It doesn't matter whether you're young or old, keen for adventure or looking to relax, on a budget or ready to splurge, a holiday in the Northern Territory is an experience like no other.
The Northern Territory offers some of the world's unique travel experiences. From traversing the Red Centre to getting up close and personal with Aussie wildlife, a trip to the NT will leave you with memories you'll treasure forever.
Forget ten things you can do on holiday in the Northern Territory. Here are ten things you can only do in the NT - the most diverse and magical part of Australia.
1. Go swimming with Crocs in the Cage of Death, Darwin
If we didn't get you at 'swimming with crocs', we surely won you over with 'cage of death'!
The Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove is submerged underwater in a crocodile enclosure, allowing you to get up close and personal with your new scaly pal in a safe environment. Safe it may be, but it is still guaranteed to get the heart pumping!
Crocosaurus Cove, situated right in the heart of Darwin, does things a little differently to your average zoo. This is no regular crocodile park. You can go fishing for crocodiles, swim with the salties, hold a baby croc or watch the big fellas at feeding time.
2. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture on the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin
Just 80km north of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands - the collective name for Bathurst and Melville islands - are fast becoming a must-see destination for tourists keen to experience authentic Aboriginal culture. All it takes is a 30 minute flight or a couple of hours by ferry and you’re there.
Learn about traditional Australian art and burial rituals, enjoy totem dances and a smoking ceremony, take in a game of Australian rules football, or get in a spot of fishing at some of the most secluded retreats in the world. The Tiwi Islands offer the perfect blend of nature and culture, and they truly are like nowhere else in the world.
If you want an organised tour, reputable operators include Tiwi Islands Adventures, AAT Kings and SeaLink. If you're going it alone, make sure you contact the Tiwi Land Council for all the appropriate permits.
There’s a reason the area is nicknamed the ‘Island of Smiles’. Head to the Tiwi Islands and find out why.
3. Hook yourself a million bucks with Million Dollar Fish in the Territory’s Top End
Fishing in the Northern Territory is world famous, and, even better, it’s the only place in the world where you can reel in your line and become a millionaire. The Million Dollar Fish promotion is fast becoming one of the most popular events on the NT calendar.
Each year, Tourism NT tags 101 barramundi at fishing hotspots around the Top End. 100 of them carry a $10,000 prize, while one lucky fish will net you seven figures!