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Northern Territory Australia Attractions

Attractions / November 23, 2021

1 Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

In the Red Centre, World Heritage-listed Uluru National Park, is one of Australia's most famous tourist attractions. The park's main features include Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock), the 348 m high red monolith rising from the desert, and the dome-shaped rocks called Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), which lie 40 km away from Uluru. Oxidation or rusting of iron in the rock gives the structures their beautiful red coloring. Both sites hold deep spiritual significance to the traditional owners, the Aṉangu people, who manage the park jointly with Parks Australia. Around dusk, visitors gather at sunset viewing areas to photograph these impressive structures when the play of color is at its finest. To really appreciate these sacred sites join a tour led by an aboriginal guide.

Kata Tjuta, Uluru, The Olgas, & Ayers Rock Map

2 Kakadu National Park

World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, in the Top End, is Australia's largest national park and one of the world's most spectacular wilderness areas. On the north coast lies the tidal zone, with river estuaries, mangrove swamps, and tall monsoon rain forests. Inland are the flood plains through which rivers pursue a winding course to the sea. The escarpment of the Arnhem Land plateau runs diagonally through the park from southwest to northeast. After heavy rain, water pours over its bare rocks and down the escarpment in magnificent waterfalls.

Further inland, lies the gently undulating upland country crossed by the main access roads. The amazing variety of wildlife includes more than 70 different species of reptiles, the largest and most dangerous of which is the saltwater crocodile, as well as a vast array of fish, mammals, and birds. In addition to all these natural attractions, the park is home to many sacred aboriginal sites and rock paintings. For comprehensive information on the natural history and culture of this unique area stop by the National Park's Visitors Centre in Jabiru. Note that seasonal flooding may close some sections of the park - especially during the wet season.

3 Darwin

Lying on the Indian Ocean within easy reach of Southeast Asia, multicultural Darwin is the youngest of the Australian state capitals and the Northern Territory's only seaport. On Christmas Day 1974, Cyclone Tracy struck Darwin with wind speeds of up to 280 km per hour almost destroying the entire town. Not surprisingly, rebuilding efforts enforced strict cyclone safety regulations. Every year about half a million visitors pour into this tropical Top End town - especially during the dry season. Shoppers love the famous sunset Mindil Beach Markets with souvenirs, art, and Asian-style snacks. Other highlights include the Darwin Botanic Gardens, the open-air Deckchair Cinema, the shops and restaurants of the Darwin Wharf Precinct, and the city's museums - especially the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory with a giant stuffed crocodile and exhibits on Cyclone Tracy. Darwin is also a great base for outback adventures into Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, and Katherine Gorge, and the town is a launching point for tours to the islands in Tiwi territory and the Cobourg Peninsula, though access is restricted.

4 Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park

Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park

Katherine Gorge ranks with Kakadu National Park and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park as one of the three great tourist magnets of the Northern Territory. The main scenic attraction is the series of gorges, up to 100 m deep, which the Katherine River cut through the soft sandstone of the southern Arnhem Land plateau. During the dry months, the Stuart River carries little water, leaving a series of pools separated by rocks and boulders. The river is at its most impressive during the wet season, when it surges tumultuously through the narrow gorges. In contrast to the dry sandy and stony soil of the Arnhem Land plateau, the perennial flow of the Katherine River nourishes luxuriant vegetation and diverse wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles and more than 160 species of birds. In addition to boat trips through the gorges, visitors can explore the park on foot with trails ranging from a 2-hour hike to the viewpoint above the first gorge to a 5-day hike to Edith Falls in the park's northwest. Helicopter flights are also on offer.

5 Litchfield National Park

About an hour-and-a-half drive from Darwin, beautiful Litchfield National Park is a popular daytrip from the capital and a great way to experience the Top End wilderness without traveling all the way to Kakadu. The main attractions are the waterfalls and springs on the escarpment of the Table Top Range. Park scenery varies from patches of tropical monsoon forest around the waterfalls and ponds, to open woodland, and giant termite mounds. The Lost City is a formation of large sandstone columns near the Tolmer Falls in the park's west. This large protected area offers ample scope for bush walking. Visitors can also enjoy a dip in the park's plunge pools and swimming holes, explore the ruins of the Blythe Homestead, and visit Wangi Falls, one of the most popular swimming and picnicking spots. Sealed roads lead to most of the major attractions, but four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended to access some of the park's more remote features.

6 Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park)

Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park)

Part of the Watarrka National Park and located about midway between Alice Springs and Uluru, Kings Canyon has the deepest gorge in the Red Centre. Rising to heights of 100 m, its sandstone walls sometimes look as if they were cut with a knife. On the bottom of the canyon are perennial waterholes, while the upper part of the gorge, with lush ferns and palm forests, is called the Garden of Eden. To the Luritja aboriginal people, this area was sacred, and their dwellings and places of assembly are decorated with rock paintings.

Kata Tjuta, Uluru, The Olgas, & Ayers Rock - Floor plan map

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