Stunning landscapes, remote communities, and a unique pioneering history create a diverse destination to both explore and absorb. Alice Springs is widely considered to be the spiritual heart of Australia with an ancient Aboriginal culture rich in art and story. See Uluru on a camel or Harley Davidson or with a gourmet dune top dinner. Explore Kings Canyon, West MacDonnell Ranges, Simpson Desert and Devils Marbles on journeys like the Red Centre Way, Larapinta Trail and Explorers Highway.
Pan for gold and explore an underground mine in the Battery Hill Mining Centre. Visit the Telegraph Station built in 1872 to link Australia to the outside world. See the huge, precariously balanced boulders known as the Devils Marbles in the plains south of Tennant Creek. You can learn about their cultural significance to traditional owners the Warumungu people at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Culture Centre. Buy Aboriginal art in the tiny township of Ti Tree and visit Australia’s UFO capital of Wycliffe Well. Stay on huge cattle stations north of town and in the vast Barkly Tablelands to the east.
Explore the historic pioneering township of Katherine and see ancient Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Sink into the hot springs of Daly River and fish in the remote waterways of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Spot rare wildlife and wander gorges in Gregory National Park, in the Victoria River region, and relax in Mataranka’s sandy-bottomed thermal pool. Katherine’s rugged and ancient landscapes – which stretch from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border – also invite you to canoe, bushwalk, bird watch, and camp.
Soak up Darwin’s balmy weather and the melting pot of food and cultures in the city’s many outdoor festivals and markets. Then explore the region’s dramatic history – from World Way II air raids to Cyclone Tracey – in the museums and galleries. Sail Darwin harbour at sunset, cruise next to crocodiles and bushwalk through monsoon forest. Do a day trip to Litchfield National Park, where you can swim in crystal-clear waterholes and see thousands of tall termite mounds. Or visit the Tiwi Islands, where you can watch traditional weaving and painting or immerse yourself in the noise and excitement of a local football game.