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for its outback scenery, Aboriginal culture, the great landmarks of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and the wetlands
of Kakadu, the
Northern Territory is an enticing
but daunting adventure-travel destination. Services are often few and far
between, with many towns consisting of little more than a cluster of houses, a
shop and a pub, and extreme weather can turn even a short outing into an ordeal.
It is for these reasons that some of the Territory’s parks impose strict
regulations on visitors. At Uluru-Kata Tjuta, for example, walking is not
permitted away from approved tracks and camping is not allowed anywhere with-in
the park. Other national parks have less rigid rules but do request that
visitors make their plans known to rangers. Despite these restrictions, however,
well-prepared travelers can take advantage of a wide range of adventure
activities and almost unlimited potential for wilderness exploration.