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The Top Ender's Annual Ultimate Top End Guide 2023

This guide provides an extensive list of over 150 things to do in the Top End of the Northern Territory. From Darwin to Kakadu, Katherine to Tiwi Islands, you'll find something for everyone. Includes various activities like animal encounters, thrill-seeking adventures, foodie delights, road trips, camping recommendations, history and culture, sports, clubs, kid-friendly days out, and even luxury relaxation experiences.

This guide provides an extensive list of over 150 things to do in the Top End of the Northern Territory. From Darwin to Kakadu, Katherine to Tiwi Islands, you'll find something for everyone. Includes various activities like animal encounters, thrill-seeking adventures, foodie delights, road trips, camping recommendations, history and culture, sports, clubs, kid-friendly days out, and even luxury relaxation experiences.

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THE ULTIMATE TOP END GUIDE<br />

ANNUAL <strong>2023</strong><br />

03 LIFE IN THE TOP END<br />

04 KEEPING COOL<br />

05 WALK ON THE WILD SIDE<br />

06 CROCOSAURUS COVE<br />

07 HISTORY & CULTURE<br />

09 FANNIE BAY GAOL<br />

10 EXPLORING THE KIMBERLEYS<br />

11 FOODIE DELIGHTS<br />

13 MARKETS<br />

15 FESTIVALS<br />

WELCOME<br />

This is our first annual guide, featuring<br />

things to see and do in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> to<br />

help you make the most out of your<br />

time in the Northern Territory.<br />

Keep your ‘<strong>Ultimate</strong> <strong>Guide</strong> to the <strong>Top</strong><br />

<strong>End</strong>’ with you all year round and refer to<br />

our helpful categories to find out what’s<br />

on offer.<br />

You will find useful information on<br />

markets, upcoming festivals, child<br />

friendly activities, fishing, camping and<br />

outdoors activities, ways to keep cool,<br />

and even luxurious health and wellbeing<br />

activities.<br />

So, whether you’re looking to relax or<br />

want to book your next thrill-seeking<br />

adventure, you’ll find it all here!<br />

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17 THRILLING EXPERIENCES<br />

19 SPORTS & CLUBS<br />

22 TRIVIA NIGHTS<br />

23 HITTING THE ROAD<br />

25 OUTDOORS & CAMPING<br />

28 GONE FISHING<br />

Swimming<br />

Camping<br />

29 RELAXING ENTERTAINMENT<br />

31 HEALTH & WELLBEING<br />

Wheelchair Access<br />

Outdoors, be sun safe<br />

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33 FAMILY & CHILD FRIENDLY DAYS OUT<br />

34 SCHOOL & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS<br />

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LIFE IN THE TOP END<br />

A PLACE LIKE NO OTHER<br />

<strong>The</strong> Northern Territory provides a way of life unlike<br />

any other place in Australia. <strong>The</strong> iconic waterholes<br />

and wildlife of this rugged destination make the<br />

experience of living here unforgettable.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a definite laid-back lifestyle in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>,<br />

but if you like the active life there are plenty of<br />

walking trails and sports! <strong>The</strong>re are also unique<br />

cultural sights, a variety of shops, markets, festivals<br />

and more to keep you entertained.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dry Season boasts perfect sunny days everyday<br />

and next-to-no rain. You’ll know it’s getting close to<br />

Dry Season when you see hundreds of dragonflies<br />

in the skies. <strong>The</strong> beginning of the drier weather is<br />

usually marked by the opening of Mindil Beach<br />

Sunset Markets near the end of April. <strong>The</strong>se months<br />

are when some of the natural pools are safe to<br />

swim.<br />

After the Dry Season we have a few weeks of the<br />

“Build Up” where the humidity can make it quite<br />

uncomfortable, head to page 4 for tips on keeping<br />

cool.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wet Season features some of the most<br />

outstanding thunderstorm displays and lush, green<br />

landscapes thanks to the frequent rainfalls. From<br />

November to March it is also Cyclone Season in the<br />

<strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>!<br />

WEATHER AVERAGES<br />

Month High / Low Rainfall<br />

January 32℃ / 25℃ 17 days<br />

February 32℃ / 25℃ 16 days<br />

March 32℃ / 25℃ 15 days<br />

April 33℃ / 24℃ 6 days<br />

May 32℃ / 22℃ 1 day<br />

June 31℃ / 20℃ 0 days<br />

July 31℃ / 19℃ 0 days<br />

August 32℃ / 20℃ 0 days<br />

September 33℃ / 23℃ 1 day<br />

October 34℃ / 25℃ 4 days<br />

November 34℃ / 25℃ 9 days<br />

December 33℃ / 25℃ 13 days<br />

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WAVE POOL<br />

Splash around in the safety of the wave pool at the<br />

Waterfront. <strong>The</strong>re is also a shallow undercover area<br />

without waves for little ones and a great place to cool<br />

off without worrying about crocodiles! <strong>The</strong> Waterfront<br />

also has a small recreational lagoon and an Aqua Park<br />

Inflatable. www.waterfront.nt.gov.au/wave-lagoon<br />

INFINITY FREE<br />

Relax in the infinity pool at Mindil Beach Casino Resort with the<br />

added luxury of a weekend DJ, pool bar and incredible afternoon<br />

sunsets. www.mindilbeachcasinoresort.com.au/bars/infinity<br />

JINGILI WATER GARDENS FREE<br />

This peaceful sanctuary nestled in the suburbs of Darwin includes a<br />

shaded playground, water fountain, skate park and walking track.<br />

www.darwin.nt.gov.au/explore/out-and-about/find-a-facility/jingiliwater-gardens<br />

LAKE ALEXANDER FREE<br />

Visit this manmade lake in East Point Reserve. Swimming in the lake<br />

is safe and kids can enjoy the adventure playground with shade sails.<br />

northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/lakealexander<br />

PALMERSTON WATERPARK FREE<br />

Spend the day at Palmerston waterpark has plenty of parking, lawn<br />

areas, BBQ facilities, skate park and a café, with free entry!<br />

LEANYER WATERPARK FREE<br />

Leanyer waterpark has plenty of parking, water slides, splash pad<br />

playground, lawn areas, BBQ facilities, skate park, shaded playground<br />

and a café, with free entry for all ages!<br />

BERRY SPRINGS FREE<br />

Cool off in this amazing, natural waterhole with picnic areas and<br />

facilities. nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-tovisit/berry-springs-nature-park<br />

LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK FREE<br />

Includes Florence Falls Lookout (accessible) Florence Creek Walk to<br />

Florence Falls (not accessible), Buley Rockhole, Wangi Fall, Greenant<br />

Creek to Tjaetaba Falls (4WD only).<br />

Head to the Litchfield National Park for the day or even the<br />

weekend, with onsite camping available and BBQ facilities you can<br />

spend the days relaxing in the water holes which is always refreshing<br />

after long hikes. northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/<br />

destinations/litchfield-national-park<br />

KEEPING COOL<br />

Need to cool off? Our hot tropical climate is ideal for enjoying a splash in the pool or a swim in one of the<br />

beautiful natural waterholes in our National Parks.<br />

DARWIN & SURROUNDS<br />

A<br />

NOT A SWIMMER?<br />

Visiting museums and other tourist attractions may provide the<br />

break you need from the heat of the Territory.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are more air-conditioned activities listed later in this guide.<br />

KATHERINE & SURROUNDS<br />

ELSEY NATIONAL PARK FREE<br />

Includes Mataranka <strong>The</strong>rmal Pool, Bitter Springs, Rainbow Springs and<br />

Stevies Hole (not thermal). Limited wheelchair access.<br />

Out and about near Katherine? Make sure you schedule time in to visit<br />

each of the unique springs in the Elsey National Park. You can adventure<br />

down to each thermal pool until you visit the cooler waters of Stevie’s<br />

Hole.<br />

northernterritory.com/katherine-and-surrounds/destinations/elseynational-park<br />

KATHERINE HOT SPRINGS FREE<br />

Relax and unwind in this incredible natural swimming hole, only open<br />

during the dry season!<br />

www.katherine.nt.gov.au/our-town/tourism/katherine-hot-springs.aspx<br />

BUTTERFLY GORGE NATURE PARK FREE<br />

Cool off in this amazing gorge which is home to thousands of Common<br />

Crow Butterflies living in the towering rock face. Anticipated to reopen<br />

in April <strong>2023</strong>. northernterritory.com/katherine-and-surrounds/seeand-do/butterfly-gorge-nature-park<br />

NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK FREE<br />

Includes Leliyn (Edith) Falls and Sweetwater pools.<br />

Nitmiluk National Park is certainly a must-see whilst in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>.<br />

Visit the wonderful Leliyn Falls, after a short hike up to the top pool<br />

plunge and cool off in the refreshing waters.<br />

northernterritory.com/katherine-and-surrounds/destinations/<br />

nitmiluk-national-park<br />

KAKADU<br />

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK<br />

Includes Gunlom Plunge Pool, Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls (4WD only).<br />

Limited wheelchair access.<br />

Drive 3 hours out of Darwin to visit the wonders that behold Kakadu<br />

National Park, be sure to pack your supplies well, and know which<br />

tracks are 4WD only. Kakada is an all year national park offering<br />

different experiences at different times of the year.<br />

northernterritory.com/kakadu-and-surrounds/destinations/kakadunational-park#panel-information<br />

$<br />

Tourism NT/Paddy Pallin<br />

Remember to be Croc-wise and only swim in designated areas!<br />

becrocwise.nt.gov.au<br />

Caution: Some waterholes or facilities may be closed. We<br />

recommend checking before you set off.<br />

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WALK ON THE WILD SIDE<br />

<strong>The</strong> Territory has some seriously WILD animals! Get up close and personal with the resident<br />

salt water crocodiles, cuddle up to a snake or feed some of the friendly fish...<br />

TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK $$<br />

Spend an entire day at the Territory Wildlife Park. Consider buying a<br />

locals pass for multiple visits so you can visit as often as you like. <strong>The</strong>re is<br />

a shuttle bus within the park that travels around every half hour if you<br />

don't want to walk between exhibits. Check out the amazing birds of<br />

prey, hand feed the wallabies and some rare animals - there's a lot to do.<br />

Make sure you have sturdy walking shoes and lots of water for a full day<br />

of fun. territorywildlifepark.com.au/<br />

CROCOSAURUS COVE $$<br />

No posting to the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> is complete without visiting Crocosaurus<br />

Cove in the heart of Darwin (Mitchell St). <strong>The</strong>re’s a large reptile display,<br />

daily attractions and the famous Cage of Death. An annual locals pass is<br />

also available.<br />

www.crocosauruscove.com/<br />

THE ‘ORIGINAL’ JUMPING CROC CRUISE $$<br />

Jump onboard the Adelaide River Queen for a relaxing cruise with the<br />

excitement of a hungry crocodile! Helicopter tours are also available.<br />

www.jumpingcrocodilecruises.com.au<br />

SPECATULAR JUMPING CROC CRUISE $$<br />

Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises is the only aboriginal owned<br />

cruise<br />

on the Adelaide River. This means you are not just getting a croc cruise,<br />

you are introduced to the floodplains ecosystem, it’s history, wildlife and<br />

a peek in to over 40,000 years of human interaction with this stunning<br />

environment.<br />

www.jumpingcrocodile.com.au<br />

$$$<br />

TERRITORY MANOR BARRA FEEDING<br />

Stay a night or perhaps the weekend, feed the barramundi before heading<br />

off to visit the local thermal springs. <strong>The</strong> Territory Manor has a fully licensed<br />

restaurant and is the perfect getaway in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>. Located near<br />

Katherine and Mataranka.<br />

territorymanor.com.au/<br />

$<br />

AQUASCENE<br />

Come and feed the friendly wild fish at<br />

Doctor’s Gully. Open at high tides, you can<br />

see and even touch a variety of wild fish.<br />

aquascene.com.au/<br />

CROCODYLUS PARK $$<br />

Feed or hold a crocodile and check out the range of other animals<br />

around the park, including monkeys, lions and reptiles!<br />

www.crocodyluspark.com.au/<br />

HOT PICK<br />

Crocosaurus Cove’s Cage of<br />

Death is Australia’s only crocodile<br />

dive. Offering swimmers the<br />

opportunity to get up close and<br />

personal with iconic saltwater<br />

crocodiles in a controlled<br />

environment.<br />

$$$<br />

SEADARWIN TURTLE TRACKS<br />

Enjoy a spectacular sunset cruise with a difference.<br />

With specially selected days coinciding with the lunar<br />

cycle, book your ticket in advance to jump aboard via<br />

Stokes Hill Wharf to go on an experience of a<br />

lifetime; SeaDarwin has special permission to access<br />

Njulbitjlk (Bare Sand Island).<br />

seadarwin.com/darwin-tours/turtle-tracks/<br />

FREE $ $$ $$$<br />

BIRDWATCHING<br />

Here in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>, we have an amazing variety of<br />

birds. How can you spot them? Look out for the telltale<br />

shadow of a soaring bird of prey during a hike,<br />

join a cruise through wetlands, wander through a<br />

wildlife park, volunteer to help on a bird counting<br />

survey, or join a guided birdwatching tour. We have<br />

heard the Yellow Water Cruise tour based in Kakadu<br />

is spectacular for Croc and Bird spotting.<br />

northernterritory.com/things-to-do/nature-andwildlife/bird-watching<br />

Our newest baby salties<br />

have arrived and we are<br />

in love!<br />

<strong>The</strong>se adorable little<br />

snappers have two<br />

famous parents (our big<br />

crocs William and Kate),<br />

and are now on display<br />

in our Reptile House.<br />

BUTTERFLY FARM LITCHFIELD<br />

Experience the uniqueness of the Butterfly Farm, and stay the<br />

night in air-conditioned accommodation whilst enjoying what this<br />

farm has to offer. This is certainly a must-do whilst in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>,<br />

make it a stop on your way to Litchfield! butterflyfarm.net.au/<br />

$$$<br />

CAMEL RIDING IN THE NT<br />

Ever wondered what it was like for some of the early explorers? Why<br />

not experience what the Red Centre has to offer with a slower pace,<br />

on the back of the camel you will be able to admire the world<br />

around you from a different perspective.<br />

northernterritory.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/camel-riding<br />

$$$<br />

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TOP END SAFARI CAMP DAY TOUR<br />

Spend a day in the wild, including a helicopter flight, croc encounter<br />

and boat cruise on Matt Wright’s signature <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> Safari.<br />

topendsafaricamp.com.au/daytour<br />

$$$<br />

TOP END SAFARI CAMP OVERNIGHT TOUR<br />

Matt Wright, the Outback Wrangler, invites you to get up close with his<br />

croc mates during the overnight safari camp tour in luxury lotus bell tents.<br />

Dry Season only. topendsafaricamp.com.au/overnighttour<br />

CROCOSAURUS COVE<br />

SAY HELLO TO OUR NEWEST ADDITIONS<br />

Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught<br />

Locals Pass Program Partner Spotlight: Boab Caravan Park<br />

If you're planning a road trip to Katherine soon, Boab Caravan Park is a<br />

fantastic spot to stay! With a diverse range of accommodation options<br />

including grassed sites and boutique cabins, Boab Caravan Park is surrounded<br />

by beautiful sub-tropical gardens and native trees with an abundance of<br />

birdlife.<br />

As a part of our Locals Pass Program, our locals pass members receive 10%<br />

off accommodation and 5% off all takeaway food and drink purchases<br />

(excludes fuel, alcohol and cigarettes).<br />

$<br />

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HISTORY & CULTURE<br />

Darwin’s rich culture and history is like nothing else you’ll find in Australia. <strong>The</strong> traditional owners of the land<br />

include (but are not limited to) the people of Larrakia, Jawoyn and Yolngu. You’ll find beautiful examples of<br />

indigenous art and culture throughout the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>. <strong>The</strong> region’s significant past also includes historic bombings<br />

from World War II and destructive cyclones.<br />

Explore Cultural Tours<br />

A variety of tours are available, from self-guided day trips to 9-day luxury<br />

trips exploring the top of WA across to the NT. northernterritory.com/<br />

tours/aboriginal-culture<br />

NT INDIGENOUS TOURS<br />

Join the team at Northern Territory Indigenous Tours for authentic and<br />

genuine tours – worth checking out their ongoing adventures year round!<br />

www.ntitours.com.au<br />

TERRITORY ARTS TRAIL<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are hundreds of amazing historical, cultural and artistic sights to see<br />

around the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>, which will keep you busy every weekend during the<br />

dry season! northernterritory.com/things-to-do/art-and-culture/territoryarts-trail<br />

$$$<br />

$$<br />

TIWI ISLANDS<br />

Catch the Sealink ferry to the Tiwi Islands for a weekend of exploring the rich<br />

cultural history of the region. northernterritory.com/tours/sealink-northernterritory/tiwi-by-design---tiwi-islands-day-tour<br />

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS FASHION AWARDS<br />

This annual event showcases local and emerging Indigenous talent in textile<br />

art and fashion design. Stay tuned for updates on the 2022 program and<br />

events nifa.com.au<br />

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KARRKE ABORIGINAL EXPERIENCE<br />

Experience the flavours of bush tucker, learn about healing medicine and<br />

experience the Aboriginal culture from an up-close perspective in this cultural<br />

tour. karrke.com.au<br />

PUDAKUL ABORIGINAL CULTURAL TOURS<br />

Original and authentic Aboriginal tours. Explore culture, crocs and wetlands in<br />

day tours and overnight tours. pudakul.com.au<br />

WETLAND VIEW TOP - PARK NT FREE<br />

Formerly ‘Window on the Wetland’ Reopened 2022, just a short drive from<br />

the Darwin Region located on Beatrice Hill. Facebook: ‘Wetland View <strong>Top</strong><br />

Centre’ Owned by pudakul.com.au<br />

NITMILUK TOURS<br />

<strong>Top</strong> quality packages and tour options to suit a range of budgets, experience<br />

the Katherine region like never before. Whether you want adventure or just<br />

to relax they have options for you! nitmiluktours.com.au<br />

$$$<br />

OUTBACK TOUR SRVS - ACCESSIBLE<br />

Specialising in accessible tours you won’t miss out with Outback Tour<br />

Services, let them know your requirements and mobility needs to explore<br />

many regions in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>. With fully catered tours you can explore with<br />

less stress! northernterritory.com/tours/outback-tour-services/accessibletours<br />

ETHICAL ADVENTURES<br />

Day tours and Multi-Day Tours available to explore the Darwin to Katherine<br />

Regions in small groups. ethicaladventures.com.au<br />

$$<br />

A<br />

A<br />

Tourism NT/Tess Leopold<br />

HOP ON AND OFF BUS<br />

With pre-recorded commentary and flexibility to join the<br />

tour whilst exploring places you want to see, jump aboard<br />

and enjoy the view from the unique double-decker bus!<br />

bigbustours.com/en/darwin/darwin-bus-tours<br />

FANNIE BAY GAOL FREE<br />

Learn about the fascinating history of Fannie Bay Gaol,<br />

open every Saturday. www.magnt.net.au/fannie-bay-gaol<br />

BICENTENNIAL PARK FREE<br />

Wander along the Esplanade in Darwin city and learn<br />

about Darwin’s rich military history, including lookouts,<br />

memorials and the Cenotaph. You can also walk through<br />

Parliament House and learn about the damage caused by<br />

Cyclone Tracy in 1974. northernterritory.com/darwinand-surrounds/see-and-do/bicentennial-park<br />

$$<br />

RFDS MUSEUM / STOKES HILL WHARF<br />

Learn more about the Royal Flying Doctor at this<br />

interactive museum with virtual reality displays, including<br />

the Bombing of Darwin experience. northernterritory.<br />

com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/royal-flyingdoctor-service-darwin-tourist-facility<br />

PINE CREEK FREE<br />

Explore the historical sights of Pine Creek during the gold<br />

rush era, including the annual Pine Creek Goldrush Festival<br />

in June. www.victoriadaly.nt.gov.au/pine-creek<br />

‘BOMBING OF DARWIN’ CRUISE<br />

Learn about Darwin history and landmarks from a<br />

different perspective as your cruise the harbour and listen<br />

to real-time commentary. This is a unique way to learn the<br />

history of Darwin and is highly recommend for the family!<br />

Operated by: seadarwin.com/darwin-tours/bombing-ofdarwin-cruise/<br />

$$<br />

DARWIN AVIATION MUSEUM<br />

Explore the amazing collection of Aviation artefacts and<br />

interactive displays, including a fully refurbished B-52G<br />

Bomber! www.darwinaviationmuseum.com.au<br />

KATHERINE REGIONAL ART GALLERIES<br />

Visit Katherine’s Art galleries, Godinymayin Yijard Rivers<br />

Arts and Culture Centre hosts art exhibitions by artists<br />

from all backgrounds and in all styles. <strong>The</strong> K Space gallery<br />

is dedicated to the work of local artists and puts on small<br />

exhibitions to support up and coming artists. Mimi<br />

Aboriginal Art and Crafts (100% Aboriginal owned) puts<br />

the spotlight on artists from the Katherine region. <strong>Top</strong> Didj<br />

Cultural Experience and Art Gallery hosts an impressive<br />

collection of artists form the desert and Katherine region.<br />

Some of which include Gloria Petyarre, the King sisters,<br />

Lorna Fencer Naparulla, Wallala Tjapaltjarri and the artists<br />

of Injalak Arts.<br />

$<br />

DARWIN MILITARY MUSEUM<br />

Located on East Point Reserve. Darwin Military museum is great<br />

for the young and old, you also receive a free 12 month locals pass<br />

when paying admission. <strong>The</strong> East Point Recreation Area is a<br />

significant area of historical interest and well worth exploring with<br />

a number of historical sites from WW2 (magazine shelters,<br />

bunkers and communication tower). darwinmilitarymuseum.com.<br />

au and northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-anddo/east-point-reserve<br />

ADELAIDE RIVER WAR CEMETERY FREE<br />

Take the time to visit this historical cemetery with over 400<br />

unmarked graves of fallen service personnel during WW2 from<br />

the Timor and North Australian regions. www.cwgc.org/visit-us/<br />

find-cemeteries-memorials/cemetery-details/<strong>2023</strong>510/<br />

ADELAIDE%20RIVER%20WAR%20CEMETERY<br />

WW2 AIR STRIPS / STUART HWY FREE<br />

Learn about the history of the WW2 airstrips along the Stuart<br />

Highway. northernterritory.com/articles/up-the-track---thestuart-highway<br />

$<br />

WW2 OIL TUNNELS<br />

Learn more about Darwin’s military history with a trip to the<br />

WW2 Oil Tunnels. northernterritory.com/darwin-andsurrounds/see-and-do/wwii-navy-oil-storage-tunnels-5--6-darwin<br />

EXPERIENCE DARWIN LIKE THE DIGGERS DID<br />

Operating May – October multiple times a day, jump on the<br />

Genuine WW2 Army Truck to be transported back in time to<br />

relive Darwin’s exciting historical past.<br />

darwinhistoryandwartimeexperience.com.au<br />

MAGNT - MUSEUM & ART GALLERY NT FREE<br />

Explore Museum and Art Gallery NT (MAGNT). Meet<br />

Sweetheart the Salt Water Croc, wander around the Cyclone<br />

Tracy exhibit and a range of interesting exhibits throughout the<br />

year. magnt.net.au<br />

DARWIN REGIONAL ART GALLERIES<br />

<strong>The</strong> Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory<br />

(MAGNT) is the Territory’s flagship museum and art gallery.<br />

Located on picturesque Fannie Bay, its permanent collection holds<br />

thousands of artworks and historical artefacts from artists across<br />

the Territory. Darwin Visual Arts is a not-for-profit organisation<br />

established to provide spaces for the exhibition of art. Within the<br />

space, there are three galleries for local artists which are open<br />

Thursday to Saturday during exhibition runs. Check their website<br />

for the latest information on upcoming exhibitions. <strong>The</strong> Northern<br />

Centre for Contemporary Art is located in Parap and as the name<br />

suggests, it’s the place to find unique and thought-provoking<br />

contemporary art. Galleries worth checking out in and around<br />

Darwin City include:<br />

Paul Arnold Gallery Songlines<br />

Mason Gallery<br />

Paul Johnstone<br />

Gallery<br />

Mbantua Gallery<br />

Sister7 Gallery<br />

$$<br />

Readback Books and<br />

Aboriginal Art<br />

Gallery<br />

Aboriginal Fine Arts<br />

Nomad Art<br />

A<br />

Outstation Gallery<br />

Tiwi Art Network.<br />

Outside of Katherine in the town of Mataranka you’ll find<br />

the Stockyard Gallery. It’s a small local gallery that<br />

specialises in local art and artefacts reflecting the rich past<br />

of Katherine and the local people. northernterritory.com/<br />

katherine-and-surrounds/see-and-do/art-and-culture/artgalleries<br />

northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/artand-culture/art-galleries<br />

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FANNIE BAY GAOL<br />

EXPLORING THE KIMBERLEYS<br />

I recently visited the historic Fannie Bay Gaol, which was the<br />

Darwin Gaol from 20/9/1883 – 1/9/1979. <strong>The</strong> gaol is located<br />

at Fannie Bay, opposite the Cool Spot Café. It is now a<br />

museum where you can walk through old cell blocks and the<br />

execution gallows.<br />

When you enter the gaol, make sure that you pick up a<br />

brochure at the front desk, which is manned by a friendly staff<br />

member who is always happy to answer any queries about the<br />

gaol and local history. <strong>The</strong> brochure also provides lots of extra<br />

information about what you are seeing and helps to find your<br />

way around the gaol.<br />

In 1928, the gaol expanded to accommodate female offenders,<br />

with juvenile offenders included after 1963, also catering for<br />

those with contagious diseases, such as leprosy (though<br />

hopefully not at the same time!).<br />

Toilets were very primitive with cell latrine buckets taken out<br />

to the exercise yard and sifted over an open drain until<br />

approximately 1960, when sewerage was introduced.<br />

A section called Medium Security C Wing was installed in the<br />

1960s. It was preferred by the prisoners because it had wire<br />

mesh walls, where they could see and talk to each other, rather<br />

than the isolation of cells with cement walls.<br />

A very confronting part of the gaol is the gallows, which had a<br />

pit nearly 4 metres deep covered by trapdoors. At least 8<br />

men were hanged at Fannie Bay Gaol, but only 2 in these<br />

gallows, which were constructed in 1952. <strong>The</strong>re was also a<br />

room for the executioner and a cell for the condemned. You<br />

can read the stories of those 2 men on the walls of that cell. In<br />

the image, you can see the mechanism at the side of the<br />

gallows, which the executioner used to activate the trapdoor<br />

covering the pit during the execution.<br />

I highly recommend a visit to experience some of Darwin’s<br />

incredible history - it was an amazing experience to walk<br />

through the various buildings and imagine life as it was back<br />

then for those ‘behind bars’.<br />

Written by Masela Draper<br />

Committee Member<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>er Magazine<br />

<strong>The</strong> museum is open between<br />

10:00am – 2:00pm on Wednesday<br />

to Sunday and takes a couple of<br />

hours to see and read everything,<br />

including lots of fascinating stories.<br />

Entry is free, however donations<br />

are appreciated (please note that<br />

the museum can only accept cash<br />

donations).<br />

You've done it. You’ve found Kununurra’s<br />

‘Position Perfect’.<br />

You already know that the East Kimberley is a<br />

stunning area with abundant waterways,<br />

ancient red landscapes and majestic boab<br />

trees.<br />

What you should know is that your stay at<br />

Kimberleyland has all that and more.<br />

On the rolling green banks of our foreshore,<br />

waterlilies bloom and the colours of the<br />

iconic Elephant Rock come alive on sunset.<br />

Have your breath taken away and let the<br />

Kimberleyland Effect wash over you.<br />

Meet our toothless, resident Freshwater<br />

crocodile “Gummy” or view our very own<br />

1,000-year-old Boab tree.<br />

Here at Kimberleyland, Kununurra comes to<br />

you.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are no compromises with<br />

contemporary comforts. Our onsite café<br />

delivers coffee so good that you’ll be lining<br />

up with the locals.<br />

Surrounded by green parks, the foreshore<br />

and native bushland it’s easy to forget it’s just<br />

1.2km from Kununurra’s centre. Even closer is<br />

Kununurra’s largest children’s playground, a<br />

brand-new outdoor gym facility and boating<br />

jetty.<br />

For many of you, it’s taken a long time to get<br />

here and it’s an honour you’ve chosen<br />

Kimberleyland as the place your Kimberley<br />

Memories begin.<br />

Kimberleyland is Western Australia's only<br />

4.5 Star Rated Holiday Park north of Perth,<br />

the most awarded Holiday Park in the<br />

Kimberley and among TripAdvisor’s top ten<br />

percent of Hospitality providers globally.<br />

Hi, my name is Maria and my family own Kimberleyland. Let me share our<br />

story..<br />

My family emigrated to Australia in 1981 when Kununurra was yet to<br />

mark the map, an outback town in Australia’s last frontier and a huge<br />

contrast to the comforts of European life.<br />

I was born in Kununurra, the first Australian born in my family. It’s when I<br />

was branded with my eternal love for the Kimberley.<br />

My Father, a migrant European farmer had partnered up with tourism<br />

pioneer Gregor McQuie to launch Kimberleyland. It was a bold venture,<br />

an exciting endeavour ahead of it’s time.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n tragedy struck.<br />

<strong>The</strong> dream and the vision was heartbreakingly cut short with the sudden<br />

and unexpected death of my father that very year. I was just one year old.<br />

To the credit of my Mother, we remained in the Kimberley. <strong>The</strong> early<br />

years were tough.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was a lot of hard work involved, lots of Kimberley grit and<br />

determination.<br />

Eventually our family secured full ownership of the park and a new era<br />

began. Today our family carry on with my Father’s dreams, to finish what<br />

was started – what was cut short.<br />

Today we have a swag full of tourism awards and are the only 4.5-star<br />

park north of Perth on a prime piece of Kununurra waterfront.<br />

If you want to read more about my family's story, my Mother's story is a<br />

best selling book "A Diamond in the Dust".<br />

When you arrive at Kimberleyland, you immediately become immersed in<br />

all things Kimberley – spectacular sunsets, the lily flower water garden,<br />

ancient red rocks, resident freshwater crocodiles, abundant birdlife and of<br />

course, boab trees.<br />

<strong>The</strong> rolling green grass of the foreshore draws a crowd of happy campers<br />

at sunset. Cheese platters are generously shared around, wine glasses<br />

clink and beer cans fizz open, toasting to newfound friends.<br />

This is when the Kimberleyland effect takes over. <strong>The</strong>n you know and<br />

never forget.<br />

We understand the Kimberley is remote – you’ve taken a long time to<br />

get here, perhaps years of planning and thousands of kilometres travelled.<br />

We feel honoured that you’ve chosen us to host you and proud to share<br />

our backyard with you. We commit to making your Kununurra touring<br />

and launch pad to the Bungles, the Gibb and beyond all that you can<br />

imagine and more. Welcome to Kimberleyland Waterfront Holiday Park,<br />

let’s take you on a tour of our park or start your research on what there<br />

is to do in and around Kununurra – you’ve found the place where your<br />

Kimberley memories begin.<br />

Written by Chris and Maria Magnay<br />

Community Contributors<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>er Magazine<br />

WATERFRONT CABINS<br />

POOLSIDE CABINS<br />

FAMILY CABINS<br />

WATERVIEW CABINS<br />

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FOODIE DELIGHTS<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are so many excellent, gastronomic food experiences in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>. With the culinary influence of<br />

more than 50 nationalities that make up the Northern Territory's population, you’ll be spoilt for choice.<br />

We’ve listed just a few of our favourites to get you started! We recommend visiting each venue for their full<br />

range of pricing options.<br />

TOP 10 DINNER VENUES<br />

As picked by <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>er Magazine, these<br />

are our favourite dinner venues for special<br />

occasions.<br />

Pee Wee’s at the Point<br />

East Point Reserve • $$ - $$$<br />

Fine dining, Seafood, Speciality Dishes<br />

il Piatto<br />

Mindil Beach Casino Resort • $$<br />

Italian, Pasta, Pizza<br />

Hanuman Darwin<br />

Mitchell Street, Darwin • $$ - $$$<br />

Asian Fusion, Indian, Thai<br />

Char Restaurant<br />

Admiralty House, Darwin • $$<br />

Steak house, Kid Friendly<br />

Phat Mango<br />

Knuckey Street, Darwin • $$<br />

Fine dining, Australiana, Speciality Dishes<br />

Little Miss Korea<br />

Austin Lane, Darwin • $$<br />

Korean BBQ, Quick Lunches<br />

Wharf One<br />

Darwin Waterfront • $$<br />

Wood Grill Dining, Seasonal Dishes<br />

Cajo Restaurant<br />

Woodlake Blvd, Durack • $$<br />

Seasonal Dishes, Kid Friendly<br />

Hot Tamale<br />

Darwin Waterfront • $$<br />

Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar<br />

MERAKI Greek Taverna<br />

Smith Street, Darwin • $$<br />

Greek, Mediterranean<br />

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NOTEWORTHY HIDDEN GEMS<br />

<strong>The</strong>se lesser known gems are well worth the visit! From award-winning<br />

restaurants and bars, to some of the best cafes, we encourage you to explore!<br />

CHARLIE'S OF DARWIN<br />

Gin Distillery, Cocktail Lounge and<br />

Restaurant.<br />

MARY’S LAKSA<br />

Famous Laksa stall at Parap markets.<br />

SAFFRRON INDIAN<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

Award-winning and eco-certified,<br />

Saffrron is the taste of India in Parap.<br />

DARWIN TRAILER BOAT CLUB<br />

Darwin's oldest seaside Club, with a<br />

great view of the sunset. Nonmember<br />

guests and visitors welcome.<br />

PALMERSTON GOLF &<br />

COUNTRY CLUB<br />

Home of the NT PGA, the Bistro<br />

offers a great place to catch a bite.<br />

BABYLON BAR<br />

Darwins First Retro <strong>The</strong>me Small Bar.<br />

PALATES OF INDIA<br />

Authentic Indian food in Bellamack.<br />

COVAI CAFE<br />

Authentic Indian food in Palmerston<br />

with a small range of vegan options.<br />

Tourism NT/Hanuman<br />

LANEWAY SPECIALITY COFFEE<br />

A rustic little Parap café, serving the<br />

best Campos coffee in Darwin along<br />

with all day breakfast.<br />

RAYS PATISSERIE AND CAFE<br />

Focussing on hand made and organic<br />

food in a beautiful hidden courtyard on<br />

Smith Street.<br />

SWEETBREW & CO.<br />

Curated breakfast and brunch dining<br />

space in Stuart Park, Darwin.<br />

FRESH POINT CO. CAFE<br />

Located in Parap & Bellamack, this<br />

cafe and dessert bar is open for<br />

breakfast, lunch and dinner.<br />

KARMA CAFE<br />

Delicious, health conscious meals for<br />

those who value a healthy, balanced<br />

lifestyle.<br />

SALTWATER@BUNDILLA<br />

An iconic NT food destination<br />

showcasing the best of the Territory's<br />

produce at MAGNT.<br />

PURPLE MANGO CAFE AND<br />

BREWERY<br />

A favourite Kakadu stopover in<br />

Marrakai.<br />

Tourism NT<br />

TAKE A TOUR<br />

Tingling Taste of the Tropics<br />

BettyBird Tour <strong>Guide</strong> • $$ - $$$<br />

Markets, Cafes and testing out the<br />

best places for good food, coffee or<br />

beer and wine in Darwin.<br />

Darwin Gourmet Food Tours<br />

Darwin Region• $$$<br />

Join your knowledgeable,<br />

experienced local guide on an easy<br />

walking tour to 3 award-winning<br />

restaurants and enjoy over 12<br />

gourmet tastes in 3.5 hours.<br />

Aboriginal Bush Traders<br />

Darwin Region • $ - $$<br />

Visit this exciting store to try your<br />

own adventure at home, they stock<br />

bush food, traditional bush medicine<br />

and skincare, art, homewares,<br />

indigenous books/maps/cards, and<br />

ethical fashion.<br />

Animal Tracks Safari<br />

Kakadu • $$$<br />

Exclusive 7 hour tour in the heart of<br />

Kakadu. <strong>The</strong> perfect tour for those<br />

wanting to be interactive and<br />

explore with the natural<br />

environment that supplies tucker to<br />

the tummy.<br />

Sunset Cruises - Cape Adieu<br />

Darwin Region • $$ - $$$<br />

With many low cost cruising options<br />

this is a great way to experience the<br />

harbour from a different view. Food<br />

package options available.<br />

Sunset Cruises - Sea Darwin<br />

Darwin Region • $$ - $$$<br />

Enjoy locally caught Fish and chips<br />

whilst drinking bubbly and taking in<br />

the marine life on this adventure.<br />

Sunset Cruises - Sail Darwin<br />

Darwin Region • $$ - $$$<br />

Enjoy this 3hr sunset cruise on<br />

Darwin Harbour, sipping bubbly wine<br />

and enjoying foods being served as<br />

you soak in the suns final rays.<br />

Sunset Cruises - Charles Darwin<br />

Darwin Region • $$ - $$$<br />

Enjoy the Air-conditioned comfort of<br />

the lower deck before heading to the<br />

top deck to soak in the views. This<br />

cruise boasts a 2.5hr cruise with<br />

licensed bar and snack to enjoy<br />

onboard.<br />

Tourism NT<br />

Experience all the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> has to offer with a food tour. Join one of Darwin’s Gourmet Food Tours for some of the<br />

most diverse dining in Australia, with numerous degustation (tasting) plates and a strong emphasis on fresh local<br />

ingredients.<br />

Visit Aboriginal Bush Traders Cafe on the Esplanade of Darwin City for local Aboriginal art, crafts, gifts, homewares<br />

and bush tucker available for purchase.<br />

Venture further out to Berry Springs Bush Tucker and Botanicals for a guided walk through the monsoonal forests<br />

of this national park, tasting and learning about the bush tucker along the way.<br />

Darwin to Katherine all-day<br />

Cruise<br />

Darwin/Katherine • $$$<br />

From October to March (Dry<br />

Season), experience the Nitmiluk<br />

National Park, and many beautiful<br />

spaces within; before Lunch you head<br />

to the stunning Edith Falls before<br />

continuing the journey.<br />

Maningrida Wild Foods<br />

Maningrida • $ - $$<br />

Place your orders online to taste<br />

seasonal and sustainable foods<br />

harvested and unique to the Arnhem<br />

Lands. Owned and operated by the<br />

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation.<br />

Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Tour<br />

Katherine • $ - $$$<br />

We have to call it, Katherine knows<br />

how to turn on the stars in style. Join<br />

the crew onboard the Nabilil<br />

Dreaming Sunset Tour, after the 3<br />

course dinner, the sun goes down<br />

and the stars come out to play.<br />

Watch the stars whilst soaking in the<br />

ambience of the gorge with<br />

moonlight.<br />

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ADELAIDE RIVER MARKETS<br />

Saturday & Sunday | All Year Round<br />

Treat yourself to some local homemade produce and gift ideas!<br />

facebook.com/AdelaideRiverMarkets<br />

BATCHELOR MARKETS<br />

Sunday | April - December<br />

Locally made produce under the shade of the Rain Trees. Nearby Litchfield<br />

Park. facebook.com/batchelormarkets<br />

Tourism NT/Adrian Brown<br />

MARKETS<br />

Take in the colours, smells and<br />

tastes of food stalls, the artisans,<br />

produce and music that make our<br />

markets special. As a gateway to<br />

Asia the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> market scene is<br />

filled with foodie delights!<br />

BERRY SPRINGS MARKETS<br />

Last Sunday of every month | March - December<br />

Fresh local produce, arts and crafts, plants, second hand goods, and local<br />

handmade market products facebook.com/berryspringscommunitymarket<br />

COOLALINGA CENTRAL MARKETS<br />

Sunday | Dry Season Only<br />

Wander through 70 stalls of local produce and handmade items in this<br />

undercover market. <strong>The</strong>re’s also a jumping castle for kids and various<br />

entertainment each week. facebook.com/CoolalingaM<br />

FREDS PASS RURAL MARKETS<br />

Saturday| Year Round<br />

Head down to Fred’s Pass to find amazing handmade products from local<br />

artisans. northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/fredspass-rural-market<br />

KATHERINE COMMUNITY MARKETS<br />

Saturdays | Dry Season Only<br />

Come and explore the range of local stalls from around Katherine and a range<br />

of entertainment and activities for all ages. katherinemarkets.com.au<br />

MALAK MARKET PLACE<br />

Saturdays | Dry Season Only<br />

Meet the local food growers and crafts workers. This is the place to pick up<br />

your produce and bespoke pieces. facebook.com/malakmarketplace<br />

MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKETS<br />

Thursday & Sunday | Dry Season Only<br />

Meander through the Mindil Beach Markets with over 50 food stalls and enjoy<br />

watching the sun set from the beach. You can also enjoy live music and amazing<br />

performances, or join in the community Volleyball game on the beach! mindil.<br />

com.au<br />

NIGHTCLIFF MARKETS<br />

Sunday | Year Round<br />

Enjoy the range of local treasures with about 30 stalls and a small playground<br />

area. onlydarwin.com.au/nightcliff-markets<br />

Tourism NT/Matt Cherubino<br />

PALMERSTON MARKETS<br />

Friday | Dry Season Only<br />

Live music, amazing food trucks and a sunset picnic at the Palmerston markets.<br />

palmerstonmarkets.org.au<br />

PARAP VILLAGE MARKETS<br />

Saturdays | Year Round<br />

Enjoy local produce, arts and crafts, entertainment and delicious food, including<br />

the iconic breakfast laksa! parapvillage.com.au/saturday-markets<br />

Tourism Australia/Nicholas Kavo<br />

RAPID CREEK MARKETS<br />

Saturday & Sunday | All Year Round<br />

Surround yourself with the tastes of Asia in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>.<br />

rapidcreekmarkets.com.au<br />

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Tourism NT/jack.and.megan<br />

Tourism NT/Helen Orr<br />

Tourism NT<br />

FESTIVALS<br />

From food and art festivals, to music gigs and rodeos, the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> plays<br />

host to an abundance of festivals and events year round. Territorians also<br />

celebrate Territory Day, affectionately known as “Cracker Night” with<br />

fireworks on the 1st of July each year.<br />

A<br />

MUSIC GIGS & THEATRE<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are a number of venues and organisers that host a range of music and theatre<br />

events throughout the year. We recommend visiting the following websites for further<br />

information:<br />

- Off <strong>The</strong> Leash magazine www.offtheleash.net.au<br />

- Darwin Entertainment Centre www.yourcentre.com.au<br />

TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL<br />

9 - 13 FEB Hosted by Birch Carroll & Coyle cinemas in Casuarina.<br />

sff.org.au/tff/program/darwin<br />

RED HOT SUMMER TOUR<br />

6 MAY In the Darwin Amphitheatre, George Brown Botanic Gardens<br />

redhotsummertour.com.au<br />

$<br />

THAILAND GRAND FESTIVAL<br />

APR northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/events/thailand-grand-festival<br />

$$$<br />

NIGHTCLIFF SEABREEZE FESTIVAL FREE<br />

7 - 8 MAY (TBC) A free community festival presented in a uniquely linear style along 2<br />

kms of stunning foreshore. facebook.com/NightcliffSeabreezeFestival<br />

$<br />

BARUNGA FESTIVAL<br />

9 - 12 JUNE Immerse yourself in this three day festival of<br />

modern and traditional culture in the Barunga community<br />

(80km South of Katherine). This annual event showcases<br />

new and emerging talent as well as loads of entertainment<br />

and activities for all ages. barungafestival.com.au<br />

PINE CREEK GOLD RUSH FESTIVAL FREE<br />

JUNE (TBC) Learn about the gold rush era at Pine Creek<br />

and try your luck gold panning. With damper making,<br />

competitions, an art exhibition and local entertainment.<br />

offtheleash.net.au/events/view/pine-creek-gold-rushfestival<br />

<strong>2023</strong> OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL<br />

20 - 21 JUNE Hosted by the Deckchair Cinema<br />

oceanfilmfestivalaustralia.com.au/tickets/<br />

MANDORAH UKELELE FOLK FESTIVAL<br />

26 JUNE (TBC) <strong>End</strong>less folk music, old poetry, traditional<br />

food, chilled beer and fun games and activities at the Cox<br />

Country Club’s Mandorah Ukulele Folk Festival (MUFF).<br />

Facebook – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival MUFF<br />

DARWIN FRINGE FESTIVAL<br />

14 - 23 JULY darwinfringe.org.au<br />

KATHERINE SHOW<br />

21 -22 JULY katherineshow.org.au<br />

A<br />

DARWIN PRIDE FESTIVAL<br />

JUNE topendpride.com.au/darwin-pride-festival<br />

A<br />

A<br />

ROYAL DARWIN SHOW<br />

27 - 29 JULY darwinshow.com.au<br />

DARWIN COCKTAIL FESTIVAL<br />

6 AUG Darwin Waterfront Facebook - Darwin Cocktail Festival<br />

DARWIN FESTIVAL<br />

10 - 27 AUG darwinfestival.org.au<br />

A<br />

A<br />

OKTOBERFEST<br />

OCT darwinturfclub.org.au/events<br />

MANGO MADNESS FESTIVAL<br />

OCT mangomadnessfestival.com.au<br />

DARWIN INTERNATIONAL LAKSA FESTIVAL<br />

NOV laksafestival.nt.gov.au<br />

NYE @ THE WATERFRONT<br />

31 DEC Darwin Waterfront waterfront.nt.gov.au<br />

A<br />

DARWIN ABORIGINAL ART FAIR<br />

11 - 13 AUG Get involved with interactive workshops,<br />

demonstrations, children's activities and loads of cultural<br />

performances. daaf.com.au<br />

DARWIN STREET ART FESTIVAL<br />

AUG - SEP darwinstreetartfestival.com.au<br />

FREEDOM DAY FESTIVAL (KATHERINE)<br />

AUG <strong>The</strong> Gurindji people welcome you to the annual Freedom<br />

Day Festival freedomday.com.au<br />

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL<br />

16 MAY Hosted at the Deckchair Cinema, the program is packed full of mesmerising<br />

cinematography, thought-provoking storylines $ and adrenaline-inducing action<br />

sequences banffaustralia.com.au/tickets/<br />

$$$<br />

BASS IN THE GRASS<br />

20 MAY northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/events/bassinthegrass<br />

A<br />

FREDS PASS RURAL SHOW<br />

27 - 28 MAY fredspassruralshow.com.au<br />

TOP END GIN FESTIVAL<br />

27 MAY Hosted at the Darwin Ski Club topendfest.com.au/<br />

A<br />

Tourism NT/Elise Derwin<br />

DARWIN GREEK GLENTI FESTIVAL<br />

JUNE facebook.com/glenti.com.au<br />

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THRILLING EXPERIENCES<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> is full of thrilling experiences for your next adventure! Whether its a once-in-a-lifetime activity or<br />

you make a hobby of it, there are many specialist groups, businesses and events to keep you busy!<br />

Tourism NT/Jason Charles Hill<br />

Tourism NT/jack.and.megan<br />

$<br />

A<br />

$$<br />

GO KARTING HIDDEN VALLEY<br />

Grab some friends and race your go karts around<br />

Hidden Valley Go-Kart track. darwinkarthire.com.au<br />

$$$<br />

DARWIN KARTING ASSOCIATION<br />

Get in contact with Darwin karts Association and see<br />

what you require to get racing in the NT. Ages start from<br />

age 6 to Practice and age 7 to race. dka.org.au or<br />

motorsportsnt.com.au<br />

ARCHERY<br />

Learn how to shoot an arrow at Freds Pass Archery Club.<br />

ntarchery.org.au<br />

A<br />

A<br />

DRIVING RANGE / MINI GOLF / ARCHERY<br />

Choose between the driving range, mini golf course or<br />

archery at Flight Path Golf. www.flightpathgolf.com.au<br />

KENDO CLUB AND SWORD ACADEMY<br />

Ever wanted to gain a unique skill? Check out these 2<br />

local clubs on Facebook: ‘Darwin Sword Academy’ and<br />

‘Darwin Kendo Club’<br />

$<br />

A<br />

$<br />

ICE SKATING<br />

Forget about the heat once you arrive at the indoor<br />

ice skating centre, including public skating, activities and<br />

ice hockey programs. www.darwiniceskating.com.au<br />

$$<br />

A<br />

UNITED PAINTBALL<br />

Head out to Fred’s Pass for a day of paintballing in the<br />

scrub. www.unitedpaintball.com.au<br />

ROCK CLIMBING IN THE NT<br />

A<br />

Darwin’s only indoor rock climbing facility is closed, but<br />

for those who have the know-how and equipment,<br />

don’t let that stop you from getting out. Facebook has a<br />

page for ‘Rock Climbing NT’ enthusiasts, and you can<br />

also join the ‘<strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> Climbing Association’.<br />

DARWIN RIFLE CLUB<br />

Come along to the rifle club and participate in their<br />

weekly competitions. Check out the website for their<br />

2021 competition calendar. www.darwinrifleclub.org.au<br />

Tourism NT/NT Major Events Company<br />

Tourism NT/jack.and.megan<br />

Tourism NT<br />

$$$<br />

DARWIN HELICOPTER PUB TOUR<br />

Airborne Solutions offer a range of helicopter adventures around the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>. www.airbornesolutions.com.au<br />

$<br />

$$$<br />

A<br />

SKYFALL GUIDED TOURS WITH 00-SEVEN OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES<br />

With a variety of thrill-seeking adventures to choose from, explore Charles Darwin National Park from a different angle.<br />

00seven.rezdy.com/catalog/446741/tours-ssv or northernterritory.com/tours/00seven-off-road-adventures/octopussy<br />

DARWIN LIONS BEER CAN REGATTA<br />

16 JULY <strong>2023</strong> - This one event that cannot be missed. A hilariously fun and entertaining day for all ages, including water and<br />

beach activities. beercanregatta.org.au<br />

NOONAMAH RODEO<br />

27 MAY & 26 AUG: In the Northern Territory the main rodeo season runs from April to November (dry season) with at least<br />

one rodeo every weekend. Noonamah Tavern and Rodeo is well known with tickets selling like hotcakes once released. Keep an<br />

eye on the Facebook page for event information and updates: Noonamah Tavern For tickets: ticketebo.com.au/noonamahtavern-rodeo<br />

FROG RACES AT NOONAMAH PUB<br />

Melbourne Cup Day Event. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for event information and updates: Noonamah Tavern<br />

$$<br />

TRIPLE CROWN SUPERCARS<br />

northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/events/darwin-triple-crown-supercars<br />

A<br />

DARWIN AIR BOAT TOURS<br />

Get your engines racing on this custom built V8 airboat for a one hour cruise around Darwin Harbour. mattwright.com.au<br />

$<br />

$<br />

$$$ A<br />

TOP END MUD RACING<br />

October to April each year, watch as the race revs up and crowds go wild. Hot tip, bring spare clothes for the kids or risk mud in<br />

the car on the trip home; and bring Ear Muffs for the smaller kids. Great family event, you can BYO food/drinks to keep this a<br />

low cost and fun-filled activity. temra.com.au or motorsportsnt.com.au<br />

ROBBIE ROBINS RODEO $<br />

Organised by the Australian Pro Rodeo Association.<br />

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SPORTS & CLUBS<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> has a vast range of sports activities and clubs. We’ve collated a brief summary of some<br />

sports groups and clubs below, but you can also find more sports and social groups through this guide.<br />

Head to page 28 for all things fishing!<br />

ATHLETICS<br />

Katherine Athletics Centre<br />

Darwin Athletics (Marrara)<br />

Palmerston Athletics Club<br />

Rural Athletics Centre<br />

BASKETBALL<br />

Razzle Storm/Thunder<br />

Palmerston Lightning Power/ Panthers<br />

Ellas Titans<br />

Eagles<br />

Uni Rebels<br />

Essington Cannons<br />

TV Jets<br />

Ansett<br />

Haileybury Rendall school<br />

Social Basketball DarwinWaterfront<br />

Katherine Basketball<br />

BIKE RIDING & BMX<br />

Big River BMX Club (Katherine)<br />

Jingili BMX Club<br />

Satellite City BMX Club<br />

Darwin Cycling Club<br />

SOCCER<br />

Mindil Aces<br />

Casuarina Rowdies<br />

University Azzuri<br />

Hellenic<br />

Darwin Olympic<br />

Port Darwin<br />

Palmerston<br />

<strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> Multi-Sports (competitions)<br />

Katherine Football Club<br />

FOOTBALL - AFL<br />

Football Northern Territory<br />

Southern Districts Football Club<br />

(Litchfield)<br />

Big Rivers Football Team AFLNT<br />

(Katherine)<br />

RUGBY - NRL<br />

Nightcliff Dragons<br />

Darwin Brothers R.L.F.C.<br />

Litchfield Bears<br />

Palmerston Raiders<br />

Northern Sharks<br />

South Darwin Rabbitohs Rugby League<br />

Katherine Junior Rugby League<br />

Katherine Touch Football Association<br />

RUGBY UNION<br />

Katherine Krocs Golden Oldies<br />

Brahmans Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />

Barbarians Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />

Pirates Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />

Tindal Lions Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />

VOLLEYBALL<br />

Darwin Volleyball Association<br />

Darwin Indoor Beach Volleyball<br />

(Winnellie)<br />

<strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> Multi Sports (Coconut Grove) -<br />

Beach Volleyball – Mindil Beach<br />

Beach Volleyball – DarwinWaterfront<br />

Hardcourt Adults - Marrara<br />

Hardcourt Juniors - Marrara<br />

Palmerston Indoor Sports Centre<br />

SAILING<br />

Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Club<br />

NETBALL<br />

Darwin Netball Association<br />

Katherine Netball Association<br />

Litchfield Bears<br />

Palmerston Crocs<br />

Nightcliff Tigers<br />

Banks Bulldogs<br />

Hoggies<br />

Mash<br />

Tracy Village Falcons<br />

Pints<br />

Northern Districts Eagles<br />

Warratah<br />

Palmerston Indoor Netball<br />

CRICKET<br />

Palmerston Cricket Club<br />

Palmerston Indoor Cricket<br />

Southern Districts Cricket Club<br />

(Litchfield)<br />

Katherine & District Cricket Association<br />

BASEBALL<br />

Tracy Village Rebels<br />

Softball<br />

Katherine Softball Club<br />

BOXING<br />

Palmerston Boxing Club<br />

Chuisle Boxing & Fitness (Pinelands)<br />

SWIMMING<br />

Katherine Aquatic Centre<br />

Katherine ‘Turtles’ Swimming Club<br />

Life Saving Society /Water Safety (Parap)<br />

Darwin Stingers (Parap, Casuarina &<br />

Nightcliff)<br />

Goldfishbowl Swim School (Yarrawonga)<br />

Darwin Swimming Club Parap<br />

Casuarina Storm Swimming Club<br />

Palmerston Sharks Swimming Club<br />

MARTIAL ARTS<br />

Blue Eagle Training & Fitness -Muay Thai<br />

(Katherine)<br />

United Taekwondo Darwin (Palmerston)<br />

NT Tang Soo Do Karate Academy<br />

(Palmerston)<br />

Darwin Shotokan Karate (Karama)<br />

KMA Martial Arts Academy Darwin<br />

(Berrimah)<br />

De Been 100% Jiujitsu Darwin (Stuart<br />

Park)<br />

Darwin Jiu Jitsu Academy (Marrara)<br />

Tanner Tang Soo Do (Leanyer)<br />

Darwin Aikido (Darwin)<br />

Progressive Combat Centre (Pinelands)<br />

Darwin Judo Club (Berrimah)<br />

Performance Gym Muay Thai (Winnellie)<br />

Australian Karate Federation NT<br />

Shim Jang Taekwondo Palmerston<br />

Reiko Martial Arts (Palmerston)<br />

<strong>The</strong> Jiu Jitsu Studio (Palmertson)<br />

Kokoro Busshu Karate (Palmerston)<br />

Green Plum Tai Chi (Palmerston)<br />

Austin Martial Arts<br />

Man Ho Academy of Martial Arts<br />

LAWN BOWLS<br />

Darwin Bowls & Social Club (Barefoot<br />

Bowls)<br />

Katherine Bowls Club<br />

DANCE<br />

3D Fitness Studio (Berrimah)<br />

Rix Kix Arts (Coconut Grove)<br />

Furlanos (DARWIN)<br />

MFK Academy of Irish Dance (DARWIN)<br />

Salsita Dance School (Woolner)<br />

Darwin Performance Academy<br />

(Woolner)<br />

Keltikka Performance Dance Company<br />

(Berrimah & Humpty Doo)<br />

Line Dancing with Bobbie (Winnellie)<br />

<strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> Mustangs Linedancing<br />

Darwin Line Dancers (Coconut Grove)<br />

Free2Dance (Coconut Grove)<br />

Tara Academy Irish Dancing (<strong>The</strong><br />

Gardens)<br />

Roberts Academy of Irish Dancing<br />

(Malak)<br />

Scottish Country Dance Society lnc<br />

(Malak)<br />

Jamealah Bellydancers (Leanyer)<br />

Champagne Pole Dance Fitness Studio<br />

(Yarrawonga)<br />

Darwin Dance & Drama Academy<br />

(Gunn)<br />

Express Studios (Darwin) – Breakdancing<br />

Sam’s Dance Studio (Gray)<br />

BADMINTON<br />

NT Badminton Association<br />

Darwin Badminton Club<br />

HOCKEY<br />

East Darwin Storm Hockey Club<br />

ROLLER SKATING<br />

Katherine Derby Dolls<br />

TENNIS<br />

<strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> Multi Sports<br />

Katherine Tennis Club<br />

GYMNASTICS<br />

Katherine Gymnastics Club<br />

Elemental Gymnastics (Millner)<br />

Darwin Gymnastics Club (Marrara)<br />

Territory Gymnastics Academy<br />

(Winnellie)<br />

ENRG Gymnastics (Yarrawonga)<br />

GOLF<br />

Golf - Palmerston Golf Club<br />

Golf - Berrimah Flight Path Golf &<br />

Outdoor<br />

Darwin Golf Club<br />

Garden Park Golf Links<br />

Katherine Country Golf Club<br />

Katherine Golf Club<br />

EQUESTRIAN<br />

Katherine Horse & Pony Club<br />

Katherine Rope and Barrel Horse Club<br />

Darwin Equestrian Academy<br />

Darwin Dressage Club<br />

Darwin Equestrian Centre<br />

Equestrian Northern Territory<br />

Darwin Showjumping Club<br />

Noonamah Horse & Pony Club<br />

Litchfield Horse & Pony Club<br />

Katherine Horse & Pony Club<br />

Pony Club NT<br />

NT Showhorse Association<br />

Northern Territory Polocrosse<br />

Association<br />

Yarraman Territory<br />

Discover more:<br />

enjoy-darwin.com/<br />

sportsrecreation.html<br />

activeactivities.com.au/directory/<br />

category/sports/location/nt/<br />

darwin-area/darwin/<br />

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SPORTS & CLUBS<br />

Continuing on from our summary of sports groups and clubs, this guide also features a number of social<br />

groups and clubs with specialist interests.<br />

MOTORSPORTS<br />

NT Motor Sports is a great way to experience the outdoors from an exhilarating and enjoyable point of view.<br />

Keen to volunteer? Local NT Motor Sports are exciting, exhilarating and enjoyable. Becoming involved in your local clubs offers<br />

you a huge number of advantages. Close association with other motor sporting personnel, being part of an invaluable support<br />

team and the opportunity to undergo further onsite training (allowing you to hold more senior official positions both for local<br />

and major events).<br />

<strong>The</strong> NT offers a diversity of motor sporting disciplines and they all need your help:<br />

Speedway<br />

Road Bike Racing<br />

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Quad Racing<br />

Go Karts<br />

Car Racing<br />

Off Road Racing<br />

V8 Supercars<br />

Mud Racing<br />

Moto Cross<br />

Drag Racing<br />

Perhaps joining the association is more appealing, reach out to one of the association below to see how to get started:<br />

Darwin Associations: Acacia Hills Motocross Club (AHMX), Darwin Karting Association (DKA), Darwin Motorcycle Club<br />

(DMCC), Darwin Offstreet Enthusiasts (DOSE), Darwin Speedway Riders and Drivers Association (DSRDA), Hidden Valley<br />

Drag Racing Association (HVDRA), Northern Australia Motorcycle Club (NAMSC), Territory Quad Association (TQA), <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong><br />

Dirt Karts (TEDK), <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> Drift Association (TEDA), <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> Motorcross Club (TEMCC), <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> Mud Racing Association<br />

(TEMRA), <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> Road Racing Association (TERRA).<br />

Katherine Associations: Katherine Motor Sports Club (KMSC)<br />

http://www.motorsportsnt.com.au<br />

TOP END POWERFEST<br />

7 - 8 JULY: Hidden Valley Event<br />

$<br />

GAZZANATS<br />

18 - 19 AUG: Hidden Valley Event. Facebook: ‘Gazzanats Darwin NT’<br />

CANOE AND KAYAK IN KATHERINE<br />

If you are living near Katherine make the most of the canoe/kayak<br />

opportunities in your spare time! northernterritory.com/katherine-andsurrounds/see-and-do/outdoor-activities/canoeing-and-kayaking<br />

A<br />

$<br />

DARTS IN THE NT<br />

Find on Facebook: ‘Darwin Darts’ or ‘Darts Northern Territory’<br />

$<br />

DARWIN COMEDY CLUB<br />

Come along to support some local comedians and bring some friends for a night of laughter! Facebook: Darwin Comedy Club<br />

DARWIN TABLETOP GAMERS FREE A<br />

Join the active gaming community, food and drinks are available to purchase at the Club. Facebook: ‘Darwin Tabletop Gamers’<br />

GAMING AFTER DARK FREE A<br />

G.A.D meet monthly and is exclusive for 12-17 years old with NextTier and the Darwin City Council darwin.nt.gov.au/explore/<br />

whats-on/gaming-after-dark-2 and nexttier.com.au<br />

MAD SNAKE CAFÉ<br />

Regular games nights, veteran coffee, and a great place to catch up! Facebook: Mad Snake Cafe<br />

$<br />

GONE FISHING?<br />

Find fishing recommendations on page 28.<br />

MILLION DOLLAR FISH<br />

In <strong>2023</strong>, the Million Dollar Fish competition<br />

returns with just 9 fish tagged with the<br />

elusive $1,000,000!! You have to register to<br />

be in with a chance of winning, with people<br />

travelling to the NT just to participate be<br />

sure to have your fishing spot scoped out<br />

and prepared to cast in.<br />

TRIVIA & BINGO NIGHTS<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many pubs around Darwin and Palmerston that organise Trivia and Bingo nights with amazing meals and great<br />

company! Keep an eye out for weekly events at your local pubs. Quiz Nights in Darwin & Northern Territory | QuizFinder<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bell Bar & Bistro<br />

Tuesday at 7pm<br />

Bellamack<br />

TUESDAY TRIVIA LOCATIONS<br />

Shenannigans<br />

Tuesday at 8pm<br />

Darwin City<br />

Silks Darwin<br />

Tuesday at 7pm<br />

Fannie Bay<br />

WEDNESDAY TRIVIA LOCATIONS<br />

Hibiscus Tavern<br />

Wednesday at 7:00 PM<br />

Leanyer<br />

Beachfront Hotel<br />

Wednesday at 7pm<br />

Nightcliff<br />

Darwin Golf Club<br />

Wednesday at 6:30pm<br />

Marrara<br />

Pint Club<br />

Wednesday at 7pm<br />

Marrara<br />

<strong>The</strong> Landmark @ Gateway<br />

Wednesday at 7pm<br />

Palmerston City<br />

<strong>The</strong> Lost Arc<br />

Wednesday at 7pm<br />

Darwin City<br />

Palmerston Tavern<br />

Wednesday at 7:30pm<br />

Palmerston City<br />

Darwin Railway Club<br />

Thursday at 7pm<br />

Parap<br />

Darwin Trailer Boat Club<br />

Thursday at 6:30pm<br />

Fannie Bay<br />

THURSDAY TRIVIA LOCATIONS<br />

Tracy Village Social & Sports Club<br />

Thursday at 7:30pm<br />

Lyons<br />

Parap Tavern<br />

Thursday at 7:30pm<br />

Parap<br />

<strong>The</strong> Precinct<br />

Thursday at 7pm<br />

Darwin City<br />

List courtesy of quizfinder.com.au/northern-territory<br />

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HITTING THE ROAD<br />

<strong>The</strong> NT is home to some of Australia’s most incredible natural wonders. We’ve picked three of<br />

the most popular trails to road trip during the Dry Season!<br />

EXPLORE WITH CARE<br />

When exploring your surroundings be mindful that we<br />

have a duty to respect the cultural significance of the<br />

land and to protect and conserve the flora and fauna it<br />

houses. Do not disturb or feed the animals, or<br />

unnecessarily impact on the vegetation of these unique<br />

and remarkable habitats.<br />

DARWIN<br />

Kakadu<br />

National Park<br />

JABIRU<br />

Explorers Way<br />

SUGGESTED TRAVEL TIME:<br />

14 - 18 DAYS<br />

A red dirt road trip for the<br />

bucket list!<br />

Take your time over 2+ weeks<br />

travelling the 2230km from<br />

Darwin to Alice Springs (or<br />

vice versa).<br />

Stop to see the incredible<br />

natural icons a Uluru-Kata Tjuta<br />

National Park, the West<br />

MacDonnell Ranges and Devils<br />

Marbles.<br />

This epic journey through the<br />

heart of the outback wouldn’t<br />

be complete without a<br />

stopover in the famous Daly<br />

Waters Pub.<br />

Litchfield<br />

National<br />

Park<br />

Tjuywaliyn/<br />

Douglas Hot<br />

Springs Park<br />

Cooinda<br />

KATHERINE<br />

Nature’s Way<br />

SUGGESTED TRAVEL TIME:<br />

8 DAYS<br />

Nature’s Way is the best way to<br />

see the national and cultural<br />

highlights of Kakadu, Litchfield<br />

and Nitmiluk (Katherine)<br />

National Parks.<br />

An easy drive from Darwin, the<br />

almost 900km round-trip is the<br />

perfect road trip for beginners<br />

and all abilities.<br />

KATHERINE<br />

Arnhem<br />

Land<br />

Mainoru Outstation<br />

Arnhem Way<br />

SUGGESTED TRAVEL TIME:<br />

7 - 10 DAYS<br />

Bremer Island<br />

Nhulunbuy<br />

Limmen<br />

National Park<br />

Travel through the 700km+<br />

unspoilt savannah woodlands<br />

as you visit Mainoru<br />

Outstation on your way to<br />

Nhulunbuy.<br />

Please note that when<br />

travelling to Arnhem Land you<br />

will require a permit from the<br />

Northern Land Council.<br />

ROAD SAFETY<br />

Driving in the NT brings a unique set of risks, with an array of larger wildlife crossing<br />

paths with vehicles. Dawn and Dusk will see an increase of animals on the roads, so<br />

please use extra caution and drive slowly. Towards Zero is the NT Government Road<br />

Safety campaign to reduce the number of lives lost on NT roads to zero.<br />

TEMPERATURE CHECK<br />

In the NT it can get hot, fast. Ensure you have options for shade and a good water supply. It is easy to<br />

experience heat stroke so ensure you Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide to protect yourself. It is recommended to<br />

have 1Ltr of water per person, per hour as a minimum.<br />

In the Desert, temperatures will quickly drop, especially between April – September (Dry Season). If you<br />

head towards the central region or Barkly region, ensure you pack sufficient warm clothes and bedding if<br />

camping overnight as temperatures regularly drop below 0 degrees.<br />

Tourism NT<br />

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OUTDOORS<br />

AND CAMPING<br />

Tourism NT/<strong>The</strong> Salty Travellers<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are hundreds of amazing camping spots and an array of walking tracks in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>, with many<br />

situated in the spectacular National Parks. Get outdoors and enjoy the unique waterholes, wetlands and<br />

wildlife on offer.<br />

CAMPING<br />

<strong>The</strong> best time to camp in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> is in the dry season (May - September); the humidity drops, the nights<br />

can be cool and it almost never rains. Make sure to book ahead as it can get busy at this time of year. Most<br />

parks and reserves across the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> are free to enter, but we recommend checking beforehand. <strong>The</strong>re are<br />

many designated campsites where you can camp for a minimal fee without a permit. However, you'll need to<br />

apply for a permit if you're planning to camp in a national park outside of a designated campsite or<br />

bushwalk overnight.<br />

For those new to camping in the NT, you can also hire camping gear and trailers or add a bit of luxury at a<br />

range of glamping locations!<br />

DARWIN & SURROUNDS<br />

WALK DARWIN TOUR<br />

Many options to have a guided walk that explains the history and<br />

also specialty areas. walkdarwin.com.au<br />

TABLETOP TRACK WALKS FREE<br />

In Litchfield National Park you will find Tabletop track. It is<br />

estimated to take 3-5 days for fit-to-experienced hikers who can<br />

carry their own supplies. <strong>The</strong> 3 sectioned track entwines through<br />

the landscapes this region is renowned for: woodlands full of birds<br />

and wildlife, monsoon rainforest, rocky cliffs, fields of termite<br />

mounds, and waterfalls and swimming holes. nt.gov.au/parks/find-apark/litchfield-national-park/litchfield-national-park-tabletop-track<br />

GEORGE BROWN DARWIN BOTANIC GARDENS FREE<br />

Immerse yourself in nature at the Royal Botanical Gardens (free entry), there’s a fun<br />

tree house playground for little ones, an education centre, orchid house and lovely café<br />

to enjoy. northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/george-browndarwin-botanic-gardens<br />

CASUARINA COASTAL RESERVE FREE<br />

Walk or ride throughout the Casuarina Coastal Reserve with historical markers from<br />

WW2, playground and picnic areas. nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/finda-park-to-visit/casuarina-coastal-reserve<br />

$<br />

CULLEN BAY<br />

Feed the fish out front of Yots Greek Tavern in Cullen Bay Marina (byo breadcrumbs),<br />

then wander over the sand dunes to look for shells on the beach. You can also<br />

purchase ice-creams in the local fish and chip shop. cullenbaymarina.com.au<br />

JINGILI WATER GARDENS FREE<br />

This peaceful sanctuary nestled in the suburbs of Darwin includes a shaded playground,<br />

water fountain, skate park and walking track. www.darwin.nt.gov.au/explore/out-andabout/find-a-facility/jingili-water-gardens<br />

CHARLES DARWIN NATIONAL PARK FREE<br />

Visit this hidden sanctuary with cycling tracks, WW2 sites and a lookout over Darwin.<br />

nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/charles-darwinnational-park<br />

FOGG DAM CONSERVATION RESERVE & WETLANDS FREE<br />

Jump in the car and travel out to Fogg Dam wetlands (40min drive) for a day of<br />

birdwatching, bushwalking and reptile spotting! nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/<br />

find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/fogg-dam-conservation-area<br />

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MANDORAH<br />

Catch the passenger ferry from Cullen Bay to Mandorah for a day of exploring. Pack a picnic, fishing rods and your bicycles to<br />

explore the Cox Peninsula Coast and visit the Charles Point Lighthouse. www.australias.guide/nt/location/mandorah<br />

WAGAIT BEACH FREE<br />

You can drive on Wagait Beach (4WD only). <strong>The</strong> Cox Peninsula Country Club has live music and events throughout the year.<br />

This is also a WW2 historical area. northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/destinations/wagait-beach<br />

LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK FREE<br />

Schedule a few weekends to explore Litchfield National Park, including; Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Tolmer Falls<br />

and the giant termite mounds! <strong>The</strong> Tolmer Falls lookout is a short walking distance from the carpark, however Tolmer Falls is a<br />

bit of a hike! nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/litchfield-national-park<br />

DUNDEE BEACH FREE<br />

Enjoy live music and good food, rock fishing, a boat ramp, beautiful beach views and a popular camp ground (fees apply).<br />

northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/accommodation/dundee-beach-holiday-park<br />

Tourism NT/Dan Moore<br />

WALKING & HIKING<br />

Discover Darwin City’s hidden<br />

treasures, like fish feeding at<br />

Aquascene; or the WWII oil<br />

storage tunnels at the Waterfront.<br />

Visit East Point to spot wallabies<br />

in the rainforest walks or head<br />

south-east to the Charles Darwin<br />

National Park were you will find<br />

WWII Bunkers!<br />

Venture further out and explore<br />

Litchfield National Park, which<br />

includes walks to Florence Falls<br />

via Shady Creek or Greenant<br />

Creek walkway to the pools<br />

above the falls. Don’t forget to<br />

add Berry Springs Nature Park,<br />

Howard Springs Nature Park, and<br />

Holmes Jungle Nature Park. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

are truly endless adventures to be<br />

had!<br />

TIWI ISLANDS<br />

Hop on the ferry to Tiwi Islands, for an authentic cultural walking tour. A local Tiwi guide will show you their community,<br />

including a traditional welcome ceremony and morning tea, the museum, the historic mission precinct and the art centre.<br />

northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/destinations/tiwi-islands<br />

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KATHERINE & SURROUNDS<br />

KATHERINE GORGE / NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK<br />

Explore this amazing region filled with natural wonders and incredible landscapes,<br />

including Katherine Gorge, Sweetwater Pool and Shady Camp. northernterritory.<br />

com/katherine-and-surrounds/destinations/nitmiluk-national-park<br />

$<br />

KATHERINE TURF CLUB<br />

Keep an eye open for a number of events and race days to keep you entertained<br />

during the dry. katherineturfclub.com.au<br />

KATHERINE OUTBACK EXPERIENCE<br />

Make sure you book your tickets to this entertaining outback event, which is only<br />

available during the dry season. www.katherineoutbackexperience.com.au<br />

5-NIGHT JATBULA TRAIL<br />

This is a highly popular walk that must be booked well in advanced as places fill up<br />

fast. <strong>2023</strong> places open 9am on 6th February and can only be booked via the NT<br />

Parks Booking System for Walking Trails. Lace up your boots for one of the world’s<br />

best bushwalks. Five days, 62km, the Jatbula Trail in the Nitmiluk National Park takes<br />

in waterfalls, monsoon rainforest, stone country and Aboriginal rock art, camping<br />

alongside swimming holes. - https://parkbookings.nt.gov.au/Web/Facilities/<br />

SearchViewGreatWalk.aspx<br />

KAKADU<br />

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KAKADU NATIONAL PARK<br />

Spend a few weekends exploring the incredible landscapes within Kakadu National<br />

Park, including the Bowali Visitor Centre, Aboriginal rock art and a number of<br />

spectacular waterfalls. parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/<br />

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WILLIS’S WALKABOUTS<br />

Willis’s Walkabout is a unique business offering scheduled walks from 2 nights to 3<br />

weeks across the NT and norther WA. <strong>2023</strong> places are limited with some tours<br />

almost booked out; ensure you book in advance to secure your spot.<br />

bushwalkingholidays.com.au<br />

WALKING & HIKING<br />

<strong>The</strong> Katherine region boasts six<br />

National Parks and many other<br />

reserves and conservation areas.<br />

With more than 100km of<br />

walking trails winding through<br />

the Nitmiluk National Park, you<br />

will be spoilt for choice.<br />

We highly recommend to add<br />

these places on your list to<br />

explore: Nitmiluk National Park:<br />

Northern Rockhole,<br />

Sweetwater pool, Leliyn (Edith<br />

Falls), Crystal Falls; Elsey<br />

National Park; Judbarra/Gergory<br />

National Park: Escarpment Walk,<br />

Gregory’s Tree; Butterfly Gorge<br />

National Park; Limmen National<br />

Park; Caranbirini Conservation<br />

Reserve; Giwining/Flora River<br />

Nature park; Umbrawarra<br />

Gorge Nature Park; Tjuwaliymn<br />

Hotsprings Park (Douglas);<br />

Bullita Homestead; Cutta Cutta<br />

Caves and Mataranka.<br />

<strong>The</strong> walking and hiking trails of<br />

Kakadu National Park take in<br />

vast floodplains, lowland hills,<br />

savannah woodlands and the<br />

sandstone cliffs of the Arnhem<br />

Land escarpment. This is<br />

certainly a part of the world<br />

you need to plan ahead before<br />

visiting. Follow the roads less<br />

travelled and experiences the<br />

wetlands, rock art and cooling<br />

waters with a new appreciation<br />

that is only experienced on foot.<br />

JOIN A CLUB<br />

Katherine Game Fishing Club<br />

kgfc.com.au<br />

Reeling Veterans<br />

reelingveterans.com.au<br />

Darwin Game Fishing Club<br />

darwingamefishingclub.com.au<br />

Palmerston Game Fishing Club<br />

palmerstongamefishing.com.au<br />

Darwin Flyrodders<br />

darwinflyrodders.org.au<br />

GONE FISHING<br />

Whether you prefer a day out on the boat or relaxing by the shore, the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> boasts some of the<br />

best fishing in the country. We’ve listed just a handful of popular fishing areas and tours to explore.<br />

Remember to be Croc-Wise and cautious around natural waterways.<br />

DARWIN & SURROUNDS<br />

$$<br />

CRAB CLAW ISLAND<br />

Spend the weekend at Crab Claw Island with loads of fishing, grabbing and<br />

photography opportunities, then relaxing in the elavated restaurant to watch the<br />

sunset. crabclawisland.com.au<br />

$<br />

REELING VETERANS<br />

Reeling Veterans is a good place to start for some fishing advice, activities and<br />

mateship, including fishing trips! All while supporting our veterans. reelingveterans.<br />

com.au<br />

MANTON DAM FREE<br />

Spend the day enjoying watersports and fishing (no swimming). nt.gov.au/leisure/<br />

parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/manton-dam-recreation-area<br />

$$$<br />

FISHING CHARTERS<br />

Jump on board one of the many fishing charters available in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>, full day or<br />

half day trips available. arafurablue.com.au/charters<br />

$$$<br />

EQUINOX FISHING CHARTERS<br />

You and a mate could be reeling in a big one this Dry Season!<br />

equinoxcharters.com.au<br />

PALMERSTON LAKES<br />

Residents, families and visitors can now recreationally fish in select City of<br />

Palmerston lakes. Remember the below rules and check which lakes you can fish<br />

from before getting started. Strictly catch and release only - ALL fish are to be<br />

returned to the lake. Only barbless hooks can be used. NO NETS allowed in any<br />

of the lakes in Palmerston. palmerston.nt.gov.au/hookedonpalmerston<br />

KATHERINE & SURROUNDS<br />

OOLLOO CROSSING FREE<br />

A great place for barra and black bream fishing. nt.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/<br />

oolloo-crossing-conservation-area<br />

DALY RIVER FREE<br />

A terrific spot for barra fishing, which is also the location of the ‘Barra Classic’ and<br />

‘Barra Nationals’ annual fishing competitions - tourismtopend.com.au/douglas-adaly-river<br />

MOSQUITOS & MIDGES<br />

If you are near water, you will experience mosquitos and midges. During certain times of the year,<br />

dawn and dusk or anywhere near water will see a rise of activity. Please make sure you pack repellent,<br />

cover up with long and loose fitted clothing, preferably lighter colours.<br />

Max Neve fighting a Golden trevally at Lee point beach Darwin NT. Photo by Tim Neve.<br />

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RELAXING ENTERTAINMENT<br />

<strong>The</strong> laid-back lifestyle of the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> means there is an abundance of places to kick-back<br />

and relax. From local beaches and cruising the harbour, you can enjoy dinner with a view<br />

of the famous <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> sunset from many of these favourite places.<br />

$$$<br />

MINDIL BEACH CASINO RESORT<br />

(formerly Sky City Casino) – Pamper yourself at the Lagoon Day Spa, then relax by the lagoon style pool. You can also dine<br />

at a number of restaurants within the Casino (<strong>The</strong> Vue restaurant overlooks Mindil Beach and the amazing sunset). www.<br />

mindilbeachcasinoresort.com.au<br />

$<br />

DECKCHAIR CINEMA<br />

Enjoy a unique experience watching a movie under the stars, including a number of independent Australian screen<br />

movies! www.deckchaircinema.com<br />

$<br />

$<br />

BROWNSMART THEATRE<br />

Attend one of the many amazing and entertaining presentations by local artists at the iconic theatre, located in the heart<br />

of Darwin city. www.brownsmart.com.au<br />

$<br />

DARWIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE<br />

Keep an eye out for a constant stream of highly entertaining events and productions in this airconditioned space. <strong>The</strong>re’s<br />

something for all ages and interests. www.yourcentre.com.au<br />

DARWIN SAILING CLUB<br />

Visit this picturesque sailing club and learn how to sail or relax at the bar. Check out the stream of live music and events<br />

throughout the dry season, including Jazz Club, Cocktail Parties and themed events. www.darwinsailingclub.com.au<br />

$$<br />

ADELAIDE RIVER .303 BAR<br />

Check out the iconic and historic ‘.303 Bar’ and ‘Diggers Bistro’ at Adelaide River, including regular events and live music<br />

during the dry season. www.adelaideriverresort.com.au<br />

$<br />

DOUBLE DECKER BUS<br />

Jump on the Big Bus Tour Explorer to hop on/hop off at various sights around Darwin city. www.tourismtopend.com.au/<br />

things-to-do/tours/darwin-cbd/darwin-explorer-big-bus-darwin<br />

$$$<br />

SUNSET CRUISE - DARWIN HARBOUR<br />

Relax onboard the Cape Adieu as it sails around Darwin Harbour at sunset, including an amazing dinner cooked by your<br />

onboard chef. www.capeadieu.com.au<br />

NIGHTCLIFF FORESHORE FREE<br />

Enjoy cycling, beachcombing, entertaining or swimming in the indoor pool overlooking the beach and sunset. www.<br />

darwin.nt.gov.au/explore/out-and-about/find-a-facility/nightcliff-foreshore<br />

$<br />

DARWIN STREET FOOD TRIAL<br />

Sample from the amazing selection of food trucks around the Darwin area including Nightcliff, Millner, Darwin City, Rapid<br />

Creek Foreshore and East Point Reserve. www.darwin.nt.gov.au/explore/out-and-about/street-food/street-food-map<br />

$<br />

BAREFOOT BOWLS<br />

New and experienced bowlers of all ages are welcome! Have some fun whilst learning lawn bowls. Thursday nights and<br />

Tuesday and Sunday mornings are good comps where you can participate with a friendly group of people. Free coaching,<br />

bowls, matts and kittys provided. www.darwinbowlsclub.com.au<br />

$<br />

DARWIN SKI CLUB<br />

Relax and unwind at the outdoor Bali Bar, overlooking the amazing Darwin Harbour. <strong>The</strong>re’s also a large lawn area and<br />

swimming pools, as well as many events throughout the year. It is also the home of the Darwin Sub Aqua Club and<br />

Darwin Outrigger Canoe Club. www.darwinskiclub.com.au<br />

$<br />

NIGHTCLIFF RAILWAY CLUB<br />

Visit this historic indoor/outdoor social club for a range of entertaining events such as; Swing dancing, Burlesque shows,<br />

music trivia nights, Celtic music, local bands and billiards. www.darwinrailwayclub.org<br />

DINAH BEACH CRUISING YACHT ASSOCIATION<br />

Sit back and relax while listening to local music and bands on a weekly schedule. Do not miss the annual Viking Funeral,<br />

which is a highly entertaining dress up party for all ages that cannot be missed! www.dbcya.com.au/entertainment<br />

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$<br />

MAD SNAKE CAFE<br />

This veteran run cafe has two cool locations in Darwin city to connect over gaming, cosplay, movies and more! www.facebook.<br />

com/madsnakecafe<br />

$$<br />

STREETER PEARL LUGGER CRUISES<br />

Jump on board this 65ft pearling lugger for an informative and relaxing evening cruise. streetercruisers.com.au<br />

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DARWIN TURF CLUB<br />

Enjoy a day at the Turf Club with a number of events throughout the year, including St Patricks Day Cup, ANZAC Day Races,<br />

Ladies Day and the <strong>Annual</strong> Gala Ball. Keep an eye on their busy events calendar during the dry season. darwinturfclub.org.au<br />

$$$<br />

CATAMARAN CRUISE<br />

Indulge yourself in the magical Darwin sunsets on a catamaran cruise around Darwin Harbour. cityofdarwincruises.com.au<br />

DE LA PLAGE CAFÉ WITH LIVE MUSIC<br />

De La PLage Café and <strong>The</strong> Surf Club put on free entertainment Sunday evenings, featuring live music at set times<br />

outdoors under the trees during the evening. <strong>The</strong> bar is open Friday and Sunday evenings, with fresh fish added to menu<br />

on friday evenings. delaplagecafe.com.au<br />

Tourism NT/Che Chorley<br />

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING<br />

RUNNERS & WALKERS CLUB<br />

Come along and meet loads of new people while also exploring<br />

the Greater Darwin area and staying fit. darwinrunners.com.au<br />

DARWIN PARK RUN FREE<br />

Join in with the healthy and active community for the weekly<br />

park run every Saturday morning. parkrun.com.au/darwin<br />

DARWIN RUNNING EVENTS CALENDAR<br />

Keep an eye out for other running events throughout the dry<br />

season, including the Mother’s Day Classic and Hot 100 Santa<br />

Fun Run. runningcalendar.com.au/calendar/running/northernterritory<br />

DARWIN COLOUR RUN<br />

Make sure you attend the Darwin Colour Frenzy for a fun<br />

community event. Pets welcome. colourfrenzy.com.au/darwin<br />

DARWIN CYCLING CLUB<br />

Check out the range of events and activities with the Darwin<br />

Cycling Club, including Junior groups and activities.<br />

darwincyclingclub.com.au<br />

TOP END SWIM SCHOOL<br />

Defence spouse owned business providing defence discount<br />

with swim lessons, based in Coconut Grove<br />

Facebook - <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong> Swim School<br />

$<br />

HYDROTHERAPY<br />

<strong>The</strong> Palmerston Regional Hospital are making use of their multimillion<br />

dollar facility purposed for Hydrotherapy classes for all<br />

ages and needs. Contact 0460 009 346<br />

ASTRONOMY IN THE NT FREE<br />

<strong>The</strong>re're few places in Australia where you’ll get a better view<br />

of the night sky than in the Northern Territory. With a landmass<br />

of over 1.42 million kilometres, there's ample space for you to<br />

look upwards. northernterritory.com/things-to-do/outdooractivities/astronomy<br />

CORROBOREE HOUSEBOAT HIRE<br />

Looking for the ultimate getaway and to try something different?<br />

Corroboree Houseboats previously traded as Mary River<br />

Houseboats are situated on the calm waters of Corroboree<br />

Billabong, approximately ninety minutes drive southeast from<br />

Darwin. Come and experience the beauty of the wetlands and<br />

the wilderness of this pristine river system. Just remember no<br />

swimming and no leaning over the edge, the crocs are smart up<br />

here! corroboreehouseboats.com.au<br />

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GLAMPING - GORGE VIEW<br />

Sometimes we need to mix life up, get away from the house for<br />

a few days to recharge and renew. Glamping at Katherine Gorge<br />

is not your typical weekend getaway, but it certainly does<br />

provide you with the serenity you seek. gorgeview.com.au<br />

$<br />

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HEALTHY DARWIN<br />

<strong>The</strong> city of Darwin run heavily subsidised<br />

activities and free workshops throughout<br />

the year. darwin.nt.gov.au/community/<br />

programs/healthy-darwin<br />

PALMERSTON HEALTH & WELLBEING<br />

<strong>The</strong> city of Palmerston offer the community low cost and<br />

budget-friendly opportunities to get active. palmerston.<br />

nt.gov.au/community/community-and-culture/health-andwellbeing<br />

HEART FOUNDATION WALKING GROUPS<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian Heart Foundation assist<br />

in running/walking groups. Search with<br />

your postcode for a walking group near<br />

you and check whether they are pet or<br />

pram friendly. <strong>The</strong>re are multiple groups in the Darwin, Palmerston<br />

and Katherine regions walking.heartfoundation.org.au/<br />

TOP END MULTI SPORTS $<br />

Check out the range of outdoor sports available in the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>,<br />

for every age and ability. topendmultisports.com.au<br />

YOGA & WELLNESS RETREAT<br />

Balance for Life runs regular Yoga & Wellness Retreats near the<br />

city or out at Dundee Beach. Enjoy restorative yoga sessions,<br />

guided meditation, breathwork and some yummy lunch and<br />

snacks through the day. balanceforlife.com.au<br />

TIWI ISLAND RETREAT<br />

Take some time out for you and relax for a few days at the<br />

magnificent Tiwi Island Retreat. You can also add a beach buggy<br />

cruise, cheese platter and mud crabbing adventure!<br />

tiwiislandretreat.com.au<br />

$$$<br />

$$$<br />

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KAKADU RETREAT<br />

Every just get the need the feeling like you need time out or to<br />

get away? Cooinda Lodge in Kakadu have you covered.<br />

kakadutourism.com/accommodation/cooinda-lodge/<br />

$$$<br />

FREE<br />

DARWIN YOGA SPACE RETREATS<br />

Darwin Yoga Space has several <strong>2023</strong> retreats and tours including<br />

Crab Claw Island, Bali, Wagait Beach, and Litchfield. Enjoy<br />

restorative yoga sessions, sea views, bush walks and some<br />

delicious food. Regular yoga sessions and workshops also available.<br />

darwinyogaspace.com<br />

DE LAGO RESORT ON LAKE BENNETT<br />

<strong>The</strong> revitalized De Lago Resort on Lake Bennett has opened to<br />

the public with new and extensively renovated facilities.<br />

delagoresort.com.au<br />

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DARWIN LANGUAGES CENTRE / ADULT SHORT COURSES A<br />

Find a new hobby, learn a new skills and meet new people. Upskill in<br />

something that interests you! <strong>The</strong>re’s lots of courses to choose from<br />

including arts, crafts, languages, photography, cooking classes and more, check<br />

in regularly for updates!adultshortcourses.com<br />

NT GOV ADULT EDUCATION AND TRAINING<br />

Are you feeling stuck in life, need to broaden your horizon? Have a look at<br />

what opportunities await you via the Northern Territory Government<br />

adult education and training website. Free courses run regularly so check<br />

their website for more information. nt.gov.au/learning/adult-educationand-training<br />

or myskills.gov.au/courses<br />

CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY<br />

Upskill or start again, use your time in the top end to upskill and allow the<br />

space to chase your dreams. cdu.edu.au/locations<br />

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YOUTHWORX NT FREE<br />

Free program direct at 16-25yr old to help them be job ready, this could<br />

include help with a drivers licenece, upskilling in education, improving social<br />

skills, and job readiness training. youthworxnt.com.au<br />

NTPFES CADETS AND JUNIOR POLICE RANGERS A<br />

NTPFES is a 2 year program commencing in year 11; 2024 intake<br />

commences August <strong>2023</strong>. Junior Police Ranger is a 3 year Program,<br />

commencing in year 8, completing end of year 10; intake commences July<br />

and ends in October every year. pfes.nt.gov.au/join-us/youth-programs<br />

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SCOUTS NT $$$<br />

Scouts NT have multiple sites across the NT<br />

for youth to join:<br />

NT Branch Headquarters<br />

Alawa Scout Group<br />

Arafura Scout Group<br />

Berrimah Scout Group<br />

Darwin Sea Scout Group<br />

Howard Springs Scout Group<br />

Humpty Doo Scout Group<br />

Katherine Scout Group<br />

Palmerston Scout Group<br />

Scouts covers a range of ages and even allows<br />

for adults to be involved with opportunities to<br />

do nationally accredited courses. Get in touch<br />

with your local! nt.scouts.com.au<br />

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FAMILY & CHILD FRIENDLY<br />

DAYS OUT<br />

<strong>The</strong> greater Darwin region is renowned for being especially well catered for young families. Children<br />

have ample activities to choose from depending on their personal hobbies or preferences. From<br />

babies and toddlers to tweens and teens, there is something for everyone!<br />

$<br />

KING PIN<br />

For those who want as much entertainment within four walls as<br />

possible, this indoor play centre has tenpin bowling, arcade<br />

games, karaoke, laser tag, party rooms, table tennis, billiard<br />

tables, café and a bar for big kids! www.kingpinplay.com/en-au/<br />

venues/nt/darwin<br />

$<br />

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PLAYSHACK<br />

Let your kids run wild at this air-conditioned indoor playground,<br />

complete with café and party rooms theplayshack.com.au/<br />

ADVENTURELAND (GATEWAY)<br />

Your kids can explore this multi-level, indoor adventure<br />

playground for all ages while you relax at the café. Party rooms<br />

also available - adventurelandplay.com.au/<br />

TIMEZONE<br />

Head to the Quarter at Casuarina Shopping Centre for some<br />

old school arcade games! www.timezonegames.com/<br />

DARWIN ICE SKATING CENTRE<br />

Really cool off and enjoy a skate at Darwin’s only ice rink!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s even snow play for the little ones and parties available<br />

for all ages. www.darwiniceskating.com.au/<br />

GEOCACHING FREE<br />

Download a Geocaching app and get started while exploring the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>End</strong>!<br />

$<br />

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MINI GOLF FLIGHTPATH BERRIMAH<br />

Have some fun at Flightpath mini golf, archery or the driving range - www.flightpathgolf.com.au<br />

$<br />

MINI GOLF GARDENS PARK GOLD LINKS<br />

Play a round of mini golf amongst the swaying palm trees near Mindil Beach www.gardensparkgolflinks.com.au/golf/#mini-golf<br />

CITY OF DARWIN “FUN BUS” FREE<br />

This travelling playgroup is packed with activities for little ones aged between 0-5 years old. Available in various locations around<br />

Darwin - darwin.nt.gov.au/community/programs/for-children/fun-bus-mobile-playgroup<br />

NIGHTCLIFF JETTY ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND FREE<br />

Venture out to Banksia St, Nightcliff to find a fun adventure playground for all ages, nestled amongst the trees -<br />

www.weekendnotes.com/nightcliff-jetty-playground/<br />

DARWIN ESPLANADE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND / BICENTINNIAL PARK<br />

Explore the Darwin Esplanade and adventure playground<br />

northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/bicentennial-park<br />

FREE<br />

GEORGE BROWN DARWIN BOTANIC GARDENS FREE<br />

Immerse yourself in nature at the botanic Gardens Adventure Playground, including a fun tree house for little ones and an<br />

education centre. northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/george-brown-darwin-botanic-gardens<br />

$<br />

Tourism NT/Nick Pincott<br />

FRESH POINT CO CAFE<br />

Take the kids to indulge in a Super Freak Shake with a range of flavours to choose from! Located at Bellamack and Parap - www.<br />

freshpointco.com/<br />

DARWIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY $<br />

Spend the day learning about chocolate in air<br />

conditioned comfort with a tour, tasting and<br />

workshops available!<br />

darwinchocolatefactory.com.au<br />

BUMBLE BEAN CHOCOLATE FACTORY<br />

Visit this factory shop front to satisfy your<br />

sweet tooth with some locally made<br />

chocolates<br />

bumblebeanchocolates.com<br />

DARWIN SURF LIFE SAVING<br />

NIPPERS & CADETS<br />

Learn about safety in the surf with Darwin<br />

Surf Life Saving classes. Remember your<br />

sunscreen!<br />

LITTLE TACKERS SAILING<br />

<strong>The</strong> Darwin Sailing Club has a sailing<br />

program teaching 7-12 year old children<br />

how to sail<br />

darwinsailingclub.com.au<br />

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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS<br />

School term dates for non-government, private and remote schools may differ, so please check<br />

the term dates with the school. Inclusive dates for the school and public holidays are shown<br />

below:<br />

Easter Break<br />

Friday 7 April<br />

- to -<br />

Monday 17 April<br />

Dry Season Break<br />

Saturday 24 June<br />

- to -<br />

Monday 17 July<br />

New Year's Day Monday 2 January <strong>2023</strong><br />

Australia Day Thursday 26 January <strong>2023</strong><br />

Good Friday Friday 7 April <strong>2023</strong><br />

Easter Saturday Saturday 8 April <strong>2023</strong><br />

Easter Sunday Sunday 9 April <strong>2023</strong><br />

Easter Monday Monday 10 April <strong>2023</strong><br />

Anzac Day Tuesday 25 April <strong>2023</strong><br />

Labour Day (May Day) Monday 1 May <strong>2023</strong><br />

September/October Break<br />

Saturday 23 September<br />

- to -<br />

Sunday 8 October<br />

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS<br />

Summer Break<br />

Saturday 16 December<br />

- to -<br />

Tuesday 30 January 2024<br />

June Public Holiday Monday 12 June <strong>2023</strong><br />

REGIONAL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS<br />

Darwin Show Day Friday 28 July <strong>2023</strong> Katherine Show Day Friday 21 July <strong>2023</strong><br />

Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught<br />

Picnic Day Monday 7 August <strong>2023</strong><br />

Christmas Eve Sunday 24 December <strong>2023</strong><br />

Christmas Day Monday 25 December <strong>2023</strong><br />

Boxing Day Tuesday 26 December <strong>2023</strong><br />

New Year’s Eve (part Sunday 31 December <strong>2023</strong><br />

day holiday 7pm -<br />

midnight)<br />

New Year's Day 2024 Monday 1 January 2024<br />

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