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It’s already the best part of summer in the Northern Territory


Start your summer early and take advantage of smaller crowds, lower prices and the refreshing spectacle of nature in full swing.

Is there anything more 'summer' than the Deckchair Cinema in Darwin?
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In most parts of the world, summertime means peak prices, huge crowds, and very limited availability for almost anything. So why would the Northern Territory be any different?

Because in the NT, summertime is ‘off peak’! The crowds haven’t arrived yet, there’s plenty of space at the beach, everything is great value, and the best parts of the Territory are all yours to explore.

Aside from being home to an incredible and unique environmental canvas where nature's wonders come to life under the warm Australian sun, this remote part of the world offers an awe-inspiring experience that you won't find anywhere else.

Sink your teeth into summertime in the Northern Territory.
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By booking the Northern Territory through The Travel Junction, travel advisors will earn up to 15 per cent commission on all new Northern Territory hotel bookings booked in HELiO and paid in full by 30 September 2023.

Furthermore, the top-selling advisor will win a own seven-night holiday for two in the NT, including eight days car hire, seven nights accommodation and a haul of bonus tours and experiences.

Let's delve into the best parts of a summer holiday in Northern Territory, with The Travel Junction the best place to lock in your Top End break.

Hospitality:

The NT is home to some world class hotels and resorts.
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What truly sets Northern Territory apart is the warm and welcoming nature of its residents.

Local communities are known for their friendliness and willingness to share their knowledge and experiences. This genuine hospitality adds a layer of authenticity to the journey, creating lasting memories of genuine human connection in this remote and captivating region.

The Travel Junction’s four-night Darwin City Break is perfect here and includes five days car hire and a Jumping Crocodile Tour, priced from $759 per person twin share.

Culinary Experiences:

The Territory's dining scene features strong Indigenous flavours.
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Northern Territory's culinary scene is a blend of tradition and innovation, with a focus on indigenous ingredients. Visitors can savour the flavours of the outback with bush tucker experiences, including dishes featuring barramundi, crocodile, and the luscious sweetness of mangoes.

Exploring the local cuisine is not just a culinary journey but a cultural one, offering a taste of the region's history and heritage.

Try The Travel Junction’s five-night Darwin & Kakadu package, including six days car hire, three nights in Darwin and two nights in Kakadu, priced from $1,239pp twin share.

Natural Landscapes:

Bring comfortable shoes as there's much to see.
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Northern Territory is renowned for its breathtaking natural landscapes.

One of its most iconic features is the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home to Uluru, the world's largest monolith. Uluru is particularly striking at sunrise and sunset when its surface takes on a mesmerizing spectrum of red hues.

In addition to Uluru, Kings Canyon offers a rugged terrain with towering sandstone formations, making it a popular hiking destination for those seeking an immersive experience in the heart of the outback.

Enjoy it over a week with The Travel Junction’s Red Centre Explorer itinerary, including eight days car hire, two nights in Alice Springs, two nights in Kings Canyon and three nights in Uluru, priced from $1,999pp twin share.

Indigenous Cultural Heritage:

Indigenous stories will captivate your spirit.
Image: Tourism NT/Helen Orr

The rich tapestry of Indigenous culture is deeply interwoven with Northern Territory's history and geography.

Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to some of the world's oldest rock art, providing a window into the stories and traditions of Indigenous communities that have inhabited the area for millennia.

Travellers can engage with local Indigenous communities to gain a deeper understanding of their customs, art, and storytelling, fostering a profound appreciation for the region's cultural heritage.

Fauna Observation:

Feel truly at peace in the sounds of nature.
Image: Tourism NT/Riana Crehan

The Territory's diverse ecosystems support an array of Australia's unique wildlife.

In the Top End, visitors can embark on safari expeditions to observe crocodiles, buffalo, and an abundance of bird species in their natural habitat. Further south, Alice Springs Desert Park offers a hands-on experience with native animals such as kangaroos and emus, providing an educational opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Astronomical Observation:

Enjoy some of the world's clearest night skies in the NT.
Image: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

The remote and unpolluted skies of Northern Territory make it a premier destination for stargazing.

On clear nights, the Milky Way and constellations become vividly visible, creating a captivating celestial display. Guided astronomy tours enhance the experience, offering insights into the night sky and celestial phenomena, making it a haven for astronomers and stargazers.

Adventure Pursuits:

Marvel at the vast open space from high above.
Image: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

Thrill-seekers can partake in a variety of exhilarating activities in Northern Territory.

A hot air balloon ride over the vast desert provides a unique perspective of the outback's vastness, while quad biking adventures in the Ochre Pits area offer an adrenaline rush amidst the striking landscapes. Sandboarding enthusiasts can also test their skills on the dunes of the Simpson Desert, adding an adventurous dimension to their summer holiday.

The Travel Junction’s four-night Alice Springs City Break includes a one-hour Hot Air Balloon trip along with five days of car hire, priced from $1,199pp twin share.

Sunset Views:

Sunset in the NT makes the natural surroundings glow.
Image: Tourism NT/Helen Orr

Northern Territory is famous for its awe-inspiring sunsets, each offering a unique visual spectacle.

Whether you're at the base of Uluru, gazing over Darwin's waterfront, or relaxing on the sandy shores of Mindil Beach, each evening paints a serene and unforgettable picture as the sun's golden rays give way to a canvas of vibrant colours, providing a tranquil way to conclude each day.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 11 September 2023

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