Northern Territory

Capital: Darwin (one of Lonely Planet’s 10 cities to visit in 2012)

Population: Circa 230,000

Climate: The North (including Darwin) is tropical with warm weather all year round and frost has never been recorded. The central region around Alice Springs and Ayers Rock forms the desert centre of the Northern Territory

Great for: Discovering Aboriginal History, Spotting rare wildlife, Bushwalks

Highlights

Darwin
Enjoy this relaxed, tropical city where everything happens outside. Head to the The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, enjoy open air cinema, cruise past crocodiles on the Adelaide River, swim in the lagoon and enjoy food at the waterfront.

Kakadu National Park
Only a three hour drive from Darwin, this World Heritage-listed area is the Northern Territory’s backyard. Discover rock art galleries that are over 50,000 years old, spot birds in the lush rainforests and swim under the powerful waterfalls.

Uluru Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock)
Probably Australia’s most iconic landscape, Uluru is a forty minute flight away from Alice Springs. To learn more about its traditional Aboriginal owners, the Anangu, join one of the cultural tours.

Head’s top tip

Anna Payne:
“I recommend camping out under the stars in the red centre. Gaze at the stars in one of the world’s clearest night skies and be amazed by the truly incredible colours of sunrise and sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock).”

Find out more at travelnt.com

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