Want to know a pro traveler tip? To see the real Australia, you need to experience the adventure of the Northern Territory, the wild heart of Oz. The Northern Territory is divided into two parts: the Top End and Red Centre. Both full of outback adventures, dramatic landscapes and an ancient Aboriginal culture. While planning your trip Down Under, be sure to include these places in your itinerary. Whatever you do, don’t forget to charge your phone or pack your camera. Why? Because we’ve rounded up the most Instaworthy places in the Northern Territory.
The Tropical Top End
In the tropical ‘Top End’ experience a beautiful tropical climate, landscapes dotted with rainforests, gorges, waterfalls and waterholes, Aboriginal culture and a relaxed outdoor lifestyle.
Below are just some of the instaworthy places to check out.
1. Gunlom Plunge Pool, Kakadu National Park
One of Australia’s best kept secrets, the Gunlom Plunge Pool is the perfect natural infinity pool tucked away at the top of the Gunlom Falls hike in Kakadu National Park. Capture the escarpment on the hike to the top, then relax in the crystal clear water above the falls. Pack your hiking boots and your swimsuit and get ready for spectacular swimming and views!
2. Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin
As Australia’s only crocodile cove and home to the “Cage of Death,” this might be the most epic photo on your Insta feed. *WARNING* the Cage of Death is designed for the bravest of souls. For the less adventurous, you can still snag a picture holding a baby croc and visit the on site aquarium. Or, just do it for the ‘gram and plunge into the Cage of Death, despite your biggest fears.
3. Bitter Springs, Katherine
The Katherine regions is where ‘the Outback meets the Tropics’ and Bitter Springs is an unexpected and largely secret tropical treasure just an hours’ drive from Katherine. After all your adventures in the Top End, these natural thermal springs, nestled in amongst a palm forest and water lilies are the best way to relax before heading further south to the Red Centre. The best part is, frolicking and posing for that perfect pic in these crystal clear pools is free!
4. Waterfront Precinct, Darwin
Be the envy of your friends at home shivering through winter with some snaps of your never ending summer in Darwin. At the lively Waterfront Precinct you can swim in the man-made saltwater lagoon or wave pool, or have a bite to eat with a refreshing cocktail at one of the many bars and cafes.
Australia’s Iconic Red Centre
The Red Centre is home to some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks and is considered the spiritual heart of Australia. But endless desert views doesn’t mean a string of endlessly similar pics on your camera roll. Check out these super unique spots.
5. Outback Ballooning, Katherine
Snap the perfect pic for your Insta on a sunrise hot-air balloon flight. The early morning wake up call is totally worth it as you drift into an outback sunrise of pastel blues, purples, yellows and reds. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as the iconic Red Kangaroos, camels and wallabies.
6. Field of Light, Uluru
Bruce Munro’s Field of Light Uluru should not be missed if you want to get the perfect snap. Visit the art installation at dusk to walk through and watch 50,000 spindles of light come to life as the sun sets over Uluru. Searching for the best Insta angle? Pathways guide you through the installation or you can get a bird’s-eye view from nearby hilltops.
7. Kings Canyon
Don’t miss the majestic Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. Challenge yourself on the rim walk for unforgettable views across the sandstone walls of the canyon. The red rock face of the canyon soars above a dense forests of palms, ferns and cycads. A tip to get an awesome post to make your friends at home jealous is to do the walk as the sun is rising over the escarpment—no filter needed!
8. Uluru—Kata Tjuta National Park
Last but not least and a must for your Instagram feed, Australia’s most recognizable natural icon, Uluru (Ayers Rock). An unforgettable bucket list item where you can capture the breathtaking change of colors at sunrise and sunset. It’s just you, the desert and the views. Snap your best Instagram and then soak up the awe-inspiring experience.
A trip to the stunning and unique Northern Territory is the journey of a lifetime, perfect for the most adventurous of travelers seeking both a cultural and exhilarating escapade. Might as well do it while you’re still young, right? Book your flight with StudentUniverse and save some extra cash to put towards your outback adventures. And don’t forget to tag @StudentUniverse and @AusOutbackNT in all of your adventure shots for a chance to be featured on our page!