Best camping trails in Northern Territory, Australia

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Northern Territory with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Northern Territory, Australia
Top trails (13)
#1 - Larapinta Trail
Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park
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Length: 139 mi • Est. Multi-day
This trail is a challenging long distance route for the experienced backpacker that is also incredibly rewarding. The route extends from Alice Springs all the way to Mount Sonder. When walking on this trail, there is no doubt you are treading along ancient land, which is unique and special as it provides an opportunity to spend an extended period of time so closely within it. This area gets incredibly hot in the summer so most people choose to do it in the winter and it can take around 15 days with some planning involved. There are no fires allowed along the route.Show more
#2 - Highway 1 Australia: Darwin to Broome
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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Length: 1161.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is one section of Australia's Highway 1, also referred to as the 'Big Lap', that circumnavigates coastal mainland Australia for roughly 14,500km (9,000mi) through each state capital, making this iconic national highway the longest in the world. Driving this entire lap of Australia is suggested to take roughly 6-12 months, but it is possible to complete in around 3 months, or it could take as long as a lifetime to complete in full. In this section from Darwin to Broome, there are two routes that can be taken - this route follows along sealed roads of the Great Northern Highway 1 for 2WD vehicles, and the alternative route which can be taken is on varied and more challenging terrain for 4WD vehicles only along Gibb River Road. Most of the best parks and detours off the highway in this part of Australia require 4WD vehicles to access, always check conditions prior to driving. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/australia/western-australia/gibb-river-road A popular itinerary for this section starting in Darwin includes overnight stops at Katherine, Kununurra, Halls Creek, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing. Unmissable stops and detours along this scenic driving route might also include Geikie Gorge, Lake Argyle, Bungle Bungles/Purnululu National Park (4WD turnoff from Halls Creek), Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, Litchfield National Park, Yellow Water and Kakadu National Park.Show more
#3 - Jatbula Trail
Nitmiluk National Park
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Length: 37.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Situated within the Nitmiluk National Park, land of the Jawoyn people, the Jatbula Trail is a beautiful 6-day trail through breathtaking Australian bush landscapes that change every kilometre from dry savannah country to escarpment, rocky trails, and sandy trails. Each camping area along the trail has a different waterhole or cascade nearby to cool off after a day of walking. The walking itself is relatively flat, but the distance can be challenging for some. It can get quite hot in the afternoons, so most walkers prefer to get up early each morning and complete each section by around lunchtime and to enjoy the heat of the day with a swim.Show more
#4 - Tabletop Track
Litchfield National Park
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Length: 27.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
A circuit in Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory, through an arid and often burnt landscape punctuated by beautiful waterholes and creeks. Three "link tracks" provide access to the Tabletop Track (which add to the overall length of the walk). The Florence Falls link track is the shortest access track. The entire Tabletop Track is marked by arrows and occasionally tape: while a detailed topographical map is highly advised and you can get it from the NT General Store. The loop can be done in 2-4 days.Show more
#5 - Standley Chasm Trail
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 40 m
#6 - Giles Track
Watarrka National Park
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 6 h 18 m
#7 - Nurrku Walk
Karlu Karlu (Devil's Marbles) Conservation Reserve
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 55 m
#8 - Blythe Homestead to Tolmer Falls
Litchfield National Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 49 m
This walk is not a designated walking track within Litchfield National Park. Accessing this area requires a permit. More information on the ‘Camping or Bushwalking Permit (By-Law 8)’ and how to apply for the permit, is available here: https://nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/rules-and-permits/permits-for-parks/permits-for-camping-out-of-bounds-or-overnightShow more
#9 - Stewies Lookout Loop
Litchfield National Park
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Length: 20.3 mi • Est. 9 h 24 m
NOTE: This is not a designated walking track. A permit is required to access this track. Show more
#10 - Mayijangu and Nyanjiki Lookout Walk
Karlu Karlu (Devil's Marbles) Conservation Reserve
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 27 m
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