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Fishing

If you’re serious about your fishing, then it’s time you thought seriously about a visit to the Northern Territory.

Our beautiful inland billabongs, big tidal rivers, mangrove-lined estuaries and pristine coastal waters are home to some of the hottest tropical sportfishing action available anywhere.

Whether you want to tow your own boat to the Top End for some do-it-yourself fishing, take a fully-guided fishing safari, spend some time at one of our remote fishing lodges or charter a five-star luxury mothership, you will find what you need in the Territory.

Remember the old saying: “Fishing isn’t a matter of life or death — it’s much more serious than that!” Well, take a fishing visit to the Territory and you’ll find out just what that means.

Driving the Territory

Something’s inviting you on an adventure you’ll never never forget.

A driving holiday in the Northern Territory gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore some of the world’s most magnificent scenery at your own pace.

The Territory has some of the best-kept roads in Australia and the drives take in a range of its most famous landmarks and hidden treasures. Whichever route you choose, you’re guaranteed an adventure you’ll never never forget.

Be sure to order your free ‘Exploring the Territory’ guide for a complete overview of the Northern Territory from the Centre to the Top End.

Nature’s Way

Discover the untamed beauty of the Top End as you drive through lush wetlands and World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park – wilderness and wildlife like no other.

Savannah Way

Explore the wildest regions of the Top End on the adventure route that links Broome to Cairns, passing character-filled outback towns and cattle stations in the Northern Territory on the way.

Explorer’s Way

Traverse the continent on this journey of a lifetime through the middle of Australia. From the tropical north to the desert heart, this drive lets you see and do it all.

Pioneer’s Path

Cruise through the nation’s Red Centre and experience its multitude of natural and cultural wonders first hand. Marvel at the world’s largest monolith and the depths of Kings Canyon.

MacDonnell Ranges Loop

Get off the beaten track to uncover the remote gems of the West and East MacDonnell Ranges. 4×4 fanatics will relish the chance to go off road to find the region’s best-kept secrets.

Wilderness

Welcome to one of  nature’s wildest places

The Northern Territory is one of the most sparsely settled environments on the planet – one of the last places on earth where ancient woodlands meet untouched beaches and even older desert dunes support bizarre rock formations and strange arid flora and fauna. The Northern Territory is, put simply, paradise for true lovers of nature.

The Top End’s monsoonal climate ensures rich wetlands remain a unique breeding ground for crocodiles and a multitude of waterbird species. Travellers flock to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park for a taste of this natural splendour. In Central Australia visitors experience a completely different type of wildness; the endless serenity of the Outback, the magic of natural landmarks like Uluru and unique desert characters like the thorny devil and the western quoll. These amazing habitats are rare and precious and they exist side by side in the Northern Territory.

Birdwatching

Twitchers flock to enjoy the sight and sound of some of Australia’s most unusual and beautiful birds. Our wetlands are a unique environment for migratory species including brolgas, jabiru, jacarnas, bee-eaters and rare species like the hooded parrot.

Bushwalking

Whether you’re seeking a pleasant stroll or a challenging hike, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect terrain to suit. Scramble up rocks to find magnificent waterholes with a view or wander through a local reserve with your eyes peeled for wildlife.

Flora

We boast some of the most unusual flora in the world- salmon gums, cabbage palms and wetlands covered in lotus lilies. Darwin’s frangipani scented air is legendary and after the rains is the best time to spot colourful wildflowers in the Top End.

National Parks

From World Heritage listed Kakadu National park to the lesser known but no less wondrous Finke Gorge, Gregory and Keep national parks, the Northern Territory is home to some of the most important protected environments on earth.

Camping

Make the most of the Northern Territory’s great-outdoors by camping out. Pitch your tent by a billabong, beneath a mango tree, next to a waterfall or behind a
desert dune. Stoke up the fire, boil the billy and breathe in the fresh air.

Wildlife

Some extraordinary wildlife reside in the Northern Territory. The saltwater crocodile, wallabies, kangaroos, flying foxes, goannas and lizards, thorny devils and desert quolls are just some of the fantastic fauna that call the Territory home.

Unique Experiences

Do something completely different

Unique experiences aren’t hard to come by in the Northern Territory.Where else can you sample bush tucker, fossick for gems or spot UFO’s all in the same day?A holiday in the Northern Territory is full of opportunities to do something special, to have an experience that’s unrepeatable, to create memories that last a lifetime.

Experience life on one of the Northern Territory’s mind-boggling cattle stations; learn how to brand a steer or brandish a stock whip.Attend a rodeo or race meeting in a remote outback town and mingle with true Aussie characters born and bred in spectacular isolation.Try your luck fossicking for semi-precious jewels such as garnets or zircons in the rarely visited East MacDonnell Ranges.Drop in for a beer at Wycliffe Well and scan the night sky for UFO’s. The area’s sweeping horizon is famous for strange sightings.It’s all out there waiting in the Northern Territory- seek out new experiences and be surprised.

Fossicking

Imagine the thrill of finding your own gem or stumbling over a nugget of gold. How about wearing a piece of jewellery set with a semi-precious rock you’ve pulled from the earth yourself? Try your luck on one of the Northern Territory’s remote gemfields.

Farmstays

The outback’s most colourful characters come to life when you meet the men and women who try to tame it. You haven’t experienced the Northern Territory until you’ve spent a night on one of its mind-boggling stations.

Paranormal

They say the Northern Territory is close to heaven and there’s no doubt stars shine brighter in a desert sky. But what about UFO sightings and meteors crashing to earth on a regular basis? The truth is out there.

Sport and Gaming

Play hard like a Territorian or just relax and have fun

Whether you’re in it to win it or prefer just to watch it, the Northern Territory is sporting territory. Glorious local weather during the southern winter makes it a natural destination for players and spectators of all sports from April to October.

In fact the locals enjoy playing and supporting all codes of football; AFL, NRL, rugby union and soccer.  They’re just as nuts about golf, tennis, hockey and netball. Boating, sailing and windsurfing are natural ways to enjoy Darwin’s delightful harbour while those who prefer something faster can jump on a jet ski or hire a pair of water skis. Whether you’re a dedicated competitor or professional spectator, be prepared to indulge your sporting passion in the Northern Territory.

Fishing

If you’re serious about your fishing, then it’s time you thought seriously about a visit to the Northern Territory. Our beautiful waters are home to some of the hottest tropical sportfishing action available anywhere.

Golf

Whether you tee off on a putt-putt course or one of the world’s best desert course in Alice Springs, a round of golf is a fantastic way to enjoy the Northern Territory’s incredible outdoor scenery.

Gaming

Those feeling lucky should follow the sparkling palm trees to Darwin’s Sky City Casino or if in Alice Springs, relax in the elegant comfort of Lasseters. Others can head to the track for a day at the races they’ll never never forget.

Waterskiing

Head to one of the Top End’s lakes or dams or out on Darwin Harbour to be pulled around by a motorboat at electrifying speeds. Waterskiing is a fast and furious way for adrenalin junkies to get acquainted with our famous waterways.

Adventure

Test yourself in one of Australia’s final frontiers.

The Northern Territory is adventure territory. Bushwalkers can pit themselves against the most rugged tracks on earth or stroll down well-worn paths with ease. Divers can explore World War II wrecks in Darwin Harbour while jetskiers enjoy skimming the surface. Climbers have a multitude of escarpments to clamber up while others grasp their magnitude from a helicopter.

Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers will find camping spots beyond their wildest dreams – by waterfalls and gorges, in desert parks and rainforests. For a completely different view of Ulur u (Ayers Rock), why not take to the skies in a hot air balloon or cross the desert like Burke and Wills on a camel? This is Australia’s adventure territory. Whatever your level of fitness or fearlessness … adventure is calling.

Ballooning

Experience the rugged scenery of Central Australia from a uniquely peaceful vantage point. Soar across the top of the caterpillar-like MacDonnell Ranges, mulga scrub, spinifex plains and cattle stations of Central Australia in a hot air balloon.

Camping

Make the most of the Northern Territory’s great-outdoors by camping out. Pitch your tent by a billabong, beneath a mango tree, next to a waterfall or behind a
desert dune. Stoke up the fire, boil the billy and breathe in the fresh air.

Canoeing

Row, row, row your boat gently down rivers, lakes and streams. Canoeing gets you close to the water and lets you explore nooks and crannies cruisers cannot. It’s also a fantastic and fun form of exercise. Put your back into it and reap the rewards.

 

Aboriginal Culture

Experience the heart and soul of Australia

The Northern Territory is a cultural jigsaw of ancient Aboriginal custom dating back tens of thousands of years. A visit to the Northern Territory challenges visitors’ understanding of the world. Many of our national parks (including Kakadu, Uluru/Ayers Rock and Nitmiluk/Katherine Gorge) are owned and jointly run by their traditional people. Seek out the help of an Aboriginal guide to take you bushwalking and bush tucker tasting.  Become privy to the stories behind sacred sites and develop a new respect for the landscape.

The more aesthetically minded may choose to invest in local indigenous art. In some local galleries, you can even meet the artist and see them at work. Enjoy indigenous dance and music by one of the Northern Territory’s many modern and traditional performers. The Aboriginal people have traversed this land for over 40,000 years and their Dreamtime stories, dance and paintings will help you see Australia in a different light.

Aboriginal Activities

Aboriginal people enjoy introducing visitors to the daily aspects of their incredible culture. Various tours specialise in shedding light on indigenous day-to-day activities from bush-tucker to bush walks, dance and music to story telling.

Aboriginal Arts & Craft

The Northern Territory is a natural destination for anyone interested in Aboriginal arts and crafts. Indigenous artists choose to express themselves through a unique range of unusual media and styles.

Bush Tucker

Sample the original Australian cuisine that Jamie Oliver has yet to conquer! Lick a green ant’s back, boil up some bush berries or the less adventurous can try a ‘bush tucker muffin’ with their cappuccino. It’s all uniquely ‘pukka’ bush tucker.

5 Day Hooked on the Top End

Supplier: Territory Discoveries
Tour Code: TDT451F

Cost from: $831 per person
Validity: 1st April 04 – 31st March 2005

Day 1 – Sunset Harbour Cruise
Experience the ‘silence of sail’ aboard the traditional teak decks of the luxuriously appointed sailing ketch ‘Starchaser’. Sail the sheltered waters of Darwin harbour, passing historical sites and magnificent coastline. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and antipasto platters whilst experiencing a famous Darwin sunset (departs 4.30pm).
Overnight: Darwin
Inclusions: Accommodation, cruise, sparkling wine and antipasto platters.
Note: Cruise departs Cullen Bay Marina. Transfers not included.

Day 1 – Option:
During May-Sep upgrade to a wonderful 3 course barbecue style Sunset Dinner Cruise for only $18 per adult aboard ‘Tumlaren’, a 19m motorised schooner that is rigged to sail. Enjoy a welcome drink, a cocktail menu of gourmet entrée platters, fresh seafood, a selection of barbecued kebabs, barramundi fillets, garden salads, breads and Territory-style condiments as you take in the sights of Darwin harbour and its magnificent sunset (departs 5.00pm).

Day 2 – Barramundi Fishing
Set out this morning for a full day of barramundi fishing in salt and fresh water and experience the thrill of catching one of the world’s great sport fish. For the inexperienced angler, your guides will give you top tuition and their instruction will provide you with a great fishing trip. Your guides can arrange lure or fly fishing. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Overnight:  Darwin
Inclusions: Accommodation, fishing equipment on a replace if damaged or lost basis, lunch, refreshments, motel transfers.
Note: No toilet on board, alternatives arranged.

Day 3 – Litchfield National Park
Spend today exploring the beautiful Litchfield National Park. Abounding with permanent spring-fed waterfalls, remnant monsoon vine forests, unusual rock formations and breathtaking scenery, Litchfield is a true Top End highlight. Relax as you swim in crystal clear pools and enjoy easy bush walking. Visit the main highlights of Buley Rockhole, Tolmer, Florence and Wangi Falls and witness towering magnetic termite mounds. This evening, enjoy an evening at leisure.
Overnight:  Darwin
Inclusions: Accommodation, tour, motel transfers.

Day 4 – Blue Water Fishing
Departing Cullen Bay Marina, head to your first fishing location approximately 20 km from Darwin’s coastline. Some of the locations you might visit during the day are Charles Point, Fish Reef, Middle Reef, Lorna Shoals and Bass Reef, all dependant on the tides are where the fish are biting. The vessel ‘Equinox’ has all the comforts you will need to make your fishing trip a great experience. Return to Darwin by 5.00pm and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Overnight:  Darwin
Inclusions: Accommodation, fishing equipment on a replace if damaged or lost basis, lunch, refreshments.
Note: Tour departs Cullen Bay Marina. Transfers not included.

Day 5 – Darwin city sights
Enjoy the opportunity to visit some of Darwin’s most popular attractions this morning as you board the wonderful open-air bus Tour Tub. The Tour Tub’s hourly route visits a selection of attractions including Indo Pacific Marine, the Pearling Exhibition, the World War II Oil Storage Tunnels and East Point Military Museum allowing you to hop on and off as often as you like.
Overnight:  Darwin
Inclusions: Tour

6 Day Experience the Red Centre – Self Drive

Featuring:
Bond Springs Station, Nocturnal Walk & Barbecue, Kuniya Walk, Cultural History of Uluru, Kata Tjuta / The Olgas, Sounds of Silence Dinner, Kings Canyon, Mereenie Loop, Alice Springs

Supplier: Territory Discoveries
Tour Code: TDC461S

Cost from: $952 per person
Validity: 1st April 2004 to 31st March 2005

Departs: Alice Springs – Daily

Day 1 – Alice Springs – Eyes in the Dark Barbecue & Walk
Upon arrival in Alice Springs, collect your rental vehicle and check into your hotel. You will be met at approximately 5pm for the evening ‘Eyes in the Dark’ tour. A short drive from Alice takes you to Bond Springs Station. See the historic buildings including a School of the Air classroom. Enjoy a pre dinner drink as the sun sets. Unwind, relax and enjoy a guided night walk searching for elusive nocturnal desert animals followed by a fabulous bush barbecue on the banks of the Todd River.
Overnight: Alice Springs
Inclusions: Accommodation, vehicle rental, tour, barbecue dinner and selected beverages, motel transfers.

Day 2 – Uluru / Ayers Rock
(Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort 441km, Ayers Rock Resort to Uluru 20 km)
Travel south along the sealed Stuart and Lasseter Highways through spectacular desert scenery. You might like to take a break at the camel farm at Stuart Well before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort in the early afternoon. Your first experience of Uluru will be a special one! An Aboriginal guide will take you to caves where his ancestors left ochre paintings. Visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, where generations of Aboriginal people have drank this life-giving water. Discover local bush foods and hear tales of desert survival. Return to the resort, stopping to enjoy the legendary colour changes of this icon rock at sunset.
Overnight: Ayers Rock Resort
Inclusions: Accommodation, vehicle rental, tour
Note: Park entry fee not included.

Day 3 – Kata Tjuta / The Olgas and Sounds of Silence Dinner
(Ayers Rock Resort to Kata Tjuta 48 km)
This morning experience the mystical feeling of dawn at Uluru and perhaps climb the mighty rock. Return to the resort and learn about the predators of the Red Centre and their significance to the Anangu people and their creation time stories. In the afternoon you can visit the magnificent Kata Tjuta. Take a walk into Olga Gorge or for the more adventurous walk the spectacular Valley of the Winds. Return to your accommodation and prepare for a very special dinner this evening. Dine in style under a million stars at the Sounds of Silence restaurant, watching the sun set over Kata Tjuta and Uluru. Enjoy a gourmet barbecue, accompanied by fine wines, as an astronomer takes you on a tour of the night skies.
Overnight: Ayers Rock Resort
Inclusions: Accommodation, vehicle rental, tour, dinner and selected beverages, motel transfers.

Day 4 – Uluru / Ayers Rock to Watarrka National Park / Kings Canyon
(Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon Resort 304 km)
This morning travel east on the Lasseter Highway, turning left onto the Luritja Road before arriving at Kings Canyon Resort. In the afternoon you might like to take the 4 hour rim walk which traverses the edge of the canyon and into the Garden of Eden offering breathtaking views. Alternatively, you can take the shaded base path which is less taxing but still a rewarding walk with spectacular scenery.

Option: In the evening again enjoy the outback atmosphere with the Sounds of Firelight Dinner. Dine in an intimate setting under the canopy Southern Night stars and enjoy a superb five-course set menu accompanied by some of Australia’s finest wines. An exclusive dining experience designed for intimacy and romance.

Overnight: King Canyon Resort
Inclusions: Accommodation, vehicle rental.
Note: Add $130 per person for Sounds of Firelight Dinner. Children not permitted at Sounds of Firelight Dinner.

Day 5 – Mereenie Loop to Alice Springs
(Kings Canyon Resort to Alice Springs via Glen Helen – 390 km; via Hermannsburg – 280 km)
Stunning outback scenery is a highlight as you return to Alice Springs along the unsealed Mereenie Loop and through the striking West MacDonnell Ranges. Alternatively return to Alice Springs via the sealed Luritja Road and Lasseter Highway (475 km).
Overnight: Alice Springs
Inclusions: Accommodation, vehicle rental.
Note: Mereenie Loop permit not included.

Day 6 – Alice Springs
Make the most of your last day in Central Australia by visiting the sites of Alice Springs. Alternatively explore some of the gaps and gorges of the MacDonnell Ranges before returning your vehicle and departing the Red Centre.
Inclusions: Vehicle rental.

Conditions:
Prices are valid from the 1st April 2004 until 31st March 2005  and are in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Note: Prices are per person. Child prices on application. Sounds of Silence Dinner not recommended for children under 10 years. Standard accommodation is based on Standard Room Alice Springs Resort (Alice Springs), Outback Pioneer Hotel or Lost Camel Hotel (Ayers Rock Resort), and Standard Room Kings Canyon Resort (Kings Canyon). Superior accommodation is based on Deluxe Room (Alice Springs Resort), Desert Gardens Hotel (Ayers Rock Resort) and Deluxe Spa Room Kings Canyon Resort (Kings Canyon). You can also choose to upgrade your accommodation in Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Resort. Self Drive packages include comprehensive vehicle insurance, however renters are responsible for minimum damage liability, the amount of which varies. Road access restrictions may also apply. This holiday is also available by coach.

6 Day Sportsfishing Adventure

Supplier: Territory Discoveries
Tour Code: TDT 461F

Cost from: $1753 per person
Validity: 1st April 04 – 31st March 2005

Day 1 – Sunset Harbour Cruise
Experience the ‘silence of sail’ aboard the traditional teak decks of the luxuriously appointed sailing ketch ‘Starchaser’. Sail the sheltered waters of Darwin harbour, passing historical sites and magnificent coastline. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and antipasto platters whilst experiencing a famous Darwin sunset (departs 4.30pm).
Overnight: Darwin
Inclusions: Accommodation, cruise, sparkling wine and antipasto platters.
Note: Cruise departs Cullen Bay Marina. Transfers not included.

Day 1 – Option:
During May-Sep upgrade to a wonderful 3 course barbecue style Sunset Dinner Cruise for only $18 per adult aboard ‘Tumlaren’, a 19m motorised schooner that is rigged to sail. Enjoy a welcome drink, a cocktail menu of gourmet entrée platters, fresh seafood, a selection of barbecued kebabs, barramundi fillets, garden salads, breads and Territory-style condiments as you take in the sights of Darwin harbour and its magnificent sunset (departs 5.00pm).

Days 2 to 4 – Blue Water and Barramundi
Enjoy 3 days of guided sportfishing, offering you the best of both fishing worlds. From barramundi to blue water species, this 3 day guided fishing tour sets out to target as many different fish species as possible. You’ll have the opportunity to catch barramundi, queenfish, trevally, mackerel, tuna, jewfish, sailfish, cobia and many more. You will use top quality fishing tackle and enjoy lunch and refreshments on board. In the evenings, rest in comfortable airconditioned lodge-style accommodation.
Overnight:  Dundee Beach (Day 2-3)
Overnight: Darwin (Day 4)
Inclusions: Accommodation, fishing equipment on a replace if damaged or lost basis, all meals, refreshments, motel transfers.

Day 5 – Litchfield National Park
Collect your rental vehicle and enjoy a day spent exploring the beautiful Litchfield National Park. Visit the spectacular highlights of Buley Rockhole, Tolmer, Florence and Wangi Falls and witness towering magnetic termite mounds. Relax as you swim in crystal clear pools and perhaps enjoy easy bush walking. Return to Darwin in the afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Overnight:  Darwin
Inclusions: Accommodation, vehicle rental.

Day 6 – Darwin
Return your rental vehicle and depart Darwin at your leisure.