The Northern Territory is home to the true Aussie Outback. In the Red Centre, at the physical and spiritual heart of Australia, lies the spectacular geological wonders known as Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Unmissable on any trip Down Under. Enjoy a hike around spectacular Kings Canyon and visit the School of Air in historic Alice Springs.

Head north to the wild and beautiful Top End, for many this is the real Australia. Darwin, Australia’s northernmost city, basks in a multicultural tropical atmosphere. A three-hour drive to the east lies flood plains and remarkable waterfalls of Kakadu National Park – one of the country’s star attractions and a haven for unique Australian wildlife.

Each region of the Northern Territory boasts its own attractions and with great distances separating the Red Centre and Top End be prepared to spend some time travelling between them. The Red Centre, home to spiritual Uluru, offers a true taste of the outback, whilst the tropical Top End is bursting with greenery and offers waterfalls and hiking galore.

Top Recommendations

  • Take in the stars at sacred Uluru
  • Explore the 20k square km of Kakadu National Park’s varied terrains
  • Watarrka National Park, home to Kings Canyon
  • Soak in the free hot springs of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, plus take a hike on its many trails

When to Visit

The best time to visit the Northern Territory varies by region. Darwin and the Top End feature two defined seasons: The dry season and the tropical summer. The dry season is the best time for outdoor activities, festivals and events; whilst the tropical summer hails an increase in rainfall. Although it’s a great time to see flora and fauna as well as waterfalls in full flow. The Red Centre enjoys a hot climate, with the hottest months between December and February and cooler months between June and August.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Darwin & Uluru.