The vast land of the Northern Territory is undoubtedly a great inspiration for travelers. Visitors will certainly head to Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs, the most populated areas and important points of interest. However, these ancient lands inhabited by Aborigines tens of thousands of years ago still preserve a wide range of the Aboriginal culture and over 80 different languages that people still speak. What you should certainly do is to learn about the unique wildlife, local history, Indigenous art, and culture with mystic ancient stories.
1. Places To Visit In Alice Springs
Alice Springs is a good starting point for your Northern Territory adventure. MacConnell Ranges and the outback around the town will help you feel the true Dreamtime spirit of Mparntwe, the Arrernte (local people) name for the town. Try to connect with the land the way the Arrernte people do. The Alice Wanderer bus will take you across the town to uncover historic sites of the first settlers.
In a hot desert climate, the cool interior of numerous museums in Alice Springs is undoubtedly tempting. Certainly, this is not the reason you will visit them. They offer great insight into different aspects of Australian life. In the Museum of Central Australia, you can learn much about the evolution of the flora and fauna on the continent.
The Central Australian Aviation Museum displays historical airplanes as well as the planes that the Royal Flying Doctor Service used to reach the most remote patients.
Women’s Museum of Australia will help you understand the challenges the women in the area had to face.
You can learn about educational challenges for school children in these remote areas at the School of the Air Visitor Centre.
Aboriginal art galleries are a treat no matter whether you are an art-lover or not. Nobody can resist the impressive colorful designs. These are also the places to chat with local Indigenous artists. You should certainly visit the Araluen Arts center in Alice Springs and see contemporary Australian and Indigenous art.
2. Northern Territory For Families
Alice Springs Desert Park reveals the variety of wildlife right in the city. Just a ten-minute drive from the city center will enable you to spend time with dingoes, red kangaroos, emus, thorny devils, and birds of prey. Kids will also learn about poisonous snakes and other interesting reptiles in Alice Springs Reptile Centre. What can be more fun than seeing various lizards, an olive python, and Terry the saltwater crocodile?
Your kids will never forget a visit to an abandoned joeys sanctuary near Alice Springs. These baby kangaroos found by the roadside live in The Kangaroo Sanctuary where you can see the little creatures wrapped in blankets and feed them.
3. Visiting Uluru
The stunning rocks of Uluru or Ayers Rock are worth all the effort of traveling to the land Down Under. The gigantic formation is believed by Indigenous Australians to be the center of all Dreaming. Uluru is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, for both ecological and cultural value.
You can fly direct to Ayers Rock Airport and stay in a hotel in Ayers Rock Resort. You also have the option to take a bus from Alice Springs. You will understand the Red Centre better if you rent a car and drive from Alice Springs.
Grown-ups and kids will enjoy this extraordinary place. However, don’t expect to climb the spiritually significant rocks of the Anangu community. You can just circumnavigate it on foot. learn more about it, check out our Instagram post :) There are Rangers Walk and Mala Walk.
You can also take a camel-train tour to witness the most magnificent sunrises and sunsets with light glowing across Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Kata Tjuta, another impressive rock formation.
The man-made wonder the Field of Light is still waiting for you by the end of 2020 – one of the largest light installations in Australia ever.
4. Hidden Gems In The Northern Territory
Outside the town, you will admire spectacular landscapes and take a ride to remote communities. Riding a bike to Simpsons Gap, a working cattle station, a camel trek across sand dunes of the Simpsons Desert, driving along Tanami Track and visiting sites near St Teresa, a small Aboriginal community are some of the activities.
5. Where To Find Accommodation?
It is easy to find accommodation that best suits your style and your planned expenses. You can choose between luxury hotels and budget-friendly hostels. Here is a list of 7 family-friendly accommodation in Alice Springs.
6. What To Eat
You will find excellent dining options. You should try Barramundi, a tasty fish, Mud crabs, crocodile meat, and soda bread. If you like something sweet, try Kakadu plum jam, quandong (local peach). Have a cup of Bush tea or Paul's Iced Coffee.
7. Useful Tips For First-Timers to the Northern Territory
o Bring a hat with a net as you will encounter many bush flies.
o It would be nice to buy local clothes and art to help the local community.
o Look at the weather forecast carefully and take appropriate clothes.
o You should drink enough water, especially if you spend time outdoors.
o Don't forget your sunscreen.