Experience the real Australian outback, with Northern Territory Top End Holidays & Red Centre Holidays.
A Northern Territory holiday can immerse travellers in unique experiences; discover an indigenous culture tens of thousands of years old, within a setting of ancient gorges and startling waterfalls;visit Australias monolith; Uluru, and hear stories of the Dreamtime as you stand in the shadow of Uluru;hike through the Kata Tjuta, and dive into plunge pools overhung by shady forest. Visit cosmopolitan Darwin and remote Alice Springs to share stories of the remote wilderness you have passed through during your unique Northern Territory holiday.
A remote tropical town on the Arafura Sea, with a healthy nightlife, Darwin is the perfect place in which to unwind after exploring through the desert. Celebrate booking your Northern Territory package holiday over a meal at a Mitchell St restaurant, and visit the Darwin Jetty to try one of the Territorys staples; mud crab, crocodile, barramundi or buffalo during your outback city break. Continue on to a nightclub, or just amble the boardwalk at the Cullen Bay Marina to find a spot with a view.
Board a sunset cruise right out over the Darwin Harbour and simply relax with a glass of wine in hand, or drop a line while you sail. Browse the Mindil Beach, Parap and Nightcliff markets while snacking on a range of international foods to the soundtrack of passing entertainers. You are bound to find a souvenir of your vacation in the Northern Territory or family holiday as you browse the Mindil Market stalls
With a number of underground bunkers, air strips and oil tunnels preserved as reminders of WW2 conflicts in the nearby Charles Darwin National Park, Darwin is a fascinating city in which to learn of war hostilities and attacks by Japan in the 1940s.
Litchfield National Park covers a significant 1500 square kilometres of the Northern Territory. Composed of woodland vegetation and pockets of monsoon rainforest, visitors explore the park each year. Hiking to gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes overhung by groves of cycads, is a great way to relax during your next family holiday in the NT, or romantic break.
The remnants of the simple Blyth Homestead provide a visual reminder of the difficulties faced by European farmers attempting to establish agricultural industries in the Northern Territory. Graziers ran some 14,000 head of cattle near the dwelling after Frederick Henry Litchfield struggled in vain through a settlement mission with the assistance of the Mak Mak Marranunggu people. The Bamboo Creek Tin Mine has also been left as an open air Museum to the early development of copper and tin industries here.
A network of creeks and waterfalls traverse Litchfield, accompanied by a variety of walking tracks suitable for the range of visitors wishing to hike in the park during their Northern Territory holiday. Presenting an easy stroll are the Wangi Falls, which drop into a calm swimming pool besides established barbeque facilities. Similarly easy to access are the Buley rockholes, a series of small waterfalls and pools surrounded by brilliantly coloured wildflowers. From here, hike on to the Florence falls, and take in the power of the two cascades from the viewing platform above. The Tjaynera Falls are fed all year round, and the deep plunge pool is overhung by rainforest, offering a private place to relax on your honeymoon or holiday in the NT
Wander through the Lost City, a collection of sandstone formations that have amassed to appear like the relics of a ghost town. Some parts of the city can only be accessed by helicopter, while other sections can be discovered after careering through the bush in a four wheel drive.
Another popular attraction within the park is the Magnetic Termite Mounds, built by hordes of white ants with intuition the huge Magnetic Termite Moundsare air controlled by their a north/south orientation and minimum exposure to the heat!
The Territory Wildlife Park is relatively smaller, clocking in at 400 hectares of native bushland, but it hosts a great variety of Northern Territory flora and fauna. Encounter freshwater crocodiles, wallabies, turtles, birds of prey and whiprays in a recreated sandbar.
The Nitmiluk National Park contains some 13 different gorges close to the town of Katherine;the Indigenous Jawoyn people enjoyed exclusive access for many thousands of years to epic sandstone gorges sheltering pristine beaches below and now conduct very professional Indigenous Tours and visitors can canoe through the waterways or charter a helicopter for a view from above, sure to be remembered as a highlight of a Northern Territory holiday. Many rock art sites are preserved throughout the NP, testament to the rich cultural heritage of Nitmiluks traditional owners.
En-route to Kakadu National Park see massive crocodiles being fed in their natural habitat on a tour during your Northern Territory vacation;watch you guide dangle chunks of meat over the side of the boat, to be snapped up by these prehistoric creatures that can grow to lengths of six metres.
World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park is a veritable playground for nature lovers on vacation, as well as those interested in indigenous cultural heritage. The landscape is dotted with hidden gorges presenting an ideal location in which to enjoy some privacy on your honeymoon or romantic break in the Northern Territory; swim through perfect blue water holes that lie beneath the sheer cliffs of the caverns that contain them, always after ensuring you read and heed all notices!
The Nourlangie rock art site overlooks stunning views of the Nardab floodplain, thousands of years old, the rock art include animals hunted in the area and ancestral Indigenous spirits which have shaped county, another stunning element of a Northern Territory holiday in Kakadu NP
Drawn on a section of ancient rock a thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, signals the age of the Ubirr rock art site; the Tassie Tiger is believed to have become extinct some 2,000 years ago, yet Indigenous people painted animals from their hunt on the walls.
Hike out to the Jim Jim falls on your outdoors, active Northern Territory vacation; see cascades drop 200 metres to a white sandy beach below. Many of the waterfalls in the park are accompanied by waterholes ideal for swimming, like the plunge pool at the base of the Maguk Gorge. The scenic Gunlom pool is fed by a waterfall, and visitors can hide from the heat of the day beneath the eucalypt trees that line its bank. But always after ensuring you read and heed all notices!
Arnhem Land is a sacred region, and only parts of it are accessible to non Indigenous travellers. The Coburg Peninsula is renowned for being one of the best fishing spots in Australia, with cod, trout and snapper caught off the coast, while barramundi are found in the network of nearby estuaries; catch giant mud crabs in the Coburg Marine Park on your family fishing holiday in the NT. The marine ecosystem protects dugong as well as rare species of turtles, while on land visitors may spot one of the many thousands of Batang cattle that flourished here after being introduced from Bali.
The highlight of the Red Centre of Australia, Uluru, is impressive in its physical enormity, stupendous natural beauty, and spiritual significance to the Indigenous owners of country. Rise before sunset to watch Uluru change colour to a vibrant red as the early suns rays hit the rock then walk one of the base trails of the 863 metre high expanse on your NT honeymoon, and learn about the significance of Uluru in and the Dreamtime Stories of the Anangu people.
Take the remarkable Rim Walk to see the Garden of Eden or stroll through the central bed of Kings Canyon, a most picturesque oasis for flora and fauna within the Northern Territorys Simpson Desert. Kings Creek traverses the centre of the gorge, creating a permanent water source for the lush vegetation that grows here.Look out too near to the carpark, an unexpected place for some spectacular photo shooting time out on your NT holiday in Kings Canyon, where massed flocks of budgerigars and finches fill the sky and then the walls and crevasses as they hover at the clear pools and swallows, and honeyeaters take their fill. Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is an inspiring Indigenous sacred site and traditional ceremonies are held here within the Kata Tjuta National Park, a place of eerie beauty within the desert landscape in distant view of Uluru.Kata Tjuta means - many heads - for the 36 red domes that rise above the beautiful desert landscape.
The perfect base to experience a Northern Territory outback holiday, Alice Springs is the dead centre of Australia geographically and an exciting remote township with access to spectacular scenery, such as The Macdonald Range, beautiful Glen Helen, ancient meteorite arranged landscapes, the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Browse the Todd Mall shopping and dining precinct, or head to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre to see geckos, frill necked lizards and saltwater crocodiles or join in the spectacular events such as the Todd River Race over the dry river bed and the awesome colourful Beanie Festival of music, food and unique fashion statements in hand crafted woolen designs And on your unique Northern Territory holiday of outback discovery, learn of the Indigenous Dreamtime stories of the creation that tell us that Karlu Karlu are the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent; some 114km south of Tennant Creek walk the track between Karlu Karlu; sighting the massive red and orange boulders known as the Devils Marbles as they sit precariously on top of each other amidst the desert sands.