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Who says being on holiday means you can’t get your fitness fix? Our top list of active outdoor adventures in the Northern Territory provides the best of both worlds.  

Hike the Larapinta Trail

Tourists from all over the world come to experience the outback adventure of a lifetime on the Larapinta Trail, starting their journey in the Red Centre’s Alice Springs when the Territory’s bushwalking season kicks off in April. The Larapinta Trail is an inspiring 223km track that’s divided into 12 sections. Less experienced hikers can bow out at any point easily. But if you're up for a challenge, we suggest you go the whole distance. It will take you between 15-16 days and is bound to be one of the best active adventure you’ll ever undertake!

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Walk the Tabletop Track at Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park is a dream destination for outdoor lovers. For an awe-inspiring walking track in the park, head for the 39km Tabletop Track, which will take you through lush woodlands, along beautiful creeks and to scenic waterfalls and pools. Allow three to five days to walk the whole track, and make sure you book ahead of time to stay at the designated campgrounds along the way.

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Visit Nitmiluk National Park

If you’re more interested in using a canoe to travel, paddle through the gorges of the Nitmiluk National Park. For a challenging track by foot that will take you 66km over 5 days, try the Jatbula Trail, which follows an ancient Song Line or Dreaming Trail used by the Jawoyn people. As much of this route is unsigned, it's a good idea to join an organised tour.

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Run the Australian Outback Marathon

The Australian Outback Marathon is held annually in late July at Ayers Rock Resort, giving hundreds of running enthusiasts from 20+ countries an authentic Aussie outback experience. On this run, you'll pass Uluru on unsealed roads, fire trails, sand dunes and red earth.

With a choice of a full or half marathon and two fun runs, there’s a run to match every fitness level. We recommend opting for a package if you’re interested in the full Red Centre experience. This will cover the run, accommodation, and a tour, and can also include sunrise camel rides, helicopter tours or even sky diving.

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Sprint to Gunlom at Kakadu National Park (Waterfall Creek)

For a short but challenging run, try sprinting to the top of Kakadu National Park’s Waterfall Creek. The climb to the top of the falls in this World Heritage-listed site is a steep 1km adventure, but offers incredible views over Southern Kakadu during the upper half.

To cool down and catch your breath, enjoy a relaxing swim in the crystal clear plunge pool, or relax under the exquisite waterfall as you take in the truly beautiful surroundings of this unique part of the world.

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Canoe the Katherine River

For an upper body workout, try canoeing along the Katherine River. It's actually one of Australia’s most popular canoeing spots. Hop on a tour to experience 40-55km of the River paddling past native wildlife, rocky escarpments, and untouched swimming spots.

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Bike the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park 

Get your legs moving and hire a bike to cycle around the 17km Simpsons Gap sealed bicycle path. Travel through scenic woodlands and experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Territory’s open space. Darwin is also home to a variety of sealed and unsealed cycle paths, giving you access to the town's stunning nature parks and reserves. You can pass through sandy beaches, sandstone cliffs and shady casuarina trees on the path from Rapid Creek Bridge to Dripstone Park.

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