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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

Wave Lagoon waterpark


Wave Lagoon waterpark is on Darwin’s waterfront. It has a wave pool and a small beach, with absolutely no jellyfish, sharks or crocs. There’s a variety of bars and cafes nearby.




WWII oil storage tunnels


Darwin's WWII underground oil tunnels have information boards to read up on how the storage was put underground to prevent bombing. A small cash entry fee applies and there is no eftpos available.




Fannie Bay Gaol


Fannie Bay Gaol is a historic jail that opened in 1883. It overlooks the beach and is just a short drive out of town. Entry is by gold coin donation. Allow about an hour to tour the jail and check the opening hours as it’s not open every day.




Darwin Botanical Gardens


Here you’ll find free, tropical beauty with a nice café.




Parliament House


Entry into Parliament House is free and it’s easy to do a self-guided tour. Free guided tours run on particular days. The building is grand, with modern architecture and picturesque sea views. The library has an informative museum, including short historical films. You can also wander into Parliament, which sits 31 days of the year.




Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory


Enjoy permanent exhibition highlights such as Cyclone Tracy, Natural History and Sweetheart, a famous croc. If you have never experienced a cyclone, this is the place to do so, in the museum’s room that replicates the sound of a cyclone in darkness. The gallery is also well-known for its Indigenous art and the Saltwater café, which overlooks the sea. Allow a few hours because there’s plenty to see. Entry to the museum and gallery is free.




Darwin Aviation Heritage Centre


You’ll be in your element here if you like B52 bombers and other historic planes. For $16 entry, you can see lots of war time stories and planes. You’ll need two hours to cover the museum if you’re an aviation buff. It’s easy to travel by bus from Mitchell street, as the bus stop is right out the front.




Royal Flying Doctor Darwin Tourist Facility


This is a great place to learn about Darwin’s history, particularly the bombing of Darwin in 1942. We didn’t visit, but it has good online reviews. Further information available here.




Darwin’s spectacular beach sunset


Here’s a link to five places to watch the famous Darwin sunsets. It’s easy and relaxing to grab fish and chips or an ice-cream and watch the natural show.

The Mindil Beach Sunset Market from Thursday to Sunday is a great option, or you can join other conference delegates to watch the sunset on Thursday 21st.




Crocodile cruises on the Adelaide River


There are many different cruises operating on the Adelaide River, most of which offer close encounters with the Northern Territory’s most famous celebrities – the crocodiles. The Darwin Jumping Crocodiles cruise can pick you up from the city of Darwin and drop you off after the cruise.





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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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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

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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Tourism NT/James Fisher

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Image courtesy Paul Walker 

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Image courtesy Paul Walker