The beating heartland of Australia is the perfect place to find an adventure and enjoy The Great Outdoors. If you’re planning a short-break or a longer road-trip, the Northern Territory has everything for your inner thrill-seeker, from helicopter rides to camel rides, there’s something for every level of adrenaline. [listicle]
Skydiving over Uluru
If there’s one place in the world it’s worth jumping out of a plane, it’s in the Red Centre. Having a bird’s eye view of the Rock is an unmatched experience. Prepare to be wow-ed as you free-fall over Uluru with views of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Mount Connor and Lake Amadeus from 12,000 feet.
Dives with Skydive Uluru start from $399.
Image: Skydive Uluru / Facebook
Helicopter flight over Kings Canyon
There is no better way to experience sprawling Kings Canyon than by air. Taking off from the Kings Canyon Resort helipad, tours fly over the domes of the Lost City and down into the Garden of Eden. There are breathtaking views of Kings Canyon and Carmichaels Crag (where Pricilla Queen of the Desert was filmed), while the sandstone domes and geological diversity of the Canyon is especially breathtaking from the air.
Flights start from $149 for 15 minutes.
Image: Kings Canyon Resort / Facebook
Croc spotting in Katherine
If there’s one thing you do when you visit Katherine, make it croc-spotting in The Katherine Gorge. As the sun rises over the Gorge, sit back, relax (as much as you can) and play a game of “spot-the-croc”.
On Nitmiluk Tours’ Nit Nit Dreaming cruise, you’ll discover the cultural significance of the gorges and the meaning they have to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn people.
Tours start from $89.
Image: Nitmiluk Tours / Facebook
Hot-air ballooning over the Red Centre
If you’re looking for something with a slower pace but still with a high degree of excitement, jump on a hot air balloon and cruise the skies over the Red Centre with Outback Ballooning. If you’re scared of heights or just want to keep your feet on the ground, you can also go “balloon chasing”, where you’ll watch your friends take to the air while you head out on desert tracks to meet up with the balloon.
To top it all off, you’ll finish with a glass of sparkling wine. Chin chin to that!
Tours start from $295 for adults, while balloon chasing will set you back just $40 per person.
Image: Outback Ballooning / Facebook
Chasing waterfalls in the Top End
On a steaming hot day, there’s nothing better than cooling off under a natural waterfall. In the NT’s Top End, you’re spoilt for choice, with enough to have you waterfall hopping for the whole day.
Litchfield Tours offer a one-day trip from Darwin, leaving at 7am and visiting Litchfield National Park’s Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, Buley Rock Hole and Tolmer Falls. Bookings start from $150 per person.
Image: Andy Tyler / Flickr
Camel racing at Stuart’s Well
Weather it’s a quick stop off on your way to Uluru or a day trip from Alice Springs, it would un-Australian not to ride a camel on a trip to the NT. Located at Stuarts Well, in the natural bushland right at the foot of stunning James Ranges and just 90kms from Alice Springs, Camels Australia allows visitors to take a turn around the enclosure or set off on longer 30 and 60-minute treks.
Be sure to check out the roaming lamas, kangaroos and emus. You can even get a camel burger on your return!
Tours start from $9.
Image: Camels Australia / Facebook
Sleep under the stars
If you’ve never slept under the stars, you haven’t fully lived. On Intrepid’s Red Centre Adventure, you’ll explore the ancient rock formations of Kata Tjuta and enjoy the incredible canyons. And, after a packed day, you’ll eat your tucker, zip into a swag, spend a few minutes spotting shooting stars and then close your eyes for the best sleep of your life.
Tours start from $958.
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(Lead image: Kings Canyon Resort / Facebook)