Best of the Northern Territory

NTRoads_v2PThe Best of the NT.  It’s a pretty big place covering over 1,349,129 square kilometers (520,902 square miles) making it the third largest state in Australia. However it is mostly empty having a population of on 233,300 people. Residents of the NT tend to be known as ‘Territorians’ and have a reputation for being a bit crazy, also known as ‘troppo’.

We spent around 6 weeks travelling around with some long drives between towns. We’ve left a few places like Mataranka National Park known for its hot springs called Bitter Springs along with some places in central Australia for our next visit.  We really enjoyed Territory Day so have put attending the big events in the NT like the Beer Can Regatta; Henley on Todd Boat Race; Lasseters Cup Camel Racing and even the Alice Springs Beanie Festival on our bucket list.

 

Here is our top 5 of the NT

 

 

  1. Uluru

You can’t go past this Australian icon and you really must see it for yourself to get the sense of scale and history of the place.  Check out our write up here.

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  1. Territory Day in Darwin

The party atmosphere of the Mindil Beach markets (held twice weekly during the dry season) is fantastic. The amazing Darwin sunsets are free every night of the year, but it was the free concert and fireworks for Territory Day celebrations that really made the day.  Read about our time in Darwin .

Territory Day sunset
Territory Day sunset
  1. Kakadu National Park

This world heritage listed park is the largest national park in Australia and it is easy to see why. We’d love to go back during the wet season to check out the waterfalls at their most torrent. You can read about what we saw in Kakadu part 1 and Kakadu part 2.

Gunlom - a swimming hole with a view
Gunlom – a swimming hole with a view
  1. Litchfield National Park

Only an hour drive from Darwin this park is home to some magnificent swimming holes that we just couldn’t go past.  You can read about our experience here.

Wangi Falls
Wangi Falls
  1. The Red Centre Circuit

Ormiston gorge was amazing, so was Palm Valley and Kings Canyon was pretty good too.

Looking back along Kings Canyon
Looking back along Kings Canyon
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Ormiston Gorge
Palm Valley
Palm Valley

And close runner up . . .the Devils Marbles

We stayed at on our last night in the NT and had a lot of fun posing with the rocks.

 

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The Devils Marbles (aka Karlu Karlu)

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