At the beginning of the new year, everything changes. First stop in 2023, why not try a trip to the Northern Territory? Embark on a new journey in the natural secrets of Australia's Northern Territory. Immerse yourself in nature by the sea, let the waves wash away all worries and fatigue, enjoy delicious food, appreciate the spiritual feast brought by the visual arts, try a variety of outdoor sports and cultural feasts, and inspire happiness in a way unique to the Australian Northern Territory! From the Red Centre to the North End, 7 new Northern Territory experiences await.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – Australia's spiritual hub, a must-visit on your travel bucket list, and three of the world's most noteworthy sights. Not only is Uluru a darling of nature, but also has a rich spiritual heritage, continuing the ancient cultural legends of the aboriginal people. A wilderness starlight dinner in such a perfect Uluru is the ultimate romantic fairy tale. At sunset, when the silhouette of Uluru disappears at the end of the horizon, night falls and candles flicker, this wondrous dinner begins. The Field of Light Dinner combines the internationally acclaimed "Sounds of Silence" with Bruce Munro's "Stars in the Wild" exhibition. Champagne, snacks, views, dishes inspired by Aboriginal ingredients and a starry night sky intertwine to make for this wonderful evening.
Nightfall Starlight Dinner ©Tourism NT/Salty Aura
Spectacular wilderness starlight installation ©Tourism NT/Salty Aura
Located four hours from Alice Springs and three hours from Uluru, the Valley of the Kings is the perfect place to take a break while visiting the Red Centre. From adorable wallabies and rabbit-eared beaver cubs to majestic wedge-tailed eagles, the abundance of wildlife in the Valley of the Kings surprises and delights you every day. Escape the crowds and allow some time for the Valley of the Kings to explore slowly, with a variety of walking trails and plenty of holiday options from camping to resorts. Renowned artist Bruce Munro's immersive sound and light installation Light Towers will open at Discovery Kings Canyon in April 2023. This marvelous installation consists of 69 two-meter-high lampposts, each of which changes color to the music. At that time, come to the Valley of the Kings and harvest a visual feast that cannot be missed.
Hike ©Tourism NT on the edge of the Valley of the Kings
Overlooking the Imperial Valley Resort ©Tourism NT/Tourism Australia
The picturesque sights of the East and West Macdonald Mountains, the spectacular scenery of the Simpsons Gap, the red rock faces of the Stanley Chasm... These are synonymous with Alice Springs. In addition, the Alice Springs region is world-renowned for the emergence of internationally renowned Aboriginal artists. Ayeye Atyenhe Art is brought by award-winning Aboriginal artists to share the charm of Aboriginal culture by telling stories between people and works during a 90-minute art and culture experience. Visit Alice Springs and take a look at the town's many art galleries and listen with your ears to the artists tell the meaning behind their works.
Couple ©picnicking in Simpson Canyon Tourism NT/The Salty Travellers
Travelers ©immersed in the red rocks of the Stanley Rift Valley Tourism Australia/Shaana McNaught
Catherine is a town three hours south of Darwin, where inland meets the tropics. Catherine is considered the entrance to Nitmiluk National Park, known for its strong Aboriginal culture, natural geothermal hot springs, quirky inland taverns and beautiful waterways. During the day, visitors can check out the countless cafes on the upper floors of Catherine Town, before venturing out the local art galleries. In the evening, you can enjoy dinner around the fire. On a plateau overlooking the breathtaking Nitmiluk Gorge, the national park has built 20 km of new cycle paths for visitors to ride.
Bird's eye view of Tourism ©NT/Jason Charles Hill
Cyclists ©on a cycling tour of Nitmiluk National Park Tourism NT/Travis Deane
Kakadu is known as a gallery of nature, with vibrant wetlands, magnificent waterfalls, waterholes, steep cliffs, a rich diversity of species, and a diverse indigenous cultural heritage, such as rock art. Looking for a new experience? Don't miss the Yibekka tour! Explore the more than 65,000-year-old Bininj Aboriginal culture in the rock art grotto with a local Aboriginal guide, listen to the ancient legends of Kakadu, and discover the hidden fragments of civilization in this wonderland. In addition, visit the Ubil and Burrungkuy/Nourlangie, two ancient Aboriginal petroglyph sites in Kakadu depicting wildlife, legends of dreamtime and the history of first encounters with Europeans.
Overlooking Kakadu National Park ©Tourism NT/Helen Orr
Ancient rock art ©on the Noorlangi Rock Tourism Australia/Nicholas Kavo
There's nothing quite like a gift to a small escape in Arnhem Land and a gift from nature. Located within the unspoiled marine reserve of Kalijinambaru National Park, the world-famous Seven Spirit Bay is a destination that combines luxury and adventure, as well as world-class fishing adventures. Here, visitors can enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings, explore nature and enjoy a stylish dinner after an enriching day.
Seven Spirits Bay ©Tourism NT/@samools_snaps
Seven Spirits Bay ©Tourism NT/@samools_snaps
Darwin is one of Australia's most exciting culinary destinations. Due to its unique location and influence from Southeast Asian cuisine, the unique flavours of Northern Territory's cuisine have also emerged. At the restaurant, called Ella by Minoli, master chef Minoli De Silva transports diners to a hidden jungle town in Sri Lanka, combining modern cooking techniques with the rich Minoli tradition to create delicious dishes with a selection of spices blended to delight the taste buds and take place on a culinary journey with a modern twist.
Darwin CBD ©Tourism NT
Northern Territory cuisine ©influenced by Southeast Asian cuisine Tourism NT/Greg Elms
(Source: Tourism Australia)