Myth 3: The Northern Territory is too rugged
We know that the NT has a reputation for being rough and rugged, and if you're looking for your modern day Crocodile Dundee then the NT has its fair share of characters. In fact, for many tourists, this is the appeal of a trip to the Territory.
But a trip to the Territory doesn't mean you have to rough it. You can do the NT in style, whether you're in the city or in the heart of the Outback. In recent years, the luxury accommodation scene in the Northern Territory has exploded.
In the Red Centre, go glamping in a luxury Dreamtime Escarpment tent near Kings Canyon, rest and recuperate at Longitude 131 in Uluru, or relax in style at Squeakywindmill in Alice Springs. Or try fine-dining under the stars at Tali Wiru in Uluru.
In Katherine, the Cicada Lodge is an Aboriginal owned-and-operated 5-star resort, situated right alongside Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. You can experience a range of relaxing activities, from canoeing down the pristine gorge to enjoying a Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner Cruise.
Just two hours east of Darwin and on the door-step of Kakadu National Park lies Wildman Wilderness Lodge, a frontier-like experience with all the creature comforts you're accustomed to. Just west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains you will find Bamurru Lodge, a stunning retreat that combines luxury and natural beauty.
Myth 4: The Northern Territory is too dry
Look at a map or a postcard and you might think the Territory is one big, long desert. But look a little closer and you'll see that the NT possesses some of the most pristine and secluded waterholes on the planet.
In the Red Centre, there are plenty of waterholes just a short drive from Alice Springs, including Ellery Creek – which has its own gorgeous picnic area – and Redbank Gorge, where you can go tubing through ancient rock formations and tree-lined creeks.
Myth 5: The Northern Territory is too wet
OK, so we convinced you that the NT is not too dry – but is it too wet? The famous Northern Territory wet season sees monsoonal rain each year, but that's certainly not a reason to stay home!
The Top End bursts to life in the wet season (November-April), when the waterfalls and natural landscape come alive with colour and vibrance. If you want to really experience the Top End's luscious beauty, why don't you try a helicopter tour, a river cruise or an airboat ride? The wet season gives you access to some stunning natural wonders that you simply couldn't see if the rivers weren't flowing. Meanwhile, further south, you can watch dry river beds become full of energy following an afternoon downpour.
There's nothing more 'Top End' than sitting back on the patio and watching afternoon storms roll in – preferably with a cold beer in hand!