The Top 11 Destinations in Australia's Northern Territory

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

Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park

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This national park covers around 1,000 square miles west of Alice Springs. Its striking landforms have been most famously depicted by the paintings of Western Arrernte artist, Albert Namatjira.


The Larapinta Trail is the best way for experienced walkers to see the West Macdonnell Ranges. The full trek stretches just under 150 miles, but it is broken up into 12 sections that can be completed in a day or two. Day trippers can also check out sites like Simpsons Gap, the Ochre Pits, Ellery Creek Big Hole, and Ormiston Gorge. Nearby Standley Chasm is privately operated with a separate entrance fee.


Many landmarks within the park are sacred to the Arrernte people, so make sure to obey all signage. Basic camping areas are available, as well as accommodation at Glen Helen Resort.

Arnhem Land

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Arnhem Land is a majority-Indigenous region in the northeastern corner of the Northern Territory. The Yolngu people have lived here for at least 60,000 years, preserving traditional culture and language. Nhulunbuy, the region's largest township, can be reached by 4WD from Katherine during the dry season or by plane from Darwin or Cairns all year round. You can also drive from Darwin through Kakadu National Park to get to some locations in west Arnhem Land in the dry season.


Travelers can soak up the tropical climate at Banubanu Beach Retreat on Bremer Island, take advantage of the world-class fishing spots, learn about Aboriginal art at Yirrkala or Injalak Hill, and forage for bush tucker with a local guide.


To visit Arnhem Land, you'll need permits from the relevant Aboriginal authorities (Northern Land Council and/or the Dhimmurru Aboriginal Corporation). We recommend joining a tour to get the most out of your trip.

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