Northern Territory Bushwalking

Hiking near Kata Tjuta © nosha

No visit to the Northern Territory is complete without undertaking a bushwalk through the spectacular scenery of the Outback. Hikers can choose to walk for days, or hours, along challenging rugged tracks or well-worn easy paths. The Northern Territory Tourist Commission, and the area's national parks, offer a variety of itineraries that can be followed. The Larapinta Trail, for example, is a 139-mile (223km) hike through the West MacDonnell National Park near Alice Springs, which can be walked in 12 stages over one or two days. The Jatbula Trail through Nitmiluk National Park takes four days to walk, offering close-ups of wildlife, cultural sites and deep sandstone gorges. A fascinating four-hour trek follows the six-mile (10km) circuit around the base of the mysterious Uluru rock. Those wanting to keep cool can walk the 24-mile (39km) Tabletop Track linking the waterfalls that cascade from a sandstone plateau in the Litchfield National Park.

The Northern Territory is undoubtedly one of the best parts of Australia for bushwalking, with numerous trails offering visitors the chance to authentically experience the Outback.