June July 2016

Alice to dazzle during light festival

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Parrtyeme – a Festival in Light will be the first authentic Indigenous festival of its kind, featuring Australia’s biggest light show installation, stretching over 2.5 kilometres of the iconic MacDonnell Ranges. Showcasing contemporary and traditional Indigenous art, Parrtyeme will be a breathtaking display, focusing on sharing culture and stories, which have been created by local artists. Parrtyeme is a free 10-night festival, taking place from 23 September to 2 October 2016 at Alice Springs Desert Park.

C: Northern Territory Major Events Company Pty Ltd
P: 08 8999 5256
E: info@parrtyeme.com.au
W: parrtyemeaustralia.com.au

Accommodation

Flash Camp @ Kakadu

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‘Flash Camp @ Kakadu’ will offer bespoke bell tent accommodation in the heart of Kakadu National Park for those seeking an effortless camping experience while exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Listed site.

The new accommodation site in Cooinda will include Double, Twin and Family tents with springā€foam mattresses on pallet bases, quality bed linen, fresh towels, bamboo furniture, toiletries and Armadillo & Co rugs. Guests will also have access to newly renovated toilet and shower facilities, barbeques, as well as a restaurant, bar and pool at the adjoining Cooinda Lodge.

‘Flash Camp @ Kakadu’ rates start at $140 per night.

C: Kelly Vrolyks
P: 08 8979 1500
E: sales@kakadutourism.com
W: www.kakadutourism.com/accommodation

Carmichael’s Restaurant reopens at Kings Canyon Resort

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The iconic Carmichael’s Restaurant has now reopened at Kings Canyon Resort offering a delicious new menu that features some Australian bush tucker inspired dishes served a la carte and as sharing plates. 

Guests staying at the resort, backpacker lodge and in the camp ground are all welcome to dine at the refurbished Carmichael’s in addition to enjoying the Great Aussie Outback BBQ and signature degustation dining – Under a Desert Moon – a seven stunning courses each served with complementary Australian wine. 

All groups will dine at Carmichael’s utilising the group menu regardless of group size, unless they have specifically booked into the Outback BBQ. To find out more click here.

C: Destination Specialist team
P: 1300 731 443
E: tradesales@delawarenorth.com
W: www.kingscanyonresort.com.au

Longitude 131° - An Evolution of Iconic Luxury

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Longitude 131° has unveiled plans for the next exciting phase in renewal of the outback camp at Uluru. Next year a four-month refurbishment project will introduce several new facilities, including redevelopment of the central Dune House, the addition of a spectacular new premium suite and the property’s first dedicated spa. Works will commence on 01 April 2017 and the lodge will close until 31 July 2017 inclusive. The enhancements will provide the most extensive improvements at Longitude 131° since its inception, reflecting Baillie Lodges' ambition to redefine desert luxury in Australia and position the property among the world’s best remote lodges. 

C: Longitude 131
P: +61 2 9918 4355
E: reserve@baillielodges.com.au
W: www.longitude131.com.au

Wildman Wilderness Lodge

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The wonders of nature take centre stage at Wildman Wilderness Lodge. The brand new animal totem walk is an excellent opportunity to observe crocodiles, wetland birds, kangaroos and countless other animals. Follow the track guide map to each hand-crafted animal totem for an insight into the wetlands area and its inhabitants. FREE to all guests and visitors.

C: Lisa Goodhand
P: 08 8978 8955
E: Reservations@wildman.com.au
W: www.wildmanwildernesslodge.com.au

Attractions

Marksie's Stockman's Camp Tucker Night

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Due to growing popularity, Marksie’s Stockman’s Camp Tucker Night will be open 7 days a week during the dry season from May to October. Winning two NT Government grants will see a paperbark structure erected over their new site to improve the comfort and atmosphere along with the installation of solar lights. They provide fine dining with full waiter service and have added more cultural and historical information as part of the show.

C: Geoff Mark
P: 0427 112 806
E: marksie@marksiescamptucker.com.au
W: www.marksiescamptucker.com.au

Australian-first hologram displays to tell an iconic Territory story


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In an Australian-first, using the latest 'mist holographic technology' at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, four Central Australian characters of the past are celebrating our pioneering spirit and sharing their individualised experiences and their connection to one of the great engineering feats of the 19th century. John McDouall Stuart, Laurence Wallace, Ah Hong and Doris Bradshaw weave some great tales about the development of Northern Australia and the Overland Telegraph Line.  The exhibit runs throughout the day every day, and is here to stay!

C: Justine Petrick
P: 08 8952 3993
E: trailstation@outbackgroupnt.com.au
W: www.alicespringstelegraphstation.com.au

Touring

Bombing of Darwin Tour

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On 19 February 1942, World War II was brought to the shores of Australia when the Japanese dropped bombs over Darwin. On this day over 243 people, both armed forces personnel and civilians, lost their lives. 

Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is Australia’s leading Battlefield Tour Operator and will be organising a fascinating 6 day tour visiting key historic sites including Stokes Hill, Fort Hill Wharf and World War II oil storage tunnels. Visits will also be made to WWII airfields, Snake Creek explosive storage dump, Adelaide War Cemetery, Darwin Military Museum and a cruise on Darwin harbour. The tour will also join the service and celebrations of the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin on 19th February, 2017.

All accommodation, ground transport and many meals included. 

C: Peter Smith
P: 1300 880 340
E:  reservations@battlefields.com.au
W: www.battlefields.com.au

Sea Darwin – NEW vessel

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Sea Darwin is pleased to announce the arrival of another vessel to their fleet. Custom designed and built for Darwin Harbour experiences, the MV Flatback is a fast open boat capable of carrying up to 38 pax.  The vessel has state of the art technology, including a 3D sonar sounder, which adds a new dimension to the Australia’s Frontline Bombing of Darwin tour, where the watery graves of WWll wrecks can be viewed on a TV screen.  In addition to this, the new vessel is available for charter and is used on all award winning Sea Darwin products, including Turtle Tracks and Sunset Fish’n Chips.
 

C:  Heather King
P:  1300 065 022
E: Info@seadarwin.com
W: www.seadarwin.com

Wayoutback Australian Safaris – Upgrades 

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Wayoutback continues its heavy investment into infrastructure with vast improvements to their campsites and new vehicles in time for the NT peak season.

Additional campsites have been constructed at Cooinda, Glen Helen, Yulara and Kings Creek Station, erected new tents at their existing Cooinda site and improved existing facilities and tents at Mount Bundy and Springvale camps. The laundry facilities in Alice Springs have also undergone a significant upgrade and will have new showers and toilets built at the campsite at Kings Creek Station.

The vehicle fleet throughout the Top End and Red Centre now have several new 16 and 17 seat 4WD vehicles, a 21 seat truck for their safaris and an additional two Landcruisers for private charters. 

C: Reservations
P: 1300 551 510
E: reservations@wayoutback.com.au
W: www.wayoutback.com.au

Wayoutback Australian Safaris - NEW Top End Itineraries

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Wayoutback’s first dry season departures have commenced in the Top End. The new improved itineraries offer highlights including the iconic Yellow Waters Cruise, Ubirr at Sunset, 4 Wheel Driving across the Old Jim Jim Road and the introduction of their new campsite at Jabiru. With Twin and Jim Jim Falls set to open towards the middle of June, their Safaris are ready to take guests into these not to be missed highlights of Kakadu National Park. Their extended Safaris have commenced travelling into Arnhem Land and the new indigenous experience in Katherine Top Didj are all getting rave reviews.

C: Ty Watkins
P: 1300 551 510
E: sales@wayoutback.com.au 
W: www.wayoutback.com.au

Venture North Australia – NEW tents at Coburg Coastal Camp

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Venture North Australia has recently installed 8 permanent eco-tents at their camp on the Cobourg Peninsula (northern Arnhem Land). All have a raised deck and offer great views over the bay from the comfort of your bed.  You can visit Cobourg Coastal Camp by either joining a small group tour from Darwin, or flying directly to the camp on a private charter. Their fishing brand Cobourg Fishing Safaris also offer accommodated fishing packages ex Darwin.

C: Aaron Gange
P: 08 8927 5500
E: aaron@venturenorth.com.au
W: www.venturenorth.com.au

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