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Tiwi Islands (Melville & Barthurst)

The Tiwi islands (consisting of Melville & Bathurst Island) are just an 80-kilometre flight from Darwin and offer an opportunity to witness the indigenous Tiwi culture with its own language, hunting rituals and unusual face painting.  Strongly connected to the sea, these island people produce paintings, fabrics, jewellery and sculpture with ocean-influenced designs, which the visitor can buy.  Unique to the tribe is also the highly decorated Pukumani burial pole - a souvenir you won't find anywhere else!  

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Ayers Rock and The Olgas

The 132,566-hectare Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to Ayers Rock and The Olgas: fantastic rock formations at the heart of Aboriginal culture.  Here, you  can explore the bizarre geology, the ancient myths, and the varied desert wildlife, including kangaroos, eagles and dragons!  Walkers can take advantage of routes through the Valley of the Winds, Lookout Walk and Olga Gorge to get the best from the scenery, while photographers shouldn't miss the ever-changing colours as the sun shifts.   The park is easily accessed from Alice Springs and by air from all major cities.


Darwin

The state capital of the Northern Territory , cosmopolitan Darwin offers a tropical city experience to rival anything else in Australia .  Eat great food at the numerous multi-cultural restaurants and taste crocodile, camel or buffalo for the first time!  Find entertainment in the bars, nightclubs, theatres and casino - or just admire the view of a harbour twice the size of Sydney 's. The city is also famous for its evening street markets, where you'll find Aboriginal art and even more delicious food.  And don't forget that Darwin is just short distance from the spectacular natural sites of Kakadu National Park , Coburg Marine Park , Umbrawarra Gorge, Butterfly Gorge or Tjuwaliyn Hot Springs.


The Devils Marbles

The Devils Marbles are thousands of odd boulders (some as large as buildings) scattered about a 1,802 hectare desert reserve.  Grouped together, balancing on each other, or standing alone, they are another of the Northern Territory 's geological wonders..  Like Ayers Rock and the Olgas, they change colour through the day and are a perfect attraction for photographers, walkers and dreamers. Best reached from Alice Springs , these lesser-known stars of the Red Centre are really worth a trip.


Katherine Gorge National Park

The 180,000 hectare Katherine Gorge National Park features 13 interwoven river gorges which can be explored by boat, on foot or by air.  Take a kayak trip, a helicopter ride or walk the 100 kilometres of trails to get a real flavour of this remarkable terrain.  You can camp along the way, swim off fresh-water beaches and discover the rock art of the Jawoyn people.   And three hours drive from the town of Katherine is yet another National Park, the Gregory: 13,000 square kilometres of ranges, gorges and monsoon rainforest.


Kakadu National Park

Australia ’s most famous World Heritage Listed National Park , Kakadu is a two- million hectare paradise for nature-lovers, adventurers and all appreciators of beauty. Its wetlands, gorges, waterfalls, floodplains, rainforest pockets and escarpments are home to a bewildering array of wildlife and impressive Aboriginal rock art.  Explore this ecological gem by plane, helicopter, boat, 4x4 or on foot as part of a camping safari.    For swimming, walking, fishing and photography, there a few more beautiful places in nature.