When the first commercial spaceship leaves for Mars will you be on it? Sure, it would be the adventure of a lifetime but it would be a real pain in the neck to make happen. Think of all that planning!
How about something a bit closer to home? It might seem cliché, but going to Australia’s Northern Territory really is like travelling to another planet. Spilling over with colour, rare flora and fauna and wide-open skies, it is like nowhere else on earth. Even better, with First Class Holidays everything is planned for you – exactly how you like it.
To sweeten the deal, First Class Holidays are offering a free case of wine with any Northern Territory booking until 15 December 2023. You certainly wouldn’t find that on Mars!
In this article, you will discover just some of the adventures to be had with First Class Holidays in the spiritual heart of Australia- the Northern Territory.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
The Northern Territory is brimming with national parks, one of the most famous being Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
The star of the show is, of course, Uluru (Ayers Rock). This 600 million year old, 348m sandstone giant is a spectacle rising out of the Central Australian Desert. The journey up to the rock is stunning by itself but hiking around its 9.4km perimeter is an explorer’s dream.
Visit ancient caves decorated with Aboriginal rock art that tells the stories of the past, discover 415 species of rare native plants, and learn the important history of the local Aboriginal group, the Anangu people.
It is an unmissable and deeply important treasure of the Northern Territory that you can experience on First Class Holidays’ Discover the Outback tour. This tour specifically offers a view of Uluru at sunset, which gives a whole new perspective on the famous monolith. Watch the rock change colour as the setting sun lights up the desert in every direction.
For the explorers, a trip to Kings Canyon is unmatched anywhere else on earth. A sprawling sandstone canyon, you can experience incredible views from the top and marvel at its impressive heights.
Behind every corner is a new native plant or animal to discover, so much so that there is a rock-hole that is known as the Garden of Eden. Flanked by two stunning rock-pools, this area springs with life in the middle of the desert as palms and other rare plants flower from the crevasses of the ridge.
Another particularly stunning spot in the Watarrka National Park is the Lost City, where domes of rock seemingly grow out of the ground. These bizarre formations will truly make you feel like you’re on another planet as they undulate across the desert.
The best way to see these sights are by completing the 6km rim walk. Sunrise is the perfect time for this, as the temperatures are low and the sandstone sparkles in all of its magnificent colours.
The desert and all of the nature that calls it home is the best reason to visit the Northern Territory, however, we can’t not mention its towns and cities. The two major ones being Darwin, the vibrant and tropical capital, and the quintessential outback hub of Alice Springs. These lively communities are the perfect springboards for a trip full of adventure.
From Alice Springs you can access the West Macdonnell Ranges for hiking, swimming and mountain biking. Or, find yourself quad biking, camel riding, hot-air ballooning or helicoptering across the incredible desert landscapes.
Darwin is known as the gateway to nature, and sitting on a sparkling harbour six times the size of Sydney’s, means there is plenty of water based fun to be had in the city itself or in the National Parks on its doorstep. Take a jet ski tour of the harbour, or a more sedate sunset dinner cruise perhaps. Then head to Kakadu, known for its wetlands and waterfalls, for a dawn or dusk Yellow Water Billabong Cruise or Nitmiluk to cruise the (Katherine) Gorge, both of which you can experience with First Class Holidays’Darwin and the Top End Explorer package.
Ready For Take Off?
To experience a place like nowhere else on earth, book a Northern Territory holiday with First Class Holidays. Whether you would like a guide or would prefer to set out on a self-drive tour they will be with you every step of the way. This region of Australia is simply unmissable.
Oh, and don’t forget to claim your free case of Australian wine by mentioning WFAWINE when you book!