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The Northern Territory is vast. Occupying about one sixth of Australia’s total land mass, its boundaries encompass a variety of contrasting landscapes and experiences, best tackled by exploring a few key destinations – each with their own distinct personality. The Top End of the Northern Territory is known for its tropical weather, crocodiles, rich indigenous culture, great fishing, national parks and laid-back lifestyle. It is home to an eclectic mix of cultures whose outdoor lifestyle is complemented by brilliant sunsets, fantastic fishing and a colourful calendar of outdoor events.

Contact the team at Tourism Top End to help you plan your Top End visit by providing a free information and booking service for your tours, attractions, accommodation and vehicle hire with unlimited kilometres.


The Top End Regions

The Northern Territory comprises Darwin, Kakadu, Arnhem and Katherine regions. If you have seven days, we suggest exploring the region via an exciting tourist drive that passes from Katherine to Kakadu National Park and finally to Darwin. This route known as Nature’s Way is dotted with all must-see items like gorges, waterfalls, serene campsites, waterways, ancient Aboriginal rock art sites and so much more.


Darwin Region

The Darwin region incorporates DarwinLitchfield National Park, the Tiwi Islands and The Peninsula Way. Divide your time between social life and adventures in nature because Darwin region serves a healthy dose of both. Darwin city is the epicentre of all things fun. From parties to beaches and fine dining restaurants to cool bars, Darwin has it all. On the flip side, Litchfield National Park is a lush green space, where nature comes alive. Walk through the National Park echoing with cries of birds and waterfalls crashing against rocks. Your trip to the Northern Territory is incomplete without a visit to Tiwi Islands. Visit an Aboriginal village and take a peek into their typical day. This unique experience will allow you to dive into Aboriginal culture as well as the raw natural beauty of Tiwi Islands.


Kakadu Region

The Kakadu region incorporates Kakadu National Park and the Wildlife & Wetlands region. Kakadu National Park is Australia’s largest national park and does not disappoint. It is packed to the brim with mesmerising vistas, exotic wildlife and adventure at every bend and turn. There are so many places to visit in Kakadu region including but not limited to Jim Jim Falls, Yellow Water, Cooinda, Nourlangie Rock Art site, Ubirr, Maguk, Twin Falls Gorge, Gunlom Plunge pool. The diverse wildlife and almost endless scenic views will make you fall deeply in love with this region that seems almost untouched by man. One-third of Australia’s diverse bird species can be found in Kakade region and over 10,000 crocodiles call this region their home. Since Aboriginal people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, their unique and vibrant culture is visible throughout.


Arnhem Region

The Arnhem Land region incorporates East Arnhem Land and West Arnhem Land. This is the place to be to take in Aboriginal culture with a helping of natural beauty. Time stood still in this breathtaking region and nothing has changed in decades. Slow down to Arnhem time, where days are spent idly on white sand beaches and diving into the rich Aboriginal culture. Head to Macassan Beach and then to Turtle Beach for magnificent views and a spot to pitch a tent. Injalak Hill, Nhulunbuy (Gove), Yirrkala, Groote Eylandt, Cobourg Peninsula and Bremer Island are some of the places to visit in Arnhem Land region. To visit and stay in Arnhem Land, you will require a permit. We can help you with the requisite permits (to visit and camp) and booking a 4WD. Please contact us.


Katherine Region

The Katherine region incorporates KatherineDouglas & Daly River regions, Timber Creek & Victoria River and Borroloola & The Gulf region. These distinct regions within Katherine region are best explored with a tent, a fishing rod and a ‘never say never’ attitude. Stunning gorges, terrific fishing spots, Aboriginal culture and a healthy dose of nature – you cannot go wrong with a holiday in Katherine region. Go camping in peaceful national parks surrounded by nature, and wake up to spectacular views. Visit world-class fishing spots that are an angler’s dream come true. Get lost in time at Aboriginal rock art sites that tell a story of the 50,000-year old culture. Daly River, Elsey National Park, Gulf of Carpentaria, Judbarra/Gregory National Park, Katherine, Mataranka, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge are some fantastic places to visit in this region.

The Northern Territory of Australia is so diverse that each of its four regions has a distinct feel about them. The landscape, things to do and overall experience has a pronounced differentiation making it such a unique and exciting trip for anyone who wanders the National Parks, crocodile coves, natural pools, and caves alive with Aboriginal art. With so many fun activities to tick off the list, the real question is, ‘who would you take with you’?

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