What’s new in the Northern Territory? 2018 edition
Uluru might look just like it did at the dawn of humanity, but that doesn’t mean everything in the Northern Territory stays the same. For first time visitors or those hankering for a return, there’s plenty of new experiences on offer in the Territory.
Enjoy the burgeoning culinary scene, see some old favourites from a new perspective and light up your NT nights – literally.
Oh, and did we mention you can take a helicopter to swim in a private waterfall?
When you think you’ve seen it all, there’s always something unexpected on offer in the Territory. Here’s what’s new…
Light up your Red Centre experience
The stunning natural colours of Australia’s Red Centre will stay with you forever. Building upon these natural wonders, two internationally-acclaimed light festivals create an astonishing feast for your eyes.
Parrtjima, Australia’s only Aboriginal-inspired light festival, combines traditional painting with state-of-the-art light shows, creating a truly unique experience.
Meanwhile, Field of Light Uluru, created by renowned British artist Bruce Munro, is an outdoor light gallery with over 50,000 solar lights, creating a once in a lifetime experience that's not to be missed.
Float high above the Aussie Outback
Outback Ballooning will take you up above the Red Centre, where you can soak in the stunning views in every direction. Watch the sun come up over the horizon and see the colours change right before your eyes.
Their new 24-passenger balloon is the largest in the southern hemisphere, so there’s even space for large groups.
Form a new perspective on an ancient wonder
Of all the words we could use to describe Uluru, 'new' wouldn't usually be one of them. But thanks to a number of forward-thinking tour agencies, you can now get a new perspective on the age-old natural wonder.
Uluru Segway Tours are new on the Uluru tourism scene, giving you a modern way of cruising around the big red monolith.
Treat your taste buds with some bush tucker and eat like a local
The Northern Territory is not just a sensation for your eyes, nose and ears – your taste buds also get a treat with Uluru Bush Tucker Journeys.
Bush tucker, the term for Aboriginal Australian cuisine, is much older than most European cuisines, combining native herbs, animals, vegetables, spices and indeed insects, to create unique and memorable flavours. There’s something for everyone, no matter your taste preference.
The new Intrepid Native Food Tours is also building an outstanding reputation for itself.
Take your taste buds on a trip through Australia's Aboriginal history by sampling kangaroo and emu, along with lemon myrtle, desert lime and wattle seed. Indulge in local dishes like the quandong, a native Australian wild peach.
‘Glamp’ under the stars
Camping should no longer be considered roughing it! Glamping – glamorous camping – has been the rage for some time now, and the Dreamtime Escarpment Tents at Kings Creek Station might just be the best example on the face of the earth.
With all the creature comforts of a five-star hotel, these tents get you up close and personal with the natural environment of the Northern Territory – while sacrificing none of the luxury.
Take a helicopter ride to your own private waterfall
If there’s anything more luxurious than taking a helicopter to swim in a private waterfall, we’ve yet to hear of it! See the changing landscape in your own chopper before cooling down with a refreshing swim.
Live the life of absolute luxury – for a fraction of the price – with Litchfield Helicopters.
Experience Darwin at your own pace
While the natural wonders of Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks draw people to the Top End, the city of Darwin is a tourist’s delight in itself. Art Walk Eat is a new culinary experience that lets you take in Darwin's burgeoning art scene and sample some of the city's best food.
Explore Katherine with pedal power
Although the Northern Territory has some of the best guided tours anywhere in the world, intrepid travellers may like to explore the NT at their own pace.
With Pop Rocket Cafe Bike Hire and Cycling Adventures, you can hire both on- and off-road bikes to explore the newly established Katherine Riverlink Trails. Head through the stunning natural wilderness on your own time or join a guided tour to learn more about the beautiful Katherine Gorge and its surrounds.
Get out on the water to experience the wild and the wonderful
You don’t have to be an expert to get up nice and close with Australia’s native wildlife. Go cage diving with tiger sharks off the coast of Darwin with Darwin Red Devil Charters and get your adrenaline pumping.
Wildcard Luxury Cruises will take you across East Arnhem Land to some of the untouched wilderness the Northern Territory has to offer. Enjoy a spot of fishing or just sit back and take in the sights on one of Australia’s most luxurious cruise experiences.
Then there’s the City of Darwin Tours’ catamaran Kuru, Darwin’s newest tourist vessel, which offers sunrise and sunset tours, plus several different charter options around the Top End.
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