Few destinations elicit the mystical aura of the Northern Territory, for it is a truly life-changing destination.
A visit to the Territory, can only be described as a whole-of-body experience. Not from physical exertion (though there are plenty of thrills and spills for those so inclined) but because the Territory will take possession of your very being.
It will continually take your breath away and be warned: you could turn black and blue from continually pinching yourself at its matchless beauty.
The intense, changing colours of the outback will indelibly mark your memory-banks as you witness sunset over Uluru or the sunrise strike the stunning domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).
The Territory’s ancient landscapes will send your spirits soaring and just when you thought they couldn’t rise higher, you’ll dine at Uluru beneath a canopy of a billion stars to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo. Of course you can take your body up to join your sky-high spirits, floating in a hot air balloon above the jagged mountain ridges of the MacDonnell Ranges.
The Northern Territory is entirely another realm. Wilderness frontier, mother nature at her finest and 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture brought to life before your very eyes.
The Territory washes your body with a wave of heightened senses as you glide over the East Alligator River, plunge into a waterhole or cruise the iconic Yellow Water Billabong in the wilderness frontier of world-heritage listed Kakadu National Park.
You’ll get all misty-eyed as thunderous cascades fall in to the deep pools of Litchfield National Park, while down in the Red Centre your goose bumps will feel like mini Ulurus as you are awestruck by the sheer silence and scope of the desert with its vibrant blue skies and red sands.
The wildlife will enthral you and your heart will bound as high as the kangaroos – the sight of a big red bouncing across spinifex probably way too much Australiana for you’re brain to process. Wallabies, crocodiles and wedge-tailed eagles are just waiting to say ‘G’day and the camels beckon to take you on a bucket-list-busting sunset ride to Uluru.
Top End towns will steal your heart away. There’s Alice, truly unforgettable with her pioneering heritage and personality, the embodiment of Australia’s spiritual heart. And you’ll also love Katherine, where the outback meets the tropics. She’s the home of the gorgeous gorges, carved into the sandstone country in Nitmiluk National Park where the Aboriginal rock art will also ignite your imagination.
You’ll be warmed by the casual hospitality of the melting pot of tropical Darwin. with everything from jumping crocodiles to a romantic sunset harbor dinner cruise on offer.
Yes, the Northern Territory is a goose-bump inducing out-of-body travel experience, a sensory adventure like no other. So have we tantalised your NT travel buds? Then here’s a smorgasbord of Holidays of Australia travel packages to explore the Northern Territory. There are legendary Ghan rail and sail options as well as the chance to save up to $1100 per person on Ghan Expedition including a FREE 4 day stay and play in Darwin (snap this up like a Darwin croc).
So stop saying “one-day” and prepare to say G’day to the unbelievable NT.
The Ghan & Ovation of the Seas Outback & Orient | 21 nights departing Adelaide 12 November 2017. From $6999 pp twin share.
Jump aboard the world famous Ghan for gold service all the way to Darwin, discovering Alice Springs and Katherine en-route. It’s the most luxurious way to see Australia’s red centre. Then five nights in exotic tropical Darwin with full day tours to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and a 24 hour hop on hop off City Explorer Pass. Then fly from Darwin to Singapore for four nights before boarding the Ovation of the Seas for your 10 night luxury cruise to Adelaide, calling in at Perth. More
Sun Princess East Coast, NT, PNG & Red Centre | 14 nights departing Alice Springs 20 October 2017. From $4589 pp twin share.
Start in Alice Springs for a 4 night Red Centre adventure including 2 nights at Uluru with a spine-tingling dinner beneath the stars, plus Alice Springs and Kings Canyon tours. Two nights in tropical Darwin follow with a full day tour of either Kakadu or Litchfield National Parks. Then spend 10 nights of luxury cruising on the Sun Princess to Darwin, calling at Cairns, Alotau (PNG) and Brisbane. More
The Ghan & Radiance of the Seas East Coast Wonders | 17 nights departing 13 February 2018. From $4439 pp twin share.
The magnificent Radiance of the Seas will be home for 8 nights cruising to Darwin with calls at Brisbane and Cairns. Explore the Top End with full day tours of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, the famous Jumping crocs cruise, sunset harbor dinner cruise and 48 hour hop on hop off pass. Then it’s time to board the Ghan for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Australia to Adelaide, discovering Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy en-route. More
The Ghan Expedition & Top End with FREE Stay & Explore | 6 nights departing Darwin on select Sundays SAVE $1100 in gold service – from $3499 pp twin share.
Enjoy a FREE 4 day Darwin Stay & Explore Package including a 24 hour hop on hop off pass and Jumping Crocs and Nature Explorer tour before the trip of a lifetime – 3 nights onboard the Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide in Gold Service with off train excursions at Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy. More
Words by Alison Bennett for Holidays of Australia & the World.