canoeing through gorges, get ready to fall in love with the Northern Territory.

Where to go in the Northern Territory

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1. Yulara

It's where Uluru calls home and it's jam-packed with cultural experiences, safaris and walking tours. If you're headed to the Northern Territory you have to stop by Yulara. From bike rides along the boardwalks and guided tours with expert locals to seeing it all from the sky and watching the sun go down while riding a camel, Uluru offers a once in a lifetime experience.

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Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory

2. Katherine

Situated directly south of Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge will encapsulate you with glistening waters and sun-lit cliffs. It becomes perfect for bringing the entire family with guided cave tours, outback experiences and easy walking trails within the park itself. This family holiday will be one to remember.

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3. Kakadu

Located in the north, Kakadu consists of a national park which offers locals and visitors numerous walking and hiking trails. Alongside this, there are plenty of waterfalls, lookouts and watering holes that are also worth a visit. Ideal for all travellers, this spot is especially great for hikers.

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Standley Chasm at West Macdonnell Ranges, Northern Territory

4. Alice Springs

Immerse yourself in everything the outback has to offer. From wildlife parks and full-day hiking trails to traditional art museums and galleries, Alice Springs is sure to keep your itinerary full. We suggest visiting the Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve and West MacDonnell National Park if you happen to be stopping by. The Parrtjima – Festival of Light will also be back between 11 and 20 September.

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5. Litchfield National Park

If you've got a day or two to spare while you're in Darwin, you can't miss the opportunity to check out Litchfield National Park. The daily hiking tours to the region make it perfect for solo travellers to meet new people. With an abundance of waterholes and rock formations, it's a great way to start or end a trip in the Northern Territory.

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Mindil Beach Sunset Market in Darwin, Northern Territory

6. Darwin

The capital of the Northern territory is a great place to start your trip. Suitable for every type of traveller, Darwin offers pristine beaches, art galleries, botanic gardens, sea life feeding areas and national parks. We recommend checking out Aquascene, Crocosaurus Cove, Mindil Beach (perfect for sunsets) and Bicentennial Park.

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Best camping spots in the Northern Territory

Litchfield National Park: Close to the city, Litchfield National Park offers picturesque scenery with waterfalls, waterholes and vine forests.

Nitmiluk National Park: Perfect for watersports such as canoeing or kayaking. There are 13 gorges to explore and walking trails for more experienced hikers.

Tjoritja/West Macdonnell National Park: Enjoy spotting wildlife, birdwatching, cycling, lookouts and bushwalking. Swimming is also permitted in specific areas, but it's warned to not expose yourself for too long in the waters as they are cold and you can be struck with hypothermia.

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Spring Park: Most famous for the park's thermal hot springs. There are bushwalks and swimming (in designated areas) available on site.

Mary River National Park: Ideal for those who want to go fishing. Particularly known for its abundance in barramundi.


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