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Tourism Top End

is the Northern Territory’s Government tourism information agency. They have created a delegate welcome page for FCA Conference participants.

There is a plethora of information about what you can do to enhance your visit to this unique region of Australia.

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STAY ANOTHER DAY IDEAS

EXPLORE DARWIN

If you’re there Monday night, come to the Deckchair cinema for dinner and an outdoor movie. Financial Counselling Australia is having a special screening of 'High Ground' a new release movie set in the NT.  It’s a very Darwin thing to do… hang out on a balmy, warm night and meet up with others from the conference. There will also be  food trucks, serving a variety of snacks and refreshments.

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FCA’S CHEAP AND EASY THINGS TO DO

Drive to Kakadu


It’s a three-hour drive to Kakadu from Darwin. You don’t need a four-wheel drive on the main roads, meaning you could easily hire a car for the trip.

Keep in mind that some of the tracks are very bumpy, so if you don’t have a four-wheel drive you need to check with the rangers where you can go. This changes daily, according to recent rain.

There’s plenty to do without a four-wheel drive for an overnight trip, but if there has been significant rainfall and you’re staying for more than one night, then a four-wheel drive will provide you with more options.

The scenic plane trips are a great option for visitors without four-wheel drives. It costs $250 for an hour. Seeing the vastness of the Kakadu floodplains and waterfalls is unforgettable.




Cooinda Lodge


Cooinda Lodge is on the Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s most famous wetland. The location is very special and provides you with the opportunity to learn about local birds, wildlife, food sources. You can also meet the local crocs (nothing is staged and there are no performing animals).




Boat trips into the wetlands


One of the highlights of Cooinda are the boat trips into the nearby wetlands. If you purchase a sunset boat trip online, you can also buy a 50% discounted dawn cruise. This includes breakfast afterwards in the hotel restaurant.




Cooinda Conference rates


Lodge rooms with an ensuite are $200 night—max 4 people with a queen, single and rollaway.

Outback glamping tents are $170 night - 2 adults (Queen) and 2 children (bunk beds that are not suitable for adults)

  • To book online, use the code ‘FCA’ for the weekend before/after the conference

  • Any other time, call reservations, and say you’d like the special ‘Financial Counselling Australia conference rate’ for accommodation and river cruises. They will honour these rates for the whole of May, while they have room vacancies. Call 08 8979 1500, press 1 for reservations.




Yellow River Cruise rates


6.45am - $84 (includes buffet breakfast)

4.40pm - $78

Book both cruises and get 50% off the second cruise.




More ideas


For more ideas about what to do while in Kakadu...





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Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

DAY TRIPS

Tiwi Island


You can catch the ferry from Cullen Bay to Bathurst, which is also called by its Indigenous name, Wurrumiyanga. The ferry leaves at 8am on Thursday and Friday, or at 1.30pm on Sunday. A return trip costs $120.

On the island, you can take in the scenery and visit the Art Centre. You may want to go with a tour group like Tiwi by Design, which operates on Thursday and Friday 8am to 5.45 pm. The tours cost $349, including the ferry and a screen-printing experience.

You might be hosted by Kevin, who sometimes works for the local financial counselling agency. He’s great fun.

Hint: watch the movie Top End Wedding before you go!




Litchfield National Park


Litchfield National Park is 1.5 hours from Darwin. This is the best waterfall and rock hole destination, if you’ve got a spare day (or even more). The area is famous for its stunning landscapes, swimming holes and iconic termite mounds. Numerous waterfalls from natural springs cascade into pristine rock holes, surrounded by monsoonal forests and pandanus.





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Search Tourism Top End to make bookings

STAY 2 OR 3 DAYS IN KATHERINE

Katherine


It's about a 3 hour drive to Katherine on a really good main road. We recommend that you stay about 20 minutes out of town right on Katherine Gorge, at a place called Nitmiluk. If you saw Top End Wedding, that's where they camped. It's owned and run by the traditional owners. There are cabins (called chalets) and permanent tents (not air-conditioned).




Things to do in at Nitmilukit


The area has stunning gorge scenery with raging waterfalls, a breathtaking views of the Jawoyn country. Nitmiluk Gorge winds along 12km of sheer rock extending more than 70m high. Consisting of 13 gorges, Nitmiluk Gorge is a maze of waterways sculpted from the sandstone over countless millennia by the Katherine River.

  • From behind the visitors centre, walk to the lookout at sunset (free) and feel good about all those steps, particularly after all that sitting in the car.
  • Book a Katherine Gorge experience. We did the 7am two hour dawn tour, but there are multiple options depending on your budget and sense of adventure. You can even swim in part of the gorge or canoe. Canoeing season begins after Parks and Wildlife have done their croc safety survey. Apparently freshie, i.e. freshwater crocs, are shy and timid and have narrow snouts, but stay away fro the broad nosed salties.
  • Get a group of people together and book a cultural experience.
  • Relaxed dinner at the poolside cafe. Bring your bathers.




Accomodation at Nitmiluk


  • Chalets - compact one $242 or two bedroom units $305, air-conditioned with small kitchenette
  • Permanent tents—not air-conditioned

To get a 10% discount off the website rates, ring Trish on 08 8971 9700, and ask for the Financial Counselling Australia conference deal (16-18 May) or (22-23rd May) and other dates if available.

See the Nitmiluk website for all the details.





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Image courtesy Paul Walker 

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STAY 2 OR 3 DAYS IN KAKADU

Drive to Kakadu


It’s a three-hour drive to Kakadu from Darwin. You don’t need a four-wheel drive on the main roads, meaning you could easily hire a car for the trip.

Keep in mind that some of the tracks are very bumpy, so if you don’t have a four-wheel drive you need to check with the rangers where you can go. This changes daily, according to recent rain.

There’s plenty to do without a four-wheel drive for an overnight trip, but if there has been significant rainfall and you’re staying for more than one night, then a four-wheel drive will provide you with more options.

The scenic plane trips are a great option for visitors without four-wheel drives. It costs $250 for an hour. Seeing the vastness of the Kakadu floodplains and waterfalls is unforgettable.




Cooinda Lodge


Cooinda Lodge is on the Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s most famous wetland. The location is very special and provides you with the opportunity to learn about local birds, wildlife, food sources. You can also meet the local crocs (nothing is staged and there are no performing animals).




Boat trips into the wetlands


One of the highlights of Cooinda are the boat trips into the nearby wetlands. If you purchase a sunset boat trip online, you can also buy a 50% discounted dawn cruise. This includes breakfast afterwards in the hotel restaurant.




Cooinda Conference rates


Lodge rooms with an ensuite are $200 night—max 4 people with a queen, single and rollaway.

Outback glamping tents are $170 night - 2 adults (Queen) and 2 children (bunk beds that are not suitable for adults)

  • To book online, use the code ‘FCA’ for the weekend before/after the conference

  • Any other time, call reservations, and say you’d like the special ‘Financial Counselling Australia conference rate’ for accommodation and river cruises. They will honour these rates for the whole of May, while they have room vacancies. Call 08 8979 1500, press 1 for reservations.




Yellow River Cruise rates


6.45am - $84 (includes buffet breakfast)

4.40pm - $78

Book both cruises and get 50% off the second cruise.




More ideas


For more ideas about what to do while in Kakadu...





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Tourism NT/James Fisher

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Image courtesy Paul Walker 

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Image courtesy Paul Walker