Visit These Exciting Northern Territory Attractions On Your Road Trip

Northern Territory attractions are an amazing collection of diverse landscapes, galleries, wildlife, flora and fauna, famous natural attractions, outback pubs, unique and interesting towns and buildings.

There are many popular attractions in the Northern Territory but Uluru Ayers Rock has to be the most famous and photographed landscape.

Driving towards Uluru is mesmirising and being there is just Awesome!


There are many other Northern Territory attractions that are 'must see' places like Litchfield National Park, Kings Canyon, Kakadu, Alice Springs Desert Park and the Flying Doctors Visitors Centre.

The Northern Territory has 2 sections called the Outback and the Top End which have 6 regions.

The Outback has

  • Alice Springs
  • Uluru Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Tennant Creek.
The Top End has
  • Darwin and surrounds
  • Katherine
  • Kakadu and Arnhem Land
Below I have listed a huge variety of attractions eith a website link so you can get more information if you are interested.

When you are planning your holiday or road trip you may like to include some of these listed things to do in your holiday itinerary.


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Aussie Northern Territory Attractions

Sounds of Starlight Theatre - Alice Springs
The Didgeridoo Show Outback is enriched with the amazing sounds of the didgeridoo, photographic images and special effects. You can also learn to play the didgeridoo for free.
www.soundsofstarlight.com

Daley Waters Historic Hotel - Stuart Highway South of Mataranka
Visit Northern Territories iconic oldest pub, have a beer and check out the interesting decoration. Enjoy a Beef n Barra meal and the nightly entertainment. Camp for the night or cabins etc are available.
www.dalywaterspub.com

Jumping Crocodile Cruise - Near Kakadu National Park Australia
On the Jumping Crocodile Cruise you will see crocs in their natural habitat and plenty of other wildlife. See a real croc close up when it jumps.
www.jumpingcrocodile.com.au

Outback Quad Adventures - Alice Springs
Explore Undoolya cattle Station while riding a quad bike, have a real adventure on these easy to ride quad bikes. Ride along bush tracks, alongside mountain ranges and through dry sandy river beds.
www.outbackquadadventures.com.au

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Alice Springs's first recognised waterhole at the Telegraph Station

"Alice Springs was the name of the first recognised waterhole in the area which is in the image above. In the early years Alice Springs was called 'Stuart', that was officially changed to Alice Springs in 1933.

After the waterhole was discovered the The Alice Springs Telegraph Station was built nearby. By 1872 Victoria, Adelaide and Darwin were all linked by a single telegraph wire so that morse code messages could be relayed. The Darwin to Adelaide line is called the 'Overland Telegraph Line'. Also a cable had been layed in the ocean to connect Darwin to Java.
This meant that Australia could communicate with the rest of the world!

Building the Overland Telegraph Line would be a monumental task this century, imagine how hard it was using horse and cart to carry more than 30,000 poles, the wire and equipment necessary, supplying food without any refridgeration etc. Darwin was bombed in 1942, a morse code message was sent via the Telegraph Line to inform the authorities. How things have changed, instead of news taking months to arrive we have it in a second."



Nature Northern Territory Attractions

Butterfly Gorge Nature Park - Near Katherine
Butterfly Gorge Nature Park is hiding amongst a variety of vegetation where you can walk and explore.
www.nt.gov.au/butterfly-gorge

Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre - Near Darwin
The Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre provides information about the northern coastal wetlands. You can get details of places to visit and tours.
www.nt.gov.au/window-wetlands

Mataranka Thermal Pool
Mataranka Homestead is on the edge of the Elsey National Park, stay and enjoy the meals, bar and entertainment. Even if you are not staying you must have a swim in the beautiful Rainbow Springs Thermal Pool. This is one of the Northern Territory attractions that you will remember and enjoy and want to come back.
www.matarankahomestead.com.au

Kings Canyon - South of katherine
Kings Canyon is in the Watarrka National Park and is a must see attraction with stunning views of nature at its best. Camp or stay in accommodation at Kings Canyon Resort.
www.kingscanyonresort.com.au

Cutta Cutta Caves - South of katherine
Enjoy a guided tour through Cutta Cutta Limestone caves as they are stunning, there is also a tropical woodland walk.
www.nt.gov.au/cuttacuttacaves

Litchfield National Park - Near Darwin Australia
Litchfield National Park is where you will find the beautiful Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and Buley Rockholes. Have a refreshing swim and enjoy the views.
www.nt.gov.au/litchfield

Katherine Gorge
Take a cruise on Katherine Gorge to really appreciate the history, the beauty, scenery and the wildlife.
www.katherinegorge.com

Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge - Mary River Wetlands
Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge is located at the beautiful Mary River Wetlands east of Darwin. It is the ideal base to go fishing and explore the wilderness of Australia’s Top End.
www.pointstuart.com.au

Charles Darwin National Park - Darwin
The Charles Darwin National Park is an overview of Darwin's role in the Pacific War. Free entry, open daily. There are also wonderful views of Darwin harbour and its wetlands from the picnic ground.
www.nt.gov.au/charlesdarwin

Ayers Rock Uluru - Central Australia
Uluru Ayers Rock is a huge stunning rock in the middle of Central Australia that is a 'must see' destination for all travellers.
www.environment.gov.au/uluru

The Olgas - Central Australia
Kata Tjuta was formerly called 'the Olgas', Kata Tjuta has 36 steep sided monoliths that look very impressive at sunset and sunrise and a flight over.
www.en.travelnt.com/kata-tjuta

Simpson Gap Bicycle Path - Alice Springs Australia
The Simpson Gap Bicycle Path has viewing areas that provide panoramic views of the hills and ranges around Alice Springs. You will see ancient landscapes, creekside woodlands of River Red Gums, ride through Mulga and Witchetty Bush groves and rocky hills.
www.nt.gov.au/nreta/simpsonsgap

Devils Marbles - Stuart Highway North Of Alice Springs
The Devils Marbles is one of Northern Territories attractions that is excellent for having a driving break and stretching your legs. It is a unique collection of huge, round boulders found on the side of road along the Stuart Highway in the Tennant Creek region.
www.nt.gov.au/devilsmarbles

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Birds of Prey display at Territory Wildlife Park

"The Territory Wildlife Park is at Berry Springs which is about sixty kilometres south of Darwin. The park is a pleasure to visit, the 'birds of prey' display is brilliant and a highlight. The park is very tropical with three themes of habitat, the woodlands, wetlands and the monsoon forest, where you will see an abundance of interesting and unique fauna and flora.

Berry Springs Nature Reserve is next to the wildlife park and is excellent for a refreshing swim after a busy day sightseeing. It is also perfect for picnics and exploring the walking tracks and bird watching. Both places are very different but highly recommended Northern Territory attractions."



Very Aussie Northern Territory Events

These Northern Territory attractions and very Aussie events will be a highlight of your road trip. Check the dates when they are happening and try to at least get to one of them. You will have an amazing fun day!

Alice Springs Camel Races
The Alice Springs Camel Race is held every year in July. This very 'Aussie' day is great fun for all ages as there are many activities happening all day.
www.camelcup.com.au

Darwin Beer Can Regatta
The Beer Can Regatta is held in July and participants have to build a boat using empty beer cans, soft drink cans, soft drink bottles. The fun continues when the boats get in the water and they start to fall apart.
www.beercanregatta.org.au

Henley On Todd Regatta - Alice Springs Australia
The Henley on Todd River is a boat race with a difference that is held in August. It is a day of fun where teams and individuals race ‘boats’ in the dry bed of the Todd River in outback Alice Springs.
www.henleyontodd.com.au


Interesting Northern Territory Attractions

Bowali Visitor Centre - Kakadu Australia
The Bowali Visitor Centre has a wealth of information about Kakadu National Park including videos, displays and a library are all available to help plan your visit.
www.environment.gov.au/bowalivisitorcentre

Royal Flying Doctors Service - Alice Springs Australia
The Visitors Centre of the The Royal Flying Doctor Service gives you an interesting insight into the service that is provided free for remote and regional parts of Australia.
www.flyingdoctor.org.au

National Road Transport Hall of Fame - Alice Springs
This is Australia's most successful community organised museum with a wide range of museums that will interest everyone.
www.roadtransporthall.com

National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame - Alice Springs
Hundreds of women are recognized for their special contributions to Australia's heritage. Exhibitions include 'Ordinary Women that had Extraordinary Lives' and much more.
www.pioneerwomen.com.au

Darwin Harbour
At Darwin Harbour you can go fishing for barramundi, jewfish etc or go scuba diving around the ship wrecks and plenty more.
www.en.travelnt.com

Katherine School of the Air - Katherine
The Katherine School of the Air has been going for 30 years and it covers a huge area that makes it the world's largest school room.
www.visitkatherine.com.au

Alice Springs School Of The Air
Visit the visitors Centre and see live lessons happening as they can be viewed during the school’s teaching program.
www.assoa.nt.edu.au

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets - Darwin Australia
The world famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are renowned for great food, arts and crafts etc and awesome sunsets in a relaxed, vibrant, tropical setting.
www.nt.gov.au

Australian Aviation Heritage Centre - Near Darwin
The Aviation Heritage Centre has many aircraft displays representing the Northern Territory's involvement in civil and military aviation.
www.darwinsairwar.com.au

Battery Hill Mining Centre - Tennant Creek
At the Battery Hill Mining Centre you can go on an underground mine tour and above ground tours. Also there is a Minerals Museum to explore and you can try gold panning the old fashioned way. This one one of many Northern Territory attractions that shows an insight into Australia's past.
www.barklytourism.com.au

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Swimming with huge barramundi fish at Howard Springs near Darwin

"Howard Springs Nature Reserve is about 25 kilomtres south of Darwin and is a spring fed waterhole surrounded by a rainforest and parklands. Huge Barramundi and turtles are in the waterhole, they can be viewed from the bridge that crosses the waterhole or go for a swim and see them up close. Sorry no fishing allowed!"

UPDATE - Unfortunately no swimming is allowed any more but the area has been improved since we were there.
http://www.enjoy-darwin.com/howard-springs-reserve.html

Wildlife Northern Territory Attractions

Alice Springs Reptile Centre
See the largest reptile display with a variety of snakes, the intriguing thorny devils and much more.
www.reptilecentre.com.au

Indo Pacific Marine Exhibition - Darwin
You will see an amazing natural eco-system and the many animals that live in Darwin Harbour. This is one of the very special Northern Territory attractions as there is only 3 exhibitions like this is in the world.
www.indopacificmarine.com.au

Alice Springs Desert Park
The Alice Springs Desert Park displays the plants and animals of Australia's deserts and features many stunning displays, including a birds of prey show and award winning nocturnal house.
www.alicespringsdesertpark.com.au

Territory Wildlife Park - Berry Springs near Darwin
The Territory Wildlife park has amazing displays of the wildlife of the Top End, which you can see up close and in their natural habitats.
www.territorywildlifepark.com.au

Crocosaurus Cove - Darwin Australia
Crocosaurus Cove is sure to be one of the Northern Territory attractions to be a highlight of your holiday.
www.croccove.com.au

Aquascene Darwin
Aquascene is right in the heart of Darwin and another of the Northern Territory attractions that is great fun and very family friendly. Hundreds of fish come to shore at high tide to be fed by hand. Bread is provided at regular intervals during the feeding period for hand feeding the mullet and milkfish, catfish, rays, cod, diamond fish and parrot fish.
www.aquascene.com.au

Crocodylus Park - Darwin
At Crocodylus Park you will see the largest reptiles in the world. You can see 'nearly cute' baby crocs 30 cm long to massive 6 metres long crocodiles.
www.crocodyluspark.com.au


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Northern Territory Cattle Stations

Some of the Northern Territory cattle stations have been opened up to the public so they are very unique Northern Territory attractions. They have accommodation, meals etc and you can get a 'real' farming experience in the Australian Outback.

Curtin Springs Wayside Inn - Near Uluru Ayers Rock
Curtin Springs Wayside Inn is 85km east of the entrance to the Ayers Rock/Olgas National Park and is located very close to Ayer's Rock, The Olgas, Kings Canyon and Mount Conner.
www.curtinsprings.com/accom.htm

Mount Bundy Station - Adelaide River Darwin
Mt Bundy Station Homestead is only 3km from Adelaide River south of Darwin. It is secluded retreat accommodation in an idyllic Australian bush setting high on a hill overlooking the Station.
www.mtbundy.com.au

The Old Ambalindum Homestead Near Alice Springs
Old Ambalindum Homestead is a working cattle station of well over 3,000 square kilometres surrounded by some spectacular scenery.
www.oldambalindumhomestead.com.au

Kings Creek Station - Near Kings Canyon
Kings Creek Station Safari Cabins offer comfortable and affordable accommodation and a great outdoor experience.
www.kingscreekstation.com.au

Ross River Resort - Alice Springs
Unique Ross River Resort near Alice Springs is one of the many very exciting Northern Territory attractions and accommodation that has a great variety of adventure activities that can be organised for you while you enjoy the local hospitality.
www.rossriverresort.com.au

As you can see from this extensive list of Northern Territory attractions there is a great variety of activities and things to do in the Northern Territory on your holiday.

So you can include some of these Northern territory attractions when you are planning your holiday and creating your itinerary.


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