The Top 11 Destinations in Australia's Northern Territory

By: MOLLY MCLAUGHLIN | Pulished on 2023-12-06

Tiwi Islands

The Top 11 Destinations in Australia's Northern Territory-Trip Advise

Just off the coast of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands are home to an internationally renowned artistic community. The Tiwi people reached the Islands around 20,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, and since then have developed a distinct culture and artistic style due to their isolation from the mainland.


On Bathurst Island, travelers can visit Tiwi Design and Patakijiyali Museum, while on Melville Island, you'll find Jilamara Arts and Crafts and Munupi Arts Centre.


Bathurst Island can be reached by ferry on Thursdays and Fridays; the trip takes around 2.5 hours. Day tours by plane are also available. If you can't make it to Tiwi, Outstation Art in Darwin showcases work from the islands and other remote Indigenous communities.

Kakadu National Park

The Top 11 Destinations in Australia's Northern Territory-Trip Advise

If you've heard of the Northern Territory, you will likely have heard Kakadu mentioned alongside it. It is the largest national park in Australia and a dual-listed UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding natural and cultural values. Highlights include Gunlom Plunge Pool, the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art gallery, and Yellow Water Billabong.


You can easily spend three days or more exploring the park, so we recommend booking one of the dozens of camping or glamping sites, resorts, or lodges within the park. The traditional custodians of Kakadu are the Bininj and Mungguy Aboriginal people. If possible, take a tour with an Aboriginal guide to get the most out of your visit.

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