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Journey

Scenic Drive

Take to the bush tracks, dirt roads and endless highways of the vast Northern Territory and discover this ancient land at your own pace. Travel across red desert landscapes and tropical savannah, lush rainforest and along rugged coastlines by car, campervan or 4WD. The Nature’s Way: Be enveloped by nature at every turn on a scenic journey through Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks. Photographic, wildlife and birdwatching enthusiasts will delight in this comfortable 550km drive past wetlands and gorges, waterfalls and waterholes.

Food and Wine

Darwin Waterfront Precint

Darwin Waterfront is home to the Wave Pool and also safe swimming Recreation Lagoon. Darwin Waterfront's cafes and restaurants offer plenty of opportunities to refuel after a morning swim, linger over a luxurious lunch, or stop for a sundowner. Choose from high-end Mediterranean and Mexican restaurants, to more casual cafes and bars - you'll never be too far from an ice cream or a barra burger. Drift along Wharf One's row of restaurants and shops, by the lagoon, or head further afield to Stokes Hill Wharf, a favourite fishing and fish-and-chip spot and popular starting point for harbour cruises.

Parap Markets

The Parap Village & Markets is a great place to shop and is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Browse the markets, winding through stalls of local produce, local arts and crafts, entertainment and delicious cuisine from around the world. This Saturday morning market has become an institution and ritual among locals who just couldn’t survive a weekend without their Saturday morning laksa, satay prawns or fresh tropical smoothie. The markets are open from 8am to 2pm evey Saturday.

Muslim-Friendly Dining

Being the closest Australian city to Asia, Darwin offers a wide range of Asian-influenced food. This includes Muslim-friendly dining options in and around the city, and at the weekend markets. Using the freshest produce from the NT, you can indulge in mouth-watering dishes at Sari Rasa, Ammas Café, Ayuriz Café and Curry in a Hurry – just to name a few

Bark Hut Inn

Located on the Arnhem Highway half way between Darwin and Kakadu National Park, Bark Hut Inn is an iconic Northern Territory pub, roadhouse and a traveler’s rest stop. With more than 30 years of history, Bark Hut Inn serves as a reminder of the past prosperity garnered from the Australian buffalo industry and the spirit and determination of the brave men and women who pioneered the Territory Outback. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, Bark Hut Inn provides a selection of great fare with a bit of a local twist. The bar has outback character that reflects the site’s part life as a buffalo hunter’s camp. There are reminders everywhere of the history, people and wildlife that have shaped this unique place.

Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sit back and relax as the tranquil surroundings transport you into a spiritual world of the Jawoyn culture and history. Discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of the Nitmiluk Gorge, changing colour with the setting sun. 3.5-hours tour includes a three course candle light dinner, featuring fresh, local Australian produce cooked on board, and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Cash bar available.

Marksie’s Stockman Camp Tucker Night

A unique dining and entertainment experience for all the family set at Top Didj Cultural Centre in Katherine. Dine under the stars, watch wallabies and hear the local wildlife in the surroundings, reminiscent of an outback stockman’s camp. Dinner is traditional outback tucker, cooked according to treasured family recipes dating back generations – damper, gem scones with native jams, gum leaf billy tea and their famous non-alcoholic Jungle Juice. There’s also Marksie’s famous “damper on a stick” (the bush ice cream) too! After a delicious hearty meal, sit back and enjoy the humorous yarns and stories with your host.

Nature

Kakadu

Just a three-hour drive from the city limits is the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, with a remarkable variety and concentration of wildlife, vast floodplains and billabongs, forests, and rugged rocky hills. Come marvel at some of the park’s prolific Aboriginal rock art, and get a sense of one of the longest historical records of any group of people on earth. As you explore, you will see a sample of the more than 2,000 plant species, a quarter of Australia’s freshwater fish species and more than a third of its birds that are all resident in the park. Join a cruise to see saltwater crocodiles, and lose yourself in an unforgettable sunrise and sunset from the top of the rocky outcrops overlooking vast wetlands. Challenge yourself to tackle any one of the four-wheel drives and bushwalking trails. It is nearly 20,000 square kilometres of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity.

 

Katherine

The town of Katherine offers visitors the opportunity to experience the inspiring wonders of Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge)- a deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River. Katherine Gorge is made up of thirteen gorges. Walks over the sandstone plateau range from an hour to five days and offer spectacular views of the gorge. Some, like the 58-kilometre Jatbula Trail, take in most of Nitmiluk’s landscapes – monsoon forest, stone country, upland swamp, woodland and river. Canoes can be hired at the gorge, and commercially operated two, four and eight hour cruises are available, as well as helicopter flights. The gorges and the surrounding landscape have great significance to the local Jawoyn people, who are custodians of Nitmiluk National Park.

Litchfield

A less than two-hour drive from the city will get you to Litchfield National Park. Swim under cool, pristine waterfalls and watch in silent wonder at the passing parade of unique wildlife and birds as they gather at the myriad waterholes dotted over the landscape. Witness the intriguing magnetic termite mounds and marvel at Mother Nature’s handiwork. Retreat from the heat of the day into shady monsoon forests in the ancient gorges created over thousands of years. Birdwatchers can see Black Kites and other birds of prey wheeling overhead, and seek out Yellow Orioles, Figbirds, Koel, Spangled Drongos, Dollarbirds and the Rainbow Bee-eater in the sheltered areas close to waterfalls. Take a picnic and find a shady spot at Florence Falls, Tabletop Swamp, Greenant Creek, Wangi Falls and Walker Creek. Cool off in one of the many pleasant waterholes such as the spectacular Florence Falls, which cascades into a plunge pool set in a pocket of monsoon forest. Take the easy three -minute walk from the car park to the lookout to survey the gorge and excellent views of Florence Falls. Or stretch your legs by following the gorge rim walk down the stairs to the valley floor.

Cities

Darwin

Of all the Australian cities, the Northern Territory’s capital city, Darwin is most like its Asian neighbours, complete with tropical climate and Asian-influenced food. And, on its doorstep are some of the world’s most important natural attractions. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet listed Darwin as one of the world’s top ten cities to visit in 2012. Only about five hours from Malaysia, Darwin is a unique destination for a short break. And for a longer holiday, Darwin is the gateway to some of Australia’s most stunning outback terrain, abundant wildlife, ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, cultural centres and World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Weekends in Darwin kick off on Thursday night with the world-famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, and continue through to the local suburban Parap market on Saturday mornings for a great variety of food stalls, arts and crafts, handmade jewellery and souvenirs. Relish the flavor of five continents, have your palm read and watch local entertainers perform. Fine dining restaurants are dotted all over the city, with most showcasing the fresh produce available from the NT. Local restaurants and markets provide a variety of cuisines and atmospheres, but make sure that you tuck into some authentic Territory fare like mud crabs, Barramundi, kangaroo and crocodile.

 

Crocosaurus Cove

For a closer look at Australia's iconic and fascinating saltwater crocodile, head to Crocosaurus Cove. Located in the heart of Darwin city, Crocosaurus Cove houses some of the largest crocodiles in the world, as well as a display of 70 reptile species found in the Top End. At Crocosaurus Cove, there are several opportunities to get close to a saltwater croc. Dangle a line from the Fishing for Crocs platform and watch the hungry juvenile crocs launch themselves out of the water. Take a dip in the pool for a tricky photo opportunity that places you amongst the crocs in the adjacent aquarium. Or smile for the camera holding a baby saltwater crocodile. For the ultimate adrenalin rush climb into the Cage of Death for a face-to-face dive encounter with some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in captivity. Go solo or ask a friend to join you as you are lowered into enclosures to meet their famous inhabitants including Chopper, Denzel and Bess. The 200,000-litre, two-storey freshwater aquarium is modelled after a typical Top End river and holds over 15 fish species, including the famous local barramundi. Don't miss the twice daily crocodile and fish feeding shows and turtle sanctuary.

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

Experience the atmosphere and flavours, and enjoy the tropical night air at the famous sunset markets every Thursday and Sunday evening between May and October. The markets have a multitude of stalls offering international cuisine, arts, crafts and entertainment. Their unique combination of great food and an electric atmosphere make a visit a must do. The market boasts up to 60 food stalls featuring cuisine from Turkey, Greece, Sri Lanka, South America, North Africa, India and all over South East Asia. Enjoy a picnic dinner on the beach whilst experiencing a spectacular tropical sunset. Afterwards, take time to look around the stalls which include masseurs, tarot readers, leatherworkers, artists, tailors and jewellers. While browsing, listen to the free live street theatre, magicians and an array of local and international buskers.