Australian states and territories will soon be opening up to NSW visitors.
With the Northern Territory looking at removing Sydney’s COVID-19 hotspot tag, travellers from the country’s largest city and most populous state will soon be able to travel to the Top End and see how it differs from the … rest of the country.
However, keep in mind that whether borders open or not is totally dependent on New South Wales managing community transmission. So, if we want to travel throughout Australia, we’re going to need to keep ourselves in check because it won’t take much for our newfound freedom to be snatched away from us.
Regardless, we think this good news deserves some travel inspo to remind you what the Northern Territory has to offer and also to help get you thinking of your next escape.
1. The MacDonnell Ranges
Parallel ridges running 600-odd kilometres to the east and west of Alice Springs, the mountain range contains many impressive and jaw-dropping gaps and gorges as well as places of deep Aboriginal significance. Go for a walk, take a dip, or pitch a tent to stay for a little while longer. No matter what you decide to do, a visit to the MacDonnell Ranges is must.
2. Kakadu National Park
Covering approximately 200,000 square kilometres, this is Australia’s largest National Park. This is an ancient landscape filled with stories thousands of years old.
3. Larapinta Trail
This has to be one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking trails. At 223 kilometres in length, the trail is divided up into 12 sections so you can be done and dusted in two weeks.
4. Nitmiluk National Park
Otherwise known as Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk is home to the Jawoyn people who have dotted the park with rock art sites. Visitors can travel by ferry to the first few gorges but for a much more personal and exhilarating experience, hire a canoe and paddle your way up to the fourth, sixth and ninth gorges where you can camp overnight.
Uluru needs no explanation. However, I’m beginning to think that we Australians are in need of a pilgrimage to help us reconnect to our land, our country, and the people who live here. And, I just don’t think there would be a better pilgrimage then trekking it to Uluru.