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12 Reasons We Love the Northern Territory

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Off-roading through bright red sand dunes, exploring Darwin's underground tunnels, sunrises, al fresco pizza, and desert stargazing—the Northern Territory is epic and timeless. It's also quirky, creative, and full of characters. The territory is diverse, offering niche wildlife spotting as well as electronica at an ancient gorge. And you can see it from the back of a camel or from the caboose of a luxury train. Here are 12 Northern Territory surprises.
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Adelaide Parklands Terminal Richmond Rd, Keswick SA 5035, Australia
The two-night journey traverses 1,851 miles from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory. As the train traces the route taken by 19th-century Afghan camel drivers, Platinum Service travelers have the opportunity to...
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The way I look at it, whenever you leave the house, you should be after the adventure of a lifetime. And every now and then, that type of adventure looks back down at you from the night sky and winks. The Sounds of Silence experience put on by...
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A tour of the Outback from atop a wild camel seems like something you'd find in a Terry Gilliam film, but once you've saddled up and climbed about one of Uluru Camel Tours' “ships of the desert,” you'll wonder why this activity was never higher on...
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Darwin NT, Australia
Benjamin Matthews, formerly known as "The Pizza Man" at various Darwin markets now runs an outdoor pop-up Italian restaurant called Cucina Sotto Le Stelle at the Nightcliff Foreshore. Follow the smell of wood-fired pizza mingling with tropical sea...
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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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Lasseter Hwy, Uluru NT 0872, Australia
Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock as many know it, is one of the most recognized landmarks anywhere in the world. This strange giant rock in the middle of the Australian Outback has long kindled imaginations, going back millennia. It may be an important...
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Herbert Heritage Dr, Stuart NT 0870, Australia
The Alice Springs Telegraph Station is situated on the first site of European settlement in Alice Springs. It was established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Port Augusta, roughly 1700 miles away. It was also linked with an underwater...
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Darwin Waterfront, Kitchener Dr, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia
Located beneath the Darwin Wharf Precinct is a fascinating relic from World War II: tunnels built to protect oil from Japanese air raids, which killed more than 245 people during the Bombing of Darwin. The tunnels were reopened in 1992 to...
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Kakadu Hwy, Jabiru NT 0886, Australia
Tens of thousands of black and little red flying foxes roost around the schools and parklands of the Jabiru township in Kakadu National Park. As if on cue, as soon as the sky shows the inky signs of dusk, the flying foxes leave their trees en...
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Macdonnell Ranges, Hugh NT 0872, Australia
Hidden in the MacDonnell Ranges about 50 miles east of Alice Springs, one of Australia's most intimate festivals unfolds along the 300-million-year-old N’dhala Gorge. Wide Open Space, usually held at the end of April, was born in 2009 as a way for...
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16 Stuart St, Daly Waters NT 0852, Australia
The Daly Waters is everything an outback pub should be: kitschy but "fair dinkum" (genuine) and in the middle of Woop Woop (the Aussie term for "the Boonies") but still offering revitalizing grub and grog. Oh and there must be beds, considering...
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Adelaide River NT 0846, Australia
You'll need to hire your own boat to get here, so it's not the sort of pub you can simply stop into for a drink. But adventurous travelers seeking an offbeat drop and stay should look no further than this charming speck of an island in the middle...