The Northern Territory offers some of the most unique travel experiences in the world and is well known for Uluru, Kings Canyon, Katherine Gorge and World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. The Northern Territory is also famous for the richness of Indigenous history, art and culture.
There are hundreds of tour operators all over the Northern Territory offering many great experiences from four-wheel drive tours, walking treks, helicopter flights, bush tucker gathering expeditions, Aboriginal-guided walks, fishing safaris and national park tours to name just a few.
Alice Springs in the Central Desert is the main arrival destination for tourists visiting Kings Canyon, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Alice Springs is situated on the MacDonnell Ranges, providing a dramatic backdrop for this relatively small town of approximately 28 000 people. Parks and treks and driving trips are part of the excellent tourist experiences available when visiting this region along with an enormous arts community.
Darwin was recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the world's top 10 cities to visit for 2012. According to Lonely Planet, Darwin offers a ‘pumping nocturnal scene, magical cultural markets and restaurants, and world-class wilderness areas just down the road, today Darwin is the triumph of Australia’s Top End’.
For more Tourism information about the Northern Territory go to the Do the NT website.
Northern Territory events
The Northern Territory pulsates with a myriad of festivals, sporting events, Indigenous and cultural celebrations, world-class racing carnivals and mad-cap regattas.
The Darwin and Alice Springs horse racing cup carnivals, camel racing and the V8 Supercars Championship are huge draw cards that inject millions into the local economy. In addition, there are sporting events such as the Arafura Games in Darwin and the Masters Games in Alice Springs. The Arafura Games attract thousands of athletes from Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, similar numbers pour into Alice Springs for the Masters Games. The Masters Games are known as the ‘Friendly Games’ and the only entry stipulations are a minimum age of 25 years and a willingness to have fun!
During the dry season the Darwin Festival is held, bringing artists performers and musicians from around the world to perform at this vibrant event.
For more information about events in the Northern Territory, go to the Tourism Top End website, the Tourism Central Australia website and the Do the NT website.