Oct
30
2018

Million dollar barramundi on the loose in the Northern Territory

By Darwin / Northern Territory /

Not that long ago the Northern Territory’s Million Dollar Fish competition was scheduled for the start of October, but rumours suggested the chosen ones, barramundi, had been tagged and released across fishing locations in the Top End. One of those “barra” carried a lofty $1 million prize tag. The question had to be asked: what if we landed the big one before the contest even began? Even just hauling in one of the other 75 with $10,000 prize tags could well and truly have been a fishy case of the one that got away. Million reasons to head to Darwin “Well …” our rough and ready guide Carl, from Darwin Barra & Crab, said with a cheeky grin, “we’ll either eat it or tether him over there where it’s hidden”. It wasn’t to be, unfortunately, and certainly only a rumour the “big one” was already out there. The good news is the Million Dollar Fish comp is back for a…

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May
10
2018

Flash Camp Kakadu returns for winter fun near Darwin

By Australia / Darwin /

Tents in the heart of Kakadu Set in beautifully shady grounds, Flash Camp @ Kakadu offers bespoke bell tent accommodation in the heart of Kakadu National Park, ideal for those looking for an effortless camping experience while exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Listed wilderness, so grab your wheels in Darwin and get set for the adventure in Australia’s most famous outdoors! Accommodation will include double and twin bell tents with spring-foam mattresses on pallet bases, quality bed linen, fresh towels, bamboo furniture, toiletries and Armadillo & Co rugs. Tents have power, lighting and a fan, though nights are usually mild throughout the “winter” season (18 – 20C). Flash Camp tents can be configured especially for families, allowing two adjacent tents to be allocated for family groups and a communal Flash tent will be available for relaxing and enjoying complimentary tea and coffee. Flash Camp guests have access to communal toilet and shower facilities, barbeques, as well as a restaurant, bar…

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Nov
30
2017

Wet and wild is the Northern Territory summer

By Darwin / Northern Territory /

The NT is stunning all year round, yet when the wet season rolls in like clockwork every November, it adds a certain vibrancy to the landscape as floodplains fill and spill into surrounding waterways and the green foliage thickens and deepens in colour. Touring the Top End in your Darwin car rental in the green season also means you’ll be visiting out of peak, so your Territory trip-of-a-lifetime won’t break the budget as hotels and tour operators offer generous discounts. If you’re ready for a cool change this summer, here are Tourism NT’s picks to whet your appetite for travel in the green season. DRAMATIC DARWIN The tropical capital is treated to vivid sunsets, spectacular light shows and refreshing rains, which bring a cool change during the summer months. Darwin’s famous Sailing Club at Fannie Bay or the Darwin Waterfront are the perfect places to watch the show unfold. A visit to modern-day Darwin is also a journey back through…

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Jun
28
2017

Party time in the Northern Territory over winter months

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

COOLER temperature and the dry season up north usually means there’s a party going on in the Northern Territory, so jump in your Darwin car rental or Alice Springs car hire and get ready to enjoy one of these great events. Tourism Northern Territory gives us the heads up for coming months: Beer Can Regatta (Darwin), July 9 See boats built of beer cans, plastic soft drink bottles and cartons put to the test! Get involved in some of the silly competitions that take place at this unique Top End festival. Thousands gather for this annual Darwin family event on Mindil Beach, taking full advantage of the balmy dry season weather in the Northern Territory. Apex Camel Cup (Alice Springs), July 15 The quirky, annual Apex Camel Cup attracts visitors to Alice Springs from all over the world. While camels may have a reputation as dedicated ‘ships of the desert’, these magnificent beasts are certainly not short on personality. Entertainment…

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Jul
23
2015

Kakadu Mahbilil Festival for Indigenous music, arts and bushfoods

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

HEADING for an adventure in the Kakadu National State Park is awesome for all sorts of reasons but none more so than the upcoming Kakadu Mahbilil Festival September 5 celebrating the best in Indigenous music, arts and bushfoods. Staged at Jabiru Lakeside Park, Mahbilil offers a program of local and national live music, traditional dance, performance and circus, bushtucker demonstrations, cooking competitions, sports carnival, workshops and lots of markets to feed the mind and body.  With activities and entertainment aimed at children, teens and the older folks, there is something for everyone. Jabiru is the gateway to Kakadu and offers a wide range of accommodation including one of the world’s most distinctive hotels, the Crocodile Hotel (shaped like a crocodile). Jabiru is a unique cross-cultural crossroads and provides easy access for visitors to Kakadu’s major attractions such as Ubirr, Nourlangie, Jim Jim and Twin Falls, Gunlom and Yellow Waters Billabong. Weather at the time of the festival is expected to…

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Oct
25
2014

Go retro with these 4 Australian drive in venues to catch a movie under the stars

By Australia / Darwin / Melbourne / Perth / Sydney /

GOING to the local cinema always guarantees a good night out, but nothing compares to the nostalgic charm of jumping in a car with your partner, or the family, and watching a movie at the drive in theatre. Whether you’re with your partner, friends or family, everybody loves a night under the stars. It’s an old-fashioned way to have some fun, but it’s a goodie. 1. Skyline Drive In Blacktown, 38km west of Sydney CBD When it comes to drive in movies Sydney does as well if not better than anyone with its only drive in featuring a 50s-in-America theme, perfect for anybody who wants to go back to the days of Elvis, Rock’n’Roll and puffy dresses for an evening out. The staff at the diner even bring you burgers and hotdogs in their ’50s style costumes. It’s serious retro fun at a Sydney drive in threatre that offers the lot! 2. Deckchair Cinema 13km south east of Darwin Airport…

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Oct
14
2014

Campervan Hire in the Top End – Travel Tips

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

If you are planning a campervan holiday in the Top End of the Northern Territory and exploring more remote locations, here are some tips from our experience on the road. Much of this applies to travel any way in remote Australia. If you have ideas and tips you’d like to share, please send them into writeabout@drivenow.com.au. Tips: Walk round and thoroughly check your Campervan rental before you leave the branch. Take photos of any existing external scratches or damage. Check inside that everything is working. Your campervan supplier will be helpful and will work with you on this but photos are the easiest and clearest way to document and record   If your Campervan comes with a TV you may need to use the auto-tune feature when you move between locations to pick up digital signals. In the Top End these appeared to change between Darwin, Jabiru, Katherine and Batchelor   If your campervan has a toilet cartridge you will…

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Oct
09
2014

Travel the Top End Loop – Arnhem Land – Day 4

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

Arnhem Land and 20,000 year old Australians Day 4 was spent on tour in Arnhem Land and for me this was the absolute stand out of our entire trip – if you can only book one tour in the top end – make it this one. You will not be disappointed in what was a memorable and an amazing experience. The tour is organised by Lords Safaris (www.lords-safaris.com), one of only 3 operators permitted by the Land council to enter Arnhem land. Yes it is expensive at $810 for 2 adults and 2 children, however worth every cent. You experience that rare opportunity of exploring 20,000 year old Rock Art with a member of the Aboriginal clan that the art belongs to, and all in its raw natural environment. Not for the faint hearted as you’ll discover. Collected at Kakadu Lodge by mini-bus, the 17 of us were driven out to Cahills Crossing to enter Arnhem Land. Access to Arnhem…

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Oct
03
2014

Travel the Top End Loop – Kakadu and a hissy Saltie – Day 3

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

Day 3 Darwin to Kakadu and Yellow Water We collected our motorhome from the Maui depot on Bombing road in Winnellie (around $35 from the city). Allow 45 minutes for the staff to show you around the vehicle and explain how everything works. There’s DVD you can watch and we were also given a USB stick with the video. A team member will go over the vehicle with you to check for any existing scratches or damage and there’s no harm in using your phone camera to snap these just to be totally sure. Now is also the last opportunity for you to take out any optional excess insurance reduction protection. Unlike car hire your travel insurance is unlikely to cover your excess liability and given you are travelling in the Northern Territory reducing this liability is a good idea. Ours cost $45 a day although we choose not to take the $99 separate rollover cover. Next stop – the supermarket. There’s…

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Oct
01
2014

Travel the Top End Loop – Catch a Wave in Darwin – Day 1 & 2

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

A 10 day discovery of Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield Park by Campervan Hire with DriveNow. FOR the September school holidays the choice was left to the kids, Darwin or New Zealand? – the selection fell the way of the warmer Northern Territory, and warmer it most definitely was with the coolest day hitting a mild 37. Although a family of 4, we organised a 6 berth Platinum River motorhome through Maui which proved to be the perfect vehicle – plenty of room, easy to drive and came with everything we needed – shower, toilet, fridge, great cooker and no need to pack towels or bed linen. There’s even a TV and DVD player to keep the kids entertained and the air-conditioning made sleeping easy during the very warm nights. The Team at the Maui branch in Winnellie, Darwin were terrific, explained the best insurance options for us, showed us right through the motorhome and even have a DVD to…

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Sep
29
2014

5 bizzare events Down Under for wacky road-trippers

By Australia / Darwin / Gold Coast / Northern Territory / Queensland /

AUSSIES are know to do some bizarre things, so much so that we have events that rival the most wacky and weird all around the planet. Surely that’s good enough reason to jump in an Australian car rental and hit the road for some crazy fun. We choose five to ponder. 1. Australia Day Dunny Race We Aussies love a bit of toilet humour, so why not hold an event based on the humble Aussie dunny on Australia Day! This fun-filled occasion sees the road out front of the Sunshine Coast’s Ettamogah Pub turn into a thunderbox drag strip as contestants attempt to drag their dunny the fastest in a bid to claim the title of Dunny Race Champion of the World. More http://www.aussieworld.com.au/events/australia-day-dunny-races 2. Parkes Elvis Festival There is no shortage of these kind of events that pay homage to the King, but the one in Parkes come January every year is hard to top. From street parades to…

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