From wetlands to dusty red plains, The Northern Territory of Australia also known as the NT is a wonderful area of the country. Offering incredible national parks, ancient Aboriginal culture, spectacular beaches and dramatic scenery.Although the Northern Territory is famed for its rugged landscape, offering the opportunity for real adventure, there is a burgeoning luxury scene that allows you to enjoy these experiences in comfort.
In this post, I’m going to share why the Northern Territory is on my agenda as a luxury traveller. From the bucket list destinations and activities to dream accommodation, we’ll discover what makes this part of Australia special.
At the heart of the Red Centre, Uluru is an iconic Australian landmark. This natural wonder has dominated the landscape for millions of years, holding cultural significance for the local Aboriginal people.
Any visit here would be phenomenal, but watching the sun bounce off the formation and change the colours during sunset would be a spiritual experience. Imagine taking in that view, then enjoying a gourmet dining experience under a canopy of stars in the desert. You can indulge in finest cuisine made with fresh local ingredients with Uluru as a backdrop. Spectacular! There are a number of accommodation choices in the Uluru area, however the standout option for the luxury traveller has to be Longitude 131°. Comprised of a number of luxury pavilions and tents with unparalleled views over Uluru, this is the ultimate place to relax for a sophisticated nature experience.Whether you head to the spa after a long day of exploring or take a dip in a private plunge pool to escape the notorious Australian heat, you’ll be sure to have a customised experience that will enhance a once in a lifetime visit to Uluru.
When you’re immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Northern Territory it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to encounter local wildlife, a safari is the perfect solution.
Situated in an exclusive location on Finniss River, Top End Safari Camp offers outback adventures that are the ultimate combination of adventure and comfort.
You can have the opportunity to go wildlife spotting whilst having an adrenaline fuelled ride on an airboat. If you want to get even closer, there is the potential to have a crocodile encounter—not for the faint of heart!There is a scenic helicopter flight over the floodplains to truly see the scale of the natural beauty of the area.Why not stay overnight to extend this once in a lifetime experience, there are so many additional activities available to elevate the evening. Enjoy a sunset cheese and wine moment, before settling around the fire pit for a spot of stargazing. Ending the night by retiring to your Deluxe Lotus Bell tent, for a truly bespoke outback glamping affair.
Nicknamed the ‘Islands of Smiles’ the Tiwi Islands are located off the coast of Darwin. These beautiful islands are famous for their traditional lifestyle, Aboriginal arts culture and turquoise waters.What’s great is that you’re able to take a day trip to visit the Tiwi Islands as there are direct ferries from Darwin to the islands.
This natural haven is the perfect setting to learn more about Aboriginal culture from the locals or head out on a wildlife tour before watching a breath-taking sunset.If you have time to extend your stay, the Tiwi Island Retreat is one of Australia’s premier barefoot destinations. Situated in a secluded beachfront location, it’s the perfect place to unplug and enjoy the undisturbed paradise. The Luxury Glamping tents offer sweeping views of the ocean with your own beachfront spa to relax.Tiwi Island Retreat also offer a selection of all-inclusive options, so you are able to create a truly bespoke experience focusing on cultural excursions, world-class fishing or unique wildlife encounters.
After you’ve had the adventures of a lifetime in the Northern Territory outdoors, head to Darwin to discover the city and the luxury experiences available there.
I always like to get out on the water where possible and there is a Champagne Sunset Sail cruise that takes you out on a 50 foot luxury catamaran. You’ll experience a wonderful evening including an eight course tasting menu of the finest local products accompanied by sunset views. If you’re lucky, there may be dolphins swimming alongside the catamaran or perhaps a turtle sighting, even in the city you might get a sight of the famous wildlife.
No matter where you are traveling in the Northern Territory, it’s clear that you’ll be having unique experiences, I hope this has shown you that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on luxuries.
I’ve absolutely been inspired to plan my own trip ASAP – will you be joining me?
This post is in collaboration with Tourism NT, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Copyright of images belongs to relevant parties.