So far, the Northern Territory has been one of my favorite regions in Australia. I've really enjoyed the climate, the landscape and the laid-back attitude of the people. Over the past six weeks it has been great fun getting to see and live in the territory as a local would. Perhaps one of the best things has been the fact that nearly all of my favorite attractions have been free! That's why I decided to compile a list of 10 free things to do in the Northern Territory of Australia.
See Charlie the Buffalo
At the Adelaide River Pub you can find Charlie the Buffalo, a famous animal from the movie Crocodile Dundee. He is proudly displayed and open for photographs.
Hike Elsey National Park
This is one of the lesser known parks in the area but my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the hiking trails, the waterfalls and the swimming spots carefully located within the park. There are also several nice campgrounds that I would recommend staying at.
Swim Litchfield National Park
Litchfield is full of great swimming holes. We were told about the top two spots by a local who joined us on the swim. I wrote about these two spots in my blog post: Litchfield National Park.
Join a Parliament Tour
While in Darwin my friends and I did a free tour of the NT Parliament house. These are offered at different days throughout the week and are easy to pop into. During the tour I learned a lot about the government and history of the Northern Territory.
Hike Kings Canyon
King's Canyon is just north of the Red Hot Center of Australia. We hiked it after seeing Uluru and to be honest, I thought the canyon was much more worth our time. If you want to read about our experience with King's Canyon, you can read my blog post here: King's Canyon.
Stroll Mindil Beach Market
This was definitely my favorite free activity in Darwin. My friends and I went here several times during our stay. The market itself is free but of course there are tons of food, clothing and art stands that you can spend money on if you wish. The best part is free though, and that's the sunset on the beach.
Relax in Katherine Springs
The Katherine Springs are a highly refreshing choice after hiking the Katherine Gorge. They are located in the town of Katherine and are easy to get too. You can swim or sit and there are plenty of people to chat with if you're feeling friendly! Read about my experience in Katherine.
Walk the Wharf
Also in Darwin, the Wharf is an area near the sea with only the freshest fish in town. Aside from fish and chips, you can also get an ice cream or dessert fix here as well!
Jump in Bitter Springs
Bitter Springs was really nice. I prefer it to the more popular Mataranka Springs. It was less crowded and more natural. The pools are emerald green and you can see straight to the bottom so bring your snorkel! Read my story here.
Hike Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge has many hikes but the one we chose adds up to about 5k total. The hike was interesting with lots of varying terrain. It provided a wonderful view of the gorge and we saw lots of great wildlife too!
If you have some time to spend in the Northern Territory, I recommend all of these places. They are wonderful pit stops to make your journey more enjoyable. If you happen to be driving the Stuart Highway, be sure and download my free guide so you can have all the best tips and tricks for your trip!