Fit and fun in the Northern Territory when you’re over 50
Picture Australia’s Northern Territory and you might have visions of backpackers, frolicking young couples and hard-core nature adventurers. But, age is no obstacle to exploring the nooks and crannies of this beautiful part of Australia.
Don’t forget to pack your walking boots, water bottle, sun cream and a hat because there’s plenty to keep you busy that isn’t just bus tours, afternoon tea, shopping and museums (though there’s nothing wrong with these!).
With hundreds of kilometres of trails to explore, you’re set for a walking adventure of a lifetime. From a 30-minute nature trail to full day adventures and epic overnight trails, there’s ample choice suited to all interests and abilities.
And there’s plenty of landscape to see. From tropical wetlands, open savannahs, sandstone escarpments and monsoon forests in the Top End to the stark beauty of the desert landscapes of the Red Centre, , the Territory is nothing but changing geography, from top to bottom.
Whether you spend half an hour exploring Shady Creek in Litchfield Park, four hours walking the base of Uluru, or a full day viewing beautiful rock art and scenery in Kakadu National Park, you’ll be well rewarded for your walking efforts.
Getting physical in the Northern Territory doesn’t mean you have to do all the work. Take a seat on a hump (a camel hump that is) and see the world from 1.8m higher. Uluru Camel Tours are a great way to become an Afghan Cameleer (for the day).
See Uluru, the spiritual heart of Australia, and Kata Tjuta, like you’d never see on foot. Whether you take the sunrise, the sunset or the Camel Express daytime tour, you won’t forget the beauty of the stunning red sand dune country (or your new found friend). You can even take a camel to dinner!
Fishing and birdwatching
Anglers and twitchers, you’re in luck! The Northern Territory specialises in bringing you spectacular bird life and amazing fishing experiences.
The Northern Territory has unrivalled access to world-class fishing with huge tidal rivers, scenic inland billabongs, mangrove-lined estuaries and picturesque coastlines. Whether you take in the sport on your own, with a group or with friends, you’re in for a treat.
For adventurous anglers, a Heli fishing adventure is a must. Fly to remote locations and seek out your Australian rival, the barra. It’s more than just a fishing tour, it’s an adventure wrapped in a fishing reel.
Twitchers, there’s something to flap about with more than 400 species of bird currently recorded in the Northern Territory, six of which are endemic. Whether you head into the bush, walk the coastlines or catch a glimpse while you’re exploring the Territory, there’s beauty in the heavens.
Canoeing in Katherine
Adventures by water are a peaceful and tranquil way to take in the breathtaking beauty of Northern Territory. Why not hire a canoe from Nitmiluk Tours and explore Katherine Gorge. It’s the ideal way to see the stunning gorge when and how you want, away from the crowds. Watch as the diversity of landscapes and habitats flow by in time to your strokes. Please also talk about Gecko Canoeing on the Katherine River – gentle guided canoe touring with Mick Jerram.
Take a few hours, or the whole day and you’ll see more than you’d see on a scheduled boat cruise. Stop for lunch, see rock art or take a refreshing swim. Whatever you do, it’s a visual treat for nature lovers.
There’s more to the Northern Territory than deserts, trees and rocks. Keep your eyes peeled for beautiful and serene places to take a dip and practice your swimming strokes. Dive into Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park, do the crawl in the salty waters of Lake Alexander in East Point Reserve near Darwin, or melt your tension away at Mataranka hot springs in Elsey National Park near Katherine. Whatever you do, don’t forget your swimsuit (or towel).
Swimming isn’t just a thing in the Top End. A swimsuit is a must for a Red Centre adventure as well! But it’s the desert I hear you say… Don’t let that fact stop you from taking a refreshing dip in places like Glen Helen Gorge, Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges.
When you’re heading out for a swim, always remember to read the sign. And, if you’re not sure whether the water is safe from crocs and jellyfish, don’t swim, for your own safety!
So there you go… don’t let the whippersnappers have all the fun! Australia’s Northern Territory is the perfect holiday destination for everyone, including over 50s! There’s plenty to do, see and explore. What are you waiting for?!
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