5 things you didn’t know you could do in the NT

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There’s more to the Top End than you think. Picture: Tourism NT. Source: Supplied

THE vast yet beautiful Northern Territory drew more local and international travellers this year than any of the past five.  

The National Visitor Survey showed 1.34 million visitors ticked the Territory off their bucket lists, a 14 per cent increase. So what makes this region so special?

Apart from the obvious sights such as Uluru, Kakadu and Alice Springs, here are five things you probably didn’t know you could do up north.

1. ‘Rock’ the sky

Everyone’s seen Uluru side-on but now thrillseekers can skydive over the Rock and Kata Tjuta with an extra long free fall. For those who like things at a slower pace, there’s also a longer more silent parachute ride.

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See Uluru from above and be in awe of this natural wonder. Picture: Tourism NT. Source: Supplied

Tours available through Skydive Ayers Rock

2. Helicopter pub crawls

This ultimate pub crawl is slightly different. A helicopter choppers you to local waterholes reaching locations only accessible by boat or air such as Goat Island where you can try the pub’s famous ‘Buffalo Burger’.

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Reach Goat Island by boat or chopper for an exclusive bar hop. Picture: Tourism NT. Source: Supplied

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Ever wanted to try a Buffalo burger? Picture: Tourism NT. Source: Supplied

Tours available through Airborne Solutions.

3. Discover East Arnhem Land

Research from Tourism NT reveals that 1 in 10 Australians believe Arnhem Land is a mythical land from a children’s book, not an actual beautiful destination.

Home to the world’s oldest living culture, and one of the last wilderness areas on earth, East Arnhem Land is an NT hotspot driving Aussies to visit their own backyard.

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Hand woven spinifex baskets. Picture: Tourism NT. Source: Supplied

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Discover the world’s oldest living culture. Picture: Tourism NT. Source: Supplied

4. Time out with the turtles

The NT is synonymous with wildlife, and a visit to the Territory gives you a chance to get up close and personal with giant sea turtles. The Turtle Dreaming & Tiwi Islands Sailing Experience from Darwin can include seeing baby turtles making their way up the beach, and hopefully witnessing a female turtle making her nest and laying her eggs.

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The beautiful Sea Turtles are an icon of the Territory. Picture: Tourism NT. Source: Supplied

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Follow the turtle tracks to see females making a nest for their eggs. Picture: Tourism NT. Source: Supplied

Tours available through Sail Darwin.

5. Catch and cook your dinner

Fancy yourself a hunter gatherer? Travellers get the chance to prove it in the NT with the catch and cook experiences on offer. They always say it tastes better when you catch it yourself.

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Fancy some fish for dinner? Reel it in and cook it up. Picture: Tourism NT. Source: Supplied

Catch and Cook Experience available through Wildman Wilderness Lodge

 

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