Northern Territory

Sydney Weekender discovers the wonders of Parrtjima - Festival in Light. Start planning your trip to Alice Springs this April.

Encompassing raw and rugged landscapes, some of the country’s most captivating wildlife and a strong Aboriginal heritage, there is no surprise the Northern Territory (NT) is a trending destination for Australian travellers.

Majestic gorges, thermal springs, numerous hiking and trekking options, a strong sense of ancient culture including a thriving Aboriginal art scene and world-class fishing.

Australia Northern Territory

Parrtjima - A Festival in Light | Alice Springs

This annual festival casts new light on the 300 million year old MacDonnell Ranges through a world of light and sound. In it's fourth year, this free 10 night festival will change your perspective of Australia, showcasing contemporary and traditional Indigenous arts and culture. Visit Alice Springs, April 5 - 14 2019.

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Active Adventures

The Northern Territory is a great spot to get active in the great outdoors. Run to Gunlom at Kakadu National Park (Waterfall Creek), take to the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park by bike, or run the Mitchell Street Mile and attempt to break world records.


Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. It’s located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and is sacred to Aboriginal Australians. There is plenty to see and do here including sunrise and sunset experiences, skydiving, helicopter rides, wildlife adventures and cultural experiences.

Top End

When in NT, Top End is a must-visit location. Key destinations in this region are Darwin, Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Katherine. Don't miss the chance to explore the ancient and mesmerising Crocosaurus Cove, Litchfield National Park, Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park.

About Northern Territory

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    English and over 100 Aboriginal languages and dialects
    Australian dollar (AUD)
    Visa Requirements


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  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Parrtjima Festival (5 - 14 April 2019, Alice Springs) - a stunning festival of lights and art, Parrtjima shows off the Arrernte country through new technology. It is a celebration of Aboriginal artists and the art centres and communities. While visiting, take a trip to the Tjoritja West Macdonnell National Park to explore more of the scenic beauty.
    • Wide Open Space Festival (May, Alice Springs) - this music, art, and desert culture festival is held at the Ross River Resort in the ancient East MacDonnell Ranges. The sounds of hip hop, desert reggae performers, DJs, and everything in between fill the air alongside programs dedicated to mind-body love, yoga, and dance and so much more.  
    • Tjungu Festival (April, Uluru) - 2018 is the fourth year to welcome the Tjungu Festival to Ayers Rock Resort. Visitors are welcomed by the local Anangu people with Imma dance. The festival continues to feature interactive markets, an indigenous fashion parade, outdoor dining, and a mix of traditional and contemporary indigenous musicians and bands.
    • Uluru Camel Cup (May, Uluru) - The Camel cup has been an annual event since 2012 that promotes the community around Yulara and life in the Outback. While visiting, do more than see camels - ride them on a sunset camel tour and experience Outback life from a new perspective!
    • Field of Light (Uluru) - this incredible exhibition has been extended until 2020 due to overwhelming popularity. Acclaimed artist Bruce Munro designed Field of Light to be a symphony of light that gives a different kind of life to the desert.





  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Wildlife and Aboriginal Safari (Kakadu) - this tour combines wildlife and traditional Aboriginal experiences. For more wildlife, visit for Kakadu Bird Week, which takes place in 2018 from 30 September to 7 October Kakadu.

    • Uluru Astronomy Weekend (September, Uluru) - take to one of the best stargazing location in the world, Uluru, for a weekend of engaging discussions, seminars, screening of films, trivia, and more astronomical celebration.  

    • Jabiru Mahbilil Festival (August, Kakadu) - celebrate Kakadu culture by the banks of Jabiru lake. This festival is a celebration of music, dance, bushfoods, art, workshops, and culture.

    • Tiwi Island Football And Art Sale March (Tiwi Islands) - visitors to Bathurst Island can see and buy artwork and observe the best of Tiwi footballers take to the field for the Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final. While in the Top End, take a full day tour of the Tiwi Islands with a local guide. Learn about the rich culture of the Tiwi people as you watch them prepare arts, cook food, and more.
  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • Field of Light Uluru: Uluru and surrounds (to 2020)
    • Australia Day Fun Run (January)
    • Blacken Open Air Festival (March)
    • Parrtjima - A Festival in Light (April)
    • Tjungu Festival (April)
    • Territory Taste Festival (April)
    • Easter in the Alice MTB Muster March Alice Springs (April)
    • XXXX Gold NT Barramundi Classic (May)
    • People's Choice BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival (May)
    • Garrmalang Festival (May)
    • Barunga Festival (June)
    • Darwin Triple Crown V8 Supercars (June)
    • Katherine Festival (August)
    • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (August)
    • The Darwin Festival (August)
    • Alice Desert Festival (September)
    • Mayali Mulli Festival (September)
    • Alice Springs Christmas Carnival (December)
    • New Year’s Eve at the Waterfront (December)
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • A Taste of Kakadu (May, Kakadu) - Celebrate Australia's indigenous food with a most delicious take on bush cuisine in a World Heritage-listed national park
    • Desert Dreaming Yoga Retreat (Uluru) - connect to nature on a deep, spiritual level. This exclusive week retreat includes yoga and spiritual awareness classes, dot painting workshop, massage and spa therapies, healthy and nutritious meals of bush tucker, and more.
    • Mitchell Street Mile (September, Darwin) - For four years running, Darwin's Mitchell Street turns into a human race track for running and cycling once a year. There are $60,000 in prizes and a bonus of $1 million for anyone who can break current world records.

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