According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, two in three Australians live in capital cities.
While beautiful cities in themselves, they simply do not offer the environments synonymous with our country’s popular tourism campaigns: the sweeping, rugged red terrain; the tumbling gorges and creeks; the prehistoric bird sound and the fearsome reptiles… all of which can be found easily in the Northern Territory.
Or you could visit the NT just to see some of the most raw, dramatic sunsets available to you.
Here are five of the most unique sunset experiences you can have in the NT:
- Sunset over the Ubirr floodplains, Kakadu National Park
Take in 360 degree views of the floodplains at the rocky Ubirr lookout in Kakadu National Park as the setting sun bathes the stunning landscape in reds and golds. Opt for a self-guided bushwalk along the scenic trail that includes three ancient rock art sites – home to some of the oldest Dreamtime stories of law and creation in the world.
- Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin
Breathe in the delicious smells of sizzling satay and spicy noodles as you watch coconut palms sway in the sunset. Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are a melting pot of surprising and exotic cuisines in the Top End’s balmy tropical setting. From Late April to October, join the locals who arrive at dusk armed with rugs and settle on the beach-satay in hand- to watch the sun sink in a blaze of colour.
- Sunset at The Rock, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Witness Uluru’s raw beauty first-hand with an unforgettable sunset experience in the red heart of the Australian outback. Enjoy a picnic spread on one of the many sunset viewing platforms amongst the sand dunes and marvel at the 360 panoramic views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Get your camera ready to capture the ever-changing light conditions that play on the natural contours of the rock to form some truly spectacular sunsets.
- Billabong sunset cruise, Kakadu National Park
Set amongst the beautiful wetlands of Kakadu, a gentle cruise at sunset on Yellow Water Billabong makes for the perfect intimate adventure. Waters covered in lush fields of red lotus lilies will take your breath away, while birdwatching enthusiasts can spot distinctive NT wildlife, watching Jabirus and dancing Brolgas in their natural habitat.
- Bawaka Cultural Experiences, North East Arnhem Land
Step into one of the most ancient cultures in the world and let Bawaka Cultural Experience immerse you in the daily life of the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land. Take in the pristine white beaches and untouched bushland of Bawaka while you listen to Dreamtime stories and learn about the age-old language, customs and ceremonies. Feel a spiritual connection to the land and sea as you discover the magic of dusk in this idyllic tropical paradise.
- BONUS: Sunrise ballooning in the outback, Alice Springs
If you love sunrises as much as sunsets, let Outback Ballooning whisk you away over Alice Springs’ MacDonnell Ranges. Start your ascent in a hot air balloon as the morning light begins to illuminate the rugged cliffs. As you glide across the landscape, enjoy the exquisite red-orange palette of dawn over the raw terrain below. End your sunrise experience with a glass of champagne and breakfast nibbles before heading back to town.