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Journeys : Aug Sep 2012
W hether you’re after a change in attitude or a change in altitude, the spectacular landscapes and natural attractions of the Northern Territory make it an energising and adventurous destination. If you want the freedom of an adventure in your ow n vehicle, stopping as you wish to photograph the fauna, landscapes and to take in the fresh air, then here’s a package for you – in Alice Springs, enjoy the historical sites of the old gaol and the Royal Flying Doctor Serv ice, as well as the remarkable indigenous culture. Continue to Kings Canyon, complete w ith permanent waterholes amongst rocky boulders as a reward for the challenging rim hike. Complete your adventure as you come face-to-face with the mighty Uluru. With two nights here, why not enjoy a fabulous dinner under the stars or try a unique way to view sunrise – astride an undulating camel! Another fascinating option is the Top End Cultural Celebration, which uncovers the indigenous culture that thrives in and around Darwin. Visit Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands, located just off the Darwin coastline, on one day tours. As you see indigenous artists working, discover rock art on Injalak Hill in Arnhem Land and view sacred burial sites on the Tiwi Islands, you’ll discover the remarkable living culture of the Nor thern Terr itor y. Maybe you’re interested in a holiday that involves giving back? Why not spend some time in the Northern Territory engaging in a sustainable activity in the beautiful and remote Cobourg Peninsula. Green turtles are listed as ‘vulnerable’ under the National Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conser vation Act 1999, w ith the main threats being pollution and changes to important turtle habitats, including coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove forests and nesting beaches. This 15-day scientific monitoring program aims to locate nesting green turtles at night on the beach at Smith Point on the Cobourg Peninsula, to determine the number of nesting turtles and the range of the population. You can also begin your journey in South Australia, departing from Adelaide on the Ghan as you relax in the luxury of Gold Level service. With delectable meals and the opportunity to make firm friends as you meander between the dining car and plush seated areas, the rail adventure between Adelaide and Alice Springs is one to be savoured. Upon arrival in Alice Springs, there’s time to explore this laid-back town before embarking on a three-day tour of the most fascinating corners of Central Australia. With sights such as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Kings Canyon, you’ll be dazzled by the astounding colours and vast distances of this desert landscape, before concluding your journey with a final night in Alice Springs. The Northern Territory offers you incredible and different holiday experiences that will stay with you forever. Isn’t it time you paid a visit? Your Top End holiday is as close as your RACT Travelworld branch – call in soon or phone 1300 368 111. Do you live for adventure and discovering new places? August / September 2012 63
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