Croc in Kakadu National Park Crocodile in Kakadu National Park– Image courtesy of Tourism NT

Outback Australia

Think adventure… think Outback Australia! For a lifetime’s worth of discovery and outdoors adventure, look no further than your own backyard for an incredible array of experiences – the perfect honeymoon destination for newlyweds who love adventure.

Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of the Australian outback, from the vertiginous walls of Western Australia’s Windjana Gorge and the diverse landscapes of the Kimberley mountain ranges, to the lush landscape of Kununurra and striped sandstone domes of Bungle Bungle.


Miri Falls, El Questro

What to do and see in the Outback

Explore the world’s oldest cave system, experience the cascading Miri Falls and stunning gorges in El Questro (photo), then swim amid the dramatic red cliffs and turquoise waters in Broome.

Cruise crocodile-infested rivers, soak in Katherine’s hot springs, encounter wildlife at Nitmiluk National Park and learn about ancient Aboriginal traditions and cultures.

In South Australia's Flinders Ranges, discover one of Australia's finest natural landscapes with an adventure across rugged peaks and through spectacular gorges that are more than 600 million years old.

Climb to the summit of Mount Remarkable for panoramic views over this ancient land, then hike through the deciduous trees of the Wirrabara and Bundaleer forests.

Discover charming historical towns by scenic railway or cycle the awesome Mawson Trail from the outskirts of Adelaide to Blinman in the Southern Flinders Ranges.


Northern Territories

Discover a choice of must-see sights and attractions in the Northern Territories, including the following Outback Australia icons…

Katherine Gorge

Nitmiluk National Park

Explore some of this 292,000ha park, which borders Kakadu National Park and shares the magnificent Arnhem Land escarpment.

Learn more about the park with a visit to the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, then join a tour to see the towering sandstone cliffs of the Katherine Gorge.

Explore the network of 13 impressive sandstone gorges on foot, by kayak or on a relaxing cruise. Marvel at the rich colour of the burnt orange and red walls.

Spot wildlife, discover Aboriginal rock paintings, enjoy a refreshing swim in the pandanus-fringed natural pool at the base of Edith Falls or slide into the warm thermal waters of Katherine’s hot springs.

Paddle a kayak or relax on a cruise beneath the magnificent red sandstone cliffs of Katherine George (photo).

For a bird’s-eye view, soar over the park and through the gorge in a helicopter.

Katherine

Located at the gateway to Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine is an ideal spot for exploring the region and enjoying any number of adventure activities.

Visit the ruins of the 1879 Springvale Homestead, one of the Northern Territory's first cattle stations; pop in to Katherine School of the Air, where school lessons are broadcast over the radio to children living in remote areas across the Top End; visit the picturesque Katherine Hot Springs; or take a refreshing dip in the large plunge pool at Edith Falls.

Wander among 200 different species of cycads, cacti and succulents at the Jurassic Cycad Gardens and don’t forget to browse Aboriginal artwork in one of Katherine's galleries.

Katherine is approximately three-and-a-half-hour's drive from Darwin on a mix of sealed and unsealed roads – plan on spending three days to see all the sights that include…

Katherine River

Join a guided kayak tour downriver through exciting rapids and calm channels, past rocky banks and towering paperbark forests.

Windolf Walk

Stroll the scenic 8.4km-return trail that winds its way along the Katherine River and up to Pat’s Lookout for a sweeping view of Nitmiluk Gorge. Go swimming in the river and look out for the post-rain tumbling waterfalls at the Southern Rockhole.

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

Take the 2.6km Leliyn Trail for a scenic hike to the upper pools of the falls. Enjoy the sight of the cascading waterfalls that feed the huge pandanus-fringed plunge pool. Continue on to Sweetwater pool for a picnic lunch and a refreshing dip.

Edith Falls is the finishing point of the 58km Jatbula Trail track, which begins at Nitmiluk National Park headquarters.

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Reserve

Discover a natural wonderland of towering red cliffs and waterholes. Take the easy 1km walk to view Aboriginal rock art sites and to a large pool with a white sandy beach.

Accessibly by two-wheel drives, the Gorge is reached by following the turn-off sign from the Explorer’s Way at Coomalie Creek, north of Katherine.

Mataranka

Located on the upper reaches of the Roper River, Mataranka is renowned for its thermal pools, which bubble away at a constant 34°C. Enjoy a warm dip in the sandy-bottomed lagoon fringed with paperbark and palm forest or go fishing, kayaking and bushwalking.

Pop into the Stockyard Gallery, exhibiting local Aboriginal art, and the Never Never Museum, displaying local Aboriginal history. Don’t miss visiting the Mataranka Homestead near tranquil Rainbow Spring.

Cutta Cutta Caves

Admire a variety of native and rare wildlife paintings at these limestone caves located just 30km south of Katherine.

Elsey National Park

Explore the historic sites of Old Sheep Dip and 12 Mile Yards, go river fishing, kayaking and, surrounded by paperbark and palm forest, relax in the warm crystal clear thermal pools at Rainbow Spring.

Take the 8km-return walk to Mataranka Falls, cooling off in the gentle rapids, or choose the Botanic Walk, an easy 1.5km loop around the park.

Marvel at the park’s diverse plant species, which helped to create the perfect setting for Jeannie Gunn’s We of the Never Never.


Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

Australia's largest national park – a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site – offers a landscape of contrasts, from roaring waterfalls cascading into serene pools to delicate lotus flowers concealing gigantic crocodiles.

Kakadu is famous for its different habitats, abundant wildlife and some of Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art.

Hike through the sacred Aboriginal Nourlangie Rock area, learn about the Dreamtime and mythology behind the art. Discover fabulous waterfalls and cool off with a refreshing swim at Boralba Springs.

Follow one of the many sign-posted trails to enjoy stunning vistas, waterfalls, plunge pools, wetlands and Aboriginal art sites. Explore sandstone galleries and examine priceless Aboriginal art dating back 40,000 years.

Wander among more than 1000 plant species and look out for thousands of magpie geese as well as red goshawks and the endangered gouldian finch, Australia's most spectacularly coloured grass finch.

For a good appreciation of the Park's traditional owners' culture and heritage, it’s best to start with a visit to either the Bowali Cultural Centre near Jabiru or the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre near Cooinda.

Kakadu National Park, is approximately three-and-a-half-hour's drive from Darwin – plan to stay in Jabiru or Cooinda and allow up to three days to see all the sights, including…

Nanguluwur

Walk the 1.7km track to the famous Nanguluwur art site, near Nourlangie Rock. Within a small Aboriginal rock art gallery you can discover a range of rock art styles, including hand stencils of dynamic figures in large headdresses carrying spears and boomerangs, Namandi spirits and mythical figures such as Alkajko, a female spirit with four arms and horn-like protuberances.

Nourlangie Rock

At an isolated, rocky outcrop of the Arnhem Land escarpment, see the famous Aboriginal rock art painting of Namarrgon, ‘The Lightning Man’.

Ubirr

Stroll along the circular pathway at the base of Ubirr and absorb ancient stories as revealed in an array of Aboriginal paintings. Don’t miss the paintings of Namarrgarn Sisters and the Rainbow Serpent. Climb to the rocky lookout and admire the 360° panorama of the floodplains and escarpment.

Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls

Join a short boat ride to the base of the spectacular Twin Falls or take a four-wheel drive to the car park and then hike 2km through monsoon forest and over slippery boulders to reach the deep plunge pool at Jim Jim Falls, surrounded by spectacular 150m-high cliffs. Pay heed to the crocodile warning signs: swimming here is not recommended.

Gunlom

Take a bushwalk to this picture-perfect plunge pool, then hike up to the swimming pools at the top of the cascading waterfall for spectacular sunrise and sunset views.

Yellow Water Billabong

Discover the perfect location to view the flora and fauna of the South Alligator River floodplain. Cruise the palm-fringed waters to see fish, migratory birds and saltwater crocodiles.

Mamukala Wetlands

Head to the covered observation deck or amble through the tranquil wetlands to view a multitude of birds and wildlife. From May to November, Mamukala hosts thousands of magpie geese that roost and feed on the lush vegetation surrounding the wetlands.

Adelaide River

Watch powerful saltwater crocodiles, some up to 6m long, launch themselves out of the water as you cruise the river.

Fogg Dam

Walk the dam wall and climb to the top of the observation towers for panoramic views over the Conservation Reserve, renowned for its bird life as well as crocodiles, frogs, lizards, wallabies, snakes, turtles and dingoes.

Manngarre

Take the circular 1.5km Manngarre Walk through the monsoon rainforest surrounding the East Alligator River system, an environment rich in bird and wildlife.


Katherine Gorge

Litchfield National Park

In Litchfield National Park, explore one of the Top End’s hidden treasures, an unspoiled wilderness boasting diverse flora and fauna and impressive natural formations.

View magnetic termite mounds, explore the sandstone towers of the Lost City, wade through a series of rocky pools at Buley Rockhole, cool off with a swim in the plunge pool below Florence Falls and browse indigenous arts and crafts at the Coomalie Cultural Centre.

Litchfield National Park is approximately one-and-a-half-hour's drive from Darwin – plan to stay in Batchelor and allow up to three days to see all the sights, including…

Magnetic Termite Mounds

In one of Litchfield National Park's unique sites, discover hundreds of termite mounds standing up to 2m in height.

Like enormous magnetic compasses, the mounds’ thin edges point north to south, while their broad backs point east to west, minimising their exposure to the sun and keeping the mounds cool for the termites inside.

Don’t miss the large cathedral termite mound and the information shelter, which provides a fascinating insight into these remarkable creatures.

The Lost City

Drive out to the unique freestanding sandstone block and pillar formations reminiscent of the ruins of a long forgotten civilisation. Access along a rough and rocky track to this remarkable site is by four-wheel drive vehicle only.

Coomalie Cultural Centre

Browse a diverse range of distinctive Australian indigenous artworks from across the Top End and Central Australia.

See striking works on paperbark, paper and canvas, as well as printed textiles, carvings, didjeridoos, fibre weavings and rare traditional ceremonial artefacts. Learn about cultural projects, displays and performances and wander the unique bush tucker garden.

Wangi Falls

Discover why this is Litchfield National Park's most popular attraction. The falls cascade into a large, easily accessible swimming hole surrounded by lush monsoonal rainforest. Choose from various walking tracks to explore around and over the falls.

Blyth Homestead

Look into the recently restored Blyth Homestead and try to imagine the tough conditions faced by pioneers in remote areas. Built by the Sargent Family in 1929, the homestead was abandoned in the early 1960s. Access to the homestead is by four-wheel drive vehicle only.

Greenant Creek Walk

Hike the 8.5km track from Greenant Creek to popular Wangi Falls through remarkable flora and fauna including tall carpentaria palms, fig and weeping paperbark trees, while along the forest floor spot geckos, lizards and frogs. This hike forms part of the Tabletop Track in Litchfield National Park.

Florence Falls

Take a refreshing dip in the plunge pool, which is set in a small monsoon forest, then head up to the viewing platform high above the falls for panoramic views over the open valley and the waterhole below.

Tolmer Falls

From atop a viewing platform, look out over to the magnificent Tolmer Falls as they plunge over high escarpments into a deep pool. Access to the bottom of the falls has been restricted to protect the habitat of ghost bats and orange horseshoe bats.

Tabletop Track

If you have the time, this 39km hike takes you alongside trickling creeks, cascading waterfalls, around crystal clear pools and through pristine pockets of tropical monsoon rainforest.

Along the way you can spot local wildlife such as wallabies, possums and flying foxes, picnic at one of the shady spots at Tabletop Swamp and Greenant Creek or cool off with a refreshing dip at Wangi or Florence falls.

Batchelor Butterfly and Bird Farm

Explore the Northern Territory's only butterfly sanctuary and discover a colourful display of natural flora alongside the amazing collection of butterflies. Get up close to the Australian lurcher, the orange lacewing, cruisers, blue-banded eggflies, canopus and orchard butterflies.

Relax and enjoy the tropical garden setting and take the time to have a snack or meal in the picturesque cafe or licensed restaurant.


Kata Tjuta

Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Enjoy the splendour of these stunning 900 million-year-old rock formations either on a leisurely stroll, from atop a camel or on a scenic flight.

Rise early to experience the magic of a sunrise over the ancient sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), then stroll on a guided walk to Walpa George and learn how nature created this spectacular rocky outcrop.

Walk to the Mutitjulu watering hole, see Aboriginal paintings and hear the Tjukurpa (dreamtime) story of Liru and Kunyia. Later watch the sun set over Uluru and discover its beautiful changing colours.


Kings Canyon

A stunning visual treat of towering sandstone walls and pockets of lush green vegetation thriving in sheltered gullies in Watarrka National Park.

Best experienced on an easy 6km hike along the creek bed or from the canyon top; don’t miss the cool waterholes at the ‘Garden of Eden’. Later relax in a spa and gaze out onto the awesome moonlit desert landscape.

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Alice Springs

From Alice take a 4WD trek into the red sand desert to a desert waterhole, cool off in the clear deep waters of Ellery Creek Big Hole; swim the 150m to a white sandy beach on the other side and stroll up the gorge.

Hike the stunning Standley Chasm in the MacDonnell National Park for some great views, or for a different viewpoint experience the desert from a hot-air balloon and watch the sun rise over the MacDonnell Ranges.

Back in Alice, browse or buy contemporary Aboriginal art at some of the finest galleries in Australia.


Bungle Bungle Range

Western Australia

Discover a wonderland of must-see Outback Australia attractions in Western Australia, including…

The Kimberley

Explore this quintessential Australian landscape of blue skies, red earth, gum trees, wallabies and crocodiles.

Discover the vertiginous walls of Windjana Gorge and the unspoiled world of El Questro, as well as the lush landscape of Kununurra and the striped sandstone domes of Bungle Bungle.

Windjana Gorge

One of the Kimberley’s stunning gorges, soaring abruptly from the Lennard River to higher than 100m in places. Take a 4WD down the 3.5km-long gorge and check out freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbank.

Bungle Bungle Range

Rising from the middle of hundreds of square kilometres of remote wilderness in Purnululu National Park are a massif of hundreds of dome-shaped, orange and black-banded sandstone formations, many hundreds of metres high.

Stroll through the gorges and dry creek beds that have names such as ‘Outstation Canyon’ and ‘Mini-Palm Canyon’ and discover rock fig vines clinging to the steep walls and filling crevices. Much of these formations are inaccessible, so one of the easiest ways to see the Bungle Bungles is to fly over them.

Kununurra

Take a 4WD safari to best explore this intricate ecosystem of rivers, wetlands and lakes. Discover the unique rock formations at Mirima Nature Park, known locally as Hidden Valley, on a self-guided walk.

Explore nearby Lake Argyle by air to appreciate its size or by boat to spot wallabies and hundreds of species of birds. Spy on jabiru, black swans and brolgas.

El Questro

At more than one million acres in size, El Questro Wilderness Park offers a great variety of amazing landscapes and opportunities to touch base with nature.

Paddle down the Chamberlain Gorge or enjoy the relaxing thermal pools of Zebedee Springs, photograph butterflies, fish for barramundi or join a 4WD safari through the El Questro Wilderness Park. Ride a horse through the bush, spot brolgas, black cockatoos, magpie geese and saltwater crocodiles.

Or take a scenic helicopter flight through canyons and gorges, past waterfalls and above caves for an unrivalled view of the immense parklands.


Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

(South Australia) – Step back in time in the Flinders Ranges, a 540 million-year-old landscape that offers a treasure trove of nature's bounty.

Explore caves and rugged gorges along the famous Heysen Trail then soar in a plane above the awesome amphitheatre that is Wilpena Pound in the Central Flinders Ranges.

Continue on into the Northern Flinders Ranges for challenging four-wheel drive tracks that scar the red earth between rugged peaks and colourful gorges.

Along the way, pass stands of red gums, spinifex clumps, eucalypt woodland, mallees and acacia. Spot yellow-footed rock wallabies, emus and western grey kangaroos, as kookaburras and galahs swoop overhead.

Discover nature's wonders at a choice of must-see Flinders Ranges attractions, including…

Flinders Ranges National Park

Rugged mountain ranges, spectacular gorges and sheltered creeks lined with river red gums bursting with wildlife are just some of the attractions that make this park one of South Australia's most popular destinations.

World-renowned for its geological history, Aboriginal rock art sites, impressive fossil remains and ruins of early European settlement, the 95,000ha park is located between the towns of Hawker and Blinman.

The park offers a wide range of activities including bushwalking, cycling, scenic tours and bird watching, as well as Aboriginal cultural experiences.

Bushwalk rugged mountain ranges, gorges and sheltered creeks crowded with River Red Gums past ruins of early European settlement and Aboriginal rock art sites.

The area is teeming with wildlife and is renowned for its geological history and impressive fossil remains.

Admire ochre and charcoal images depicting the creation of Wilpena Pound at Arkaroo Rock, an important Aboriginal art site located on the southern boundary of the Park and providing spectacular views of the Chace Range.

Or head to Sacred Canyon, a small rock fissure adorned with ancient Aboriginal rock engravings representing animal tracks, people, waterholes and other symbols.

Then experience 130 million years of earth history on a self-guided walk along the 20km Brachina Gorge Geological Trail. The gorge is a refuge for the yellow-footed rock wallaby as well as many species of birds and reptiles.

Signs offer an insight into the formation of the Flinders Ranges and the evolution of early life forms. Don’t miss the well-preserved Old Wilpena Station Historic Precinct, a pioneering pastoral settlement that operated from 1851 to 1985.

Wadlata Outback Centre

Enjoy an interactive hands-on experience that takes you through the evolution of the Flinders Ranges and Outback South Australia in a series of entertaining displays.

Step back 15 million years in time when lush rainforests covered the Flinders Ranges and dinosaurs roamed the area freely. Learn how the Aboriginal people believe the Flinders Ranges were formed in the Dreamtime.

Listen to the experiences of the early explorers and discover the hardships experienced by these European settlers. Hear children chatter on the School of the Air.

Mount Remarkable National Park

Climb to the summit of Mount Remarkable (960m) for panoramic views over the national park, located in the Southern Flinders Ranges just three hour’s drive north of Adelaide.

Hike through remarkable rock formations and along deep gorges and see an intriguing mix of flora and fauna along the way. Stroll through the spectacular red-brown quartzite rocks of Alligator Gorge or beneath a canopy of ancient Red Gums at Mambray Creek.

The rugged landscape is carpeted in eucalypt woodland, mallees and acacia. Watch out for the beautifully marked yellow-footed rock wallaby as well as emus, euros and western grey kangaroos. In the air and in the trees, discover kookaburras, Adelaide rosellas and galahs.

Wilpena Pound

Bushwalk along one of the many walking trails or take a four-wheel drive tour to this magnificent 80 sq km natural amphitheatre, the result of millions of years of erosion and the centrepiece of the Flinders Ranges National Park.

Along the way, spot emus, kangaroos and euros. Or take to the skies for a panoramic sightseeing flight.

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens

Follow 12km of walking tracks through this 250ha property showcasing a variety of arid land flora and fauna. Stroll around Australia's largest Eremophila Garden, which contains more than 120 species, many of which are rare or endangered.

Look out for wedge-tailed eagles, kestrals and spiney-cheeked honeyeaters – just some of the 100 bird species seen locally.

Wirrabara Forest Reserve

Choose from a range of scenic walking trails and drives through this pretty forest, located in the Southern Flinders Ranges, with great views of Spencer Gulf.

Standing close to the King Tree Road, don’t miss the King Tree, a gnarled 400-year-old Red Gum over 11m in circumference.

Bundaleer Forest Reserve

Meander through tranquil scenery in Australia's first plantation forest, located just 10km south of Jamestown. The 3100ha deciduous forest offers numerous sign-posted tracks, including the famous the Heysen and Mawson trails, as well as others that offer a panorama of old stone walls stretching across green valleys.

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Located in the northern Flinders Ranges, the rugged mountains, towering granite peaks and deep gorges of this 610km² award-winning wilderness sanctuary offers some of the best four wheel-driving in Australia.

Join a tour across ancient seabeds and the razor backed ridges of the Flinders Ranges to Sillers Lookout.

Explore the Yudnamutana track to an old copper mine or take the Echo Camp Backtrack for great views of Lake Frome before arriving at Paralana Hot Springs, a geothermal pool.

Spot wildlife on a bushwalk or experience the stunning landscape on a scenic flight.

Arkaroola’s isolated position is also great for stargazing and you can find three observatories on site. Take the guided astronomy tour or sit in a ‘star chair’ and, using a joy-stick and binoculars, enjoy a self-guided tour through the stars.

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Best time to visit Outback Australia


Anytime, but best during the dry season from May and October, with an average temperature of 26°C.

In the tropical north, the wet season from November to April often makes roads impassible. Around the desert environment of Alice Springs and Uluru you can expect a temperature range of between 14°C and 30°C.


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