The Northern Territory aka The Territory aka The Top End is classy in its own ways. While other places have things like forests, scenic mountaintops or beaches to boast of natural beauty; this place has Uluru aka Ayers Rock, Nourlangie Rock of Kakadu, and Kata Tjuta aka Mount Olga to boast of.
In my opinion that is way better than things that every other tourist destination has got, because usually a tourist attraction will have something very beautiful from among a list of other places similar to that one, spread across the globe. That is all good, but what we have here in the Northern Territory of Australia is (or rather are) unparalleled.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta are two rock formations that have been in the region since a long time. Way before the current occupants had ever come to this place. Both of the rock formations have extreme cultural value and Uluru on top of that is sacred to the Aboriginal people. Everything in and around Uluru also signifies the historical importance of the place i.e. the ancient paintings made at places around it, the waterholes that are nearby as well as the countless springs.
There are countless myths relating to the creation and the creators of Uluru among the Aboriginal people. There is a story that says that it was made by two kinds who were playing with mud at the time of the creation of everything else; the two kids, they says went to the top of Mount Conner and even now their bodies are preserved there in the shape of boulders. Another one says that:
“The world was once a featureless place. None of the places we know existed until creator beings, in the forms of people, plants and animals, traveled widely across the land. Then, in a process of creation and destruction, they formed the landscape as we know it today.”
They also say that the place is filled with spirits of the creator beings from the time of the creation; these beings are called Tjukuritjaor Waparitja.
Moving on, the Northern Territory prizes itself with the Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 dome-shaped rock formations packed together. Just like the Uluru, local people have a lot of religious, cultural and sentimental values attached to the Kata Tjuta, they are so secretive about them that the local legends and myths relating to these rock formations are kept away from people who are not natives. Only a few are known publically and out of those, many are attached with the Great Snake King Wanambi. It is believed about Wanambi that he lives on top of the Kata Tjuta and will only leave his place in the dry season i.e. when it is not raining.
While both of these sites give you a lot of insight into the aboriginal culture, wait until you visit the Kakadu National Park. This is a huge chunk of wetlands, forests, lands, rock formations and rocky mountains on the northern edge of Australia and hence the Northern Terriotory. You will find at least 5000 sites with aboriginal petroglyphs and other pieces of art spread over the park; and why not, the aboriginal people have been living in this area for as many as 40,000 years!
Of course you will be highly interested in visiting places that are famous for other things apart from their cultural connections with the native aboriginal people. For that purpose, the Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Gunlom Falls and the Maguk would serve the water lover inside you to the brink.
There is a lot that is still to be explored by humans in the region and what makes it an even better choice for a tour is the fact that it is not as crowded as other famous tourist spots. The Kakadu Park is visited by 200,000 people every year; that is 580 people every day spread across 20,000 square kilometers nature’s love.