Top Five Outback Experiences

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There’s adventure around every corner in Australia’s “Outback.” The diversity of the Northern Territorytransforms from red desert in the south to tropical bushland in the north creating an array of adventure opportunities. No matter what your travel style is, there’s something for everyone.

Here is a list of my top five Outback experiences!

1. Swag Camping Under the Stars

Growing up in Southern California, I’m no stranger to camping. But I have to admit it was my first time camping without a tent! We rolled out a swag each night by the campfire and counted shooting stars instead of sheep.

Camping under the stars in the Outback.

Camping under the stars in the Outback.

2. Jumping Crocodile Cruise

Just one hour from Darwin you’ll find the Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the Adelaide River. Our cruise led us down the river in search of crocs! As one of our cruise guides held bait out over the edge of the boat, we watched in astonishment as crocodiles jumped completely out of the water. It was one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had and something not to be missed.

3. The Ghan Train

I took an overnight journey from Alice Springs to Darwin on the famous Ghan Train. The historical train offers an experience for every budget from ultra luxurious private cabins to comfy sleeper seats.

The Ghan Train

The Ghan Train

4. Eating a Witchetty Grub

Something uniquely Outback is eating a Witchetty Grub. The Aboriginal people of Australia dig these grubs out of the roots of trees and eat them for their rich nutrients. Sometimes to best way to experience culture is through food! (Even if it’s a bug!)

5. Swimming at Litchfield National Park

After witnessing the jumping crocs, I was a bit apprehensive about entering any body of water in the Nothern Territory. Luckily, there are gorgeous swimming spots in Litchfield National Park that are completely croc-free. Buley Rockhole has waterfalls flowing into big natural water holes perfect for cooling off.

Swimming at Litchfield National Park.

Swimming at Litchfield National Park.

This is just a handful of the incredible adventures I had in Northern Territory. The opportunities for exploring this part of Australia are endless. It’s no wonder why the Northern Territory has become one of my favorite destinations in the world!

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