From laughing with the locals to exploring the unchartered red desert sands of Alice Springs, there’s just something about the Northern Territory that keeps people coming back to Australia’s spiritual heart.
Here are 4 of the most awe-inspiring places to visit in Australia’s iconic red centre, The Northern Territory
1. Rainbow Valley
Rainbow Valley might be the NT's best-kept secret and at just one hour's drive from Alice Springs, it should be at the top of your list for your visit. It inhabits stunning rock formations, 400 species of flora, 46 species of reptile, 20 species of mammal, 100 types of bird, some great treks and bucket-loads of Aboriginal culture to feast your eyes upon.
2. Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park
What’s more quintessential to Australia that the country’s largest and most sacred natural beauty, Uluru? Day tripping from Alice Springs can be tiresome, so perhaps book yourself into Longitude 131, Australia’s famous luxury wilderness camp. This not-so-rough-and-tumble camp boasts panoramic views of Uluru that will take your breath away as the sun creeps over the National Park in the early hours of the morning.
3. Explore Litchfield National Park
The stunning Litchfield National Park is just a skip hop and a jump from Darwin or Katherine. Whether you're there for a day or a week, it's worth checking out campgrounds like Wangi or Florence Falls.
If you’re a keen explorer with an appetite for challenge, take the 39km Tabletop circuit track that leads you through waterfalls, along creeks and through weaving park woodlands. If the heat is too much to handle, take a dip in the secluded Florence Falls.
4. Nitmiluk National Park
If you’re lucky enough to have some extra cash for a chopper ride over Nitmiluk National Park, then don’t think twice. If not, then opt for an afternoon cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge, Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls. But get your bookings in early; it’s a popular spot for international tourists, and with good reason!