There's no doubt about it – Australia's outback is like nowhere else on the planet. If it's romance and adventure you're seeking, head to the Northern Territory and prepare to be stopped in your red-dusty tracks…
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Explore Arnhem Land, Kakadu and Litchfield on an exclusive tour
For serious adventure, join Intrepid Travel and Indigenous guides for a three-day tour through spectacular Arnhem Land, Kakadu and Litchfield. You'll visit the Mawurndaddja Rock Art Site, Bremer Island and the Ubirr Aboriginal art sites, sail down the East Alligator River and camp in beautifully rugged wilderness along the way. An adventure like this is incredibly rare, with Intrepid Travel granted privileged and exclusive access to Indigenous East Arnhem Land; so don't miss out!
Wine-and-dine at the Sounds of Silence dinner
For a romantic wine-and-dine experience under the stars, it's hard to beat the iconic Sounds of Silence. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the event begins with canapés and sparkling wine on a viewing platform overlooking the stunning Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park before the call of a didgeridoo invites couples to settle back and enjoy a three-course bush tucker-inspired dinner.
Topping it all off, Ayres Rock Resort's resident star talker will decode the southern night sky above diners and tell stories of its zodiac. Sigh.
Cruise to remote Crab Claw Island Resort
Beachy islands don't always spring to mind when you think of the outback, but in the Northern Territory they're there to be found. A fantastic way to see it all is with a two-hour day cruise with SeaLink Northern Territory to Crab Claw Island Resort. Showcasing some of Australia's best scenery, delicious locally caught seafood and the region's fascinating history, the cruise will allow couples to explore the island and even fit in a little fishing off its pristine beaches.
Go 4WD camping at Florence falls
If you do one thing in the Northern Territory, go for a refreshing dip in one of its breathtaking natural swimming holes. Allowing couples to do just that, Florence Falls 4WD Campground at Litchfield National Park has just undergone major improvements and is now more accessible. With developments made to the walking track from the campground to the plunge pools, roads sealed and upgraded campsites, the park is perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaway.
See Australia's best music acts at BASSINTHEGRASS
Things are about to get a little loud in the Top End, and that's a-okay if you ask us. Hitting Darwin's George Brown Botanic Gardens mid-May, BASSINTHEGRASS will see a lineup of incredible live acts take to the stage. Australian music legend Paul Kelly will make an appearance, alongside Client Liaison, Confidence Man, Dean Lewis, Dune Rats, Illy, San Cisco, Spit Syndicate and Vera Blue. In other words, BASSINTHEGRASS is pure Aussie music heaven.
Channel your inner Mick Dundee at Crocodylus Park
This is an experience not for the faint-hearted. Sure to be a hit with animal-lovers, though, Darwin's Crocodylus Park has launched a new guest experience where couples can join keepers in hand-feeding the residents. For an unforgettable trip, get up close to lions, tigers, meerkats, tortoises, monkeys, blue-tongued lizards, snakes and dingoes, and check out the amazing 4.8-metre crocodiles on a guided croc boat cruise.
Find peace and tranquility at Uluru Wellness Retreat
If you're more into getting to know your spirit animal, join mindfulness coach Peter Bliss for a wellness retreat in one of the world's most exceptional destinations. Designed to empower participants to manage their emotions and master their mind with practical mindfulness workshops, silence survival strategies, Qigong workshops and guided meditations, Uluru Wellness Retreat (September 7-13) will take place in the spiritual surrounds of Ayres Rock Resort and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Discover new flavours at A Taste of Kakadu
Foodies, this one's for you. An amazing culinary festival celebrating Indigenous bush delicacies with a modern twist, A Taste of Kakadu (May 18-27) will feature some seriously sensational events. From a 10-course degustation dinner in the bush to boat cruises with bush-inspired canapés and sparkling wine, and boutique dinners to sunset cooking sessions, the exciting festival will bring together some of Australia's top Aboriginal chefs in stunning Kakadu National Park.
For more ideas for a Top End getaway, visit the Northern Territory Tourism website here.
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