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12 reasons we love the northern territory

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The Red Centre has been a must-see destination on everyone's list since Crocodile Dundee told the United States to "throw another shrimp on the barbie". But far from being inundated with tourists, the Northern Territory is a protected, naturally stunning place where the aboriginal dreamtime is best discovered. Uluru is a must-see, of course. But don’t skip the Kakadu National Park, the red Simpson desert, relatively cosmopolitan Darwin, and Alice Springs.
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This stunning trail has been ranked one of the planet's Top 20, though many Australians would nudge that a little higher. The 223-kilometer path follows the rocky spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs Telegraph Station to Mount...
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Kakadu Hwy, Jabiru NT 0886, Australia
This World Heritage-listed national park is fed by pristine river systems, and it's alive with the various calls of over 280 bird species. But the best way to explore the floodplains, billabongs, and rugged stone landscape of Kakadu and Arnhem...
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Gorge Rd, Nitmiluk NT 0852, Australia
Most visitors to Australia have heard of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, but few realize that neighboring Nitmiluk National Park, four hours south of Darwin, is actually more spectacular. During the wet season, from November to...
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After meeting the locals in the arts center, we endured a steep climb to the top of the Gunbalanya Hill in Arnhem Land, where Glen told us all about the Dreamtime stories of his ancestral land. Every stop revealed a different gallery with hundreds...
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Lasseter Hwy, Uluru NT 0872, Australia
What could be better than sunrise in the Australian Outback? Or that same sunrise from the back of a camel—perfect cool and cloudless morning combined with the gentle swaying of a camel. As the sun rose in the east, the colors of Kata Tjuta became...
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Petermann NT 0872, Australia
For millions of years, this red rock in the middle of miles and miles of desert has been an oasis for both the Aboriginal peoples and desert dwelling animals of Australia. It has provided the shade, plants, and water crucial for survival in this...
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2/13 Travers St, Coconut Grove NT 0810, Australia
Darwin's proximity to Indonesia is evident at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, a gorgeous place to be on a balmy tropical evening in this Northern Territory city. Held every Thursday in the dry season months between May and October, this fabulous...
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Birdsville QLD 4482, Australia
In the Simpson Desert you will find some of the best four-wheel driving in Australia. Literally take the four-wheel drive (and plenty of water) off road. The Binns Track runs parallel to the Stuart Highway from South Australia to Timber Creek, NT...
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Tiwi Islands NT 0822, Australia
After showing us the traditional weaving of pandanus leaves into beautiful baskets and having morning tea, the Tiwi people transformed into their natural ancestors. This lady is the bush turkey. The wild animal they represent depends on the clan...
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Lot 1900 Heffernan Rd, Connellan NT 0873, Australia
This authentic Vietnamese restaurant is one of Alice Spring's many surprises. Set in a gorgeous market garden illuminated by lanterns, it does all the favourites: traditional steamboats, spring rolls and soups, as well as Vietnamese-style fare...
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West Arnhem NT 0822, Australia
The rock art in Northern Territory of Australia is different than what I've seen in other places and in other countries. There is a variety of subject matter -- animals, anthropomorphs and abstractions. Images that are hundreds of years apart...
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Litchfield Park Road, Litchfield Park NT 0822, Australia
Even in the cooler months, Darwin can be a hot, scorching place. Make a day trip to the waterfalls and plunge pools of Litchfield National Park, a one and a half hour drive from Darwin. Swim in the crystal-clear swimming hole at the base of ...