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From Uluru to the Bungle Bungles, the Outback’s attractions are as diverse as the landscapes they appear in. You’ll find Aboriginal art galleries, immense desert plains, red russet gorges, towering monoliths, and superb World Heritage-listed national parks.

Things to do in Outback

Cruise Katherine Gorge

Get up close and personal with local wildlife including wild buffalo and crocodiles while cruising the tranquil waters of Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Nitmiluk Tours operates a variety of boat tours from the popular two hour cruise to a full day safari.

Nitmiluk Tours, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, 011-61-8-8972-1253, www.nitmiluktours.com.au
Tags: family | cruise | things to do | outdoors | tour | national park

Discover Kakadu's rock art

Join park rangers on a journey back through the Aboriginal dreamtime as you discover the Top End’s most accessible ancient rock art sites at Ubirr and Nourlangie in the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. The 52,000-square-mile park also offers rugged escarpments, lush wetlands, and plunging gorges and waterfalls.

Kakadu National Park, The Top End, 011-61-8-8938-1120, www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors | history | tour | national park

Ogle the Olgas

Kata Tjuta, otherwise known at the Olgas, is a group of 36 red landforms clustered together just 20 miles from Uluru. The tallest rock, Mt. Olga, is 656 feet higher than Uluru. Take a 4.3 mile walk that circles several of the rock formations.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, The Red Center, 011-61-8-8956-1100, www.environment.gov.au/parks/uluru
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors | national park

Ride the Ghan

Experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys aboard the legendary Ghan. This epic transcontinental train rocks and rolls almost 1,864 miles through the Red Center from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in the Top End, allowing you to appreciate the immensity of the Australian continent.

The Ghan/Great Southern Railway, 22 Cavenagh St., 011-61-8-8941-2167, www.theghan.com
Tags: smart splurge | things to do | tour | train

Soar over the Bungle Bungles

Take to the air and soar above the Bungle Bungles, a series of mushroom-shaped domes with distinct orange and black stripes in the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. The perspective will reveal a hidden world of yawning gorges and quiet rock pools.

Slingair, 319 Laine Jones Drive, Kununurra Airport, 011-61-8-9169-1300, www.slingair.com.au
Tags: smart splurge | things to do | outdoors | national park

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Rising more than 1,100 feet from the earth, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is the world’s largest freestanding monolith. If you can tear your eyes away from its face – ever changing as the sun moves across the sky – follow the base walk or visit the nearby Uluru–Kata Tjuta Cultural Center.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, The Red Center, 011-61-8-8956-1100, www.environment.gov.au/parks/uluru
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors | national park

Walkabout in Kings Canyon

Experience one of the most impressive sights of the Red Center – the sheer vertical walls of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. You can climb to the top and follow the 3-4 hour Rim Walk which passes through the tropical pools of the Garden of Eden.

Watarrka National Park, The Red Center, 011-61-8-8956-7488, www.nt.gov.au
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors | national park

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