The Northern Territory occupies about one sixth of Australia’s total land mass, with a population of about 200,000 and is home to some of the natural world’s most unique and exciting destinations. Equivalent in size to France, Italy and Spain combined, it is blessed with an abundance of natural environments.
The Northern Territory story unfolds through six main destinations. From the red sandy desert of Alice Springs and Uluru / Ayers Rock and the golden plains of Tennant Creek, to the savannah woodlands surrounding Katherine and the lush green tropics of Darwin and Kakadu, it’s not surprising the Northern Territory is a popular destination for travellers keen to experience Australia’s outback.
It is known around the world for its iconic natural treasures, including the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The flora and fauna is as diverse as desert blooms are to lotus lilies and the fearsome saltwater crocodile is to the Brolga, the elegant dancing bird that is Northern Territory emblem.
The Northern Territory has a rich Indigenous culture and the Aboriginal people hold a spiritual connection to the land that dates back tens of thousands of years. Their culture can be shared today – through a walk in the desert in search of bush tucker, a visit to the ancient rock art galleries, or simply sitting in on a story-telling session.
One of the most popular ways to explore the Northern Territory is by vehicle and the Northern Territory’s well-maintained roads cover some of the most memorable scenery in Australia.
Themed drives include the Nature’s Way, Red Centre Way, Explorer’s Way, Binn’s Track and part of the Savannah Way which traverse a number of regions throughout the Territory. There are a number of challenging four-wheel drive detours to beautiful and secluded destinations that allow you to experience the most rugged parts of the Territory.