December January 2017
Field Of Light Extended For A Second Season!
The award-winning, monumental art phenomenon, Field of Light, is a sell-out global sensation. Proving to be a stand-out drawcard to the destination, Bruce Munro’s immersive installation is now extended to a second season. The exhibition is Munro’s largest work to date, with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of four football fields.
Guests can experience the Field of Light, in Australia’s spiritual heartland, in numerous ways. A Field of Light Pass includes transfers, a Star Pass includes transfers as well as sparkling wine and canapes, and A Night at Field of Light dining experience, under the stars, that includes transfers. For an additional charge, guests can also arrive via helicopter or camel. Pre-booking Field of Light experiences before arrival is strongly recommended.
The solar-powered installation will remain open until 31 March 2018.
C: Raphaela Drachsler
P: +61 2 8296 8066
Darwin Airport’s New International Lounge
The Catalina Lounge located at Darwin International Airport is now open for all international flights. Travellers can wait for their flight in style with all-inclusive food and drinks.
The lounge was designed with the international passenger in mind providing them with a comfortable space to relax prior to departure. Facilities include a VIP area, lounges, seating sections, eating areas and high speed Wi-Fi.
Location: International Departures, Darwin International Airport
T: 08 8920 1811
Top End Wilderness Photo Safari 30 April – 4 May 2017
Imagine skimming through the wetlands on 300km² of private property on the edge of Kakadu with world renowned photographer, Richard I’Anson - founder of Lonely Planet Images, by your side! Your clients will be sure to capture the exquisite beauty that is unique to Bamurru Plains in the Top End. Top End Wilderness Photo Safari 30 April – 4 May 2017.
C: Emma Pritchett
P: 02 9571 6399
Charter North 4WD Safaris
Austour’s New Luxury Red Centre Tour
Commencing in April 2017, Austour will be adding a new G4 luxury small group private 4WD tour to their program – a 3 day Kings Canyon & Kings Creek Station tour. The tour will depart Alice Springs and stop overnight for two nights nearby to Kings Creek Station at the Dreamtime Escarpment. The new luxury ‘glamping’ accommodation’s spacious and beautifully appointed tents allow you to really experience iconic Australian camping on a truly genuine but luxurious level. Tour includes Mereenie Track, quad bike experience, helicopter flight and concludes at Ayers Rock Resort. Prices start from $4350 per person, twin share, min/max 4 passengers.
C: Jacquie & Max
P: +61 3 9770 0628
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Ford Dynasty Pty Ltd have signed a franchise agreement to refurbish and rebrand the current Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs; scheduled to reopen as Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters in December 2016.
Paul Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Lasseters International Holdings Limited said: “We are excited to be partnering with IHG to rebrand our hotel under the Crowne Plaza brand. This rebranding will also accompany a significant $5 million refurbishment of the guest rooms, ensuring that the hotel is best positioned to take advantage of the burgeoning Alice Springs market well into the future.”
The hotel will offer 205 guest rooms, resort pool, spa and sauna, fitness centre and a variety of food and beverage options.
C: Anne-Lise Berthon
T: +65 6395 6147
Territory Rooms At Darwin Airport Inn
The Territory Rooms at Darwin Airport Inn are situated just 300 metres from Darwin International Airport and within the grounds of the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort. Catering for travellers who are looking for convenient comfort at a price that's easy on the pocket, these rooms are ideal for a short stop over or an overnight getaway.
The well designed, space efficient, air-conditioned rooms feature one queen bed, ensuite bathroom, step out balcony, work desk, wifi, tea/coffee making facilities and a wall mounted LCD TV. Guests have access to the leisure facilities at Mercure Darwin Airport Resort during their stay.
C: Debra Irvine
T: +61 8 8920 3333
Doubletree By Hilton Alice Springs
DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs recently concluded an extensive renovation of its five conference and events rooms. The revitalised events facility was complete with state-of-the-art lighting offering several colour options, a modern palette featuring cool grey tones and modern finishes throughout; making it a flexible option for weddings through to residential conferences. The hotel boasts an ideal location close to the CBD and views of MacDonnell Ranges, and gives guests options for outdoor cocktail receptions for up to 1000 people, offsite catering and a Grand Ballroom seating up to 400 guests.
C: Jessica Spinks
T: 08 8980 0814
2016 Brolga Award Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards which were announced at a gala ceremony at the Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday 12th November:
MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS - Kakadu National Park
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS - Curtin Springs
FESTIVALS & EVENTS - Uluru Camel Cup
ECOTOURISM – World Expeditions
CULTURAL TOURISM – Venture North
QANTAS AWARD FOR ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER TOURISM – Voyages Ayers Rock Resort
SPECIALISED TOURISM SERVICES – More Than A Room
VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES – Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre
BUSINESS EVENT VENUES – Darwin Convention Centre
MAJOR TOUR & TRANSPORT OPERATOR – AAT Kings Northern Territory
TOUR AND TRANSPORT OPERATOR – Uluru Camel Tours
ADVENTURE TOURISM – Uluru Camel Tours
DESTINATION MARKETING – Tourism Central Australia
TOURISM RESTAURNTS & CATERING SERVICES – AAT Kings Uluru BBQ Dinner
CARAVAN & HOLIDAY PARKS – Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park
HOSTED ACCOMMODATION – Glen Helen Homestead Lodge
UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION – Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
SELF CONTAINED ACCOMMODATION – Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites
STANDARD ACCOMMODATION – Palms City Resort
DELUXE ACCOMMODATION – Lasseters Hotel
LUXURY ACCOMMODATION – Cicada Lodge
NEW TOURISM – The Purple Mango Brewery
EXCELLENCE IN FOOD TOURISM – Crazy Acres
FIRST TIME ENTRANTS – JOINT WINNERS - Outback Tour Services & NT Bird Specialists
BUSINESS GROWTH - Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
CHAIRMANS CHOICE - Outback Spirit Tours