Top 8 Mum and Daughter Hikes in the Northern Territory

Looking for a memorable mum and daughter activity? Instead of giving a traditional gift, this Mother’s Day plan a trip to see the Northern Territory’s most stunning landscapes together! These scenic hiking trails offer a perfect blend of incredible nature views and quality one-on-one bonding time. Remember, it’s not about the destination but the journey itself!

Leave only footprints and cherish the memories made on your adventurous mum and daughter day.

Top Mum and Daughter Hiking Trips

Photo by @roamwilder_ on IG

Larapinta Trail – West MacDonnell Ranges

Explore the Larapinta Trail in West MacDonnell National Park, a rugged 223-kilometre track snaking through the heart of the Red Centre. Perfect for a mum and daughter hike, this trail offers picture-perfect vistas, challenging terrain, and a chance to bond amidst nature’s raw beauty. Don’t miss highlights like Standley Chasm’s dramatic rock formations, the panoramic views from Mount Sonder, and the refreshing waterholes of Ormiston Gorge. 

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Jatbula Trail – Nitmiluk National Park

The Jatbula Trail in Nitmiluk National Park offers a memorable adventure for mum and daughter duos seeking nature and bonding time. This 62-kilometre trek showcases rugged landscapes, waterfalls, and Indigenous rock art. Highlights include Crystal Falls for a refreshing dip, the dramatic Edith Falls, and Nitmiluk Gorge’s stunning vistas. Plan for moderate difficulty. There are designated campsites along the way to enjoy starry nights.
a murky river in between green grass and rock structures with sparse trees surrounding the river and blue skies on the Jatbula Trail
The Jatbula Trail by @mekong.meg

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Picture of a woman wearing a backpack and a cap in Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Photo of Kings Canyon Rim Walk taken by @tourist_thebus on IG

Kings Canyon Rim Walk – Watarrka National Park

Plan a trip on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk in Watarrka National Park for an epic mum and daughter hike. Start early to beat the heat and enjoy stunning views. Keep an eye out for the Garden of Eden, a lush oasis hidden within the canyon. The Amphitheatre offers a cool retreat and great photo ops, while the sandstone cliffs of the Lost City are worth a stop for their striking beauty. 

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Ormiston Gorge & Standley Chasm Walks – West MacDonnell National Park

Explore the rugged beauty of West MacDonnell National Park with two must-do hikes: Ormiston Gorge and Standley Chasm. These trails offer stunning scenery and manageable difficulty for a bucket list mum and daughter adventure. Start with Ormiston Gorge Walk for jaw-dropping views of towering cliffs and serene waterholes. Don’t miss the Ghost Gum lookout. Standley Chasm Walk is another option, where the sunlight paints the walls in vibrant hues. 

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Picture of Ormiston Gorge
Ormiston Gorge photo by @travelling_with_five on IG
aerial view of waterfalls at Litchfield National Park
Photo by @alikhanphotos on IG

Wangi Falls Walk & Florence Falls Walk – Litchfield National Park

If you’re looking for one of the most scenic hikes in the Northern Territory, follow the Wangi Falls Walk and Florence Falls Walk in Litchfield National Park. Start at Wangi Falls for a refreshing dip in its emerald pools, then trek along the paved path amidst lush greenery. Florence Falls Walk is also a great option, where you can marvel at the cascading waterfall and enjoy a serene swim in its plunge pool. 

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Gorge Walk at Katherine Gorge – Nitmiluk National Park

For some of the best views in the NT, the Gorge Walk at Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park is perfect for a mum and daughter hike. This moderate trail offers stunning views of towering cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and native wildlife. Don’t miss the vantage points at Butterfly Gorge, where you might spot freshwater crocodiles sunbathing. Keep an eye out for Aboriginal rock art along the way. The 8-kilometre loop typically takes around 3-4 hours, providing ample time for soaking in the natural beauty.
Gorges and a river
Katherine Gorge by @partofmei on IG

Have you hiked one of these trails? Let us know in the comments below what trail you think would be perfect for a mum and daughter adventure!

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