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Top 5 Tours and Activities in the Northern Territory

So you’re going to the NT? Good on ya! The Northern Territory is the real Australia so making sure you see it in the best way possible is essential. With so many different companies and tours available it can be super confusing finding the best one for you. Here’s 5 of my favourite options for touring around the NT!

Way Outback Crocodile Rock – 10 Day

Darwin to Alice Springs / Alice Springs to Darwin

Want to see everything the NT and Red Centre have to offer in one easy package? Crocodile Rock is perfect for you! Starting in Darwin or Alice Springs, Crocodile Rock takes backpackers on a carefree adventure hitting up all the must see locations that the Northern Territory has to offer.

You’ll explore everything the NT has to offer in this action packed 10 day tour. Swim in pristine pools in Kakadu, spot crocodiles and native wildlife in the Mary River Wetlands, sunrises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta and everything in between… and i mean everything!

This tour is made for active travellers as there’s heaps of hiking, swimming and exploring. Accomodation is a mix of swags, camping and dorms with some chances to upgrade for those “glampers” (glamorous campers) out there – you know who you are. Crocodile Rock is perfect for the care-free traveller, who wants to not think about a thing and enjoy everything the NT has to offer.

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Mulgas Rock 2 Rock – 4 Day

Yulara to Yulara

If you are flying in and out of Yulara airport and want to experience the highlights of the Red Centre why not go for the top rated option on trip advisor? Spend your days taking on epic hikes, evenings around the campfire and sleeping in swags under the brightest stars you’ve ever seen.

Learn about the aboriginal culture of the Red Centre and soak in all the sites! You’ll be taken on an interpretive base walk of Uluru for sunrise and sunset. Watching the sun change colours over this incredibly significant landmark is truly sensational – especially paired with a glass of bubbly. Discover the Valley of the Winds, a land forgotten by time. Take on a mighty rim walk at Kings Canyon and admire the contrast of the watering holes against the red rocks. Live the true outback experience by sleeping around the campfire under the night sky with your new friends.

Mulgas Rock 2 Rock is perfect if for the active backpacker flying in and out of Yulara airport. For those wanting to experience a little more you can choose to add on (at own expense) a camel ride, helicopter flight or quad bike experience!

Read more about this tour here


Territory Expeditions 4WD Kakadu & Litchfield – 3 Day

Darwin to Darwin


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Short on time in Darwin and can’t decide what to do? Explore the best that Kakadu and Litchfield National Park have to offer on this awesome 3 day tour with the legends at Territory Expeditions. This is a brilliant introduction to the waterfalls, unique landscape and aboriginal culture of the these two national parks,

Some of my highlights in these action packed three days include a wildlife cruise on the Corroboree Billabong (make sure to keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles), going for a dip in Jim Jim Falls plunge pool and witnessing the super unique Giant Termite Mounds. Thanks to safari camping permits at Mardugal and Garnamarr you camp in the heart of Kakadu surrounded only by trees and a sky full of stars!

For those wanting to take on the ultimate Kakadu and Litchfield adventure, not scared of an adventure and sleeping around the campfire, Territory Expeditions have got you covered.

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Litchfield Tours Litchfield & Jumping Croc Cruise – 1 Day

Darwin to Darwin

Spent all your money on goon and $5 Domino’s? Still want an awesome top end experience? Well call of the search party and look no further! Say g’day to this Whirlwind 1 day Litchfield and Jumping Croc Cruise starting in Darwin.

You’ll be taken on an epic 11 hour, best of Litchfield tour hitting up all the must see and lesser known spots Litchfield has to offer. Your day starts at the mighty Adelaide River where you’ll see prehistoric creatures (crocs) feeding in their natural environment, get those cameras at the ready. Experience spring fed waterfalls, monsoonal rain forests, magnetic termite mounds and more! Remember to bring your trunks cos you’re going to an array of picturesque waterfalls such as Florence, Tolmer and Wangi Falls. The NT is ridiculously hot so enjoy the chance to cool off in these amazing falls. You’re returned back to Darwin CBD by 6pm in time to catch an evening flight or to soak in the electric atmosphere.

This is perfect for the short on time/budget traveller wanting to swim in some pristine pools and spot some indigenous wildlife.

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Way Outback Buffalo Dreaming 4WD Top End Safari – 3 Day

Darwin to Darwin

Staying in Darwin and want a killer value for money top end experience that doesn’t compromise in quality or comfort? Buffalo Dreaming with the crew at Way Outback is exactly that. Spend 3 days and 2 nights off-roading in a 4wd, swimming in plunge pools and spotting wildlife on a wetlands cruise.

This is a small group adventure where you stay in private campsites. This gives a really great opportunity to connect with like minded backpackers on the tour. During the three days you’ll experience the top locations of the top end bucket list such as Mary River Wetlands, Jim Jim Falls and Buley Rockhole.

For those wanting to not miss a wink of the highlights of Kakadu and Litchfield starting and finishing in Darwin, this is awesome!

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Hopefully this little breakdown will help you pick the best option for you in the Northern Territory and you’ll have as much fun on your Australia adventure as I did!

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