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The Northern Territory, Australia

The Northern Territory is a territory/state of Australia. It is renowned for it's many different natural wonders and breathtaking land forms and national parks. The capital city of the Northern Territory is Darwin. Please see this devtome article for more information about Darwin Darwin, Australia. The four most well known natural wonders in the Northern Territory are as per below:

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is one of largest and most diverse national parks in Australia and worldwide. It is located approximately 240 east of Darwin in the Northern Territory, and covers around 20,000 square kilometres. It is made up of a range of different landscapes, starting on the coast in the north and extending inland, with wetlands, grasslands, estuaries, rocky plains and stone cliffs to the south. In 1981 the park was added to the world heritage list and is jointly managed by the traditional indigenous owners. For more information please see this site: http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/national-parks/kakadu-national-park.

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Maguk Gorge 1).

Due to the sheer size of the park, there are a multitude of activities in which you can partake. You can go on a bushwalk and see all of the rock art, observe many traditional cultural ceremonies, go bird and animal watching, take a cruise on one of the may waterways where you can see saltwater crocodiles and other wildlife, take a scenic helicopter or light plane flight, go fishing for Barramundi or visit the waterfalls and go swimming in one of the many safe waterholes that are present in the park. For more information on activities within the park, please see this site: http://www.parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/plan-your-trip.html#activities.

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Nanydjaka, Cape Arnhem Coast 2)

Katherine Gorge

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Katherine Gorge 3)

The Katherine Gorge is located approximately 250 kilometres south east of Darwin and only 20 kilometres north east of the town of Katherine. This beautiful sandstone gorge has been carved by the Katherine River over a period of millions of years and is absolutely breathtaking. Take a cruise along the crystal clear waters which are surrounded by the sheer cliffs of the gorge and you can also see all of the diverse wildlife which calls this spectacular part of the world home. There are some ideal swimming and canoeing locations, all of which can be accessed during the dry season (April – October). There are many freshwater crocodiles that live in the Katherine River, however these species are harmless to humans and will generally not linger in areas where humans are present. Some of the more dangerous saltwater crocodiles do enter the river during the wet season, hence swimming during this period is banned. Once the river levels drop to normal levels during the dry season any saltwater crocodiles that remain are relocated into different river systems. For more information please visit this site: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/parks/find/nitmiluk#.U1h3_VWSwhY.

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Southern Rockhole 4).

The Katherine Gorge is a part of the Nitmiluk National Park and is taken care of by the traditional Aboriginal owners. The park also has many valleys, wetlands and waterfalls which can be visited. There are also guided tours and opportunities to observe traditional ceremonies, or you can take one of the many different hiking trails which vary from a couple of hours to full day trails. If you prefer you can take a cruise along the Katherine River or if you would like to take a more leisurely approach, you can hire a canoe and explore at your own leisure. There is accommodation located nearby or there are many camping areas for those who wish to rough it a little. For the thrillseekers there are helicopter tours of the park which get up close and personal with the various landforms that are found there. For more information, please see this site: https://www.nitmiluktours.com.au/.

Aerial view of Katherine Gorge 5)

For other activities, it is advised to visit the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre where you can gain access to information regarding activities and attractions that are currently available. It is located at the entrance to Katherine Gorge, and you can also get tips and information from the park rangers about camping, bushwalking or any other activity that you may wish to partake in. If you would like a nice relaxing day, visit the Katherine Hot Springs which is a beautiful natural spring surrounded by lush green lawns and big shade giving trees. Around ten minutes drive from Katherine are the Cutta-cutta caves, which are a series of limestone caves that date back hundreds of millions of years, and contain an intricate array of crystal pillars. Edith falls is also close by, which is a magnificent waterfall with a crystal clear swimming hole at the bottom. For more information visit this site: http://www.nttc.com.au/katherine-gorge

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Edith Falls 6)

Kings Canyon

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Kings Canyon 7)

Kings canyon is located in south central part of the Northern Territory, about 300 kilometres south-east of the town of Alice Springs and a part of the Watarrka National Park. The canyon is a series of sandstone gorges and cuttings, with the walls over 100 metres high in some areas. It is an area of immense natural beauty and is inhabited by many forms of native wildlife. There are many walking and hiking tracks which vary in length and difficulty, and there are also guided tours from local aboriginal elders who can give you a rich insight into the history and formation of this vast canyon. For more information, please see this site: http://www.australia.com/explore/icons/red-centre/kings-canyon.aspx.

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Waterfall 8)

Around the halfway mark of the gorge, you can descend to the popular Garden of Eden, which is a natural waterhole formed by a permanent spring. The walk around the rim of Kings Canyon is by far the most popular, and is highly recommended, albeit has a steep initial climb to get to the top. If walking is not your thing, there are tours which are conducted on camel back and are run by operators from nearby Kings Creek Station, which is a working cattle station. You can choose to stay there to get a real outback experience, or for more conventional accommodation you can choose to stay at Kings Canyon Resort. The best time to visit this magnificent natural land form is in the dry season, or the cooler months between April and October. Please see this site for more information: http://www.ntsearch.com.au/kings-canyon/.

Uluru

Uluru, or as formerly known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in central Australia, in the souther part of the Northern Territory. It is one of the most recognisable Australian icons and is a significant spiritual site for the local indigenous tribes. It is almost 350 metres high, 3.5 kilometres wide and has a circumference of over 9 kilometres. The rock appears to be in one piece and is perhaps one of the largest single rock formations still standing on earth. It is estimated that the formation itself is over 600 million years old, and most of its bulk actually sits underground, which is around 2,500 metres. The best way to access Uluru is from Alice Springs, which is approximately 300 kilometres away. There are various tours that are conducted to the site, to find more information please see this site: http://www.parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/.

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Uluru at dawn

There are also many activities and attractions near Uluru, such as the magnificent rock structure called The Olgas. There are tours conducted in and around the park, some which can last up to three days and gives you a comprehensive tour of the area, rock painting and aboriginal painting demonstrations, traditional ceremonies and traditional food. The area is also great for bird watching with over 40 different types of birds calling the park home, plus several other mammals, marsupials and other native animals. You can also take a tour of the park on camel back, or dine under the desert stars in the famous outdoor restaurant. For a birds eye view, there are helicopter and light plane tours that are provided by local operators. It is recommended to visit this area during the dry season, between April and October. For more information please visit this site: http://www.uluru.com/.

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2) Nanydjaka by tourismNT, licence CC 3.0, Available: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kakadu_2803.jpg
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