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Uluru & Surrounds

Map showing the Uluru and Surrounds region in the Northern Territory

Considered the spiritual heart of Australia, this region's gem is Uluru/Ayers Rock, but it also offers visitors so much more, and is only a few hours from Sydney.

Get ready to be blown away by World Heritage-listed natural wonders, iconic wildlife and the red dirt of the Australian Outback. The Uluru region is home to two of Australia's most famous rock formations, a mighty canyon and an ancient indigenous culture rich in story, dance and art.

Top 10 region awarded to The Red Centre, Australia. Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2019

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The lookout at Ubirr is easily one of #Kakadu National Park’s highlights, particularly at sunset 💚 The large rock escarpment is free of handrails and concrete pathways, which is very much part of the appeal. After a 250 metre climb, you’re greeted with views across the floodplains and Arnhem Land. The sublime scenes from the tallest of Ubirr’s rocky outcrops is unforgettable 🙌 Dragonflies dart about and cockatoos call out as a golden ball of fire sinks into the green of the Nadab floodplain below. The lookout is reached via an impressive Aboriginal rock-art gallery, considered one of the best in the world, with fine examples of x-ray painting as well as contact art from the time when Indigenous people first encountered Europeans. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @nics_mindset! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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It’s not hard to see why Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge is a Top End must do! The gorge-ous views and breathtaking walking tracks will impress even the most adventurous of hearts, or maybe you’ll choose to take it easy on a boat cruise with @NitmilukTours 👌 Open year round, the region is home to some of the most stunning gorge scenery in the NT. Consisting of 13 separate gorges, this maze of waterways stretches for 12 kilometres and extends more than 70 metres high. Our tip: Check out Pat's Lookout for spectacular views of the first gorge! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

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The star-studded line up is pretty impressive at the #DevilsMarbles (#KarluKarlu)! 🤩 These large granite boulders are located an hour south of #TennantCreek in the traditional country of the Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people. They call the Devils Marbles 'Karlu Karlu', which literally translates as ‘round boulders'. With no artificial light in the area to interfere, it's one of the best places in the world to stargaze. There are a number of camp sites within the conservation reserve if you'd like to sleep under the stars. Campers should be well equipped and carry their own water. Alternatively, you'll find the Devils Marbles Hotel just nine kilometres down the road! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mitch.toft. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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#Darwin sure is strong in the sunset department! 💜 We're treated to awesome explosions of colour year round in the Top End but somehow the sunsets seem to get eveeeeen better as the tropical summer approaches. Any local will tell you that Mother Nature cranks it up a notch or two between November and April, when our cruisey capital city gets in the spirit of the tropics 🌴 ​Due to the size of Darwin's harbour (it's larger than Sydney's!), there are plenty of vantage points to take in the free afternoon show - the locals love Mindil Beach, @stokeshillwharf, East Point Reserve and Nightcliff Jetty 🙌 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lilynorth3! ​ #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Keen for a day at the spa, NT style? Found in #Litchfield National Park, Buley Rockhole is a cascading collection of emerald rock pools that seem to go on forever.... so you can skip those expensive spa treatments and take a seat while fast flowing whitewater gives you a shoulder massage! If you're visiting the park, only 90 minutes south of #Darwin, make sure you also check out the iconic termite mounds and other swimming holes such as Florence Falls and Wangi Falls. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @powershala! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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@ellebaut recently snapped these stunning shots at Glen Helen Gorge, 90 minutes' drive from #AliceSprings. Set against a gorge-ous outback vista of towering red cliffs, the permanent waterhole is part of the Finke River - thought to be one of the oldest river systems in the world! As the weather starts to warm up here in the Red Centre, it's the ultimate spot for a cool dip. Just a short stroll from here, you'll find @glenhelenlodge 👉it's a great base to explore the surrounding West MacDonnell Ranges with various room or camping options, along with a restaurant and bar. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elle! ​ #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Surrounded by an exotic landscape and a profusion of wildlife, Bamurru Plains offers the ultimate bush experience. This @wildbushluxury safari lodge has exclusive access to 300 km² of floodplains and savannah woodland on the Mary River, on the edge of #Kakadu National Park. There's only 10 safari-style bungalows and each suite overlooks the floodplain 🙌 With mesh walls on three sides you can hear and see the wildlife and wilderness around you. Their activities are just as unique - you can watch as hundreds of birds take flight from around the infinity-edge pool, spot saltwater crocodiles as you skim across floodplains by airboat or search for buffalo and wallabies on an open top safari drive. ​#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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The NT's @jessicamauboy1 is the star of yesterday's @stellarmag captured at #Uluru 🧡 Swipe across to see the cover! ​#NTaustralia

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Get your camera ready - we're flying over Edith Falls (Leliyn)! ​Located roughly 60 kilometres from #Katherine in Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls (Leliyn) rewards those up for a hike. The main pool at the base of the falls is beautiful, but it’s also well worth hiking to the upper pool via the 2.6 kilometre Leliyn loop walk. It ticks all the boxes for Top End swimming heaven: a plunge pool you could swim in for hours; mesmerising rock formations and a scenic walking trail 🙌 Edith Falls has a grassy campground along with a small kiosk if you're keen to stay and explore the area, including the longer Sweetwater Pool hike. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @blakeleighsmith! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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