7 Romantic Experiences in the NT That’ll Keep the Love Alive Past Valentine’s Day

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Is the Northern Territory Australia’s most romantic destination for couples? We sure think so! The Northern Territory of Australia is a vast and awe-inspiring region, full of natural wonders and unique experiences.

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with that someone special in your life, the NT offers a plethora of options that will make your heart skip a beat. There are out-of-this-world sunsets, and cultural experiences spanning millennia, and is in our very own backyard, so no need for a passport.

But don’t just take our word for it, check out the below where we’ve explored the seven most romantic things to do to keep the love alive way past Valentine’s Day:

#1: Watch a Sunset at Uluru

Watching the sunset at Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is an incredibly romantic experience. As the sun sets over the desert landscape, the rock changes colour, creating a mesmerising display of reds, oranges, and pinks. Take a blanket, and a bottle of wine and sit back and enjoy the peacefulness of the desert landscape.

#2: Hot Air Balloon Over the West MacDonnell Ranges

Taking a hot air balloon ride over the West MacDonnell Ranges is a unique and romantic way to see the stunning views of the outback. As you float above the landscape, you’ll witness the incredible colours of the dawn or dusk, which will make for some breathtaking photos and memories that will last a lifetime. Perhaps even the perfect place to pop the question?

#3: Take a Cruise on Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

Taking a cruise on Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge is a fantastic way to experience the natural beauty of the Northern Territory. The dramatic cliffs make for stunning scenery that creates a picture-perfect backdrop for a relaxing and romantic cruise. A sunset cruise in Katherine Gorge is particularly special, as the colours of the sunset reflected on the water are simply breathtaking. You can choose from a range of cruise options, including guided tours and self-guided kayaking, and can enjoy a range of experiences, including wildlife spotting, swimming and exploring the surrounding bushland.

#4: Go for a Swim at Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park is a hidden gem of the Northern Territory, located about 100 kilometres southwest of Darwin. Litchfield National Park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts and anyone who wants to experience the stunning natural beauty of the Northern Territory. It also offers some of the most beautiful swimming holes so pack your swimmers and take a dip with your loved one in the crystal-clear water surrounded by lush greenery.

#5: Relax in a Thermal Pool

The Mataranka Thermal Pool in Elsey National Park is a unique and relaxing experience. The warm water is rich in minerals, which are said to have healing properties. 

Swimming in a thermal pool has been linked to relaxing muscles and relieving tension, promoting feelings of calm and relaxation, helping to soothe irritation, reducing inflammation, and promoting healing, and it has also been said to improve circulation. You and your partner can unwind and enjoy a rejuvenating soak together and reap the rewards that come with it.

#6: Visit Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets in Darwin is a must-visit for all couples. Browse through the arts and crafts, enjoy the street food, and enjoy a stunning sunset view together.

The markets are home to a wide range of local artisans selling unique and beautiful handcrafted items, including jewellery, clothing, paintings, and pottery. You can find some wonderful souvenirs and gifts to take back home. The markets are also famous for their delicious street food, with a range of food vendors selling everything from fresh seafood to international cuisine, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options too. You can dine under the stars and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the markets.

#7: Take a Helicopter Tour Over Kakadu

Love is in the air, and so will you and your special someone as you take a helicopter tour over Kakadu National Park. Taking a helicopter tour over Kakadu National Park is a thrilling and unforgettable experience that offers a unique perspective on this stunning natural wonder. Kakadu is one of the largest national parks in Australia, covering an area of more than 20,000 square kilometres, and a helicopter tour is an excellent way to explore the park’s diverse landscapes, from rugged escarpments to winding rivers and floodplains.

Northern Territory truly has a lot to offer for couples looking for a romantic getaway without long flights and the need for a passport. From watching the sunset at Uluru to taking a hot air balloon ride over Alice Springs, to swimming in Litchfield National Park, there are plenty of options. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break or an adventurous trip, the Northern Territory truly is Australia’s most romantic destination for couples.

If you’ve been itching to finally book that trip to the Northern Territory, Flight Centre provides a number of different affordable flights and packages to help you make your holiday a reality — head here to discover more.

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