International students have much to look forward to in terms of exploration and adventure when they decided to move to the Northern Territory.
Do you like to live on the edge? Known for its breath-taking scenic landscapes, hills, and beaches, Northern territory has a wide range of options for those who look for adventure and excitement during weekends or holidays. If you are someone who needs an adrenaline rush to keep yourself interested, then the Northern territory is definitely the place for you. Here are some of the heart racing and blood pumping activities you can do if you are living in the Northern Territory, one of the most rapidly developing Australian states.
People who have already experienced adventures of paragliding or bungee jumping can try a hot air balloon ride in Alice Springs. Ideal for those who are starting their adventure journeys and wish to undertake something that promises complete safety but still is equally rewarding, a hot air balloon ride can be a very memorable experience. While up in the air, you will be able to appreciate the remoteness and the mesmerizing beauty of the desert.
A popular ballooning company named Outback Ballooning has been operating in Alice Springs since 1986. In a typical hot air balloon ride, the wind takes you across the breathtaking landscape as the Sun slowly rises in all its glory from the background of MacDonnell Ranges. The riders can catch a glimpse of native wildlife including the red kangaroo in their natural habitat.
However, that is not all that Northern territory has to offer to adventure lovers who love to be up in the air. Can you imagine yourself jumping out of a plane 12,000 feet above the land with nothing but your parachute?For those looking for a more intense adrenaline rush, sky diving is the answer. Skydive Uluru, Top End Tandems, and Skydive Territory are some of the operators that provide various skydiving packages. Although skydiving above the heart of Oz over Uluru is a very exciting option, there are many other places in the Northern Territory where it can be an equally exciting experience.
If you are living in Darwin and love Australian wildlife, then the chances are scarce that you haven’t heard about Crocosaurus Cove. Attracting a large number of wildlife lovers every year, the place is home to the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles, including the iconic saltwater crocodile. You can learn about Australia’s incredible wildlife through their nine daily interactive shows such as the Big Croc Feed Show where you can watch a huge saltie dine on his lunch, or the Meet the Reptiles Show where the spectators are allowed to cuddle a lizard or snake.
The most popular of them all, however, is the famous Cage of Death which allows you to swim with one of the biggest saltwater crocodiles in the world. Being Australia’s one and only crocodile drive, Cage of Death is naturally a very unique experience for those who want to mix adventure and marine wildlife in their pursuit of excitement. If you too are one of them, then this is an up-close and personal experience you must not miss. You will never forget the moment when the marine beast locked a spellbinding gaze with you while you were busy marvelling at his prehistoric features.
If your idea of adventure is slightly different from the fast-paced usuals then you would love to try canoeing in peace and tranquillity that allows you to explore nature at your own pace. Imagine hopping in a canoe at Nitmiluk Gorge away from the crowds. On a canoe trip like this, you can explore the rocky escarpment riverbanks, admire the stunning views, get up close to the wildlife and cool off at a sandy beach.
An adventure option that has gained immense popularity among fitness lovers in recent times is mountain biking and Northern territory has some of the greatest locations for mountain biking. There is absolutely no shortage of routes through the rugged and beautiful terrain in Northern territory whether you take on the epic trails in Kakadu national park, cross Charles Darwin National park on your saddle, or head out on a park trail in the outskirts of the City of Darwin. Every time, you will find it easy to get out of the car and get on your bike for an adventure checking how effectively your fitness regime is working.
Last but not the least, Helifishing is gaining much popularity among people who enjoy fishing. However, it is not your regular fishing trip. It’s adventure equipped with a fishing reel via helicopter. You may have seen those viral videos of Australian men catching huge barramundi from a helicopter in the remote regions of the Northern Territory. That’s Helifishing. Some of the most popular sites for Helifishing are over the tropical city of Darwin, world heritage-listed Kakadu National Park or Litchfield National Park.
It would be apt to summarize with the famous quote by Jaime Lyn Beatty, “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul” because Australia’s Northern Territory has both – excellent earning opportunities for your pockets and an incredible range of adventure activities for your soul.