TER­RI­TORY DREAM­ING

From the trop­i­cal north to the wide open Red Cen­tre, your ul­ti­mate North­ern Ter­ri­tory adventure is des­tined to be an ex­pe­ri­ence you will never for­get.

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

YOUR DAY WILL END ATOP OF THE NADAB LOOK­OUT, WATCH­ING THE SUN SET OVER THE LUSH KAKADU FLOODPLAINS.

Ex­plor­ing the rich and var­ied ter­rains of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory is a must-do for any Aus­tralian. This is our heart­land − from Kakadu’s an­cient gorges, spec­tac­u­lar wet­lands and unique wildlife, to the mag­i­cal Red Cen­tre, where the iconic Uluru and the mys­ti­cal domes of Kata Tjuta, stand tall on dis­tant, desert hori­zons. "The Ul­ti­mate Ter­ri­tory Adventure in Style" − part of the In­spir­ing Jour­neys port­fo­lio − of­fers trav­ellers a once-in-alife­time op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover this unique and an­cient land.

FROM THE TOP END

The jour­ney be­gins in the trop­i­cal north­ern cap­i­tal of Dar­win. Here you'll meet your tour guide and board your lux­ury 4WD ve­hi­cle.

Your first des­ti­na­tion is Litch­field Na­tional Park where you'll hear how the lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple’s ances­tral spir­its have shaped the land­scape, be­fore em­bark­ing on a cross-coun­try jour­ney along the rugged Mar­rakai Track (sea­son­ally ac­ces­si­ble) to the Mary River Wet­lands. That evening −as you will most evenings −it will be time to re­lax with drinks and canapés fol­lowed by din­ner.

From Mary River you'll travel to Kakadu Na­tional Park where your day will end atop of the Nadab Look­out, watch­ing the sun set over the lush Kakadu floodplains.

An­other day is spent ex­plor­ing Kakadu be­fore you travel to Kather­ine Gorge where you'll board a din­ner cruise and learn about the his­tory and cul­ture of the lo­cal Ja­woyn peo­ple, tra­di­tional own­ers of Nit­miluk Na­tional Park.

CEN­TRE BOUND

Af­ter an­other evening in Dar­win, spent at the Mantra on the Es­planade, which is min­utes from the CBD over­look­ing Dar­win Har­bour, it's a short flight to Alice Springs where, on the sixth day of your jour­ney, you'll visit the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice and join your Alice Springs fam­ily hosts for a bar­be­cue din­ner around a camp­fire, as the Milky Way lights up the sky.

The fol­low­ing day you'll take a walk through Simp­sons Gap and dra­matic Angk­erle (Stan­d­ley Chasm), which was cre­ated over mil­lions of years in the West MacDon­nell Ranges.

And per­haps the best truly is left till last on this oc­ca­sion as the fi­nal two days are spent in the mag­nif­i­cent Uluru–Kata Tjuta Na­tional Park, stay­ing at the Sails in the Desert Ho­tel.

Im­merse your­self in the stun­ning sunrise and sun­set over these iconic rock for­ma­tions and take a walk around to the base of Uluru.

In the shadow of the Rock you'll hear time­less sto­ries, view spec­tac­u­lar rock art, and be in­spired by this un­for­get­table jour­ney.

Clock­wise from top: Gun­lom Falls in Kakadu NP; the wonder of MONA; rugged out­crop at Cape Nat­u­ral­iste; sunrise at Ed­dy­s­tone Point; Meeree­nie Loop en route to King's Canyon.

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