The Northern Territory, is a very different place from most of the rest of Australia and this is the very reason why you should visit, just to experience the real sense of the real Outback of Australia and the cultural influence this has had over the state.
Here you will find the iconic Ayers Rock as well as the Kakadu National Park as well as some very dramatic scenery. Ayers Rock and a similar rock, known as Kata Tjuta are both very sacred sites to the local Aboriginal peoples and once you have seen them and their strange light, with an almost eerie atmosphere, it is not hard to see why. They really do leave an impression on your soul.
In fact the Northern Territory as a whole does have some special kind of atmosphere. Yet it has four distinct areas. These range from the Top End, to Katherine to Tennant Creek, then the Red Centre. Each is different, but warrant a visit in equal measure. The Top End can experience quite tropical monsoons and does have a very tropical climate (as Darwin can attest to, since it regularly experiences cyclones of varying degrees). Down at the Red Centre, the weather is more temperate, but the scenery is very different from the Top End, with some really beautiful rock created gorges to be seen.
Covering 1.4 million square miles, this is a big area and there is an awful lot to see and do. The fact that Darwin is up near the top means that you have the benefit of a city, but then lots of other towns, settlements and sites to explore within the countryside. So you can visit civilisation one day, then get in the car, step back in time and leave â€˜modernâ€™ civilisation far, far away.
NT has a whole host of National Parks, around 23 in total. These all have a variety of facilities, as well as being great places to go for a walk, or catch a glimpse of some of the Northern Territoryâ€™s fantastic wildlife.
This are has been home to the Aboriginal peoples for literally thousands of years, so there is still a lot of Aboriginal art which can be seen and it is possible to buy Aboriginal craftworks in a variety of different places.
Whilst in the Northern Territory, make sure that you see the Katherine Gorge, which is simply an amazing sight with its â€˜wallsâ€™ which are over 70 metres high. It is one of those sights which will stay with you forever.
After all that natural beauty and stunning scenery, you will probably feel like some fine wine and food and yet again, NT will not disappoint. Restaurants and facilities are plentiful, not too expensive and all tastes and needs are met with ease.
But whilst in the Northern Territory make sure that you find the time to meet the locals, to discover more about their philosophy and way of being. There are some great Outback characters around here and they will warm your very heart.