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Lifestyle : Experience the Northern Territory
1HERSA1 U002 www.odysseyexpeditions.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the spectacular Horizontal Falls, Kings Cascade and Cathedral Falls. Swim beneath the cascading waters of Camp Creek and Ruby Falls. Watch Montgomery Reef rise from the ocean on a falling tide. Relive history as our experienced guides take you to the over the majestic Kimberly region as you transfer to or from Odyssey. 9 Day Broome Mitchell Plateau Fly/ Cruise from $ 7,200.00 pp twin share for enquiries call 1300 683 255 L RB ET P LIMITED SPECIAL OFFER BUY 1 GET 1 HALF PRICE O SELECTED CRUISES ONLY Discover the Kimberley's best kept secrets with AG3592097AA-130311 Discover the oasis of the Kimberley region the famous Bungle Bungle Range is our first stop from here it just keeps getting better! Travel with a long established comp any with an ALL inclusive package The gorges the waterfalls the stations, you won't miss any of the big attractions or some of our secret places nobody else goes. This tour is suitable for 4WD and AWD cars and camper trailers as well. Contact Trek for the tour of a lifetime! www.trek4wdsafaris.com.au Sacred Earth Safaris Email: email@example.com Tel/Fax : 08 8981 8420 Web: www.sacredearthsafaris.com.au Travel in April May, September or October on a scheduled 5, 10 or 13 day tour and save 15% ! *not valid with any other discount or oﬀer. 10% discount on scheduled tours for senior card holders, when you book direct ! *not valid with any other discount or oﬀer Maximum 7 passengers Luxury 4WDs Family owned and operated All inclusive scheduled Top End and Kimberley tours Private tour specialists (great for families and incen ve groups) Great food! The Kimberley 10,11,12 & 13 day scheduled tours from Darwin, Broome & Kununurra Comfortable mobile camping Bradshaw and Wandjana rock art sites Swimming, hiking, waterfalls, gorges, cruises and helicopter fights Bungle Bungles, Mitchell Falls, Gibb River road The Top End The Top End 2,3,4 and 5 day scheduled tours to Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfeld Permanent camps, accommoda on & Sta on stays Hands on cultural experience, swimming, Sunset Wildlife cruise Spectacular scenery- waterfalls, gorges and ancient Aboriginal rock art sites northern territory special report 2 SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011 THE SUN-HERALD Come out to play As the temperatures go down, the state's festival, sports and arts hubs heat up, writes Belinda Jackson. They're off . . . Alice Springs's famed Lions Camel Cup; (below left) Wildman Wilderness Lodge. Photo: Glenn Campbell AS THE dry season starts, head to the land of crocs and barramundi, slick restaurants, galleries and luxury safaris, to mingle amid the markets, motorsports and music. Darwin PLAY The Top End loves a good boogie; the line-up for May 21's Bass in the Grass features Sydney electronic duo the Presets and Perth's Birds of Tokyo. Pre-sale tickets available from April 18, are $60 (with a hat), $80 at the gate. bassinthegrass.com.au. If smokin' engines are more your scene, get with the noise at round three of the Australian Superbikes championship, at Hidden Valley, April 15-17. Day passes from $20, majorevents.com.au. The bikes will prime you for when the V8 Supercars come to Darwin for the Skycity Triple Crown, June 17-19, $20/one-day pass; $70/three days, ticketek.com.au. The $250 Monster Platform pass includes access to the Pit Paddock, raised Monster Platform and concerts. (08) 8999 5256, ntmajorevents.com.au. Sport and music continue to mix when Jessica Mauboy and veteran rockers Icehouse perform at the opening ceremony of the biannual Arafura Games, a stepping stone to the major games for athletes from the Asia Pacific region, May 7-14, www.arafuragames.nt.gov.au. From August 11-28, the Darwin Festival brings talent and visitors to the city from across the world. darwinfestival.org.au. EAT The hottest meal in town is at Hanuman chef Jimmy Shu's new restaurant, Il Lido (The Beach), an Italian restaurant featuring a salami bar. (08) 8941 0900, illidodarwin.com.au. If Guinness pie is more your scene, try the new Fiddlers Green, also on the waterfront, where Irish staples mix it with mod-Aus, as run by a Dublin-Liverpool couple. (08) 8981 2222. April marks the opening of Stokes Hill Wharf restaurateur Ron Choong's new Ocean Surf & Turf, for fresh and cooked local fish, at the chic waterfront precinct. (08) 8941 8838. SLEEP Just two hours from Darwin on the Mary River wetlands, safari pundits await the opening of the Wildman Wilderness Lodge on April 1: eco-cabins, luxury tents, with fishing safaris and croc spotting a specialty. (02) 9181 3155, wildmanwildernesslodge.com.au. DON'T MISS MARKETS Darwin's markets change with the seasons -- until April 21, the main market is Rapid Creek Monsoon Markets, every Thursday night from 5-10pm. From April 28, the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets run every Thursday and Sunday evenings to October 30, where you can dine at a global array of stalls and catch a Territory sunset. CINEMA Darwin's nightly Deckchair Cinema will be open from April 27 to mid-November. BYO picnic dinner, grab a drink from the bar and watch life on the harbour until the films roll. $13 adults/$6 children, (08) 8981 0700, deckchaircinema.com. Alice Springs PLAY Alice frocks up for the Alice Springs Cup Carnival, from April 9-May 2, showing how the Red Centre does horse racing and fashion at the $80,000 XXXX Gold Alice Springs Cup Day on May 2. alicespringsturfclub.org.au. For more local flavour, the Lions Camel Cup features a handful of contrary camels competing at Blatherskite Park on July 9. $17 adults/$38 families, camelcup.com.au. Prefer a more controllable beast between your legs? The five-day Ingkerreke Mountain Bike Enduro crosses the MacDonnell Ranges, with hill sprints and a 90-kilometre run. May 16-20. $547/open, $412/juniors. rapidascent.com.au. The two-day Tattersall's Finke Desert Race hits Alice Springs June 12-13. finkedesertrace.com.au. The city is famed for its Aboriginal art. MukMuk Gallery is now open in the Old Eastside precinct, featuring contemporary and traditional art. Upcoming non-indigenous shows include the works of Archibald finalists Jasper Knight and Adam Cullen. (08) 8953 6333, mukmuk.com. SLEEP The latest addition to Alice's accommodation scene is a self- contained villa, A Good Rest B&B, 3 kilometres from the centre of town. The gardens includes a pool, spa and barbie. From $180/couple. (08) 8952 5272. agoodrest.com.au. The four-star Chifley Alice Springs Resort, with 139 rooms, has undergone a facelift and features a new gym.Rooms from $119. 1300 272 132. chifleyhotels.com.au. DON'T MISS FISHING March and April are prime barramundi months in the ''run-off'', as fish make their way from inland creeks before the dry hits. It's also a great time to fight with a queenfish or hook trevally and golden snapper. Track the best fishing months at http:/ /en.travelnt.com/experience/ fishing/fishing-seasons.aspx. GARDENS The Olive Pink Botanic Garden is Australia's only arid- zone botanic garden, established in 1956. opbg.com.au.
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