Revered for it's sun-burnt desert landscape, the Northern Territory offers so many unique sights.
From hot springs surrounded by sheer escarpments to monsoonal forests, and of course, Uluru, the Northern Territory is a feast for the senses. Here are a few spots that are guaranteed to take your breath away.
Gunlom Plunge Pool, Kakadu National Park
Nature’s answer to an infinity pool, Gunlom Falls is perched on Waterfall Creek in the World-Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park. Accessed by a short, steep climb up to an escarpment, you’ll get incredible views over vast southern Kakadu. Pose for a pic while taking a cooling dip in a series of rock pools and a small waterfall, surrounded by paperbark trees.
Photo credit: Sam Earp, Tourism NT
Mataranka Hot Springs, Katherine
Where the outback meets the tropics, you’ll find thermal springs and deep gorges against dramatic rocky escarpments. The small town of Mataranka is renowned for its vibrant aquamarine spring-fed thermal pools. Lined with paperbark and pandanus, the hot springs are perfect for a relaxing and restorative swim free from crocs! Nearby is Bitter Springs, set amongst palms and woodlands and Rainbow Springs, which boasts temperatures of up to 33-degrees.
Photo credit: Jane Burhop, Common Ventures Tourism NT
Sunrise over Uluru and sunset at Field of Light, Uluru
In the spiritual heart of Australia, Uluru is a must-snap experience. Considered to be the world’s largest monolith, Uluru hums with 65,000 years’ worth of culture. Wake up early to watch the sunrise and colours of the rock change from a dramatic purple, through terracotta hues to its distinct vibrant and rich red. At night, Bruce Munro’s Field of Light illuminates Uluru, with thousands of coloured globes sparkling under the night sky.
Photo credit: Mark Pickthall
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin
In Darwin, Australia’s only tropical capital city, you’ll catch some of the best sunsets in the country. Head to the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Located right on the beach, you’ll be able to catch the last of the sun’s rays while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere, with live music, Asian-inspired street-food stalls and arts and craft by local artisans.
Photo credit: Tourism Australia
Bawaka, East Arnhem Land
One of Australia’s last strongholds of traditional Aboriginal culture, East Arnhem Land’s rugged and pristine coastland is full of extraordinary natural beauty. Bawaka, a Yolngu Homeland, is a small community located in East Arnhem Land, where rocky escarpments meet sprawling flood plains. Bordered by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria, Arnhem Land offers a blend of monsoonal forests and savannah woodlands, wild coastlines and deserted tropical islands.
Photo credit: Shaana McNaught, Tourism NT
Karlu Karlu, Tennant Creek Region
Experience a true sense of history at the Karlu Karlu Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, some 100km south of Tennant Creek. These naturally-occurring granite boulders are believed by the Warmunga Aboriginal people to be the fossilised eggs of the Rainbow Serpent. Hear the ancient Aboriginal Dreaming stories as part of a self-guided walking tour taking you through the enigmatic granite boulders or explore by yourself at sun-up and sunset when the rocks glow a vivid orange.
Photo credit: Barry Skipsey, Tourism NT
West MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs
Known as Tjoritja by the Traditional Owners, West MacDonnell National Park stretches 161km west of Alice Springs and is home to Parrtjima, A Festival in Light. An extraordinary ten-night celebration of Central Australian art and culture, it is the only First Nations light festival of its kind in the world – proudly showcasing some of the oldest continuous cultures on Earth through the newest technology against the backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges – a 300-million-year-old natural canvas.
Photo credit: James Horan, Parrtjima, NTMEC
Main photo credit: Shaana McNaught, Tourism NT
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