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Journeys

Red Centre Way

Swim in Glen Helen Gorge and spot rock wallabies at Simpsons Gap, both in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Listen to the Dreamtime legend surrounding the comet crater of Gosse Bluff. Climb to the rim of Kings Canyon and swim in the tropical pools of the Garden of Eden. Do a dawn camel trek around Uluṟu and wander between the steep russet domes of nearby Kata Tjuṯa. Journey through red desert sands, spinifex and mulga forest. Learn about the area's Aboriginal history from the Arrernte people who have lived here for 20,000 years. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal art and pioneer history in Alice Springs. Don't miss this unforgettable adventure through Australia's ancient centre.

Nature’s Way

This easy drive on sealed roads highlights the best of the Top End, linking Australia’s vibrant tropical capital city with the ancient cultural and natural wonders of Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks. Some great four-wheel drive side-trips allow you to discover special spots in the lush northern tropics.

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Arnhem Way

Journey through Arnhem Land, one of Australia’s last unspoilt areas. This adventure will take you through open savannah woodlands as you cross-creeks and spot a variety of wildlife, and let you experience authentic Indigenous culture. Some four-wheel driving is required on this journey.

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Food and Wine

Serene Sunsets 

Sunset is a particularly magical time in the Northern Territory, and enjoying a drink as the sky is tickled through hues of orange and purple is a quintessential experience, all over the Territory.

Pull up a chair at a waterfront bar, around a desert campfire or on the verandah of a colourful outback pub. Hop aboard a camel and ride it to dinner, toasting your mount with a cool drink afterwards. Sip champagne on a yacht or catamaran as you cruise the glittering Darwin Harbour or pack a picnic for a sunset dinner on the beach. There are so many options to toast the sunset in the Northern Territory, and it’s a memory many visitors hold dearest from their Territory experience.

Mingle at the Markets 

Indulge your taste buds with fresh, authentic flavours at Darwin’s famous foodie markets.

Sit on the sand with happy locals and visitors from around the globe at the world-famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (Thursday and Sunday evenings during the dry season: April–October). Drink to the setting sun as you tuck into a plate of something on offer from every corner of the earth—Thai and Indian to Brazilian and Portuguese. Try the fragrant paella bejewelled with mussels, a Japanese omelette drizzled in sticky sauce, a dish from the many Asian-inspired vendors or a fresh mango smoothie.

On the weekends, five suburban spaces in Nightcliff, Parap, Rapid Creek, Palmerston and Coolalinga are transformed into open-air hawkers markets where locals go for their weekly supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, authentic laksa and curries and fresh juices.

Taste the Territory’s Wild Barramundi

The mighty saltwater barramundi is a Territory icon, prized the world over for its exhilarating fight, strong runs and enormous leaps out of the water. The ‘barra’ is also a superb table fish with soft, moist and delicate flesh that can be celebrated a hundred different ways. Have it prepared by your hotel chef for one of the freshest, most delectable and entirely satisfying meals you’ll ever eat.

Nature

Nitmiluk National Park

Cruise the mighty Katherine Gorge and learn about the stories of the Jawoyn people. Hire a canoe and paddle along the gorges to spot rock art and local wildlife.

Fly over 13 gorges of the Nitmiluk system and land at a remote waterhole. Enjoy the serenity of your own pristine swimming hole, crystal clear waters, and a gourmet picnic hamper in a natural setting.

 

 

Kakadu National Park

Take a trip to Kakadu National Park. Venture to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park for a few days to see ancient Aboriginal rock art, spot crocodiles in the wild and discover an amazing array of bird, animal and plant species.

 

Litchfield National Park

Self-drive or take a tour to the waterfalls and waterholes of Litchfield National Park, nature’s very own water theme park. Bushwalk a rainforest trail, swim under cascading waterfalls and marvel at the massive termite mounds.

 

City Lifestyle

Waterfront Precinct

In the heart of Darwin’s CBD, the Waterfront offers safe swimming and water sports, a variety of foreign flavours at the many alfresco restaurants and cafés, and an ongoing calendar of free activities like Tai Chi morning classes and movies under the stars.

Sunset Harbour Cruise

Red sunsets and calm turquoise waters make cruising Darwin Harbour a must-do. Learn a little of Darwin’s history and soak up the warm tropical breezes while enjoying a sumptuous meal or sparkling and canapés.

Crocodile Encounters

Visit Crocosaurus Cove or Crocodylus Park to see these amazing creatures up close and even get a chance to hold one. Travel to the Adelaide River, one hour drive from Darwin, and watch crocodiles launch themselves out of the water from the safety of your cruise boat.

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