8 Incredible Destinations Not to Miss in the Northern Territory

Is a vacation to the beautiful Australian Northern Territory in your future? Here are some incredible destinations to provide a small taste of what you can expect to see. Although there are endless fantastic tourist attractions in the top end, we have we have selected the top eight most spectacular spots. Don’t plan a trip to Northern Australia without fitting a visit as many of these spectacular sights into your visit as possible.

17 Mile Falls

Astonishing 17 mile falls is located in Katherine George along Jatbula Trail. The trek to the falls takes about four days to finish. However, for anyone lucky enough to view this 28km water source, the trek is well worth the effort. The plateau is made of sandstone which seeps water into nearby creeks and rivers, the year round water supply for the falls. The breathtaking gem is a favorite for amateur and professional photographers alike. For the safety and enjoyment of visitors, charming campsite is located nearby to service hikers and campers with an Emergency Call Device and permanent drinking water.

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National park is located 100 kilometers southwest of Darwin. The park’s sandstone plateau is the setting for unbelievable woodland flora; among which are grevillas, banksias, Darwin Wollybutt and an amazing variety of many woodland species.  The force of the waterfalls in the park has created narrow gorges over many thousand years in which thrive monsoon rainforests.

Litchfield National Park is home to such unusual wildlife wonders as little Red Flying Foxes, dingo, bushtail possum, agile wallaby and sugar glider. The cave near the Tolmar Falls houses the very rare Orange Horseshoe bat. Literally hundreds of bird species are native to the area. Among the many activities enjoyed by visitors include exploring waterfalls and rainforests, walking tracks, picnicking, swimming and camping.

Adelaide River War Cemetery

The Adelaide River is a township located south of Darwin approximately 116 kilometers. The impressive historic war cemetery lies about 100 meters from Adelaide River.  The history behind the cemetery includes the Adelaide River as the location of a large headquarters during this war. The cemetery itself was built for servicemen who were killed in the area. Several Australian hospitals were also erected in this spot.

After the War, the Army Graves Services brought graves from other areas to the cemetery.  At present, the cemetery contains 434 second World War burials. Within the cemetery is the Northern Territory Memorial, containing the graves of members of the Royal Australian Air Force, Merchant Navy and Services Reconnaissance Department who perished in the Northern and Timor operations. The Civil Cemetery, which adjoins Adelaide River War Cemetery, honors civilians killed in the 1942 Darwin bombing.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park holds the distinction of being listed in World Heritage for cultural as well as natural value. The park is managed by the traditional Aboriginal owners and the National Parks Director. The park covers around 20,000 kilometers full of exquisite national beauty in a diverse biological setting. It is home to 68 mammals and over 120 reptiles and other creatures, including more than ten thousand insect species. The flora in the park is considered among the richest in the north Australian region with over 2,000 plant species. The park also is honored among the most highly rated weed free parks on the planet. The richness of Kakadu National Park draws crowds from around the world to bask in its exceptional beauty.

Uluru

Uluru is a breathtaking rock formation made from sandstone which is located approximately 335 kilometers southwest of Alice Springs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is also referred to as Ayers Rock. Uluru is considered sacred by the Aboriginal people in this area; the Anangu. Surrounding the formation is a large number of rock caves, waterholes and springs. Ancient paintings are among the attractions in the historical site. The park location of Uluru is a World Heritage site, with over 400,000 annual visitors. While such heavy tourism is a benefit to the national and regional economy, it also poses a continual challenge to keep a balance between visitor needs and conservation of the area’s cultural values.

Butterfly Gorge Nature Park

The park gets its name from the crevice in its rock face that is the home to Common Crow Butterflies by the thousands. Amazing 50 meter tall paperbarks tower over rock pools for a refreshing swim. Butterfly Gorge Park can be found at the base of a sandstone plateau. The sheer rock is surrounded by dense vegetation. The park serves as protection to part of the Douglas River. Along with enjoying such stunning beauty, visitors can swim across a main pool through slim gorges to reach upper pools or bravely take walks up the rock slopes to reach the lovely views.

Katherine Hot Springs

The refreshing Katherine Hot Springs are a perfect place to enjoy a refreshing dip. The thermal springs line the Katherine River in Katherine Township. They are made up of several clear pools that are surrounded by vegetation native to the area. The springs have been developed for visitors to take relaxing swims, trek the scenic walking tracks or enjoy family picnics. Several amenities make a visit to Katherine Hot Springs enjoyable, included BBQ and shaded picnic tables, disabled facilities and other amenities.

Mick’s Whips

Mick’s Whips is a thrilling popular attraction that should not be missed. The internationally acclaimed Mark Denigan performs an absolutely dazzling act with special effects such as laser and strobe lights. In one impressive move, he cracks whips that are engulfed in blazing fire. His act is so popular that he performed at Sydney’s Olympic Games in 2000 as the opening act. The licensed crocodile harvester also crafts his whips from high grade kangaroo hide. The whips have been presented to celebrities, world leaders and other dignitaries. His exhaustive list of credits includes crafting the specialized whips used in the movie Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

Kristy Alexander writes for HotelClub Australia, the cheap accommodation specialists, where you can save up to 70% on the cost of your next holiday to Australia’s famous Top End.