The Northern Territory (aka NT) is the largest state in Australia that has the most diverse landscape. From the arid desert to the rain forests with waterfalls, this is the real outback. Australia’s multicultural population of over 100 nationalities reside in this state. NT is also home to the majestic Kakadu national park (Australia’s largest national park covering 20,000 square kilometers).
The capital Darwin, up north of the state is only a 4.45 hours flight from the Asian financial and pot-boiler capital Singapore which is only 5 hours from Mumbai! The spectacular waterfalls and pools in the northern part of NT, in the Litchefield National Park and Katherine Gorge areas, especially if it has rained, the landscape is transformed. You can wander through by foot, canoe, boat or take a spectacular ride by helicopter and get a birds eye view of the landscape.
NT, also home to the indigenous population which gives the land its soul. Unlike anywhere else in Australia, here you can visit and meet them (on their terms) and see how they live. It’s interesting to sit and talk with them and know more about their rituals and habits.
The highlights of NT however, is the Red Earth, the Uluru (Ayers Rock) , Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Kings Canyon and Alice Springs. Did you know, the longest telegraph line in the world ran through the length of NT right from Adelaide (in South Australia) to Darwin at the tip of Northern Territory. The stories and mythology woven around the majestic Red Centre are passed down generations and are a delight to hear till date. The sense of being in this large expanse, with maybe not a soul around for many miles, makes you realise the true importance of your existence. In touch with self, in touch with nature, this is the Red Earth centre.
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