25 Aug 2017

Five Unique Experiences in Northern Territory

 

Other than the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the vast Outback of Australia is a unique icon most travellers want to visit - the “heartbeat” of the country — mostly in the Northern Territory!  With thundering waterfalls, secluded waterholes, open-air markets and an ancient Aboriginal culture, it’s no wonder many travellers opt to add the Outback to their itineraries.  Here are my top five Northern Territory experiences.

 

1. Luxurious glamping – Longitude 131° offers luxurious tents that overlook Australia’s best-known natural icon, Uluru.  Your tented suite includes a king-size bed, a spacious bathroom as well as a private balcony with fireplace for cozy views.  For a more affordable accommodation option, check out Ayers Rock Resort, which provides guests with a wide variety of accommodation options for every taste and budget ranging from air-conditioned cabins to powered sites for motor homes and camper trailers—right in the middle of the Red Centre.

 

2. The Ghan – Known as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan offers more than a train ride; The Ghan takes you to parts of Australia often inaccessible by any other means and offers great off-train excursions included with your rail experience to delight you along the way.  You’ll love the comfort of your private cabin, included meals and a very luxurious experience as you look out the window and view the stunning outback colours and dramatic, ever-changing landscapes leaving you in awe.

 

3. Learn about Australia’s Aboriginals – from guided garden walks highlighting how Aboriginal people used plant material for food and medicinal purposes to storytelling excursions on Aboriginal history, crafts and culture; learn about Australia’s indigenous past predating European settlement by thousands of years and build a better understanding of the deep connection between Aboriginal people and their land.

 

4. Experience the 'Field of Light' – A global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist, Bruno Munro; this experience is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event and an absolute must-do for your Outback itinerary.  Its full name is Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ and this field – the size of seven football fields – slowly becomes, as darkness sets in, lit up with more than 50,000 stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres.  A bucket list item you most definitely should include!

 

5. Starlight dining experience – experience the best of the Red Centre, if only for one night!  Excursions such as Sounds of Silence – dining under the stars while overlooking the changing colours of Uluru as darkness falls – give you an unforgettable view, while you dine and sip sparkling wine.  After dinner, listen to your guide, and star talker, discuss the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, various planets, the Milky Way and much more due to the region’s clear visibility of the atmosphere.

 

 

Written By: Sawyer (Destination Specialist) 

While many iconic Australian landmarks are in Sydney, Melbourne or Cairns, I love recommending to my travellers as an itinerary golden nugget, to check out Northern Territory and the Outback, too!