6 Northern Territory Events Worth Planning A Trip For In 2020

The Northern Territory is back open to travellers from most states and territories, and it’s bringing back a lot of the best events with it.

There’s literally never been a better time to explore our own country — what with it being our only option for a while –and there’s a million reasons to hit up the NT in particular, but you may as well time it with one of these rad sporting or cultural goings-on, in my opinion as a professional traveller.

6 Northern Territory events worth planning a trip for

#1 Darwin Festival, Darwin


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Date/s: 6-16 August

The Darwin Festival has obviously been re-imagined somewhat for 2020, but you can still expect a series of live and online events from music and theatre performances, to exhibitions. As always, they’ll be celebrating NT life, arts and culture, with a focus on local talent. More details here.

#2 Darwin Supercars


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Date/s: 8-9 August

Car racing is a world entirely of its own, so if it revs your engine you’re going to want to check out the return of the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown when it comes back to Hidden Valley Raceway in August. You can either grab a day pass or go the whole hog with a multi-pass. More details here.

#3 The Ghan Re-opening


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Date/s: 30 August

The iconic Ghan train, taking passengers between Adelaide and Darwin, has to be at the top of my Aussie bucket list. She’ll be making her way back through the centre of Australia from August 30.

“To help guests celebrate the relaunch of this iconic journey, we’ve released exclusive online offers including the two-night Ghan [trip] from $1899 and the three-night Ghan Expedition from $2649 per person,” announced Journey Beyond Rail’s Chief Executive Officer, Chris Tallent, in a statement. More details here.

#4 Red Centre NATS, Alice Springs


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Date/s: 4-6 September

Speaking of cars, if you’re into all things on four wheels then you’ll love a trip to Red Centre NATS which shows off with the very best in street machines, elite show cars, hot rods, classics and exotics. Its over Father’s Day weekend as well, so you can treat him. More details here.

#5 Parrtjima — A Festival in Light, Alice Springs


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Date/s: 11-20 September

For something truly unique, you need to check out the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind. Set against the MacDonnell Ranges, you’ll be able to wander through ten nights of live talks, events, music and light installations from a number Aboriginal artists. More details here.

#6 Desert Mob, Alice Springs


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Date/s: 11-25  September

This festival is recognised as the country’s most comprehensive look at contemporary Aboriginal art by artists from the desert regions and communities of Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. All the art displayed comes from centres in these areas who are members of art collective Desart. More details here.

(Lead Image: Provided /NT Major Events/ James Horan)