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Journeys : April May 2009
Top End wonders The Northern Territory is the quintessential Australian experience and is home to the iconic wonders of Kakadu National Park and Uluru/Ayers Rock. T here are many natural, cultural and Outback experiences to be discovered in the Northern Territory – they’ll leave you breathless at the beauty, intrigued by the culture and ready to begin an adventure of a lifetime. Territory Discoveries brings you four different packages that will whet your appetite and motivate you to spend some time in the Northern Territory and enjoy its wonders. If you’re interested in the art and culture of the Top End, the Kakadu Culture and Art package is the one for you. After a night in Darwin, you’ll self-drive to Kakadu and stay in the uniquely-shaped Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn, then cruise the Yellow Waters with an experienced guide, spotting crocodiles and admiring the beauty of nature. You’ll enjoy a day tour with an Aboriginal guide like Victor Cooper, a Minitja man from Kakadu, and travel north across the Magela floodplains, passing spectacular escarpments to Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s major Aboriginal rock art sites. If fishing is your game, the Barra Wetlands fishing safari could be your pick. After a night in Darwin, you’ll take the short drive to the popular fishing spot of Corroboree Billabong, with its waterbirds and woodland wildlife. This is a full day of Top End fishing, chasing the mighty barramundi and admiring the natural beauty of this spectacular region. If rail travel appeals, come aboard the Ghan in Adelaide and travel north through fascinating landscapes including the Flinders Ranges and Coober Pedy. On arrival in Alice Springs, you’ll explore Kakadu National Park Rock art site, Kakadu this remote historic town and discover the spiritual heart of Australia – tour to the rugged gorges and spectacular gaps of the West MacDonnell Ranges and learn about Central Australia’s desert landscape at the intriguing Desert Park. After making a luxury transfer to Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park, you’ll have several days to experience the magic of some of Australia’s best-known icons and ancient cultural history. Travelling by plane to the Tiwi Islands on a day trip, you’re transported into the modern life of one of the world’s oldest cultures. Chat with the elders after they Darwin perform a smoking ceremony, talk about their culture and watch the artists as they produce their distinctive paintings, pottery and wooden carvings. Back in Darwin, you can get to know this cosmopolitan city with a guided walk, visit the war memorial and Parliament House. To finish a perfect Northern Territory day, cruise the harbour and sip a chilled wine as the skies of Darwin blaze with fiery reds and yellows, as only Top End sunsets can. Like to know more? Call us on 1300 368 111 or visit your local RACT Travelworld branch. April / May 09 57
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