Incredible, stunning, fascinating, magical… just a couple of words used when describing the Northern Territory.
From the hidden gorges to diverse wildlife, people come from all corners of the globe to experience the postcard-perfect scenery, yet it’s the entrancing local culture that we’re sure will impress!
With so many cultural experiences, we’ve managed to narrow down a few of our favourites below.
THE RED CENTRE
A site of stories and sacred significance, the iconic landmark of the Red Centre should be your first stop when it comes to culture in the NT. Recognised as a cultural UNESCO World Heritage site, a visit to Uluru will give you a greater understanding of the local life of the Anangu (pronounced arn-ung-oo) people, the traditional landowners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Visit the sacred sites and find how Tjukurpa remains relevant to the Anangu way of life. The incredibly complex stories, passed between generations through storytelling, tell the Anangu about the beginning of time, along with lessons of the land,survival instructions, and behavioural expectations.
You’ll find that Kata Tjuta, Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and the Field of Light are also close by–definitely worth a visit when you’re in the area. We recommend watching the sun rise and set on the monolith. It’s a sight guaranteed to not leave your mind for the rest of your lifetime.
Maruku Arts Dot Painting Workshop – Uluru
This workshop is a great introduction to Aboriginal art and painting. You’ll learn all about the history and dreaming stories of the area from local Anangu artists and about the ancient symbols used in Anangu art. You’ll be taught some introductory Pitjantjatjara words and will even get the chance to create your own dot painting! Afterward, make sure you pay a visit to the Maruku Gallery to have a look at the local art available for sale.
Uluru Cultural Centre and Base Walk – Uluru
Combining these two attractions is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the local culture and history!
At the Cultural Centre, you’ll learn about Anangu culture, the native flora and fauna, and Uluru’s history through exciting exhibits and presentations from rangers and Anangu locals. Then, on the base walk, see some of the things you’ve just learnt about! The Base Walk can be done yourself, or you can choose to complete it with a guide for some extra insight.
THE TOP END
The Top End has no shortage of awesome adventures and experiences! It’s a land like no other, with hidden treasures and discoveries around every corner. Music, art, and dance abound in local festivals and there’s even the chance to try bush tucker and see traditional rock art. And that’s just the start!
Kakadu National Park
Come and discover some of the world’s oldest and most impressive rock art. This site has served as a canvas for thousands of years and the paintings document all parts of Australian history – from life from 20,000 years ago to the first contact with European explorers. Take the 1.5km Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art walk and enjoy a visual journey through time! See paintings of Namarrgon (lightning man), depictions of European sailing ships as well as images of animals.
There you have it! Our top cultural activities in the Northern Territory. Add a few (or even all of them) to your next NT trip itinerary! You won’t regret it!