The Best Hotels in the Northern Territory

From outback opulence to Aboriginal accents to waterfront enjoyment, accommodation in the Northern Territory is as diverse as the people and landscapes. If there's one thing most all have in common, it's the incredible natural settings and the opportunity to connect with land and culture.
Collected by Serena Renner AFAR Contributor
Photo by Archie Sartracom
Mary River Floodplai, Kakadu NT 0836, Australia

A short distance from Kakadu, a three-hour drive east of Darwin, 10 airy bungalows on stilts have en suite showers and views of the wildlife-filled Mary River floodplains.

Baines NT 0852, Australia

After exploring tropical Darwin, Shelby’s Wildlife Walkabout itinerary continues with several nights at the exclusive Bullo River Station. There are only 12 guest rooms at the station, yet some 500,000 acres of land near the border with the state...

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Katherine NT 0850, Australia

Cicada Lodge is run by the native Jawoyn people and is the only luxury accommodation in Australia’s awe-inspiring Nitmiluk National Park, roughly four and a half hours from Darwin. The word Nitmiluk (pronounced nit-me-look) means “cicada place”...


After Uluru, you’ll continue to Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory. This is sometimes described as Australia’s remote frontier, far from Melbourne and Sydney. When Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Lodge opened, it brought a new approach to luxury...

Kings Creek Station, Red Centre Way, Watarrka National Park NT 0872, Australia

My idea of a good time is getting lost in the woods all so I can spend a few days finding my way home, but I can't deny the allure of glamping – especially when it comes packaged up in the form of the Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge, the Northern...

Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872, Australia

Almost in the center of the country, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is among the country’s most famous sites, along with the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef. If you look at a map and realize how remote Uluru is—almost 300 miles from the closest...

Photo courtesy of Mantra on the Esplanade
88 The Esplanade, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia

The hotel’s panoramic views of Darwin Harbor are hard to beat, and the Central Business District location is a convenient base for exploring the city. Stay in one of the guest rooms or live like a local in an apartment-style accommodation.

Photo courtesy of Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
1 Flinders Street, Jabiru NT 0886, Australia

This crocodile-shaped retreat has all the creature comforts you’ll need after a few days in the wild, including air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and an outdoor swimming pool.

7 Kitchener Dr, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia

The 121 modern-feeling guest rooms may be on the small side, but Vibe’s location is wide open—right along the waterfront, a short stroll from the restaurants, shops, and pubs lining the promenade. From $80. Phone: 61/(0) 8-8982-9998 This appeared...

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Point Stuart Rd, Arnhem NT 0801, Australia

What started as an outback resort known as Wrotham Park Station in far north Queensland was bought by Indigenous Business Australia, dismantled, and loaded on 18 triple road trains (each roughly the length of three semi trucks) for the journey...

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