From sharing a laugh with larrikin locals to stunning outback adventures, there are countless unique experiences to be had in the Northern Territory.
We don't have time to list every reason, so we've narrowed it down to ten.
Here they are – the best of the best – the top ten reasons to visit the Northern Territory.
1. You'll discover a rich culture
The NT has a rich and proud tradition of embracing its Aboriginal history. From the secluded beauty of Nhulunbuy, to sharing stories of the Dreaming in the shadow of Uluru, to showcasing Aboriginal art in one of Darwin's many galleries, the Territory's connection with native culture is unmatched.
If you're in Darwin, take a 30-minute flight or 2.5-hour ferry north to discover the beautiful Tiwi Islands and find out why they re nicknamed the 'Island of Smiles'. In the Red Centre, why not check out modern Aboriginal art at the Parrtjima Light Festival? In Kakadu National Park, the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise blends modern comfort with stunning scenery and traditional storytelling.
2. Your tastebuds will be tantalised
You know the Northern Territory is a feast for your eyes and ears, but it’s also one for your tastebuds. In recent years the emerging gastronomy scene, which blends Aboriginal and European cuisine in a contemporary fashion, has developed a reputation as one of the world's best.
The NT is the only place to get real bush tucker – Uluru Bush Tucker Journeys and the Top End's Intrepid Native Food Tours are a couple of standouts. In Alice Springs, try Epilogue Lounge for modern cuisine or Overlanders Steakhouse for great steaks and outback decor.
In Darwin, Wharf One or The Precinct offer waterfront dining, while the Mindil Beach Sunset Market will let you sample some of the best local and international cuisine on offer. In fact, Darwin is famous for its markets, and the food vans at East Point and Nightcliff foreshore will also send you home with a smile and a full tummy.
3. You'll uncover the real Australian Outback
The closest most people get to the Aussie Outback is watching Crocodile Dundee or reruns of The Flying Doctors.
In 3 hours, you could fly from the hustle and bustle of Sydney or Melbourne right into the real Australia.
Check out internationally renowned sites like Uluru or Kakadu National Park, or spend some time getting to know the laid-back locals of Darwin or Alice Springs. Footwear might be optional, but a true NT storytelling experience is guaranteed.
There are heaps of Australian Outback tours to choose from, and plenty of iconic Aussie locations – from Daly Waters pub to the Adelaide River Inn (where Charlie the Buffalo from Crocodile Dundee is taxidermied and on display).