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  • The Devil's Marbles in the Northern Territory are a great photo opportunity on Australia vacations.
  • Ayers Rock
  • Yellow water billabong, Kakadu
  • On the highway in the middle of Australia
  • Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie, Kakadu
  • A sign welcoming travellers to Alice Springs, a town in Northern Territory

Northern Territory is wedged in between Queensland and Western Australia. The capital Darwin is located on the tropical tip of Australia’s north coast. “Urban meets remote” sums up the character of the city on an Australia vacaton. It is a melting pot of multicultural ethnic types and definitely friendly and laid-back.

Three hours away is the renowned Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest National Park and a World Heritage site with its wetlands, multitudinous aboriginal rock art galleries, thundering waterfalls and escarpments with breathtaking views.

Alice Springs is the country’s most famous outback town and gateway to the Red Centre. This remote town (it is halfway between Adelaide and Darwin on trips to Australia and 1500 kilomteres/950 miles from the nearest major city) is popular as a gateway to nearby natural wonders such as Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).

Northern TerritoryAyers Rock is a sandstone rock formation and UNESCO World Heritage site situated 450 kilometres/280 miles south west of Alice Springs. It is 348 metres/1140 feet high but the bulk of the rock is actually underneath the ground. The aboriginal name is Uluru which means Island Mountain. The rock changes colour at different times of the day and year. The Olgas or Mount Olga as they are also known is 25 kilometres/16 miles west of Ayers Rock. The aboriginal name for Mount Olga is Kata Tjuta and means Many Heads. The Olgas are 36 domes which literally Spring up out of the desert.

It's almost impossible on Australian tours to not include at least one of our Northern Territory holidays as most of our "Globetrotters" include a stop in either Alice Springs or Ayers Rock when visiting Australia. C’mon say G’day Downunder. Book one of our Australia vacations today and start exploring!

 

State of Northern Territory Quickfacts

Origin of Name: From 1863 to 1911 this area was the Northern Territory of South Australia.
Capital: Darwin
Floral Emblem: Sturts Desert Rose
Faunal Emblem: Red Kangaroo and Wedge-Tailed Eagle
State Flag: Stars of the Southern Cross and a stylised Sturts Desert Rose.
State Motto: None
Location: The Northern Territory occupies a huge area of the continent's North and Centre. It's bordered by the Timor Sea to the North, Queensland to the East, Western Australia to the West and South Australia to the South. Usually known as "Outback Australia".
Area: The Northern Territory comprises 1/6 of Australia's land mass and is 1,346,200 km2 in area.
Landform: Mostly Desert and Tablelands.
Population: 243,700, few people live in the huge dry areas, and almost half the population are residents of Darwin. More than one-quarter of the people are Aborigines. Approximate: Darwin 124,760, Alice Springs 27,877, Katherine 10,095, Nhulunbuy 5,001, Tennant Creek 3,558
Climate: The Northern Territory lies in the Torrid Zone. There are two broad climatic divisions - The Northern part, known as "The Top End", receives heavy rainfall for three to five months of the year, and the Southern area, known as "The Centre", has a low rainfall and no permanent rivers.
Around Alice Springs: Right in the centre of the centre is "Alice" - surrounded by the MacDonnell Ranges. Alice Springs is an oasis in this vast land. It began in 1872 as an overland telegraph station; today it combines the vigour of the frontier life with the convenience of modern facilities.

All around, the country glows red and orange and from Alice you can visit the wonders of the desert: prehistoric Palm Valley, Standley Chasm standing like a cathedral of nature, and further out Ayers Rock and The Olgas, huge rock formations. Their awe inspiring presence is only matched by the mystique of the Aboriginal folklore surrounding them. Stay to watch Ayers Rock change colour with the day: pink, brown, orange and then, at sunset, the giant monolith glows blood red. Out here the silence, colour and endless horizons give a sense of eternity.
Shopping: Most of the things you need can be purchased from the various shops and stores in "Alice". Of interest are the Aboriginal arts and crafts. Normal shopping hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Mon-Fri. 9:00 am to 12:00 noon Saturday. Supermarkets open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, 7 days a week.
Ayers Rock: Located 450 km SW of Alice Springs. One of the world's greatest monoliths, some 3 km long and rising 348m above the surrounding plains. Located within Uluru National Park, Ayers Rock is noted for its spectacular colour changes at sunset and sunrise, and is sacred to the Aboriginal people.
The Olgas: Located 28 km SW of Yulara Resort. Part of Uluru National Park, a cluster of 36 dramatic head-like rock domes, covering approx. 35 km2, up to 546m high.
Ayers Rock Safety Information:
  1. The climb is 348 metres and as some sections are very steep, good physical fitness is essential.
  2. Only the designated track must be followed at all times.
  3. Rubber soled shoes are essential. Leather soled shoes and thongs are unsafe on what can be a slippery surface.
  4. Your hands must be kept free for holding the chain on ascent and for scrambling up steep sections. Personal items such as you camera and water bottle must therefore be secured by a strap to ensure they are not blown off by the wind. If hats are not secured and are lost visitors must not go off the designated track in search of them.
The Aborigines: Forty thousand years ago, long before the Pharaonic age of Egypt, the Aboriginal people lived in Australia. Their culture has given this country of treasure, art, and folklore a period known as the "Dreamtime". According to the "Dreamtime" legends, the country was once a vast feature-less land inhabited by giant spirit creatures. Over time, the spirits made epic journeys across the land, creating mountains, rivers, rocks, animals and plants.

The easiest place to see Aboriginal culture is the Northern Territory, which has by far the greater number of sacred sites and ancient art. The most famous sacred site is Ayers Rock, known by the Aborigines as "Uluru". At the nearby Yulara resort, guides and displays explain features of the region. From Alice Springs you can take tours which show how the local landmarks relate to the "Dreamtime" legends and the skills used by the Aborigines for thousands of years to live in the Outback.

Traditional paintings, carvings, weaving, boomerangs and shields are on display at museums and galleries in every capital city.

 

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Northern Territory, Australia

  • Classic Australia 12 Day

    Experience the best that Australia has to offer from Sydney’s Opera House to spectacular Ayers Rock. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef and learn about the traditional Aboriginal “Dreamtime”.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,521
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • Classic Australia 15 Day

    Enjoy Australia’s most famous sites from Sydney’s Opera House to an Aboriginal “Dreamtime” walk in Kuranda with stops at the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Darwin in between.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,356
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    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • Classic Downunder from Melbourne to Auckland

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Visit Australia's iconic sites and cities before commencing a journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,812
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • Classic Downunder: Auckland to Melbourne

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands before embarking on a tour of Australia.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,732
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • Classic Sydney, Rock & Reef

    Venture to three of Australia’s most famous spots. Get to know Sydney before catching the sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Then explore Cairns and the incredible Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,389
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • 3 Day 4WD Dragonfly Dreaming Top End Safari

    The average Australia vacation rarely gives the Northern Territory the attention it deserves. Get a real taste of the Australian Outback on this short round-trip adventure from Darwin.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 568
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Small Group Touring
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  • 4WD Eco Adventure Hotel Safari

    Starting and finishing in Alice Springs, this 4WD Eco Adventure Hotel Safari is a perfect option for those seeking adventure but who prefer the comforts of hotel accommodation. Take an opportunity to enjoy the Red Centre in comfort.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,394
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous
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  • Alice Explorer

    In the heart of Central Australia sits Alice Springs, a thriving outback centre. Rich in history, culture and unique wildlife, the town is lovingly known as “The Alice” or simply “Alice”.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 229
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Alice Springs & Ayers Rock

    Alice Springs is Australia’s most famous Outback town and Uluru/Ayers Rock is Australia’s most recognisable natural icon. Take time to explore these incredibly unique parts of the country.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 636
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Alice Springs to Adelaide: Epic Trip for 18 to 39 year olds

    Take the chance to get off the beaten track by spending seven days exploring the iconic highlights of South Australia and the Northern Territory, combining camping and budget accommodation.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,354
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Alice Springs to Darwin 4WD Self Drive

    Self-drives offer an easy way to enjoy Australia’s sights at your own pace. Spend some time in historic Tennant Creek before going to Katherine and Kakadu National Park, ending in Darwin.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 576
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives
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  • Alice Springs: A Town Like Alice

    Discover what makes “The Alice” special on this afternoon tour of Alice Springs. As you explore the town, you’ll visit the historic Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctor Service, the School of the Air, and the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you’ll see rare reptiles such as the Perentie and Thorny Devil.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Alice Springs: Alice Springs Desert Park Half Day Tour

    Head to Alice Springs Desert Park to discover the natural wonders of the Outback. On this half day tour, you’ll spot desert reptiles, plants, and birds of prey and learn about how the indigenous peoples of Australia utilized the landscape to survive for thousands of years.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Alice Springs: Hot Air Ballooning: 30 Minute

    Ride a hot air balloon over the MacDonnell Ranges on this Alice Springs excursion. As you ride over the MacDonnell Ranges, you’ll experience the sunrise break over the mountains and enjoy the striking landscape of the Australian Outback, spotting red kangaroos and cattle stations. Afterwards, land and enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne.
    Duration:
    30 Minutes
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Alice Springs: Hot Air Ballooning: 60 Minute

    Experience an incredible 60 minute hot air balloon ride through the MacDonnell Ranges on this Alice Springs excursion. As you fly above the Australian Outback, you’ll experience the sunrise from over the mountains and spot wildlife awakening below, including large red kangaroos. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of champagne and a bush breakfast.
    Duration:
    1 Hour
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Alice Springs: Mbantua Gourmet Lunch Tour

    Learn about the area’s indigenous history on this short lunch tour outside Alice Springs. After enjoying a short walk through the bush, witness a bush food demonstration and feast on a delicious home-cooked meal amongst expert indigenous guides, who’ll share insight into their culture and the legacy of the Dreamtime.
    Duration:
    7 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Alice Springs: Mbantua Sunset & Starlight Bush Dinner

    Enjoy exceptional gourmet food and learn about the indigenous customs of the Red Centre on this bush dinner outside Alice Springs. In the company of expert indigenous guide and chef, Bob Taylor, you’ll feast on a three-course meal, learn about traditional medicines and foods, and witness the majesty of the stars.
    Duration:
    6 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Full Day Tour

    A superb full day trip for those who want to see the outback just outside 'the Alice.' Travel to Hermannsburg to view the renowned art collection. Journey into Palm Valley to see stunning rock forms, white sand beaches and more. Enjoy a picnic lunch and afternoon billy tea.
    Duration:
    10 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Alice Springs: Two Station Quad Biking Adventure

    Explore the Northern Territory’s oldest working cattle station, Undoolya Station, as well as the waterhole of Garden Cattle Station on this quad bike adventure. After feasting on a stockman’s breakfast, you’ll board your quad bike and explore the Outback between these two cattle stations, spotting incredible wildlife along the way.
    Duration:
    6 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Alice Springs: Undoolya Discovery Quad Bike Half Day Tour

    Explore the oldest working cattle station in the Northern Territory and embark on a quad bike adventure through the Outback on this half-day tour. Travelling along the McDonnell Ranges, you’ll spot wallabies and monitor lizards, race along dry riverbeds, and experience the Outback in heart-pounding fashion.
    Duration:
    3.5 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Alice Springs: Velo Cycle Half Day Excursion Tour

    Travelling by bicycle, you will immerse yourself in all the diversity that our frontier town, Alice Springs, has to offer. Enjoy a picturesque 3km bike ride alongside the dry Todd River bed into the National Park. On this route you’ll experience the unique detail of this classic outback town.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Full Day Tour

    Experience the rugged Australian Outback on this half day tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges, you will see the John Flynn Memorial, the incredible Simpsons Gap, walk into Standley Chasm, and enjoy a light lunch before returning to Alice Springs.
    Duration:
    9.5 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Australia’s Kimberley Expedition Cruise from Darwin

    A 10 night exploration voyage to the Kimberley has many highlights. Begin in Darwin, gateway to the magnificent Kimberley wilderness and enjoy a cruise to the remote Australian Outback.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,539
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Small Group Touring
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  • Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, Olgas & Alice Springs

    Discover the best of Australia’s Red Centre. See the sun set and rise over Ayers Rock, visit the 36 rock domes of the Olgas, and travel to spectacular Kings Canyon then visit Alice Springs.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 855
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Ayers Rock: Mayu Wiru Dining Experience

    Enjoy a four-course Indigenous-inspired dinner overlooking Uluru/Ayers Rock and its Field of Light experience, where lights dance across the sandstone monolith. After enjoying this excellent gastronomic experience and admiring panoramic views of the rock, take a private guided walk to get a glimpse behind the curtain of this world-famous art exhibition.
    Duration:
    4.5 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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