The Northern Territory is a place steeped in Aboriginal culture, from its rugged sandstone escarpments and tranquil waterholes in the north, to the mesmerising beauty of the Red Centre.
The Northern Territory capital Darwin is as easy-going as it is exciting. It is filled with everything from Asian food markets and crocodile encounters to open-air movies and sunset cruises.
Known as the unhurried capital in Australia, Darwin is a city with balmy nights, colourful characters and outdoor adventures. As well as markets, crocodiles and cruises, travellers will find a strong presence of Aboriginal cultures here, as evidenced by the array of languages spoken in the streets and the vibrant Aboriginal art that fills the city’s galleries and museums. The city’s proximity to Asia means they can also find strong Asian influences, especially in the energetic food scene and night markets. There are plenty of opportunities to explore this vibrant multicultural city of Darwin. Travellers can opt to visit the chic Cullen Bay Marina and follow a heritage walking trail around the wharf before tucking into exotic delicacies at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. There are also several opportunities to take cruises and see crocodiles on the local river.
In the heart of Australia lies Alice Springs, an oasis in the true sense of the word. Surrounded by red dirt and hauntingly beautiful mountain ranges travellers will find Alice Springs, a city of arts and events. Alice Springs – known to locals as simply “Alice” – is the beating heart of Australia’s Red Centre. It’s a great base for exploring the natural wonders of the Northern Territory’s outback, including Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, the West MacDonnell Ranges and their iconic Larapinta Trail, the red sands of the Simpson Desert and the haunting sight of the Devils Marbles. It’s also a fascinating spot to explore Australia’s Aboriginal culture.