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NT Volume 3

Showcasing the very best of the Northern

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Territory

Paul Arnold

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“The Northern Territory- last of the great frontiers- beautiful, natural, vast�

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Lee Point Beach

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Mindil Beach Markets


W E L C O M E to the northern territory

Welcome

to the Northern Territory

Welcome to the Northern Territory, a place of amazing contrasts, landscapes and experiences which will have you captivated. Darwin, capital lifestyle, great nightlife, Welcome to the Territory’s Northern vibrant Territory, a city, placehasofa tropical amazingoutdoor contrasts, landscapes and and fabulous Lonely Planet listed it as one of the world's top-ten cities to visit in experiences whichwaterfront. will have you captivated. 2012. Darwin, the Territory’s vibrant capital city, has a tropical outdoor lifestyle, great nightlife, Enjoy a sunset cruise Lonely on the harbour, explore theone spectacular Litchfield National nearby, and fabulous waterfront. Planet listed it as of the world's top-ten citiesPark to visit in or journey to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, three hours east of Darwin. 2012. its magnificent wetlands, living culture, it is one of the Park jewels of the EnjoyWith a sunset cruise on the harbour,ancient exploreart theand spectacular Litchfield National nearby, Territory. or journey to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, three hours east of Darwin. Central Australia, often called the Red Centre because of the colour of its soil, is rich in With its magnificent wetlands, ancient art and living culture, it is one of the jewels of the Aboriginal culture. Here you can see the iconic natural wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta, the Territory. MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. You can explore Central Australia in any number of ways – take a guided walking Central Australia, often called the Red Centre because of the colour of its soil, is rich in tour, jump on a scenic helicopter flight or hot air balloon, or for the adventurous traveller, a camel trek across the Simpson Aboriginal culture. Here you can see the iconic natural wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta, the Desert. MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. You can explore Central Australia in any number of ways – take a guided walking The outback town of Alice Springs, nestling below the MacDonnell Ranges, is famous for its historic sites, Indigenous art tour, jump on a scenic helicopter flight or hot air balloon, or for the adventurous traveller, a camel trek across the Simpson galleries and a calendar of quirky events including the Camel Cup, the Beanie Festival and the Henley on Todd, the only boat Desert. race in the world held on a dry river bed. The outback Springs, nestling below MacDonnell Ranges, isyou famous for its the historic sites, Indigenous There town reallyofis Alice something for everyone in the the Territory and I encourage to explore wonderful landscapes art and galleriesexperiences and a calendar of quirky events including the Camel Cup, the Beanie Festival and the Henley on Todd, the only boat this great land has to offer. race in the world held on a dry river bed. There really is something for everyone in the Territory and I encourage you to explore the wonderful landscapes and The Hon. Matt Conlan, MLA experiences this great land has to offer. Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Northern Territory

The Hon. Matt Conlan, MLA Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Northern Territory

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Kakadu National Park

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George Brown Botanic Gardens

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Leichardt Memorial The Cenotaph Lyons Collage (B.A.T. House) Chinese Temple and Museum Parliament House / NT Library Deckchair Cinema

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Government House Survivors Lookout WWII Oil Storage Tunnels

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Indo Pacific Marine Stokes Hill Wharf Crocosaurus Cove Burnette House -Myilly Point Framed - The Darwin Gallery Wave Lagoon, Beach & Water Recreatior Darwin Convention Centre Darwin Amphitheatre Chan Contemporary Art Space Darwin Entertainment Centre

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Palms Motel Alatai Apartments Quality Hotel Frontier Darwin Vitina Studio Motel Peninsular Apartments City Gardens Apartments Mediterranean All Suite Hotel Marrakai Luxury All Suites Poinciana Inn Darwin Quest Darwin

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Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin 25 26 Holiday Inn Darwin 27

Holiday Inn Esplanade Darwin Mantra Pandanus

Novotel Atrium Darwin Value Inn Darwin Central Hotel Marina on the Esplanade Teh Cavenagh Crowne Plaza Darwin Palms City Resort Mandalay Luxury Stay Coast Holiday Accomodation Medina Grand Darwin Vibe Hotel SKYCITY Darwin

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A WARM

WELCOME

You have chosen to visit the Northern Territory, one of the most remarkable and unique places in the world and we welcome you. There is so much to do, see and experience during your time here. From discovering living Aboriginal culture rich in traditions more than 50,000 years old, to wandering through our bright and colourful cities, the Northern Territory is just waiting for you to explore. The Northern Territory is Australia’s real Outback and home to the iconic natural wonders of Kakadu National Park in the north and Uluru/Ayers Rock in the Red Centre. Our spectacular flora and fauna varies dramatically between the deserts of Central Australia and the tropics of the Top End; it is a photographers dream and an adventurers playground. The NT is filled with fascinating characters, awe-inspiring landscapes and singular experiences. Do you imagine yourself in a remarkable and unique destination filled with culture, colour and adventure? You don’t have to imagine it; you are already here.

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The Darwin Waterfront

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THE

Darwin Waterfront

Experience the best of Darwin’s tropical lifestyle while enjoying resortstyle luxuries, safe swimming, ocean views and delicious food – all at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct.

The Darwin Waterfront is a fresh, new destination for anyone who wants to relax, cool off with a swim, meet with friends over coffee, catch a movie or enjoy a family picnic. Create lasting memories with family and friends and enjoy the essence of Darwin’s tropical lifestyle, all at one destination. The Darwin Waterfront Precinct is home to the Territory’s only Wave Lagoon. Offering safe year-round swimming the Wave Lagoon is open daily and is a great spot to cool off, relax or ride a wave. The Wave Lagoon and shallow toddler pools are chlorinated salt water and cover 4000 square metres with the lagoon depth varying from 2m at the deepest point. Suitable for the whole family, the lagoon creates ten different wave patterns with the highest wave reaching 1.7m. Entry charges apply. There’s also a sea water Recreation Lagoon and beach area which is free to use. The Precinct has been a welcomed addition to the tropical city of Darwin and it’s fast becoming the place to be seen. A short stroll from the Darwin CBD, with its seaside promenades, parklands,

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landscaped gardens, retail outlets, hotels and alfresco dining the Waterfront Precinct is proving to be a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. As a destination, the Darwin Waterfront has truly captured its city’s relaxed mood and unique appeal. Whatever your taste or style, there is something for everyone - so let’s meet at the Waterfront! Wave Lagoon Admission 15 yrs and over $5 half day, $8 full day Under 15 yrs $3.50 half day, $5 full day Under 2 yrs Free Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $12 half day, $16 full day Concession (card holders) $3 half day $5, full day Session times: Morning: 10am-2pm Afternoon: 2pm-6pm Full day session: 10am-6pm No surf boards allowed. Open 7 days. Visit our website for more information on upcoming free events at the Darwin Waterfront www.waterfront.nt.gov.au.


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Darwin Waterfront

Beauty & Shopping

Elements by the Sea

Designed with the vision to provide an environment where dynamic women and men can alleviate stress and achieve a sense of wellbeing – an urban oasis. At Elements, you can choose from a wide variety of day spa treatments. We are focused on creating a friendly atmosphere where you can kick off your shoes and float from one treatment room to another. T: 08 8942 1588

Rush Surf

Head in-store now to check out the biggest range of Billabong, Rip Curl, DC, Quiksilver, Roxy, Hurley, Element, Von Zipper, Jet Pilot, Kustom, Oakley, Arnette, Reef, Electric, Aztec Rose, Nixon, Rusty, Volcom and many more. Open 10am to 3pm Monday and Tuesday and 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday Rush’s Opening hours are Monday to Friday 11am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm T: 08 8941 0425 www.rushsurf.com.au

Scalpt Hair on the Waterfront

A boutique luxury salon, sit back, relax and enjoy the surroundings. Specialising in L’Oreal colour and Kerastase products and also stocking ghd styling irons our vision is hairstyling into the future, defined by solid and accentuated lines, strength, shine with healthy movement. The shape of the hairdo will place more emphasis on the profession of the hairdresser. Pure craftsmanship is dedicated to quality instead of mass by our award winning stylists. Monday to Wednesday 9am – 5pm Thursday 9am – 8pm Friday 9am – 5pm Saturday 8am – 3pm Sunday Closed T: 08 8981 1117

StormBird Gallery

Experience a kaleidoscope of lightning, storm, landscape, lightning and nature photography by Darwin photographer and storm chaser Jacci Ingham.

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Jacci’s passion is to capture the moods, expressions and colours of our dramatic monsoonal climate the very essence of what makes the Top End a special part of the country. Strikingly Beautiful photography and a wonderful range of greeting cards are available. Browsers are most welcome. Open 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday. T: 0407 797 885 www.stormbirdphotography.com.au

Shine Gifts

The Darwin Waterfront is pleased to announce that Shine Gifts is one year old. Located next to Rush, Shine Gifts has a great range of jewellery, wall art and giftware that you just won’t see anywhere else! Over the last year, Shine Gifts has greatly expanded their product range which now includes MOVA perpetual motions globes, Chantilly Lane singing bears, stunning opal jewellery, South Sea and Tahitian pearls and a lovely range of Freshwater Pearls. They also stock souvenirs, postcards, fridge magnets and comical crocodiles, geckos, frogs and other trinkets.


Just arrived are men’s stainless steel pendants, tungsten wristbands and rings, croc teeth and barramundi and croc skin pendants. The new wall art is big and bold and Shine Gifts has colourful lamps, recycled aluminium trays and trees, hand painted glassware and more. A new addition is a water ball humidifier which is decorative as well as functional. Catering for tropical living, the shop also has hats, sunglasses, insect repellent and sun screen. Shine Gifts Cullen Bay and the Waterfront are open Monday to Wednesday 10am to 6pm, Thursday 10am to 5pm, Friday & Saturday 10am to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 7pm. T: 8941 6193 M: 0407 612 570

Flight Centre Darwin Waterfront

At Flight Centre we are committed to providing great travel at the cheapest available price. Our consultants are experienced, highly trained experts, dedicated to finding the best travel deal for any destination and any budget. They are widely travelled and enthusiastic about travel. Our consultants can organise flights, hotels, holidays, car hire, cruises, travel insurance,

coach tours, visas, travellers cheques and even frequent flyer points redemption. Flight Centre consultants can help make your travel easier by offering you eTickets for ticketless travel on domestic flights. They can advise you about how to make the most of your frequent flyer membership. Moday Closed, Open Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 3pm. P: 08 8919 8200 Located next to The Coffee Club

experience and extensive product knowledge, our consultants are experts in travel and service a diverse range of clients. Our consultants share a common passion for unique and authentic travel experiences, immersing themselves in the destination’s landscape, culture and events. Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm. Located at Level 5 Hospitality, 7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin Waterfront - On the Smith Street Bridge Walk to the city. P: 08 8901 6400

Scarfe & Turner Travel Associates

Darwin Day Tours

Scarfe & Turner Travel Associates is a boutique travel brand, operating in the niche and premium segment of the travel industry. We specialise in corporate travel arrangements, group travel, exclusive packages and holidays with a difference. Based at the Darwin Waterfront, Scarfe & Turner Travel Associates is one of 34 Travel Associates locations nationally. Our office operates largely on an appointment basis, allowing staff to focus on uncompromising customer service and providing unique experiences for our customer base. With an average of 10 years industry

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Darwin Day Tours offers a wide range of full or half day tours in the Top End. Visitors can experience the best of the Top End with Darwin Day Tours including Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, Katherine Gorge, the Tiwi Islands and the historic and cultural sights of Darwin. The team at Darwin Day Tours will provide friendly service and local knowledge to help make every visitor’s holiday a memorable and unique experience. Come down and say hello at Shop D4B, Wharf One Retail. P: 1800 811 633


Wave Lagoon and Recreation Lagoon


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Restaurants & Eateries

Curve Cafe and Bar

Offering alfresco dining it’s a great place to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger. Open daily 6:30am till late. T: 08 8982 9709 W: www.vibehotels.com.au

Fiddlers Green

A cosy and relaxed place where there are no strangers, only friends who haven’t met yet. Serving traditional Irish fare, including staples such as lamb shanks, lambs fry and bacon, as well as fresh, modern Australian cuisine. Open daily 8am till late. T: 08 8981 2222

Hot Tamale

Modern Mexican Bursting with bold, complex flavours, Mexican cooking has the kind of gusto we want in food today. Hot Tamale came about from a love of Mexican food and culture, and is a fun, casual dining venue in Darwin. Monday to Sunday 12pm till late. T: 08 8981 5471 E: ht.darwin@bigpond.com W: www.hottamale.net.au

Wild Burger

Take on a fresh hamburger or step up to the wildest Territory croc burger, wraps and hot dogs. The new taste sensation! Open 7 days from 11am to 4pm. T: 0457 347 709 W: www.wildburgerdarwin.com.au E: wildburgerdarwin@choongenterprises.com.au

Trampoline Gelato

Made with the real fruits and natural ingredients an enormous range of premium gelato, sorbet, smoothies, milk shakes, ice drinks and more of your favourite ice deserts are available from 12pm every day. Open 7 days a week till 10pm on Friday and Saturday and 9pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Mon – Thurs: noon – 9pm Friday: Noon – 10pm Sat: 11am – 10pm Sun: 11am – 9pm T: 8942 0711

Stokes Hill Wharf

With a fine dining restaurant, alfresco eateries, recreational fishing platforms and fishing charters, harbour cruises, sightseeing, 26 N T LIFE

shopping and live entertainment, you just can’t leave town without experiencing it. T: 08 8943 6191

The Coffee Club

Whether you’re in the mood for breakfast or lunch, or just a relaxing coffee to break up the day. Open daily 7am to 4pm. T: 08 8941 0422

The Precinct Tavern

The Precinct Tavern located at the Waterfront will offer patrons a craft beer experience like no other – with 44 taps of beer & cider, you will be sure to find a drop to tantalise your tastebuds! Set in contemporary surroundings, The Precinct is an innovative venue only meters from the Wave Lagoon and Darwin Convention Centre. Featuring modern, affordable pub food, our chefs use only the freshest of ingredients and local produce. Drop by and sample one of our beer tasting trays of award winning hand-crafted beers, while enjoying a bite to eat from the menu which is married to the beers. Whether you are dining in our restaurant, enjoying a cocktail or wine in the cocktail lounge or dancing the night away to live entertainment


in the Pub Bar, The Precinct is sure to have something for everyone! T: 08 8941 9000 W: www.theprecincttavern.com.au E: functions@theprecincttavern.com.au

Il Lido Waterfront Kitchen and Tapas Lounge

setting outdoors with picturesque views. il lido’s a la carte menu offers innovative meals crafted by a passionate team of chefs. Or relax in our modern tapas lounge with great share plates, pizzas, wine, cocktails and good times. Perfect for a meal, special occasion, party, celebration or wedding, call our friendly Function Executives today on 0488 002 004 to create a memorable event. T: 08 8941 0900 E: info@illidodarwin.com.au W: www.illidodarwin.com.au

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Where Passion, Food, Views and Style Collide • Perfect location for your next breakfast, lunch, dinner or function • Casual and informal through to elegant and prestigious our friendly team will look after your needs

Best Stand Alone Restaurant & Best Select Wine List

for restaurant bookings

(08) 8941 0900

Darwin Waterfront

Wharf One, Kitchener Dr. Darwin

www.illidodarwin.com.au info@illidodarwin.com.au


il lido waterfront

kitchen & tapas lounge Located in one of the most picturesque areas of Darwin, il lido waterfront kitchen is surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views of the Darwin Convention Centre, wave pool, lagoon, Stokes Hill wharf and to the harbour beyond. Boasting awe inspiring views, with a fresh and bright tropical feel, il lido is an impressive breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktail destination. Offering air-conditioned facilities inside or relax in the resort alfresco setting outdoors with picturesque views. Specialising in freshly-plated contemporary Australian cuisine, il lido’s a la carte menu offers innovative meals crafted by a passionate team of chefs. Or relax in our modern tapas lounge offering great share plates, wine, cocktails and good times.

Escape somewhere special, to a place of social eating, drinking and fun!

il lido offers • Open 7 days from 11am for lunch & dinner • Breakfast Saturday, Sunday & Tuesdays from 8am • Friendly service • Spectacular water views • Indoor & outdoor dining • Indoor & outdoor cocktail lounge • A la carte menu • Tapas & pizza menu • Children 12 & under menu • Fully licensed: Fine wines, beers & cocktails plus great coffee • Gluten free dishes available • Catering service available • Takeaway available • Wheelchair access

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Precinct “Your Local Pub!”

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f you’re looking for something new, contemporary and that has craft beers, quality wine and modern pub food then look no further ‘The Precinct’ has arrived! The Precinct is Darwin’s newest venue and offers patrons a craft beer experience like no other! With 44 taps of beer & cider, you will be sure to find a drop to tantalise your taste buds. Whether you are a visitor to Darwin or a resident it is your local pub.

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Set in tropical surroundings, only metres from the Darwin Waterfront wave pool and the Darwin Convention Centre, it offers the perfect relaxed resort setting. Whether you are dining in the restaurant, enjoying a cocktail or wine in the cocktail lounge, taking in the views of the alfresco areas or dancing the night away to live entertainment to big screen sporting events in the Pub Bar, The Precinct is sure to have something for everyone! The chefs use only the freshest of ingredients and local produce to offer you modern, affordable pub food. Tuck into mouth-watering pork knuckles, a succulent steak, delicious burgers or Little Creatures

Pale Ale battered local threadfin salmon, plus much more! Drop by and sample one of their beer tasting trays of award winning hand-crafted beers, while enjoying a bite to eat from the menu which is married to the beers. The Precinct pride themselves on providing a venue that makes you feel at home the moment you walk in. From their friendly front bar, alfresco area to the cosy dining room. Darwin Waterfront Wave Pool views Open 7 days from 11am onwards Licensed until 2am Open for Breakfast every Saturday and Sunday


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East Point Beach

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Parap Parap Village is one of Darwin’s most popular places to visit - a unique shopping oasis tucked away in one of Darwin’s trendiest suburbs, with 50 boutique and specialist shops, art galleries, essential services and eateries. It is also home to the famous weekly Saturday markets which offer an ethnic melting pot of tastes and treats in a very relaxed ambient setting. Sample the tantalizing tastes of local and exotic dishes, fruit salads and smoothies and fresh roasted coffee. Browse the diverse range of fresh produce available at market prices and enjoy locally grown vegetables, herbs, Asian greens and

exotic fruit the likes you’ve never seen, or select from a range of stunning tropical flowers to warm your home. Catch up with friends to the backdrop of ambient live music then wander through the markets to discover a precious collection of Territory crafts including clothing, jewellery and gems, artworks, beauty products, specialist crafts, plants and cut flowers, massage, tarot and much more. 38 N T LIFE

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BOGARTS BOGARTS

Bogarts is a casual, relaxed Bogarts is a casual, relaxed bar, perfect bar, perfect for a for a romantic tofinekick-start romantic meal ogartsmeal is renowned or for their experience. Dropain to Bogarts and food and wine, live music and experience the atmosphere, open Tuesday or to kick-start night on the town. ability to cater for functions. to Thursday and Saturdays 2pm until a night on the The kitschy, eclectic décor with old late and Fridays from 12pm until late. movie posters and decoupage coupled Located at 52 Gregory Street, Parap town. with cane furniture and animal print NT. Ph 08 8981 3561 or visit www.

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ogarts is renowned for their fine food and wine, live music and ability to cater for functions. The kitschy, lounges for a truly coupled unique with dining bogartsbarandgrill.com.au eclectic décor with old movie postersmake and decoupage cane furniture and animal print lounges make for a truly unique dining experience. Drop in to Bogarts and experience the atmosphere, open Tuesday

to Thursday and Saturdays 2pm until late and Fridays from 12pm until late. Located at 52 Gregory Street, Parap NT. Ph 08 8981 3561 or visit www.bogartsbarandgrill.com.au

52 Gregory St, Parap NT P: 08 8981 3561 | F: 08 8942 0396 E: bogarts.nt@bigpond.com | W: www.bogartsbarandgrill.com.au

OPENING HOURS:

Tuesday to Thursday, & Saturday 2pm til late | Friday – 12pm til late


Pa r ap 2013 V ill ag e M ar ket

The 1st Market was on 3rd of July 1982. With 6 Stalls, 3 of whom are still trading now. Marys Laksas, Jungle Flowers & Gems & Noy’s Fruit and Veg. Over the years the market has an established reputation as a premier market providing quality Territory arts, crafts and services, world cuisine, refreshments, plants and cut flowers, live music and great local ambience. Focus is on self created products and services, local grown produce and home-made cuisine.

Sterling Silver Tarot Reading Hand Madei Soap Humpty Doo Spices Kunwinjku Fine Art Coconut Products Hand Made Knit Ware Local Art Massage Children’s Darwin Made Clothing Locally grown Fruit & Vegetables Asian Corner Thai Food Vietnamese Food Coffee Gourmet Sushi Thai Sweets Exotic Flowers Lebanese Food Cambodian Delights Crepes Gems Orchids Clothing Home wares

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Village Shops

Shops The Parap Shopping Village is well established as Darwin’s premier boutique shopping centre, whilst also providing all the handy essentials for everyday living. Just five minutes from the CBD, Parap Village houses over 50 shops and businesses providing goods and services of the finest quality.

What’s on Offer

Eateries and Fine Food During the day enjoy the delicious assortment of food offered at the sandwich bar, delicatessen, bakery, Chinese takeaway, Indian restaurant and two cosy cafes. Dinner is sorted, with five quality restaurants serving Indian, Mexican, and European, Chinese and Australian fare. Takeaway options are available at most establishments and there is a choice of licensed or BYO options. Of, if you wish to entertain in style at home, call in to the premium Butchery, gourmet cheesecake shop and Darwin’s most renowned fine food purveyor for the best produce to impress.

Art Galleries Parap is culturally significant, with four distinct Art Galleries representing contemporary arts and traditional artefacts of Aboriginal, Tiwi Island and Australian craft. From wall hangings and paintings to woven bags, fabrics and toys, these treasures incorporate tens of thousands of years of cultural historical significance.

Boutique Homewares, Fashion and Pampering Parap Village offers the best in distinct local made fashion design and hot interstate labels. Experience a flair for the different with our fine jewellery shops that specialise in custom design. Be inspired by the many boutique home wares stores offering unique decor and curios for house and kitchen from around the globe. Or simply let the experienced team of beauty therapists and hair stylists indulge you with decadence.

Essential Services Handy everyday facilities include a local Post Office, Amcal pharmacy, ANZ bank and newsagency. Parap also has its own Police Beat, servicing the needs of Parap, Stuart Park and Fannie Bay.

Health and Healing Services Three dedicated rehabilitation centres offer Physical Therapy for sports and other injuries, Sleep Apnea Clinic and Chinese Massage. Animals aren’t forgotten either, with Parap Veterinary Surgery open six days a week.

Professional Services and Training Real estate, accountancy, insurance brokerage and conveyance experts can assist with all your residential and commercial needs. Technical skills training and tertiary Indigenous training courses are offered onsite at Parap.

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Free Shuttles to the

PARAP MARKETS EVERY SATURDAY

Commencing Saturday 6th APRIL 2013 to SEPTEMBER 28th SEPTEMBER 2013 Passengers must be waiting outside the above properties – drivers will only be picking up and dropping off. If the bus fills up before getting to you, then please call the office 89815066 & let them know you have people waiting. Guest from other hotels not listed above are welcome to be picked up at any of the above properties. This shuttle service is operated by Darwin Airport Shuttle for and on behalf of the Parap Village Traders Association.

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Shop 1 & 2, 26 Smith Street Mall

8981 0066 Shop 4 Parap Village

0402 779 773 9 Travers Street Coconut Grove

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Email

Infidelity

infidelity@bigpond.com

Infidelity boasts a stunning array of fabulous fashion, gorgeous gifts and amazing accessories suitable for the tropical Darwin lifestyle.

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ith a large range of cool, cotton clothes as well as pieces catering for larger sizes, Infidelity is a one-stop-shop for everything fun, feminine and fashionable. From jewellery to sarongs, swimwear to ornaments and shoes and even desirable genuine crocodile and stingray leather handbags and wallets- the perfect accessories and souvenirs of your time spent in Darwin. This shop must be experienced to be truly appreciated. Drop in and browse the tempting range of gorgeous items, all at reasonable prices. Infidelity is open from 10am-5.30 weekdays and from 9am-2.30pm Saturdays. Located at Parap Shopping Village; Darwin’s boutique shopping destination. Call 0402 779 773. 44 N T LIFE


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Vanity Hair Vanity Hair in Parap Village has been styling the tresses of Darwin locals for more than a decade, and the shop itself has been a hair salon for 50 years.

With a loyal customer base of dedicated locals coming for the traditional style and set or the latest colouring techniques and hair extensions, Chris and the girls offer decades of combined experience to their clients in a friendly, and welcoming environment. “We are a family friendly salon with a broad base of clients from babies to 90 year olds. Some of our clients have been coming for more than 25 years, and most of our staff are Territory born and bred,” says owner Chris. The TIGI product range is exclusive to Darwin at Vanity Hair and they are one of 12 salons in Australia to offer the TIGI Hair Reborn treatment range. Chris is proud of her team, and says the 47 N T LIFE

way they work together to share knowledge is what makes them her Dream Team. “Varying degrees of experience mean everyone learns something from each other. Older staff pick up the latest trade school techniques from the apprentices and younger staff tap into the experiences of those who’ve been in the business for much longer than them” says Chris. Offering the highest levels of customer service, with professional products and expert advice, the team at Vanity Hair can solve any hair dilemma you can think up! Whether you want a glamorous up-style for a special occasion, perfect hair for your wedding day, or just a great manageable style for everyday, call in and see the girls for a chat and assessment.


Darwin Turf Club


When it comes to stylish meetings, large exhibitions, exquisite gala balls, memorable weddings, personalised service and event innovation, Darwin Turf Club is the perfect business partner epitomizing a whole new level of flexible service coupled with unmatched facilities. The value of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions business is currently understated with other sectors in Darwin playing such an important part in the economy, however exhibitions & Conferences are part of the business cycle that helps businesses succeed, grow and employ people. Facilities such as the Schweppes Pavilion provide the ideal platform to support the influx of interstate and Territory based conferences and exhibitions. The Darwin Turf Clubs range of facilities provide an array of function rooms & options, namely the Schweppes Pavilion a multi-purpose venue built with the Conference and Exhibition organisers in mind. Schweppes Pavilion is the only facility of its kind

in the Top End which has the capacity to host 1200 people across 1250m2. The facility provides ample free car parking, has the ability to contain your guests in a distraction free location which is less than 10minutes drive from the CDB, large private balcony, full grass frontage with views over the manicured lawns and main straight of the race track. Darwin Turf Club CEO, Philip Neck states “The possibilities are endless with our function spaces accommodating all types of events from boardroom meetings, weddings, gala dinners to large conferences and exhibitions. Our experienced Sales Executive will leave no detail unturned, tailoring space, schedules and menus to meet your

exact needs and most importantly budget.” Although renowned for the Carlton Mid Darwin Cup Carnival held annually in July & August, Darwin Turf Club are quickly gaining a reputation for delivering 100% event success for their innovative way of crafting your function in a way which truly brings your group together. Functions booked on any of the 41 race meetings can enjoy branding & promotion via race naming rights, guest tipsters and a behind the scenes ‘money cant buy’ race day experience. For all your function enquiries please contact our dedicated meetings team on 08 8923 4222 or visit www.darwinturfclub.org.au

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Darwin

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THE

WHARF Darwin’s Stokes Hill Wharf is a wonderful

additional shade. Great food, great atmosphere,

cafes, restaurants and food retailers. Visitors

historical tourist precinct with a number of

fantastic dining experience on the water.

can also gain an insight into Australia’s WWll

dining facilities on the wharf itself. The Wharf

The wharf ’s newly upgraded berthing facilities

war history with photographic displays and

has been refurbished in time for the dry season

can cater for smaller cruise ships, more recently

murals that depict events surrounding the first

and is now open every day till late. Visitors are

accommodating the Europa, which carries 340

bombing raids over Darwin on the 19th of

invited to admire the $22 million renovations,

passengers and 280 crew, whilst the majestic

February 1942. The displays are located all

which include major structural upgrades to

cruise liner Queen Victoria, which carries 2000

around the wharf.

the concrete decking as well as the addition of

passengers and 900 crew, occupied Fort Hill

Marvel at the exotic marine life, enjoy a spot

comfortable outdoor furniture consisting of

Wharf ’s cruise facilities. Stokes Hill Wharf

of fishing or take the family on a harbor cruise

chairs and tables made from 100% recycled

provides the perfect outdoor dining experience

with panoramic harbor views, all just minutes

materials with extra-large umbrellas providing

for locals and visitors, and boasts a variety of

from the CBD.

Stokes Hill Wharf on the Waterfront Photo courtesy of Paul Arnold

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DARWIN HARBOUR CRUISES Darwin Harbour Cruises is Darwin’s most reputable harbour cruise operation with a range of high quality scheduled cruises and a multitude of tailor made private cruising options available.

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he “Tumlaren” is a beautifully presented 20 metre tri-masted sailing schooner in survey for 45 passengers. During the ‘Tastes of the Territory’ cruise, our experienced crew share interesting and informative commentary on the sites and rich history of Darwin Harbour, Cyclone Tracey and WWII before handing around tasting platters of Territory style fare and a glass of Australian sparkling wine. The ‘Charles Darwin’ is the newest addition to the

Darwin Harbour Cruises fleet. The 25-metre trilevel catamaran has been restored to immaculate condition and is in survey for up to 270 guests. This is the only cruise vessel in Darwin with two airconditioned deck levels, thus allowing sensational cruising all year round. Our scheduled cruises range from buffet sunset dinner cruises to lunch cruises are a must for the perfect beginning or magical ending to your Darwin experience.


CULLEN BAY Cullen Bay is a wonderful fusion of the modern and vibrant qualities that our beautiful seaside city typifies. Offering an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes and bars set on the boardwalk around the busy marina and overlooking the harbour, it is an ideal place to relax with friends and family.

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A place to be enjoyed across both the green and dry seasons, locals and visitors are spoilt for choice with the wide variety of cuisine on offer in Cullen Bay reflecting Darwin’s diverse mixture of more than 60 nationalities. Along the boardwalk you will find an abundance of restaurants tempting you with an exotic blend of flavours and taste sensations from Greece, Asia, Italy and modern Australasian cuisine featuring Territory meats and plenty of local, fresh seafood. Taking advantage of the amazing setting, Cullen Bay is a favourite spot amongst locals in the know for breakfast and brunch. The Boardwalk Cafe is a contender for the title of Darwin’s best coffee and is the perfect spot to spend a lazy morning with friends soaking up the serenity and splendour of the marina views. Another great spot for dining is Buzz Cafe, an institute well renowned by locals and often a

talking point for visitors. But it’s not just the stunning Balinese style decking over the water or the amazing bar carved from volcanic rock that gets tongues wagging. A visit to the men’s bathroom provides great conversation fodder over a meal and a gets a bit of a giggle from patrons. If you’ve not experienced it yourself, be prepared –it’s not for those who suffer from stage fright! Pamper yourself with a day of indulgence at Cullen Bay Day Spa followed by a relaxing browse through one of the local craft boutiques. The marina is also the departure point for a number of sunset harbour cruises and fishing tours. Sail on the fully restored timber pearling lugger that was featured in the movie Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman with Anniki Harbour Cruises; experience an eco adventure on one of City of Darwin Cruises’ catamarans; or take a three to seven day cruise around the Top 55 N T LIFE

End with Arafura Sailing. Fast Ferries operate ferry services from Cullen Bay to Mandorah and the Tiwi Islands. For a spot of fishing where you are guaranteed to get a catch, Arafura Bluewater Charters, Equinox Fishing Charters and Fish Darwin will meet your needs for harbour, bluewater reef fishing and game fishing. If you’re short on time, Darwin Reef n Wrecks also offer half day fishing tours. Whether you’re a local looking for a convenient weekend getaway or a visitor needing a place to lay your head at night, accommodation in Cullen Bay suits all tastes and budgets. Both Marina View Holiday Apartments and Cullen Bay Serviced Apartments offer self-contained apartments or hotel suites with breathtaking views, while More Than a Room’s ‘Aqua Marine’ property provides an elegant and luxurious base to enjoy the best that Darwin has to offer.


Perfect location, Beautiful Spa If your looking to treat yourself, Cullen Bay Day Spa offers a variety of treatments, products and top industry brands just for you. Located in the beautiful Cullen Bay Marina area of Darwin, only five minutes from the Darwin Central Business District and Casino: this is the only Day Spa, in the Territory, that offers water views. Its the longest established Medi Spa offering the best solution for male & female skin care and wellbeing needs. Services include non-surgical injectable treatments such as PRP for skin rejuvenation, collagen production and reduction of hair loss. Dermal fillers for volume and lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxers for the face and excessive body sweating. Other cosmetic treatments treatments include, Other cosmetic include, anti-ageing anti-ageing facials facials using using Elemis, Sothys Sothys and Environ skinmicrodermabrasion, care, microdermabrasion, skin needling, IPL and Environ skin care, skin needling, IPL and and therapies. your partner can alsorelax relaxwith withour ourvarious various LEDLED therapies. YouYou andand your partner can also

spa packages which include spa bath, slimming or aromatherapy body scrubs and wraps, massages including our exotic warm stone massage . Or just treat yourself with a spa manicure, pedicure specialising in OPI nail polish and gels . We also offer Semi permanent mascara special occasion makeup using Jane Iredale mineral makeup, spray and cream tan application using St Tropez. For all your skin care needs this leading day spa can assist with all of them including retail therapy which you can purchase online at wwww.cullenbaydayspa.com.au with their stunning spa wear from Colin Heaney kaftans to gorgeous gift packs with bath bombs, massage bars and aromatherapy oils and soaps. Ask about their free delivery to your hotel.

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The perfect waterside dining

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Taking

TIME OUT to a

New Level

Time Out Fitness Centre on Mitchell Street already provides Darwin’s best group fitness timetable, and now we offer clients greater flexibility, with the opening of a new 24 hour boutique gym in Cullen Bay.

The boutique gym is a high performance fitness centre designed to help you achieve your professional or personal exercise goals. The Cullen Bay location allows ample car parking, and our gym is fully equipped. We have a range of quality weights and cardio equipment as well as clean and comfortable bathrooms so you can head straight to work or play after training. During the day, the Cullen Bay gym will be home base for some of Darwin’s best personal trainers. “Come in and see one of our expert PTs today and let them create a tailor-made exercise plan just for you.” 51 Marina Blvd, Cullen Bay Ph 08 8981 6142

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EXOTIC

Pearl Shell Meat

local cuisine with INTERNATIONAL

FLAVOURS

M

aking the most of Cullen Bay’s tropical climate (and its plentiful seafood supply), Charcoal Oven welcomes diners with relaxed decor, a kitchen that will serve meals well into the night and a bar that will supply you with luscious late night cocktails until 2am. A comfy indoor area makes you feel right at home with a cosy design aesthetic that includes a lounge bar, couch and big screen television. A spacious waterside deck, perfectly suited to Darwin’s tropical climate, offers an ideal place to enjoy live music. The cuisine at Charcoal Oven slots into “international”, Asian and seafood categories and offers something to suit every whim and wallet, from pre-dinner cocktails to festive three-course meals. The portions at Charcoal Oven are generous, the flavours are pleasantly mild and the garnishes fresh. The bar serves light, unpretentious snacks while the dinner menu boasts a bountiful assortment of smashing starters and seafood platters as well as charcoal-roasted meats and poultry. Oysters and local barramundi also make an appearance, as does the good old Northern Territory special of crocodile. But before you order, make sure to check out the enormous live mud crabs on site – one of these babies will really top off your meal, Darwin-style. The famous ginger cheese cake makes for a sweet ending as does a martini glass full of home made ice cream topped with fresh fruit. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful location as service is friendly but leisurely.

Deep Fried Crocodile Tail

NT Prawn Martini

Mandarin Duck

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Spaghetti Mix Seafood in Napolitain Sauce

Live mud crab


Crispy Pork Belly

Clay Pot NT Prawn

Kangaroo Lettuce Wrap

Fresh Wild Caught Whole Steamed Red Emperor

Lamb Cutlets

NT Wild Caught Whole Barramundi

Local Seafood Platter


THINGS

TO DO IN

DARWIN Here comes the rain

Tropical Markets Darwin is a vibrant mix of cultures, and every one of them has a stall at the open air markets. Get to Mindil Beach in time for sunset (Thursdays and Sundays, March to November) grab something tasty, stare out to sea and you’ll sense Asia just over the horizon. On weekend mornings all year round the exotic produce, local wares and friendly faces move to Parap, Nightcliff and Rapid Creek.

Around the world

The Rapid Creek Monsoon Markets in Darwin happen Thursday evenings from November to April (or Sunday mornings outside Monsoon season). 60 stalls offer fresh organic produce, Asian fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, exotic plants, flowers and seafood. Plus you’ll find a range of local handmade arts and crafts for that special gift, as well as local entertainers.

Each Thursday and Sunday evening between May and October the stalls at Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Markets offer international cuisine from Turkey, Greece, Sri Lanka, South America, North Africa, India and all over South East Asia. Make like a local and grab some take-away to have down on the beach as you enjoy a spectacular Darwin sunset.

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DARWIN Beer Can Regatta Mindil Beach

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Darwin is the Northern Territory’s capital; a modern, tropical city that sits on a harbour twice the size of Sydneys. Considered Australia’s most culturally diverse city, more than 60 nationalities make up Darwins population, including the area’s traditional indigenous land owners. There’s little wonder Lonely Planet picked Darwin as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit in 2012. Darwin is the gateway to some of the world’s greatest adventure playgrounds. Surrounded by the wonders of Litchfield National Park, World Heritage-Listed Kakadu, remote Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands, nature seeps into every pore of the city.


Mindil

Beach markets

Wonderful, fascinating, delicious, iconic. All words that sum up the Mindil Beach Market experience.

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets spoil their visitors in a way no other event can compare - not only will you be amazed by the fine selection of creative art & craft but you will be intoxicated by the flavours and aromas that fill the warm evening air as you relax and watch the sky transform into a kaleidoscope

of color as the sun sets over the horizon. Fun for everyone, whether you are travelling solo, as a couple or a family. Open during the day, Mindil Beach Markets is idealy situated on the beach and thousands of visitors each year revel in the amazing sunsets while tucking into fresh oysters and seafood. Here are just a couple of reviews from visitors on Trip Advisor: “I visited this beach with my daughter, it was fab to experience the Australian atmosphere of relaxation. Food there is second to none, fantastic choice, great valuewell worth a trip. Memories of this beach will last forever.” “If you can’t find something to eat here, you must be the pickiest person on the planet. There is something for everyone, the smells, the tastes, the variety. I’m salivating

just writing about it. There are some great local stalls, and plenty to choose from. Aboriginal art, crocodile leather products to body lotions and creams. The stock whip guy is awesome to watch. Oh, and the sunset is beautiful.” There is free entertainment usually in the form of ‘circus’ style acts such as jugglers, fire breathers. Quite a few two and three piece bands of unique sounds and buskers. There is a large grassed area towards the sand dunes that people set up their own BYO alcoholic beverages/ chairs/tables/rugs. Mindil Beach Markets are held every Thursday 5-10pm and Sunday 4-9pm during the dry season. More information can be found at http://www.mindil.com.au No smoking • No dogs

MINDIL BEACH Sunset Markets Opening hours:

Thursday – 5pm – 10pm | Sunday – 4pm – 9pm

Season operates from:

Thursday 25th April – Thursday 31st October 2013 Maria Leveris Drive, Mindil Reserve, Larrakia Ph 89 81 3454 | E admin@mindil.com.au W www.mindil.com.au • Facebook.com/mindilmarket

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Deckchair

Cinema The outdoor cinema is regarded as one of Australia’s iconic cinemas and is a major attraction in Darwin. The Deckchair Cinema shows films 7 nights per week at 7:30pm, from April until November each year; and 2013 marks their 20th season.

The stunning harbor side location, tropical gardens and spectacular sunsets attract patrons for a drink and meal long before the movie begins. There are caters offering delicious meals every night from 6:30pm and a licenced bar onsite with a variety of refreshments available. Strictly NO BYO alcohol. The film program screens a diverse and unique mix of Australian, family, foreign, popular and classic films. The independent

cinema is operated by the Darwin Film Society; a not-for-profit organisation who in-turn supports other community groups. They provide the deckchairs, so you only need to bring your friends and/ or family for a wonderful evening. Check out the website for full programme info www. deckchaircinema.com.au and buy your tickets online; or at the box office

Darwin Film Society

Deckchair Cinema Where stars light the screen

Gates open 6.30pm | Films start 7.30pm Jervois Road, Darwin Waterfront

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Darwin Reef’n Wrecks Twelve years in the making Darwin Reef n Wrecks has cemented itself as one of, if not the best, Fishing Charter Operation in the Northern Territory. With 4 vessels at hand we can cater for all your fishing requirements.

Darwin Harbour is renowned for its fishing, with

just to name a few. This must do adventure

its historical wrecks and man made structures

departs daily at 0530am and will have you back

you are able to experience wonderful Jewfish and

in port at 4.00pm.

Golden Snapper fishing just 10min from town.

All charters include all food, bacon & Egg

Operating 5 hour harbour charters departing

sandwiches for breakfast, steak and salad

twice daily at 0530am and 1130am you are able

sandwiches for lunch and dinner on 5hr charters.

to get on the water with plenty of time left in the

Cold meat and salad smorgasbord on Full Day

day. Perfect for the family.

Charters, Fresh Prawns cheese/biscuits and

We also offers daily 5 hour Offshore Night Fishing

cabana on 5hr charters. All fishing equipment is

up to 21nm Offshore. Departing at 4.30pm and

supplied, just bring a hat, sunscreen, camera and

returning at 9.30pm you can experience both

any alcohol.

the wonderful fishing and the fantastic Territory

Our fishing grounds stretch from a quick 10min

Sunsets from the water.

cruise into the harbour right up to 200nm North

For the avid Angler we also offer Full Day

into the Timor Boxes or West to the Mini Mini

Offshore Charters that travel up to 40nm

System or South to The Moyle River System.

Offshore chasing a wide range of species such as

So Stop wishing come fishing with Darwin Reef

Jewfish, Golden Snapper and Spanish Mackerel

n Wrecks Fishing Charters

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Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 19 Conacher Street, THE GARDENS 0820 Trading hours

Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm | Sat – Sun and public holidays 10am – 5pm Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday

Admission is free For more information, visit www.magnt.nt.gov.au


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Set in a tropical garden at Buckley Point is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural institution - the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). With a range of inspiring and rousing collections, the Museum and Art Gallery is steeped in history and provides an exciting and educational outing for the whole family. The various collections place the region’s art, history and culture in both an Australian and International context. Works and exhibits include and encompass Aboriginal art and material culture, visual arts, craft, Southeast Asian and Oceanic art and material culture, maritime archaeology, Northern Territory history and natural sciences. Darwin was devastated by a category 5 cyclone many years

past and the museum has created an installation that brings to life what locals experienced during those very dramatic days. Not to be missed. The MAGNT complex consists of five major permanent galleries, a touring gallery, educational facilities for school groups, a theatre, the Museum Shop and the Cornucopia Museum Cafe, providing an entertaining, diverse and educational experience for visitors as well as the local community. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, weekends and public holidays 10am to 5pm and is closed Chirstmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. Admission is free. Enquiries: (08) 8999 8264.


Bars

• Restaurants • Gaming • Live Entertainment Resort • Day Spa • Function Spaces


Darwin

HOLIDAY SHOP

The team at the Darwin Holiday Shop are friendly locals that are committed to helping you have the best holiday experience possible in the Northern Territory.

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Offering independent advice and a free booking service for an extensive range of tours and services, the Darwin Holiday shop can tailor a range of travel solutions to ensure your trip is all you imagined and more. The store is conveniently located at Mantra on the Esplanade and open 7 days a week. Tourists can book half and full day touring options, as well as transport of all shapes and sizes. From scenic flights, to car and campervan hire, bicycle rentals to tickets for Greyhound buses and the magical Ghan Railway. The staff can help you with accommodation bookings,

fishing and cruising adventures or relaxing bicycle and walking tours. Whatever information you are looking for, they are there to answer questions, solve problems or just point you in the right direction. The Mantra on the Esplanade shop has a large variety of gifts and souvenirs available for purchase, including a range of beautiful Northern Territory artworks. For all your travel bookings and tours there will always be a warm welcome and a friendly smile for you at the Darwin Holiday Shop. Shop 2, Mantra on the Esplanade or Mantra Pandanas, 43 Knuckey Street.


In the heart of Darwin City

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CROCOSAURUS COVE

Located in the heart of Darwin city is an attraction comparable to no other in the world- Crocosaurus Cove. Thrill-seekers, families and reptile lovers alike will enjoy this ultimate urban wildlife experience. Since opening its doors in July 2008, Corcosaurus Cove has been entertaining, educating and terrifying visitors by providing an up close and personal view of the iconic Australian Saltwater Crocodile alongside the world’s largest display of reptiles. Crocosaurus Cove is also home of the famous ‘Cage of Death’, bringing the brave face-to-face with some of the largest crocs in captivity. If the Cage of Death is too close for comfort, Crocosaurus Cove boasts various interactive and informative activities such as posing for a photo while holding a baby croc and checking out the Barramundi, Sawfish and Whiprays in the 200,000 litre fresh water aquarium. The kids will love

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Billabong, the Reptile House and the Big Croc Feed as they learn about different species and habitats of these weird and wonderful reptiles. With over 70 diverse species of the Top End’s cutest, scaliest and deadliest prehistoric critters, you cannot visit Darwin without putting Crocosaurus Cove on your list of things to do. With aquarium style viewing, see crocs closer than ever before possible with the opportunity to swim, feed and touch these incredible reptiles. Crocosaurus Cove is located at 58 Mitchell Street, Darwin City and is open every day from 9am to 6pm (closed Christmas day). Ph (08) 8981 7522 or visit www.croccove.com


FISHING

Fishing in the Northern Territory is world class and there are many diverse fishing habitats on offer; lush billabongs, big tidal rivers, mangrove-lined estuaries, a scattering of islands and hundreds of kilometres of unspoilt coastline.

Our Top End

PARADISE

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Claire Mathias with her whopper 131cm Barra caught on a One Day Trip @ Shady Camp

Visit the website for the latest Safaris & availability.

106cm Barra caught on a One Day Trip @ Corroboree Billabong

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Photo courtesy of Darwin’s Barra Base

The pristine coastal waters are where some of the best tropical Barramundi Fishing action in the world takes place. The run-off waters that occurs during the run-off months of February, March, April and early May during and after the Wet Season rains brings the larger female Saltwater Barramundi for spawning and coastal feeding. The tropical humid warm weather & strong tidal & run-off water flows keeps the Barra on the bite. This period is called the: Barra run-off Fishing Season; and is a Must Do for all visitors to the Top End. Either by completing a One Day Barra Fishing Trip whilst you are in town or by completing a 2-6 Days Barra runoff Fishing Safari (need to book 3-6 months in advance) for Extended Safaris, with an available operator, like Darwins Barra Base Fishing Safaris, (See advertisement on previous page). Shady Camp –Chambers & Finke Bay; One Day Trips & Extended Safaris have you fishing the pristine run off waters of the Mary River System that flows into Chambers Bay, as well as the coastal creeks along Finke Bay. The flora and fauna at this time of year is breathtaking, and

the birdlife is phenomenal. You will experience crocodiles in their own habitat, where pigs roam wild and water buffaloes converge on the edges of the floodplains. Commercial fish netting and live baiting is banned from this area, and the quality and quantity of Barra, Threadfin Salmon & Jewfish caught by Fishing Tour Operators and Recreational Fishing persons is world famous. Darwin Harbour is full of exotic fish but those seeking adventure can head into Arnhem Land, over to the Tiwi Islands, down to the Victoria or Daly rivers in the Katherine region or into the Gulf region for a truly unforgettable fishing expedition. Huge, wide rivers like the Daly and Victoria are prime Barra haunts, as are the networks of beautiful waterways found in World Heritage-Listed Kakadu National Park and already mentioned Mary River area. Dundee, Finniss River & Peron Islands. Fishing in this area is excellent and while Barramundi are most active from March to May, anglers can fish successfully for these nearly all year round. An awesome range of species from Barramundi to great Bluewater Sport and Reef fish, are caught 76 N T LIFE

in this area. Including Giant Trevally (GT), Queenfish, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Long Tail & Mack Tuna, Samson fish, Black Jewfish, Golden Snapper, Fingermark Snapper, Red Emperor, Grassy Emperor, Coral Trout, Gold Spot Cod, and don’t forget our large Black Marlin and Sailfish. You can hire a boat or bring your own, take a fullyguided fantastic One Day Fishing Trip whilst in town; or complete an Extended 2-6 Days Fishing Safari with a Fishing Tour Operator, staying at a remote fishing lodge or charter a Mothership - every type of angler and every type of fishing experience is catered for in the Northern Territory. There are international fishing operators who only use the Northern Territory for Australian fishing, which is testament to the quantity and quality of diverse fishing that we have here. The Northern Territory is the perfect fishing destination, because due to its close proximity, keen anglers can experience a real challenge while others in the travelling party can relax and enjoy the attractions of the mainland.


Eyeball a giant

croc Adelaide River, 70km drive from the city centre, is perfect habitat for Salties. Seeing one of these 4.5m giants jumping from the water right next to your boat is something else. So is swimming in the ‘Cage of Death’ in Darwin’s CBD. Or for the fainthearted, meet Sweetheart - 5m long and safely stuffed - at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT.

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Not just a

PARK FOR

CROCODILES!

You’ve made it to the Northern Territory! It’s time to see some of our amazing creatures! Take a guided tour at Crocodylus Park and learn about the Australian Saltwater Crocodile. You’ll have the opportunity to feed the huge adult crocs and also hold a baby croc. Crocodylus Park is built upon 30 years of experience in crocodile research and conservation, playing host to over a thousand crocodiles from 30 centremetre long hatchlings to massive adults measuring over 4.8 metres and weighing more than half a ton! We also have a diverse array of other wildlife, including big cats, primates, birds and other reptiles including our huge Burmese Python, weighing over 90 kilograms! Another highlight of Crocodylus Park is the air-conditioned museum. Spend some time learning about the origin of crocodiles, how many different species

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there are, what makes them tick and what makes them so feared. It’s all here, and it’s illustrated with everything from photographs to live crocodiles. Tours, which include crocodile feeding and holding, are at 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 3.30 pm daily. Located in Darwin, Crocodylus Park is only 5 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes drive from Darwin City and is readily accessible by bus and car. Crocodylus Park is open from 9 am to 5 pm, every day except Christmas Day. We have a great souvenir shop and snack bar catering for morning and afternoon tea and lunch. We also stock a large range of unique handbags, wallets and leather products. Choose from Saltwater Crocodile, Caiman, Eelskin, Stingray, Ostrich, Python and Lizard leathers Don’t leave the Northern Territory without a visit to Crocodylus Park! It’s worth every second!


Darwin’s Premier Tourist Attraction The best place in Australia to come face to face with the largest reptiles on the planet! Crocodiles, monkeys, tigers, lions, birds, emus, kangaroos & lots more! Located in Darwin, 5 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes drive from Darwin City, Crocodylus Park is readily accessible by bus and car. Crocodylus Park is open from 9 am to 5 pm, every day except Christmas Day. Tours, which include crocodile feeding, are at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 330 pm daily.

815 McMillans Rd Berrimah, Darwin Tel: 89224500 www.crocodyluspark.com.au


IN THE WILD!

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Or catch the bus!

CROCODILE EXPRESS

JUMPING CROCODILE CRUISE FOR INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS CALL

Just one hour’s drive from Darwin on the Arnhem Highway on the way to Kakadu. Turn left into the Window on the Wetlands.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR NORTHERN TERRITORY HOLIDAY!

08 8978 9077

www.jumpingcrocodile.com.au LOOK OUT FOR OUR LOGO! DON’T GET CONFUSED THERE ARE THE OTHER CRUISES!

Departs Darwin daily starting at 1.00pm from the Transit Centre, Mitchell Street with pick-ups from accommodation houses outside the CBD. An interesting tour showcasing rural highlights. Joins the 3.00pm cruise - Back in town 5.30-6.00pm.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL


Must do: Cruise the palm-fringed Yellow Water Billabong and spot birds, animals and big crocodiles. Take to the air in a light aircraft during the Tropical Summer (November – March) for a breathtaking view of Kakadu’s majestic Twin and Jim Jim waterfalls. Head to Gunlom Falls in the southern end of the park where it feels like you’re standing on the edge of the world. Take a cultural cruise on the East Alligator River. Birdwatch at Mardugal Billabong or try the Mardugal Billabong Walk. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre for the latest information on Kakadu and how best to experience it.

Magpie Geese, Yellow Water Billabong

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JUMPING Crocodile Cruise

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ore than 80,000 Saltwater Crocodiles now roam the waterways of Northern Australia, yet they are rarely ever seen. The crocodile is a cold blooded animal, they bask in the sun during the cooler months of June, July, and early August. Most of the time it’s warm, Crocodiles are buried in the mud, under the trees in the shade. Here on the Adelaide River, the crocodiles know our boats, they leave their place of hiding, knowing they may be fed. This happens all year round!! Our crew will ensure you are equipped with the knowledge you need to survive your stay in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Did you Know?

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TERRITORY

Wildlife Park

The Northern Territory is a fascinating and diverse region affected by extreme seasonal changes. At the Territory Wildlife Park visitors will find the various habitats and wildlife characteristic of the northern tropical region. Within the space of a few hours visitors will have the opportunity to take a journey through a top end river system at the aquarium and come face to face with a 3.5m saltwater crocodile, be immersed in one of the largest walk-through aviaries in the southern hemisphere and to discover many of the Territory’s elusive animals in the nocturnal house. Visitors can travel on shuttle trains along a 4km road or wander along 6km of bush trails that link all major exhibits. Discover close-up, native Territory wildlife like the magnificent raptors at the Flight Deck, stroll past bird aviaries in a natural monsoonal forest, encounter reptiles, explore the wetlands and simply find a shady spot to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Special presentations are held throughout the day including the famous Birds of Prey presentation and the opportunity to get up close and personal with Freshwater Whiprays at the Oolloo Sandbar. Facilities include a kiosk, free shuttle train linking all exhibits, picnic facilities, wheel chair and stroller hire, children’s playground and gift shop. Located only 45 minutes drive south of Darwin at Berry Springs the Park is open daily from 8.30am-6.00pm, last entry 4.00pm. A visit of four hours is recommended. For further information contact telephone: 08 8988 7200, visit our website at www.territorywildlifepark.com.au or like us on Facebook. 83 N T LIFE


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Local Cuisine

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arwin’s cuisine reflects its diverse mixture of more than 60 nationalities and offers year-round waterfront dining to suit all moods and budgets. Choose fine dining at the award winning Char Restaurant on the Esplanade, one of many funky eateries on the Cullen Bay boardwalk, the family friendly Sailing and Boating Clubs, fish and chips on Stokes Hill Wharf or grab some food and cook it yourself on the barbecues located on the foreshore. Darwin is famous for its local produce, particularly the seafood. From the oceans and rivers come succulent mud crabs, fresh barramundi and prawns as well as popular eating fish such as snapper, jewfish and salmon. You can order all of these off a menu, or sample them all at one of the seafood buffet restaurants overlooking the water.

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Local Pee Wee’s

Alec Fong Lim Drive East Point Reserve Darwin 0820 ww.peewees.com.au (08) 8981 6868

Nestled amongst the tropical palms and natural environment of East Point Nature Reserve, Northern Territory, Pee Wee’s at the Point provides an unforgettable dining experience in Darwin. Our menus aim to reflect the produce, climate and multiculturalism of the Northern Territory. We source only the best and freshest local produce. Specialising in local wild caught Saltwater Barramundi, banana prawns, Lambells Lagoon buffalo cheese, tropical fruits and locally grown Asian vegetables, the very best of the Top End is on show at Pee Wee’s Restaurant.

Nirvana

800/6 Dashwood Crescent Darwin NT 0800 www.nirvanarestaurantdarwin.com 08 8981 2025

Nirvana has stood the test of time as one of Darwin’s premier nightspots for over 16 years. Nirvana offers an electric mix of tasty Asian cuisine fantastic live entertainment, a sumptuous and extensive cocktail selection and a spirit and liqueur range that would rival any bar worldwide.

Il Lido Restaurant

Wharf One f3/19 Kitchener Dr Darwin NT 0800 www.illidodarwin.com.au (08) 8941 0900

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We have the setting for a nice night out or a night just starting, with a restaurant setting second to none and a stylish bar that sets the mood.

SKYCITY

Gilruth Avenue, Mindil Beach
Darwin www.skycitydarwin.com.au

Live Large and experience the fun and entertainment that SKYCITY Darwin has to offer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Their table gaming floor is a treasure-trove of the tried and true classic favorites and the new games offering progressive jackpots and great payouts. Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker, Roulette, Perfect Pairs, Blackjack, Money Wheel and many other games that provide you with endless opportunities to try your luck!

Monsoons

46 Mitchell Street Darwin NT 0800 www.monsoons.net.au (08) 8941 7171

Perfectly located on Mitchell Street, Monsoons, Darwin’s original cinema building, has been restored and remodeled into a vibrant city venue abundant in community cool and party atmosphere while holding on to traditional pub values. Think fun, relaxation and style.

Sailing Club

Atkins Drive Fannie Bay NT 0820 www.dwnsail.com.au (08) 8981 1700

The Darwin Sailing Club was formed in March 1963 with the aim “to promote and encourage the building, sailing and racing of all types of sailing craft in Darwin and surrounding waters Last Australian port of call for many circumnavigators before sailing into the Indian Ocean,


Cuisine Darwin has all facilities to replenish, repair or prepare your yacht for the next offshore navigations.

of Darwin city. Bogarts is a casual, relaxed local bar, perfect for dinner, or a night out. The real hype is the food, with a fusion of east meets west. Look for Wild

The Deck Bar

Barra skinon, cooked to your liking, and Bogart’s Plank

Offering over 80+ Beer varieties and cocktails galore, The Deck Bar is perfectly situated at the ‘top of town’ away from the hustle and bustle of Mitchell Street, a perfect venue to visit throughout the day open from 10am til late. Whether you want to have a relaxed meal from their extensive menu of modern Australian cuisine that has an Asian flair, or party the night away with live music and DJ’s, The Deck Bar is the place that delivers it all. Their Sunday Sesh is renowned to attract massive crowds and their famous laksa is a must try.

Stokes Hill Wharf

22 Mitchell Street Darwin 0800 www.thedeckbar.com.au 08 8942 3001

Steak served on a mahongany timber slab.

8943 6191 www.darwinport.nt.gov.au Darwin’s historic city wharf has a wide range of food retailers who offer a choice of local seafood and international cuisine at affordable prices. There is also free live entertainment under the stars every Wednesday and Sunday evenings.

Hogs Breath Palmerston 18 the Boulevard Darwin 85 Mitchell Street Palmerston: 89310885 Darwin: 89413333 www.hogsbreath.com.au

Prime Rib is Hoggies specialty. Slow cooked for up to 18 hours, best served medium rare (no blood but pink) and better than any steak in town. Choice of baked potato, mash or curly fries and veg (corn, broccoli and carrot) house salad or Caesar salad with all Prime Ribs. Comes in 3 sizes, the lite, traditional an mega cut (200g, 300g and 400g respectively)

Visitors can gain insights into Australia’s WWII war history and the bombing of Darwin. Stokes Hill Wharf is also one of Darwin’s most popular land based fishing spots. Take your family and friends to check out the panoramic harbour views and tropical sunsets just minutes from the CBD.

Darwin RSL 27 Cavenagh Street Darwin 89815437 The Darwin RSL bunker bistro is the best value dining

Bogarts Bar and Grill

in the CBD. Enjoy a hot juicy steak or succulent chicken

52 Gregory Street Parap 8981 3561

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Located in the developing suburb of Parap in the outskirts

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PeeWee’s at the Point Pee Wee’s at the Point is a landmark Darwin venue. Situated on nearly 4 acres in the tranquil surrounds of East Point Reserve, Pee Wee’s is just 5 minutes from the city, but feels like a world away.

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Its idyllic waterfront location offers magnificent views across Fannie Bay and Mindil beach, and at dusk, the twinkling lights of Darwin city’s skyline will appear as if by magic in the distance. Opening in 1997, the restaurant’s award winning architecture sits in complete harmony with it historic location. The East Point site was originally established to protect the Port of Darwin against attack, and in 1911 Pee Wee’s Camp was built where the restaurant stands today. Incorporating some of the original WWII mess structures into the building, and using materials and design that reflects the location and the lifestyle, its easy to see why Pee Wee’s has been recognized on the NT Heritage register as having significant heritage value. Since current owners Simon and Lily Matthews took over in 2002, Pee Wee’s at the Point has set the benchmark for fine dining in the Top End. With the location clearly chosen for its ideal vantage point, the views are unmatched, and as the twilight spectacle begins and the sun starts to sink into the sea, it’s hard to tear your eyes away and remember you’re there for the food! Chef and owner of the restaurant Simon Matthews has taken a hands on approach with the menu, ensuring that wherever possible, food is made by their chefs on site, with locally sourced produce. From stocks and sauces, or fresh bread and biscotti, to ice creams and sorbets made in house, if it can be made from scratch by the team at Pee Wee’s, it is. The menu and wine list are updated monthly, reflecting the diversity and seasonal nature of Territory cuisine. You may find locally caught prawns on the menu one day, or wild caught saltwater Barramundi the next. Accompanied by an extensive everchanging wine list, including house branded wines from Pikes Clare Valley vineyards, you can always expect a unique dining experience at Pee Wee’s. It is this commitment to quality produce and attention to detail that saw the team win the Harbottle on Premise Gold Plate Award for Best Stand Alone Restaurant

2012. With the support of owners Simon and Lily, Head Chef Paul Joyce leads the staff, along with Event Manager Felicity Lolias and their highly skilled team, all with extensive hospitality experience. Pee Wee’s award winning restaurant is also a fabulous event destination. Darwin’s premier wedding venue, as well as the location of choice for many Darwin corporate functions, the exclusive location and world class food and beverages will ensure your event is more than memorable – it will be unforgettable. With no neighbours to complain about the noise, lush green lawns sweeping down to the cliff ’s edge, and the sparkling sea laid out before you, no other venue in Darwin can match it. For your end of year wind down or the most important day of your lives, Pee Wee’s has the expertise to ensure your event is everything you imagined. They can tailor packages to suit from a few dozen people to hundreds of guests. Food, photos, fireworks and more – Felicity and the team will be there for you with every detail. Pee Wee’s at the Point, offers informal elegance and Territory style, through its food and its breathtaking location. A unique dining experience that will surely be the greatest memory of your time in Darwin, and a truly unforgettable Territory experience. Ph (08) 8981 6868

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Alec Fong Lim Drive East Point NT 0820 P (08) 8981 6868 | F (08) 8941 7373

www.peewees.com.au


HOG’S BREATH CAFÉ

Hog’s Breath Café is a local institution in Darwin, and has been serving delicious hearty meals to Territorians for more than 20 years. Hog’s Breath has a broad menu with prime rib steaks the star of the show of course, but also chicken, fish and lamb, ribs, salads, finger food, and appetizers. It is a steakhouse at heart however and proudly features the succulent Prime Rib steak we all know and love Hoggies for. The steaks are graded for perfect marbling and then slow cooked for up to 18 hours. As the crew say, ‘best served medium rare’ and that’s as good as a steak can be. All prime ribs come with a choice of baked potato, mash (made fresh twice a day) or curly fries and is also complemented with vegetables, house salad or a Caesar salad. The prime rib comes in 3 sizes, the lite, traditional and mega cut to suit all budgets and appetites. Surprisingly there are also vegan and vegetarian options on the menu, and of course there are fantastic desserts! Best of all, parents ordering lunch on the weekends can feed their kids for free between 11.30am and 4.00pm. One kids meal is free for every adult buying a meal over $25. All kids meals come with a free soft drink or juice and ice cream. 95 N T LIFE

For groups on the go, Hoggies offer pre orders with a Hog’s-on-the-fly order form. This is very popular at lunch for a quick bite before heading back to the grindstone. Just drop the crew a line and they will take care of everything. Hog’s Breath has a great price range to accommodate everyone. Whether you feel like a burger, a mega cut Prime Rib, or garlic prawns, there’s plenty on offer for your taste and your budget. Hog’s Breath Café is open 364 days a year for lunch and dinner, and the Palmerston restaurant has just opened a new alfresco dining area – a great spot to enjoy the beautiful dry season evenings. The Darwin restaurant has the Pig Pen available for functions for up to 50 people, and both restaurants will take bookings of any size, anytime. You can check out the full menu online at www.Hogsbreath.com.au.


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Monsoons

Restaurant and Bar Ideally located in the middle of Mitchell Street, Monsoons offers a contemporary, chic and relaxing setting as well as a fun and exciting party atmosphere whilst holding on to traditional pub values.

Now boasting Darwin’s longest bar, the venue has come a long way from its early days as Darwin’s original cinema. The remodelling and restoration has transformed the building into a vibrant and trendy city venue perfectly suited to a casual meal, business meeting or after work drink and also caters for small to large private functions. Monsoons focus is on great beer, distinctive wines at affordable prices, fresh easy food, and outstanding service. The chef ’s daily specials highlighting seasonal ingredients and the new Tapas & Pizza menus have proven very popular. Fitting in perfectly with our Northern Territory lifestyle and climate, the massive alfresco dining area is ideally built for a sunny afternoon, but more importantly in the wet season, the area is fully covered from the elements. With live entertainment seven nights a week, it’s not just the beer or our award winning menu that’s worth stopping for. Monsoons is fast becoming Darwin’s entertainment ‘gem’ with local & interstate acts. Add

to that an award winning gaming room and Keno… and you’ll understand why Monsoons really is Darwin’s biggest party bar. Utilising the framework of the original cinema building, an amazing building which survived Cyclone Tracy in 1974, Monsoons has gone through an impressive renovation in keeping with traditional values of the Australian pub, blending old with new by adding strong architectural design elements. The original bar – Rorke’s Drift, was built beneath the cinema. The tiered seating of the cinema above meant that not even one quarter of the large building was used for the Rorke’s Drift bar. New owners had the entire building gutted in November 2006 and embarked on a project that would change the building forever. They began to remodel and re-style the interior to become a two story building – with a ground floor venue (Monsoons) double the size of the former Rorke’s Drift, with the entire building now two and a half times the size.

For a big atmosphere, live music, or simply a drink or two, you can’t go past the comfortable cool surrounds of Monsoons. Lunch 12 - 3pm • Dinner 6pm-10pm • All day Pizzas • DJs + Live Entertainment • Functions • Open 7 Days 10am - 4am 46 Mitchell Street, Darwin City | Ph 08 8941 7171 | admin@monsoons.net.au | www.monsoons.net.au 99 N T LIFE


Kerry’s

TRADITIONAL CHINESE

CENTRE A massage Kerrys way will keep the doctors away!

Head, Neck, Shoulders & Arms Head, Neck, Shoulders & Back Head, Neck, Shoulders, Back & Legs Full Body Massage

Hot Stone Full Body Massage

Mon to Thurs • 9:00 to 6:30 Fri • 9:00 to 8:00 Sat - Sun • 9:00 to 6:30

Pregnancy Full Body Massage Reflexology (Foot Massage) Ear Candling & Head Massage & Cupping Massage & Gua Sha

Open public holidays Open every day of the year except Christmas Day !

Acupuncture & Massage Acupuncture & Full Body Massage

20 mins 30 mins 35 mins 50 mins 60 mins 90 mins 2 hours 60 mins 90 mins 60 mins 45 mins 60 mins 35 mins 45 mins 60 mins 45 mins 60 mins 70 mins

$25 $35 $40 $55 $65 $90 $120 $70 $100 $70 $50 $70 $45 $60 $75 $75 $80 $110

*Free Essentials oils* Private Health Fund Provider

M: 0421 678 828 • E: will4kerr@hotmail.co.uk • ACN 161 137 499 • Private Health Fund Provider 100 N T LIFE


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Although off the beaten track, Darwin has plenty of hidden gems and more unique fashion and beauty offerings than you might think.

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lthough off the beaten track, Darwin has plenty of hidden gems and more unique fashion and beauty offerings than you might think.

With a decent sized central business district and a fully airconditioned shopping centre in the heart of the suburbs, there is a great selection of modern, contemporary fashion available plus unique pieces that can be found in village precincts across Darwin city’s surrounds. With such a beautiful climate, and a focus on outdoor lifestyle, skin and body care is important to Territorians and there are more than enough day spas, beauty salons, cosmetic rejuvenation services and hair salons to service the needs of the community and its visitors.

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iPhone 5 purse/wallets

Passport Wallets

PEARL

The perfect shade for the new limited edition LAMY AL- star Pearl. Made in Germany

Mobile Phone Holder/Wallets New Colour

Swiss Army knives Companion for life

3/20 Knuckey Street Darwin City | 89812139


ELLA BACHÉ Ella Baché Fannie Bay offers a comprehensive range of skin and beauty treatments from their salon in Fannie Bay village. Using the exclusive products from the Ella Baché Paris range, treatments are of the highest quality and delivered by qualified therapists. The team at Ella Baché Fannie Bay have a thorough knowledge and understanding of skin and can provide individual skin consultations to accurately diagnose your skin type and condition. This assessment ensures a tailored skincare solution, ensuring you have the best skin you can possibly have. However, as we know, skin covers more than just our face, so Ella Baché also offer bodycare treatments that will put you into a state of bliss and have you buffed and polished to perfection! Their full menu of services covers all you need for care of your face, body, hands and feet. Group bookings are available for that fabulous girls day at the spa so why not get a few friends together and let Ella Baché do the rest. Treatments aren’t just for the girls either. Give that man in your life a nudge to get some pampering with a voucher for a massage, hair removal treatment or even a mani pedi! Gift vouchers

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for a dollar value amount or a specific treatment can be purchased and are a great way to spoil family and friends. Ella Baché Fannie Bay has an extensive treatment menu from facials, tinting and lashes, hair removal treatments, and body treatments, to massage, day spa packages and cosmetic and skin rejuvenation procedures. With the very latest in anti-ageing technologies, plus microdermabrasion, tanning and cosmetic tattooing, the team at Ella Baché Fannie Bay are your one stop salon for all your skin care and beauty needs. Pop in there today for some advice or your personalised skin assessment. Detailed information can be found on their website at www.fanniebay.ellabache.com.au and appointments can be booked online. Ella Baché is open from 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday with late night appointments Thursday nights and 8.30 – 4pm trading on Saturdays.


BODY BAR Body Bar offer professional massage services to relieve aches and pains, or simply provide you with some much need bliss and relaxation. Body Bar now has 4 convenient locations in Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston and Katherine and is a proudly local owned and operated business. From students needing relief from the poor posture of studying, to office workers needing to get the blood flowing at the end of a desk bound week, Body bar has a range of massage techniques to suit each individual’s requirements. Body Bar offers on site Workplace Health Massage services and is a great way to improve employee performance, encourage wellbeing and harmony and is one of the best defences against stress and anxiety.They also have gift vouchers available to pamper a friend or someone you love. Relaxation massage (Oil Massage) This kind of massage is oil based and uses gentle, soft, slow hand and elbow movements that are

rhythmic and flowing at the appropriate pressure which you need. The pressure is deeply relaxing, but not painful. Dry massage Dry massage focuses on the meridians, acupressure points and sore spots in order to alleviate muscular pain and joint problems. The benefits of the dry massage also include promoting blood circulation to remove blood stasis, enhancing flexibility of joints, and calming your mind. Foot Massage (reflexology) Reflexology works on reflex zones on our feet that correspond to different organs, glands and other areas of the body. By stimulating these special areas, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related parts of the body. 104 N T LIFE

Hot stone massage Hot stone massage is based on classic massage therapy and the application of heated smooth, flat stones to massage the whole body. These special stones are placed on key points on the body, and also held by massage therapist to scrape, glide and press certain areas of the body. The warmth of stones has a variety of benefits, such as improving circulation, relieving muscular ache, calming the nervous system, and rebalancing the body and mind.

For more detailed information about the massage techniques offered and some great healthy living tips check out their website at www.bodybardarwin.com.au.


Shop Contact Details Casuarina Branch

Palmerston Branch

Darwin City Branch

Casuarina Square GD005 Near the Coles

Palmerston Shopping Centre T26 Next to P.O

The VIC Hotel Courtyard (Smith Street Mall)

(08) 8928 0088

(08) 8932 2822

www.bodybardarwin.com.au

(08) 8981 2212

Email bodybar-cs@hotmail.com

Katherine Branch

(08) 8971 2868

Katherine Shopping Centre (Opposite liquor Store)

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FASHION P

inkhill is the destination for designer clothing in Darwin. Stocking Camilla, Lisa Brown, Maurie and Eve, Talulah, Viktoria and Woods, George Gross, Hoss, Nancy King, Rachael Ruddick bags and accessories. Luxury brand costume jewellery by Otazu and Angle Diamond Dot. Come and join us for a champagne and browse our beautiful labels. Specialising in resort wear by Australia’s very own Camilla and Lisa Brown designs.

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18 Knuckey Street

0488 320 140

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Willow | Maurie and Eve | Ginger and Smart | Alice McCall | Sara Phillips


Creative Jewellers Diamonds and Pearls have been established in Darwin for 19 years, providing quality jewellery sales service and repairs. Specialists in Diamonds stocking Passion8, Argyle and our own hand picked range of coloured and White Diamonds. Creative Jewellers also specialises in Australian Pearls, stocking Northern Territory Arafura Sea Pearls and our own hand picked rage of loose and ready made jewellery. Creative Jewellers also have a range of general jewellery in Silver and Gold set, with a variety of coloured stones and freshwater pearls. Creative Jewellers provide the perfect place to pick up a special item for that special person, or a gift to take home to remember your trip to one of the most beautiful, unique and cultural places Australia has to offer.

Shop 1/32 Star Village Smith Street Mall Darwin City p. (08) 89 411 233 | f. (08) 89 412 633 e. sales@creativejewellers.com


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aul Arnold is a photographer with passion. Exploring the Australian bush for the past 20 years, Paul has followed this passion and captured many memorable images during his travels. For him photography is all about light and capturing a perfect instant in time that Mother Nature has created. Discovering the landscape, colours and the people of the Northern Territory during their travels, Paul and his wife Julie were seduced by it all. They continue their NT exploration to this day with Paul pursuing his quest to capture the beauty and unique world that is the Northern Territory.


Northern Territory Saltwater crocodile leather is recognised around the world for its durability, quality and unique beauty. The Vervain range of belts, wallets, handbags and fashion accessories offers a wide selection of quality crocodile leather goods at Darwin’s most competitive prices. Vervain is exclusive to Crocosaurus Cove, Mitchell Street. 113 N T LIFE


Come in and visit us at Aboriginal Art NT

to purchase your unique, authentic and one of a kind piece of Aboriginal Art, direct from the communities of the Arnhemland region.


Aboriginal Art NT is dedicated to promoting Aboriginal Artists from the Arnhemland region and supporting their culture through their natural ability to tell stories using various methods of art and craft. 7 Pavonia Place, Nightcliff Ph 8948 1115 | E sales@aboriginalartnt.com.au W www.aboriginalartnt.com.au Located at the Nightcliff Markets

We now offer Pandanus Weaving Classes

Learn the traditional art of weaving that has been handed down through the families of Yolngu women all over the Arnhem Land Region for thousands of years. For workshop details call Gaelene on 0447 526 730


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DARWIN &

SURROUNDS Heading south along the Stuart Highway, travellers can stop at the small townships of Batchelor and Adelaide River. At Adelaide River you will find the Adelaide River War Cemetery, which is Australia’s largest and a sombre reminder of the Northern Territory’s role in WWII.

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oard a croc-jumping cruise on the Adelaide River and see massive crocs leap from the water for bait. Next stop, Litchfield National Park, just an hour-and-a-half drive from Darwin, features a myriad of diverse environments including rugged sandstone escarpments, perennial spring-fed streams, monsoon rainforest, magnetic termite mounds, waterfalls and historic ruins. You can spend as little as one

day in the park, taking a quick dip in each of the plunge pools and rockholes on the drive through, but to really experience the true beauty of Litchfield it’s best to camp overnight. Melville and Bathurst Islands, known collectively as the Tiwi Islands, lie 80 kilometres north of Darwin, an easy day trip from Darwin via boat or light aircraft. The Tiwi people are world famous for their art, extending from the traditional forms of paintings on

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bark and canvas to wood carvings, distinctive silk screened cloth, woven accessories and pottery. There are several art galleries on both Melville and Bathurst Island and you are more than welcome to purchase directly from the artists. The Tiwi Islands are also famous for their love of sports, in particular Australian Rules Football. The Tiwi Football Grand Final held in March is a must-see if you are in the area at the time.


LITCHFIELD N AT ION A L PA R K

Litchfield National Park is only an hour drive from the city. Crystal-clear waterfalls, swimming holes, four-wheel driving and easy-going bushwalks are just the start. Enjoying the plentiful shade and refreshing rock pools at Florence Falls will make you want to come back for more.

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Kakadu World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is a landscape of contrasts.

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eneath waters dotted with lotus flowers, saltwater crocodiles lurk. Jagged peaks of towering escarpments hide pockets of monsoon rainforests. Waterfalls cascade into pools fringed with paperbarks, pandanus and cycads. You can view the spectacular Jim Jim Falls, browse through a natural gallery of ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr or Nourlangie Rock, or explore the scenic Yellow Water, a billabong teeming with wildlife. Around 1,000 different plant species, a quarter of all Australian freshwater fish species, and over one-third of Australian bird species can be found in the Park. Kakadu is shaped by water, being the catchment area for the South Alligator, East Alligator, Katherine, Roper and Daly rivers. From November to May, waterfalls are at their most spectacular and the lowlands are flooded, attracting millions of migratory birds. The unique and diverse avian life in Kakadu includes jacanas, azure kingfishers, cuckoos, rufous owls, magpie geese, jabirus and more. Kakadu National Park is a place of rugged escarpments, lush wetlands and cascading waterfalls covering over 19,000 square kilometres. The Nature’s Way tourism drive is a great way to explore the park, which runs along the Arnhem Highway to Jabiru, then the Kakadu Highway to Pine Creek. A number of Aboriginal clans still reside within the park. Kakadu is home to


one of the largest concentrations of Aboriginal rock art in the world with galleries at sites like Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Other spectacular landmarks include Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Jarrangbarnmiu (Koolpin Gorge) and Gunlom (Waterfall Creek). There are many established walking tracks within the Park, with a selection still accessible during the wet season. At the centre of the park is the small mining township of Jabiru, which offers a range of services and accommodation. Another settlement,

Cooinda, also offers accommodation, and is located on the banks of Yellow Water, a billabong teeming with migratory birds, saltwater crocodiles and other wildlife. Cruises on Yellow Water depart daily. A visit to Kakadu is best started at the Bowali Visitors Centre near Jabiru or the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre near Cooinda. There is a wide range of accommodation in Kakadu. Along with hotels and resorts are some new properties, including Hawk Dreaming, a safari camp where operators have the exclusive 121 N T LIFE

permission from traditional owners to bring visitors onto their land and share an authentic cultural experience. Another of Kakadu’s features is the Gagudju Hotel – a crocodile-shaped complex that is quite amazing when viewed from the air. Resortstyle accommodation is also available at Cooinda, a village on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Family friendly resorts are located in Jabiru as well as at the entrance to Kakadu on the South Alligator River.


KATHERINE The Douglas and Daly Rivers region is located midway between Darwin and Katherine, an easy scenic drive from both destinations.

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hile it’s focal point is the main centre of Katherine, the whole region is known as the Territory’s playground. The region offers great fishing, hidden natural wonders and a rich indigenous and pioneering history, stretching from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border. Katherine was named by explorer John McDouall Stuart in the late 1800s after the daughter of one of his expedition sponsors. The area was renamed ‘Nitmiluk’ meaning ‘cicada place’ - in 1989 when traditional owners, the

Jawoyn Aboriginal people, gained title to the land and now, Nitmiluk National Park is a Territorian favourite. The Katherine River flows through 13 separate gorges that carve their way through the Arnhem Plateau. You can canoe, cruise and swim between sheer cliffs to the sandy freshwater beaches of the main gorges, and view ancient Aboriginal rock paintings high on the rock faces. Waterfalls and rock pools are found along over 100 kilometres of walking tracks, beginning at the park’s visitor centre.

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Cicada lodge Cicada Lodge, the Top End’s newest luxury lodge is being touted as the most significant tourism development in the Northern Territory of recent times. Not only has it brought a whole new level of accommodation to the Katherine region, opening it to a wider share of the tourism market, but is stands as a shining success for regional and Indigenous tourism. Cicada Lodge is a 100% Indigenous owned property sits and within Nitmiluk National Park, which is also owned by the Jawoyn people.

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Nestled in the natural bush high above the ancient waterways of the Katherine River system, Cicada Lodge is the latest tourism venture of the Jawoyn people and the ideal base from which to explore this remote and stunning region. The Lodge is uniquely located inside Nitmiluk National Park, home to the famous Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. This deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River, draws thousands of visitors to the Nitmiluk National Park each year.

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spectacular landscape is also a cultural landscape, where the Jawoyn people continue to live and work while sharing their culture with visitors to their country. It is this authenticity in the local cultural environment mixed with the natural wonders of the Gorge that keeps pulling domestic and international guests from around the world. Cicada Lodge is now uniquely positioned to add luxury in that mix. All 18 rooms of the Lodge beautifully appointed; are air conditioned and feature full length louvered doors to the private balconies, allowing guest the choice of opening their room to the sounds and sights of the native bush or closing them for the cool privacy of their room sanctuary. Each room has views out across the distinct sandstone country above the gorge - lush gullies full of flora inhabiting giant cracks in the gorge walls, and broad valleys meandering through both the high and the low country. Traditional owners - the Jawoyn people – –welcome you to their Country, steeped in Indigenous traditions and history. Join them on a journey of discovery with Cicada Lodge. 125 N T LIFE


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and tropical sports fishing in the world. 4x4 access to both regions is possible during peak season (May to October). In the Gove Peninsula, it’s worth taking a tour to visit the town lagoon – Gyngaru, the Nabalco Bauxite Mine and Alumina Plant, Nambara Arts and Crafts Centre and Yirrkala Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts and Cultural Centre. Of particular interest in the Coburg Peninsula is the Black Point Cultural Centre and Victoria Settlement. Fishing the mangrove-lined billabongs for barramundi, Mangrove Jack and other sport fish are hugely popular pastimes in this area. Visitors to Arnhem Land have a wide choice of accommodation options. Awardwinning Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge is located in the remote northern tip of Arnhem Land and is the ultimate escape to relaxation and adventure. A favourite hangout of locals, the Gove Yacht Club has seen many a traveller take in the sunset with their well-earned beverage.

rnhem Land is a region of pristine wilderness - 100,000 square kilometres of protected land regarded as Australia’s last frontier. About three thousand Aboriginal People live in Arnhem Land today and it is one of the few areas in Australia where they still live a traditional life and maintain a strong sense of cultural identity. To help protect the land and the fragile culture it preserves, anyone visiting Arnhem Land must obtain a permit in advance from the Northern Land Council. Arnhem Land’s main access point is Gove (Nhulunbuy) - an hour and 20 minute flight east of Darwin. Commercial flights are also available from Cairns. Gove has a population of around 4000 and is a stronghold of traditional Aboriginal art and craft. The Coburg Peninsula (Cape Don) is home to the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park and offers visitors stunning scenery with abundant wildlife and birdlife. The azure waters around both the Gove and Coburg Peninsulas offer some of the best reef

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The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are easily accessed from Alice Springs. Each of the West MacDonnell Ranges’ chasms and gorges has its own defining character and scenery. Simpsons Gap sports a permanent pool and rock wallabies live in the gap’s rocky ridges. Standley Chasm lights up in fiery colours reflected by the overhead sun at midday. Picturesque swimming holes such as Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge and Redbank Gorge offer refreshing relief on a scorching day. It is also possible to visit the Ochre Pits that desert Aboriginal people once used as a quarry for ochre pigments. The world-renowned Larapinta Trail follows the backbone of the MacDonnell Ranges for 223 kilometres and there are a number of specialist walks so travellers of all fitness levels can experience it.


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here are a number of attractions located in Alice Springs that will provide you with a good understanding of life in the Red Centre. The Alice Springs Desert Park, Araluen Cultural Precinct and the Royal Flying Doctor Service are just a few. If you want to get up close and personal with some scaly friends you can visit the Reptile Centre. If you’re interested in history the Heritage Walk including the Hartley Street School, the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame or The Residency might be more your style. Visiting these attractions will add value to the experiences you will have while travelling within our regions. Alice Springs offers a wide range of touring options that will include these attractions and many more on their itineraries. You can do a ‘hop-on, hop-off ’ town tour with Alice Wanderer or explore further afield with Tailormade Tours and AAT Kings. Ride a camel at the Pyndan Camel Farm, experience the outback on a quad bike at Undoolya Station or get a bird’s eye view of Alice Springs and surrounds from a hot air balloon or helicopter – the options are endless! A full range of attractions and touring options are presented in our Product Directory. Alice Springs is nestled between the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, and is 440 kilometres north-east of Uluru. The Todd River winds through the town but rarely sees water and is home to the quirky annual Henleyon-Todd ‘boat race’. The famous Royal Flying Doctor Service is based here and provides an aerial medical service to outback residents. Similarly, the Alice Springs School of the Air broadcasts lessons over the radio to students living in remote areas of Northern Territory. This ‘classroom’ covers an area bigger than several European countries. 130 N T LIFE


Events and Fun Alice Springs is known for its unique and sometimes a little bit wacky events. Where else can you see camels racing, cheer on the winners in a boat race up a dry river bed or choose one of 4,000 spectacular beanies to be your very own. Check out our Events Calender and plan your visit to Alice Springs around one of these unique experiences. You will be sure to have a story or two share with your friends!

Henley-On-Todd Regatta The Henley-On-Todd Regatta is a day of fun where teams and individuals race ‘boats’, in the dry bed of the Todd River in outback Alice Springs. Have fun and enjoy the hilarity as you watch seemingly sane people race in

Henley-on-Thames. The idea was taken up by the Rotary Clubs of Alice Springs and the fact that the town was 1,500 kilometres from the nearest large body of water was never seen as a problem. So the ASSA ABLOY Henley-On-Todd was born.

Alice Springs Desert Festival

Finke Desert Race The Finke Desert Race is Australia’s premier off-road racing event that attracts bike, car and buggy entries from around Australia and overseas. It is a multi-terrain, twoday race through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) Community and is reputed to be one of the most difficult off-road races in one of the most remote places in the world. The Finke, as the event is commonly known, is run along sections of the Old Ghan Railway service track, adjacent to the railway line, along a winding corrugated track, which snakes through typical outback terrain of red dirt, sand, spinifex, mulga and desert oaks.

personality. Racing them can prove a nightmare for riders and handlers but fantastic viewing for spectators. Entertainment is assured, with nine unique races scheduled around the dusty outback track throughout the day. There will be lots of action between races, too. Belly dancers, rickshaw races, ‘Kids Kamel Dapers’ hobby camel races, rides, Mr and Miss Camel Cup challenges, food stalls and bars all add to the carnival atmosphere.

bottomless ‘eights’, ‘Oxford tubs’, ‘bath tubs’ and ‘yachts’ through the deep coarse sand. The event has its origins when Reg Smith, an Alice Springs local, and his work colleagues proposed holding a regatta based on the famous

The Camel Cup While camels may have a reputation as dedicated ‘ships of the desert’, these magnificent beasts are certainly not short on

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The Alice Desert Festival shares the stories, songs and the unique lifestyle of Central Australia’s arid region. Featuring a vibrant program borne out of the desert landscape, they celebrate the dynamic exchange between cultures in the heart of Australia. The Alice Desert Festival attracts audiences of around 50,000 people from around Australia to over 50 events across its season. The festival presents an atmosphere not found anywhere else in Australia, where strong traditional cultures and a vibrant contemporary arts community, work together in presenting an amazing 10 days.


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Mbantua Gallery and Cultural Museum is the ideal place for visitors to Alice Springs to learn about Aboriginal Culture in an informal setting. A calm oasis right in the heart of town, visitors can comfortably sit or stroll through at their leisure and enjoy the museums impressive display of artefacts, bush food information, anthropological information and original Albert Namatjira artworks. Mbantua Gallery’s two sites are centrally located in both Darwin and Alice Springs. With over 25 years experience, Mbantua Gallery is respected and recognized worldwide for it’s principles, and its ethical commitment to and rapport with the artists it represents. Mbantua was chosen as the aboriginal art representatives for HRH Prince of Wales’ 2005 Australian tour and continues to work with documentary makers and journalists on Aboriginal life and art. Specializing in Aboriginal Art from the Utopia Region in Central Australia, the gallery always manages to impress visitors with a dazzling 132 N T LIFE

array of beautiful artwork. Some of the Utopia artists are amongst Australia’s top collectable artists and several are past winners and finalists of the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Their art is recognized as some of the most beautiful and sought after contemporary artwork to be found in Australia. Mbantua Gallery continues to promote Aboriginal art and culture, to learn as much as possible, to assist where possible and to work in harmony with the traditional Aboriginal people in Central Australia to help to keep their culture alive. Mbantua Gallery offers a stunning selection of traditional and contemporary artworks from a wide range of Northern Territory Indigenous artists. Drop into their Gallery in the heart of either the Darwin or Alice Springs CBD and let the friendly staff help you choose the perfect piece that brings a little bit of the Territory into your home.


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Alice Springs locals have been enjoying the beautiful clothes and accessories available through The Dressing Room for more than two decades now, and the business continues to go from strength to strength. Patsy Hayes has run the store for the past 12 years and is really proud of the range on offer now. “We have a lot of great quality brands in stock, and offer fashion for women of all ages.� The Dressing Room have a stunning selection of evening wear, for whatever your event - school formals, weddings, special occasions or black tie balls - as well as plenty of accessories to mix and match for that perfect outfit. Well known brands such as George, Studibaker, Lemonade on the Lawn, Meredith, Obi, Chocolat and Kathleen Berney mean that the annual shopping trip to Adelaide for locals is now a luxury rather than a necessity. The Dressing Room always tries to have a good selection of sizes and a variety

of options available with fashion for young women as well as mature and plus size clothing. Race season is not neglected either with plenty of fun frocks, bags, hats and fascinators, ensuring you stand out in the crowd throughout the carnival. There is also casual wear in stock from brands such as Yarra Trail and Ping Pong. The friendly staff are happy to help with sizing and the spacious well lit change rooms are comfortable and convenient. The store changed location to the Yeperenye Centre in the heart of town a year ago and is now ideally located for all your last minute fashion needs, or just a relaxing afternoon of shopping.

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hen all is said and done, ‘time’ is a critical factor in most planned holidays. With a variety of scenic flights and heli-safaris to choose from and flexible departure times, you can easily fill in half an hour or half a day or as long as you like! The view from a helicopter gives you the best seats in the Australian Outback! Want a ‘doors off experience’? Just ask our team when you book. With a fleet of nine helicopters we’re sure to give you and your family and friends an experience they’ll never forget! Remember your camera! Our helicopters give you unrestricted panoramic views and are the perfect way to capture that postcard shot!

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Spirit of Mt Gillen Heli-Tour (approx. 20 mins.) This sensational flight takes you west over Honeymoon Gap, then on wave at hikers on the top of Mt Gillen. Follow the ridgeline to Heavitree Gap with view over The Alice, Todd River and desert beyond.

Champagne Sunset Heli-Tour (approx. 20 mins.) Fly to Honeymoon Gap, along Mt Gillen ridgeline to Heavitree Gap, providing extensive views of Alice Springs as the sun sets over the desert ranges. Enjoy a glass of bubbles on your return to watch what is left of the sunset. The perfect end to a perfect day! More info go to www.alicespringshelicopters.com.au


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. Learn the Dreamtime stories associated with Uluru on a walking tour around its base with traditional Anangu owners. . Set off on the Valley of the Winds walk – an interpretative trail around the domes of Kata Tjuta. . Ride quad bikes at Kings Creek Station, near Watarrka National Park or camels at Curtin Springs Station near Uluru. . Watch the sunrise light up the 100-metre high walls of Kings Canyon as you tackle the Rim Walk or the easier Kings Creek Walk that leads to a lookout in the centre of the Canyon . Join a tour to Atila/Mt Conner, in the UluruKata Tjuta National Park, where you’ll see evidence of early pioneers, view salt lakes where inland oceans once flowed and discover ancient fossils . Take a scenic flight and view the stunning formations of Kata Tjuta and see the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding red desert . Explore the Giles Track on an overnight trek from the tranquil, spring-fed waterhole at Kathleen Springs to the sheer red rock face of Kings Canyon . In Watarrka National Park, take an early morning trek along the Kings Canyon Rim Walk for unforgettable views or the easier hourand-a-half Kings Creek Walk for a lookout in the centre of the Canyon .Take the four-wheel ‘adventure trail’ through mountain ranges and desert landscapes along the Mereenie Loop road to Watarrka National Park . Take a tour around the salt lakes of the Amadeus chain and visit the spectacular mesa of Mount Conner that is three times larger than Uluru.

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CHASM Located just 40 minutes drive out of Alice Springs, Standley Chasm is the result of surging flood waters over thousands of years cutting through tough quartzite to form a picturesque natural alleyway. There are some lovely walks in the area, with the shady scenic walk into the chasm being most notable. However there is another short walk that climbs up a valley and finishes on a saddle with spectacular views, and sections 3 and 4 of the Larapinta Trail also run through the area. The campsite here is a popular stop for the walkers during the season. There is often wildlife to spot, and an abundance of local fauna to enjoy. The Chasm has a kiosk on site where lunch and drinks, including real barista coffee, can be purchased. It is open between the hours of 8am and 5pm daily, with last entrance to the Chasm being at 4.30pm. Not part of the National Parks, Standley Chasm is a privately owned community enterprise and an entrance fee applies to the site.

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Aboriginal Owned and Operated

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Have you seen … the JEWEL of The Arrente/Central Desert In the West MacDonnell Ranges, 50kms west of Alice Springs?

Have you seen … … our Spectacular 80m rockface at NOON or anytime between 8am & 5pm, EVERYDAY? … or enjoyed a Natural Creek Bed Trail, with seating? … or accessed the Larapinta trail so easily from here? … or seen natural growths of Rare Cycads up close? … or enjoyed a picnic with Free BBQ areas/Tables? … or our Indigenous Barista KIOSK/CAFE service?

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The Territory’s northern reaches encompass a culture rich in artistic heritage. Aboriginal art from the Top End reflects the intimate connection between the people and the land. Venture into the remote art regions of Kakadu, Katherine and Arnhem Land and uncover the technique of transforming creation stories into art. Indigenous festivals are held across the Northern Territory typically from May through October. Communities open their doors, drop the permits and welcome travellers to share their story. Activities include art sales and auctions, traditional music and dance, bush tucker displays with tastings and, sometimes just to add to the excitement, a sporting event.

Amongst the aboriginal culture in Kakadu there are hundreds of different languages, customs and laws, each woven together to tell a story that is more than 50,000 years old. Sharing and learning about aboriginal art and culture is central to the Kakadu experience. Kakadu National Park is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Aboriginal rock art with Nourlangie and Ubirr being some of the most notable rock art gallery sites in the Park. At Nanguluwur you will see the first records of European contact painted on the rocks. For more information visit: travelNT.com

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ULURU For both its Aboriginal custodians and the travellers that flock here, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, 440 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs, represents the physical and spiritual heart of Australia. The region encompasses Uluru and Kata-Tjuta, positioned alongside the township of Yulara, Kings Canyon, and the intermittent outback cattle stations.

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ising from the broad desert plain in the deep centre of Australia, Uluru is Australia’s most recognisable natural icon. It stands 348 metres high, and, like an iceberg, has most of its bulk below the surface. It is located 440 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. To the west by 40 kilometres

of Uluru/Ayers Rock is Kata Tjuta, also known as The Olgas. This massive pile of rock domes dates back 500 million years. Both Uluru/Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta/ The Olgas have great cultural significance for the Anangu traditional landowners, who lead walking tours that inform about the local flora and fauna, bush foods and the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories of the area.

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rchaeological work suggests that Aboriginal people have lived in the area for at least 22,000 years. The Anangu people are Uluru’s traditional custodians but until recently, the monolith was known as Ayers Rock (named after former premier Sir Henry Ayers by European explorer William Gosse, who first sighted the rock in 1873). Uluru was returned to the care and ownership of the Anangu in 1985 and they now jointly manage the national park with Parks Australia. Watarrka National Park, 300 kilometres to the northeast of Uluru, is best known for Kings Canyon - a mighty chasm that cleaves the earth to a depth of 270 metres. The sheer red rock face of the Canyon soars over 100 metres above cycad gardens. The park is an important conservation area, where rock holes and gorges provide refuge for over 600 species of plants and many native animals. The park encompasses the western end of the George Gill Range and is home to a variety of unique native flora and fauna, including more than 600 different plant species. The area has also been home to Luritja Aboriginal people for the last 20,000 years. The word Watarrka refers to the umbrella bush that proliferates in this unique

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landscape. Travellers can experience the umbrella bush on a hike to the Canyon rim. Trekkers will first encounter a steep climb to the Canyon rim, but the spectacular views of the sheer red rock faced Canyon will make the trekkers forget the trouble. All along the rim walk are the weathered, buttressed domes of the Lost City and the sheltered valley, Garden of Eden, which is bursting with permanent waterholes and lush vegetation. This walk is suitable for fit and experienced walkers. The shady and more sedate Kings Creek Walk ambles 1 kilometre along the valley floor to an incredible lookout point and is suitable for families. This region does have its share of restaurants and cafés, mainly in Uluru/Ayers Rock’s tourist village and at Kings Canyon accommodation, but the most spectacular after dark entertainment out here is the sky. When night falls, the stars shine so much brighter, and many travellers just sit and stare for hours. Another special night time activity is the Sounds of Silence dinner – a feast in the open air with Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the distance and a lone didjeridu and astrologer for accompaniment. Other sunset options in this area are camel rides and outback barbecues.


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