Northern Territory: Top Five Highlights

Dine under the stars, go croc-spotting or do one of Australia’s Great Walks in the Northern Territory. If you’re working out where to start, browse our top five highlights.

1. Field of Light

Field of Light is an artwork by British artist Bruce Munro and will be on display at Ayers Rock Resort until December 2020. Covering an area equivalent to three football pitches, Field of Light is made up of 50,000 solar powered frosted glass spheres which come alive at sunset. Visits to Uluru (Ayers Rock) can experience the installation in many different way.

Where to stay

The Double Tree by Hilton Esplanade has all mod cons and is in a great part of Darwin. Oaks Elan is a new apart-hotel concept that opened in 2014. www.oakshotels.com.

2. Spot wild crocs, jumping crocs or city crocs

In the Northern Territory you simply have to meet a crocodile – and there’s quite a few up here. The saltwater crocodile, or ‘salty’ is the world’s largest reptile, growing up to 7m long.

You can meet them on a number of wetland cruises through Kakadu and the Mary River Wetlands or watch them jump from the Adelaide River from the comfort of a boat. The Top End has the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world.

At Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, go face-to-face with saltwater crocodiles in the Cage of Death, jump on the Fishing for Crocs platform or cuddle a baby crocodile.

Where to stay

Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is close to the action. Aurora Kakadu is two hours from Darwin and in a great location for the National Park.

3. Dine under a million stars in Australia’s outback

Lovely as the towns are, there’s nothing nicer than dining under the stars. At Uluru, you can take part in a Sounds of Silence feast: a gourmet barbecue buffet of authentic Australian food including barramundi, kangaroo, emu and crocodile – complemented by some of Australia’s finest wines.

Or try Tali Wiru, a unique dining experience on a dune top overlooking Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta, where there are no more than 20 guests at any one time. Under a Desert Moon at Kings Canyon is an outback dining experience offered by Kings Canyon Resort: it’s a four-course dinner with wine.

Where to stay

Sails in the Desert is the top choice for those travelling to Uluru/Ayers Rock. Kings Canyon Resort is a great base from which to explore the Watarrka National Park, including the Kings Canyon rim walk. Accommodation ranges from camping to deluxe spa rooms.

4. Experience the Top End’s most spectacular cultural destination, Arnhem Land

With abundant nature and a rich indigenous culture, Arnhem Land is part of the soul of Australia and full of exciting things to do and see.

Go to the Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre at Yirrkala to see arts and crafts, take a look at the Lagoon Wetlands, particularly the interpretative trail around Gayngaru.

If you fancy chilling out, head to Arnhem Land’s beaches at East Woody, Middle car park, Cape Wirrwawuy or Town Beach. You can also visit the the Roy (Malpi) Lookout on Mount Nhulun for a view of Nhulunbuy and explore Dhimurru recreational areas in a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Where to stay

Davidsons Camp at Mt Borradaile is made up of luxury cabins and has fantastic guided touring options.

5. Hike the Larapinta Trail – one of the ‘Great Walks of Australia’

It’s been rated as one of the world’s top 20 treks, and the Larapinta Trail is a 223km path along the rocky spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs Telegraph Station to Mount Sonder.

If you’re up for the full challenge, hike the whole trail. Otherwise, tackle one of its 12 sections, which vary in difficulty and length, with some reachable by car, and others needing a four-wheel drive.

If you prefer to have a guide, Trek Larapinta is a boutique trekking business specialising in guided tours of the Larapinta Trail. World Expeditions and Australian Walking holidays offer three experiences to walk the Larapinta Trail, suiting a variety of fitness levels and budgets.

Where to stay

You can camp under the stars here. Most sites have picnic tables as well as tent sites, and World Expeditions has semi-permanent campsites. MacDonnell Range Holiday Park has a range of options and is well-located.

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