Northern Territory holidays take you to the heart of Australia, offering unique natural surroundings perfect for explorers. It’s home to some of the country’s most iconic scenery in the Red Centre, where you’ll find miles of dry red desert, beautiful national parks, jagged mountains and crystal clear skies brought to life with sparkling stars at night.
From the scorched outback of the Red Centre to the Top End's lush wetlands, home to a wide variety of native wildlife, the Northern Territory is overflowing with natural attractions and cultural history that spans over 50,000 years. Darwin is a great starting point for a Northern Territory holiday, combining an outdoorsy, overgrown small-town feel with a fascinating history and an ever-expanding cosmopolitan and multicultural lifestyle. A beautiful sunset cruise out of Cullen Bay Marina is a great way to begin your Northern Territory holiday or check out Mindil Beach Sunset Market, where you can find authentic Australian arts and crafts souvenirs, and try fresh and tasty dishes from around the world.
Prepare to be left in awe by the magic of Australia’s spiritual centre, Uluru (Ayers Rock). Ride a camel through the spectacular national parks, look out for kangaroos and get to know the many cultures of the Aborigines as you immerse yourself in ancient art and traditional ceremonies. Visit the outback town of Alice Springs, home to the Museum of Central Australia and Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you'll discover snakes, lizards and the extraordinary ‘thorny devil’ lizard which blends into Red Centre landscape like a chameleon.
Holidays to the Northern Territory are perfectly paired with a trip to South Australia, why not book an adventure through the outback on The Ghan train to Adelaide? Our Destination Specialists offer decades of experience when it comes to booking luxury travel packages, give us a call today to discuss your perfect Northern Territory holiday.
Great sample itineraries
We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included in your Northern Territory holiday package. Almost anything is possible so please give us a call to discuss all your options.
Australian Wildlife Panorama
Wine and Wilderness Discovery
Australia Multi Centre Holidays
West Coast Australia Tour
Ghan Expedition Darwin To Adelaide
Explore Northern Territory
The majestic Ayers Rock, also known as Uluru Rock, is located in the Red Centre, in the centre of Australia. It’s surrounded by the beautiful lands of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where you’ll find the country’s unique red dusty soil. This large sandstone rock stretches up to 350m and is a World Heritage Site.
Crocosaurus Cove is located in the centre of Darwin, and is home to a huge variety of saltwater crocodiles. It’s one of the only places in the world where you can swim with these huge creatures, some of which weigh up to 800kg. Hop into a plexiglass tube and you will be lowered into the waters with the crocodiles. There is also a reptile house and a chance for children to learn about the animals.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Learn more about the area and its origin in this fascinating museum, which can be found in the city of Darwin. Here you’ll find scientific exhibits, art galleries and cultural attractions, which can be seen alone or on a guided tour. Children will enjoy the games here, while you can also attend workshops for an in depth guide to the area.
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
Running from April to October, Mindil Beach Sunset Market features stalls selling everything from local wines to handicrafts created in the surrounding area. Pick up bargains on leather goods and handmade soaps, as well as clothing, gifts and trinkets. The food stalls include everything from crepes and souvlaki to kangaroo meat or sushi.
“Whilst in Kakadu National Park Head to the Mary River wetlands and join an airboat safari where you’ll have the chance to encounter the Northern Territory’s abundant birdlife and saltwater crocodiles.”
“If you visit Darwin between April and mid-November visit the Deckchair Cinema for a relaxing open-air cinema experience.”
Events & Festivals
The Northern Territory offers a huge selection of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our top suggestions.
Alice Springs Street Art Festival
Watch the urban landscape transform into a fresco masterpiece. The walls in the CBD will be transformed into dynamic art as part of the Alice Springs Street Art Festival.
The Darwin Festival, held in August, is an 18-day event showcasing cabaret, theatre, dance, visual arts, outdoor concerts under the stars and fun family events.
Great Northern Darwin Cup
The iconic Great Northern Darwin Cup is truly the largest sporting and social event in the Northern Territory. The day is broadcast to over 40 nations and will see a crowd of 20,000 revellers converge on Fannie Bay for a day of fashion, entertainment and unsurpassed hospitality.
Field of Light
Set in the heart of the Northern Territory, the exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara sees more than 50,000 solar-powered stems light up at sunset and glow throughout the night.
From authentic outback bush tucker to tropical fine-dining and culinary influences from over 60 different nationalities that make up the Northern Territory’s population, diners are spoilt for choice when it comes to food in the Northern Territory. From delicious street eats at an open-air night market, fresh-off-the-boat seafood in the marina, as well as plenty of trendy cafes and stylish restaurants, there’s no doubt the cuisine in this location will be a major highlight of your Northern Territory holiday.
Australian Game Meat
From crocodile to kangaroo, emu to ostrich, you can sample it all in the Northern Territory. Each one with its very own distinctive flavour, Australian game meat is high in protein and low in fat. Visit a local butcher and pick up a selection of meats for a traditional Aussie BBQ or alternatively, visit a local restaurant to try a tasting platter.
A local fish found on most menus in the Northern Territory. This is deliciously grilled, with steamed vegetables or salad and a cold glass of white wine.
Kakadu Plum Jam
The Kakadu plum is a small fruit found growing in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Kakadu plum jam is a sweet conserve which tastes similar to English gooseberries and is best eaten on toast.
A delicious native peach with a delicate flavour usually served stewed or in ice cream.
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