4 must-see attractions in the Northern Territory's Top End

  • Bunnik Tours
  • 24 Sep 21

The Northern Territory has vastly become an increasingly popular travel destination. From dramatic landscapes to wildlife and opportunities for adventure, there’s something for all type of travellers. There are countless unique experiences and attractions in Australia’s Top End. We don’t have time to list every must-see attraction, so we’ve narrowed it down to four.

Florence Falls of Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory by Nick Brundle / Adobe Stock

Florence Falls of Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory by Nick Brundle / Adobe Stock

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Main Gallery and Shelter Walk

Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory is the largest national park in Australia, covering almost 20,000 square kilometres. Packed with billabongs, waterfalls, strange rock formations and all types of native wildlife, Kakadu is one of the best places to experience First Nations cultures. Gain an understanding of Aboriginal life through the years and explore the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) region. Uncover the World Heritage-listed Rock Art of the Anbangbang gallery and shelter and discover some of the world’s oldest and most impressive rock art as well as panoramic views of the Arnhem Land escarpment. Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) is one reason why Kakadu is World Heritage-listed, with many of the paintings being over 20,000 years old. In fact, many people come to Kakadu for the rock art alone.

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Shelter Walk by Annelieke Huijgens

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Shelter Walk by Annelieke Huijgens

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

Three hours south of Darwin is the stunning region of Katherine. Situated on the Katherine River, it is the third largest town in the Northern Territory. Katherine is where the outback meets the tropics. The majestic Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge is undoubtedly the highlight of this region. Consisting of thirteen separate gorges, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge has been carved out of the sandstone cliffs of the Katherine River. This national park is a living cultural landscape where Jawoyn people live and work, sharing their culture. The best way to see the three gorges of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge is on a scenic cruise. Here you will learn from expert guides on the geology and history of the area. Make sure to bring your camera for the spectacular views and your bathers for the chance to swim in these tranquil waters.

Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia by Wirestock

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge by Wirestock / Adobe Stock

tour boat sails up katherine gorge in nitmiluk national park by Chris

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge by Chris / Adobe Stock

Karrimurra (Florence Falls)

Litchfield National Park is home to several remarkable waterfalls that cascade into pristine waters. Karrimurra (Florence Falls) is the most visited and popular tourist attraction in the park and it’s not hard to see why. The waterfall stands 210 feet above sea level through a series of segmented tiers that range in height between 32 to 49 feet. There are two easy trails for a leisurely hiking experience, ‘The Shady Creek Walk’ (1.2 kilometres) and ‘The Florence Creek Walk’ (3.2 kilometres). Pack a lunch and stop for a break at one of the many designated picnic areas, including barbecues and tables where you can relax and enjoy this naturally beautiful setting. Cool off from the tropical weather with a swim, but please note you will have to climb down through 160 stairs to reach the water – so it might not be for everyone. Karrimurra (Florence Falls) is the perfect place to stop, recharge and take in your local surroundings.

Karrimurra (Florence Falls) by Kristi

Karrimurra (Florence Falls) by Kristi Rutten

Florence Falls of Litchfield National Park in Australia's Northern Territory by Nick Brundle

Karrimurra (Florence Falls) by Kristi Rutten

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Scenically located overlooking Darwin’s Fannie Bay, the Museum & Art Gallery is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural organisation. The museum exhibits an impressive collection of old and new art pieces, a maritime gallery and don’t miss their resident saltwater crocodile, Sweetheart, believed to have been over 50 years old when he passed! There are plenty of permanent exhibitions that give you a nice introduction to Darwin and a good overview of its history and culture. There is also a breathtaking display of Cyclone Tracy’s impact on the city of Darwin in 1974 and how it changed the shape of the city.

Cullen Bay, Darwin by Sharon Jones

Darwin by Sharon Jones / Adobe Stock

Sunset over Darwin beach by Adobe

Sunset over Darwin Beach by Christopher / Adobe Stock

Immerse yourself in a place unlike any other on earth and experience the Northern Territory's incredible Top End on our comprehensive 10-day small group tour.