Offering the quintessential outback experience, Australia’s northernmost state is extensive in both size and possibility. Whether you choose to hop on a plane, bus, cruise or experience a truly grand train journey over the distance from Adelaide to Darwin, getting to the Northern Territory will not disappoint in providing a unique array of tourist activities.
The Kakadu National Park is one of two World Heritage Sites located in the Northern Territory. Covering almost 20,000 square kilometres, the park comprises a diverse range of ecosystems; from river basins to stone country. You can even take a cruise to witness the seawater crocodiles. Most notably, the park is rich in Aboriginal culture and history, and presents an abundance of remarkable Aboriginal rock art.
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One of Australia’s most treasured landforms, Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is the second World Heritage Site in the state. Found in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, it is a sandstone rock formation rising 863 metres above sea level. With immense spiritual and cultural significance to the indigenous people, Uluru is best admired at dawn and sunset, when the sandstone appears to glow a magnificent red. The park can also be viewed from the skies, in a helicopter or a hot air balloon.
Litchfield is another national park featuring a multitude of natural beauties. Prolific in tropical waterfalls and areas for swimming sports, the park offers a fun and immersive experience of the local environment. The especially exciting features are the stunning architectural achievements that are the magnetic termite mounds! Take a look via the formal viewing boardwalks.
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Next on your outback to-do list should be to stop by the town where the state’s two climates meet: Katherine. Try anything from water adventures by canoeing or kayaking, trek the sandstone plateau, monsoon forest, the Katherine Gorge, swamp and woodland, or view it all from a helicopter!
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If you’re not much of a wildlife person, or just need a rest from the sun, there are plenty of shopping opportunities to be indulged in. Darwin Waterfront offers restaurants and shops, all with the backdrop of swimming lagoons that you are just as welcome to enjoy. Also in Darwin, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are on from May to October, on Thursday and Sunday evenings. This tropical event comprises everything from international cuisine to handmade jewellery.
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The Parap Village & Markets is another occasional event, held every Saturday, it is definitely worth dropping by for some local arts, crafts and entertainment. If it’s a mall you’re looking for, Darwin’s CBD provides tourists with Smith Street Mall. At the site of many heritage sites, the mall exhibits much of what the region is unique for in products.
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Muslim tourists will find that most Halal restaurants will be located within the capital, Darwin. No stranger to international cuisine, the city offers an Indonesian experience in Sari Rasa, South Asian style kebabs in Kebab and Momo House, and Sri Lankan food in Ammas Café, which is also Crescent Rated AAA. The state has two notable prayer places, the Islamic Society of Darwin and Afghan Mosque, also referred to as Alice Springs Islamic Society.
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For more information on travelling to Australia, the Muslim Visitor Guide by Tourism Australia and HalalTrip details what every Muslim traveller should look to experience on their trip to any of Australia’s eight major states.