The Northern Territory of Australia is often an overlooked part of Australia with most visitors visiting Sydney in the state of New South Wales and staying along the east coast. However there is one tourist destination smack dab in the middle of the country that many people choose to visit, the famous Uluru. Also known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is beautiful to see with lots of Aboriginal Australian history however there is a whole lot more to see and do in the Northern Territory as well. Here is a list of the top things to do in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Take the Ghan

The Ghan Train

The Ghan Train

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To get to the Northern Territory of Australia you can fly or drive or take an epic train journey. When I visited I took a train called the Ghan from the city of Adelaide in Southern Australia through Alice Springs and the small town of Katherine all the way to the top of the country to the city of Darwin, the Northern Territory’s capital city. It is a 54 hour train journey with amazing views of the Australian outback. There is a lot more out there than you might expect!

Take a Road Trip

Road trip big termite mounds on the way to Kakadu.

Road trip big termite mounds on the way to Kakadu.

Once you get there (if it wasn’t already by car) the best thing to do is rent a car and road trip through the territory. Everything is so spread out and it is a great way to get around and see it at your own pace. Also its always fun to learn how to drive on the other side of the road if you haven’t tried it before. Just remember stay on the left!

Visit Kakadu National Park

Cailin in Kakadu.

Cailin in Kakadu.

Kakadu National Park takes up a great deal of land in the Northern Territory occupying over 7,646 sq miles (19,804 sq km) of land it is half the size of Switzerland. A smaller piece of a greater area of land known as Arnhem Land which is 60,273 sq miles (97,000 sq km) and is and Aboriginal Reserve with the Kakadu portion being leased to the government for tourism. When visiting Kakadu you can see crocodiles, over 280 species of birds, beautiful rock formations, vast plains, you can visit the Bowali Visitors centre and you can also find Aboriginal rock paintings. The Aboriginal people have continually inhabited this land for the past 40,000 years and still live here today.

Visit Darwin

Darwin waterfront.

Darwin waterfront.

The capital city of the Territory, Darwin is the most Northern city in the country and is named after Charles Darwin. Give yourself a day or two to explore. Visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, take in the market, go for a swim on the waterfront, stroll through the Botanical Gardens, go to the Aquarium, visit a Crocodile farm and enjoy the food. Being so close to Asia there are also a lot of great Asian and Asian fusion restaurants in the city that you can enjoy.

Visit Katherine

Katherine Gorge.

Katherine Gorge.

Located 200mi (320kms) south eat of Darwin Katherine is the fourth largest settlement in the Northern Territory. Katherine is? a whistle stop tour when you take the Ghan train and is a popular stop for people driving to Darwin, there are several things to do while visiting. Visit Nitmiluk National Park and take a boat tour through the Katherine Gorge. Easily seen by canoe or flat bottom boat Katherine Gorge is made up of 13 gorges, some which become inaccessible during the dry season. If you decide to go for a swim watch out for the saltwater crocodiles. They are said to be harmless to humans but I’m sure it could give you quite the fright!

Crocodiles

A crocodile in the east aligator river Kakadu.

A crocodile in the east aligator river Kakadu.

While visiting Kakadu take a crocodile boat tour where you drive through the rivers and swamps of Kakadu in search of crocs and will see a beautiful sunrise over the calm river waters. Remember to keep your hands in the boat!

Visit Uluru

While in the Northern Territory as mentioned before you most likely will be visiting Uluru and if you aren’t you definitely should. Uluru is 348?m (1,142?ft) tall and has a circumference of 9.4m (5.8 miles). When visiting make sure you are there for sunrise or sunset. You can walk around the entire rock and one of the popular things to do is take a hot air balloon ride near Uluru with a nice glass of bubbly to enjoy the ride.

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