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In the Northern Territory, getting there is half the fun and, once you have arrived, you will realize that visiting the Australian outback doesn’t have to mean roughing it. With landscapes ranging from rugged to lush, a variety of luxurious accommodations and nearly endless activities, the Northern Territory beckons to all.

There are two distinct regions in the Northern Territory, the Top End and the Red Centre. From deserts to waterfalls, each region offers amazing holiday experiences in their own right. In the Top End, travelers can discover the Northern Territory capital of Darwin, UNESCO World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, ancient Arnhem Land and rugged Katherine.

In Darwin, visitors will find a metropolitan city with sunset markets, movies under the stars and harbor cruises. Litchfield National Park is close by and is home to a natural water park.

Kakadu National Park is quite possibly one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. A three-hour drive from Darwin, the park is brimming with native wildlife and is a utopia for wildlife lovers, particularly bird watchers and fishers.

In Katherine, the outback meets the tropics and the choices are endless. Visitors can choose to fish, camp, hike, swim, canoe and more. For those looking for soft adventure, take in Nitmiluk Gorge onboard a dinner cruise and stay in five-star luxury.

Arnhem Land is one of the world’s last unspoiled areas. Here, visitors can try their hand at spear-catching a fish for lunch, experience the 50,000-year-old Indigenous culture firsthand, and listen to the yidaki (didgeridoo) in the lands where it was first invented and more. Heading south from the Top End travelers will discover the Red Centre, Australia's iconic outback, home to UNESCO World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the pioneering town of Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, the site of Australia's last gold rush.

In Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, visitors can witness the changing colors of sunrise and sunset as they paint themselves across the world's most famous monolith, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and its sister formation, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).

Alice Springs is home to a variety of museums, visitor centers, wildlife parks and more, all telling the story and history of the pioneering of the Outback. Alice is also home to the Larapinta Trail, one of the Great Walks of Australia, which spans 138 miles through the MacDonnell Ranges.

Tennant Creek is home to Australia's last major gold rush, which took place in the 1930s. The region is also home to the Karlu Karlu Devils Marbles, believed by the Warmungu Aboriginal people to be the fossilized eggs of the Rainbow Serpent, well worth a stop on any trip to the region.

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