If you haven't visited Australia's Top End, you really are missing out! Visitors flock from all over the world to experience the natural wonders of the Northern Territory, boasting national parks teeming with wildlife, pristine and remote white-sand beaches, arid red-dust desert plains and an abundance of secluded waterfalls, lagoons and natural hot springs.
The NT is jam-packed with action and adventure. Be prepared to encounter a giant saltwater croc (or two) aboard a famed river boat cruise, or head off-road on an ATV in the middle of the Central Desert. One of the best ways to explore the Top End is via helicopter, soaring over canyons, gorges and lush Australian bushland.
Darwin is the NT's capital and where most inbound flights arrive. The city is a mix of outback charm and cosmopolitan flair, with a gorgeous waterfront dining precinct home to chilled bars and amazing restaurants, without the hustle and bustle you'd usually expect from a capital city.
Alice Springs is widely considered the 'spiritual heart of Australia', rich in ancient Aboriginal culture. The gateway to the World Heritage listed Uluru, Alice Springs is a thriving outback community welcoming visitors year-round to the stunning landscape of the Red Centre.
Kakadu National Park is a place of rugged and remote beauty home to thundering waterfalls and ancient indigenous rock art, with exotic wildlife roaming its lush rainforests and wetlands. And yes, in case you're wondering, crocs are aplenty in the waterways of Kakadu.
East Arnhem Land is where you'll find some of Australia's most beautiful beaches, with island retreats, fishing charters and cultural experiences all on offer. If you're lucky enough to reel in a catch, one of the local restaurants can cook it to perfection for your evening meal. The food is pretty fresh in this part of the world.
There are so many places to visit and things to do in the Northern Territory, just make sure you give yourself enough time to experience them all.
The best time to visit the NT is during the dry season, which generally runs from April - October. Alice Springs and the surrounding Red Centre is at its coolest, a welcome reprieve from the intense heat experienced during the summer.
Darwin is a fairly consistent 32°C all year round, although flooding during the wet season of November - March can often restrict access to some of the surrounding attractions, such as wetlands and billabongs.
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