(ARA) – The Top End of Australia’s Northern Territory provides travelers with a plethora of opportunities to engage in authentic Australian experiences. Twice the size of California, but with only 200,000 inhabitants, it’s no surprise that the Northern Territory is the place to experience nature on a grand scale.
Only a 4-hour flight from most Australian capital cities, the Northern Territory is far away in spirit from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here you’ll find World Heritage listed national parks, ancient Aboriginal rock art, scenic treks and festive markets … which is probably why so many Australians choose to holiday in the Territory.
Think Sydney has the largest harbor? Think again. Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, is a modern, tropical city that sits on a harbor twice the size of Sydney’s. Satisfy your gastronomic side and shop alongside Darwin locals at the Saturday morning Parap markets. Explore the WWII oil storage tunnels. Observe and (for the daring) be submerged with crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove.
Approximately two hours outside of Darwin is Australia’s largest national park – Kakadu. It has a dual World Heritage listing for both its natural beauty and significance in Aboriginal culture. See the beauty of Kakadu from the air on a scenic flight or keep your feet on the ground with a guided tour.
Adjacent to Kakadu is Arnhem Land, named one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Places of a Lifetime.” Wholly Aboriginal owned, the indigenous culture remains largely intact. The only way to discover this wealth of culture, including the spectacular untouched rock art sites, is on a tour with one of the select tour operators who have been granted permission to visit this land.
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