This is frontier country where you can hit the trail in any direction - from the steamy tropics of Kakadu to Australia's spiritual heart, Uluru – and find people, places and nuggets of history that are just one of a kind. Colourful characters with stories to tell; laidback landscapes with their own definition of natural beauty and Aboriginal rock art galleries concealing 20,000 years of history.
In Kakadu, small group off-road adventures take on the infinite networks of wetlands, gorges and waterfalls found in this 20,000-square-kilometre national park. But the challenge is to haul in as many memories as possible: spotting crocs, the searing sunsets and cruising the wildlife-rich Yellow Waters Billabong.
A stay in Kakadu's remote Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge is a chance to appreciate the timeless significance of where you are. As guests of the traditional custodians of this land, privileged discoveries lie ahead exploring the protected indigenous heritage and natural history of Arnhem Land. Where ancient interpretations of Dreamtime are among Kakadu's finest treasures – from Nourlangie Rock to the rock art galleries of Ubirr.
If the compass draws you to explore the far north, the sandstone pinnacles of the 'Lost City' in Limmen National Park or a cruise through the sheer cliffs of Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park have their own magnetic appeal