School excursionsNT Learning Adventures
Bring the learning outcomes of the Australian curriculum to life and discover a whole new way to engage your students with NT Learning Adventures.
School excursions in the NT
The ideal classroom is in the great outdoors, making the Northern Territory the perfect school excursion destination. With vast horizons and contrasting landscapes the NT provides endless inspiration. It’s a place unlike any other, different in every sense, where students and teachers take the great Aussie pilgrimage to discover ancient geology, rich Aboriginal culture and important historic events, and make learning – an adventure!
The Territory is the education destination of choice. From the majesty of Uluru to the extraordinary rock art in Kakadu, school groups experience unrivalled cultural immersion, are captivated with the natural world and given the rare opportunity for digital detox.
With strong links to key learning areas and plenty of opportunities to exercise students’ general capabilities, the NT is uniquely positioned to address the cross-curriculum priorities of sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture. The geographic proximity of the Top End also presents options to explore Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia.
World Heritage-listed areas, national parks, museums, art galleries, heritage attractions, and wildlife experiences offer fun and exciting ways to teach a range of subjects. Designing itineraries that reveal Earth and environmental sciences, geography, history, humanities and social sciences, plus health and physical education is easy in the NT.
Start planning and provide your students with safe and stimulating activities that ignite their imaginations and create memories to last a lifetime. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Download the NT Learning Adventures guide
- Get inspired with these
suggested school group itineraries
- Discover how your school group can use Northern Territory Parks as an outdoor classroom. Book a school campsite, explore Parks and Wildlife NT’s school resources plus download a range of helpful excursion guides
- Check out these incredible teacher resources for Kakadu National Park, by ABC Education in partnership with Parks Australia
- Apply for a NT Parks Pass (excludes Kakadu National Park and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park). Visitors from interstate require a pass to access most parks and reserves in the Territory.
- Apply for an exemption on park entry fees for the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Kakadu National Park
- Don’t forget to apply for the Save and Learn funding. See below to download your application form.
NT Learning Adventures
Understanding that hands-on experiences are the best learning tools, the Northern Territory Government’s tourism department (Tourism NT) has worked with tourism businesses, national parks, schools, and other stakeholders to create NT Learning Adventures.
NT Learning Adventures (NTLA) connects you with operators who are experts in their field. They’ll help create itineraries that meet your educational needs, timeframes and budget requirements. Committed to working with schools and excursion organisers NTLA partners provide safe, memorable and enjoyable activities that encourage students to learn through experience and discovery.
Check out the NT Learning Adventures guide, which features NTLA partners in an A–Z directory showcasing tour and travel providers, local activities, experiences, school-friendly accommodation options plus other useful information.
Request a hard copy of the guide by emailing your postal address and contact details to [email protected].
Save and Learn in the NT
Tourism NT understands that costs can be a major factor when planning an excursion for your students. The NT Learning Adventures (NTLA) Save and Learn program offers funding support for schools, making it easy to choose the NT for your next school trip.
School group tours departing from 1 January 2024 that complete travel by 31 December 2024 can apply for funding support through the NTLA Save and Learn Program.
Interstate schools who travel with a minimum of ten students, stay in the Northern Territory for a minimum of five nights and book with at least three NTLA operators (excluding accommodation and other services) are eligible to apply for $2,000 (GST inclusive) funding support, per school group. Check out the full terms and conditions of the program.
NT school groups who travel with a minimum of ten students, stay in the Northern Territory for a minimum of four nights and book with at least three NTLA operators (excluding accommodation and other services) are eligible to apply for $1,600 (GST inclusive) funding support, per school group. Check out the full terms and conditions of the program.
Simply submit a completed application (and attachments) for assessment at least four weeks prior to travel and then claim the funding support at the completion of your trip. Available funding is limited.
Apply now to Save and Learn in the NT!
Please note that school groups completing their travel after 31 December 2024 are not eligible to apply under this current program. Details of the NTLA Save and Learn program from 1 January 2025 will be updated late 2024.
We look forward to seeing you and your students explore the Northern Territory.
For help planning your NT Learning Adventure or to apply for the NTLA Save and Learn program, please contact Tourism NT: