Some of the world’s best national parks can be found right here in the land down under. And of that number, a good percentage is spread out in and around the Northern Territory.
Whether you’re down with bushwalking, scenic views, swimming in a larger than life oasis or just a down to earth nature lover, the three National Parks listed below have got you covered.
Venture out into the lands nature spent centuries carving. And remember to take lots and lots of pics so the mates you left behind in the rat race will be jealous to CU in the NT!
The first national park on our list claims the title as Australia’s largest, with lands spanning roughly 20,000km2. Kakadu features some of Australia’s richest indigenous culture, serving as the home for many Aboriginal people for 50,000 years.
The cultural paintings and rock art found in the caves of Kakadu preserve images from an ancient time and the surrounding lands host a wide variety of flora and fauna. For this reason it has been classified as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
Make sure you get out and see the spectacular Gunlom falls, which not only provide a cracking waterfall experience, but also a spanning view of the ripsnorter landscape that is Kakadu National Park.
Litchfield National Park
Do you like waterfalls? How about an Oasis in the desert? We’re going to let you in on a little gem located 120km south of Darwin that is perfect for day trippers or for those wanting to camp over night.
Litchfield National Park contains a number of bushwalking options with scenic views and lots of native wildlife. But to be honest, if you’re going to Litchfield, you’re going for the water holes.
Bring ya togs: there’s swimming to be done.
On your visit make sure you don’t blow all of your energy in one swimming location as this National Park has got a bunch of ‘em for ya:
- Florence Falls
- Walker Creek
- Tjaynera Falls
- Buley Rockhole
- Wangi Falls
- Surprise Creek Falls
Just like the local public pool, there are rules for swimming in these waters, and a comprehensive list outlining everything you need to know can be found right here.
Nitmiluk National Park
Last but not least on our list is Nitmiluk National Park. Just a short drive outside the town of Katherine Nitmilk provides visitors with both powered and non-powered camping options.
What’s there to do in Nitmiluk you ask? Well how about a bit of canoeing? Ah, snagged your interest there, hey? How does a spot of fishing grab ya? Yeah that’s right. Nitmiluk National Park has a number of things to see and do to keep you and your mates, strewth, even ya family happy!
The natural landscape of this area is perfect for snapping a few holiday shots, while swimming in the upper and lower pools of Leliyin (Edith Falls) will honestly make you wish you never had to leave.