Alice Springs’ Reptile Centre
Get close (but not too close) to the world’s most venomous snakes at The Alice Springs Reptile Centreon Stuart Terrace. Alongside deadly taipans, brown snakes and death adders are huge goannas, frilled-neck lizards and desert-dwelling thorny devils. Meet Terry, the saltwater crocodile, handle a python and watch lizards being fed.
The Larapinta Trail
The Larapinta Trail is one of the most challenging walking trails in the world but there are shorter options. Hit the the 10-kilometre trek from Ormiston Gorge to Finke River, which can easily be completed in a day. The West MacDonnell Ranges offer dramatic vistas, swimming holes and diverse wildlife.
Birdwatching in the Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with natives everywhere. No-one can visit the desert without hearing the screech of a cockatoo or the melodic call of a pied butcher bird. The diverse landscapes of Central Australia support around 180 bird species, including many species of waterfowl.
The Devils Marbles are huge granite boulders scattered across a wide, shallow valley, 100 kilometres south of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Many of the giant stones are precariously balanced on top of one another, appearing to defy gravity. They continue to crack and erode today, creating an ever-changing landscape.
The soaring sandstone walls of Kings Canyon were formed when small cracks eroded over millions of years. Derived from an Aboriginal word referring to the umbrella bush that thrives here, the Luritja Aboriginal people have called the Watarrka National Park area home for more than 20,000 years.
World Heritage-listed Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols. Located in the heart of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru is an ancient landscape, rich in Australian indigenous culture and spirituality.
The Northern Territory’s Katherine region stretches from Dunmarra in the south to the Daly River region in the north. In total it covers an incredible 480,000 sq kilometres. From east to west it touches both the Queensland and West Australian borders. Katherine and its surrounds are the place to go for true outback adventure and indigenous experiences.
Bordered by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria, Arnhem Land is a vast unspoiled wilderness, rich in Aboriginal culture. The Yolngu people are the owners of Arnhem Land and have occupied the region for at least 60,000 years. The Yolngu retain strong cultural and spiritual links to the land and you will find authentic indigenous experiences.
Kakadu National Park
Immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, a natural and cultural wonder around three hours from Darwin. Discover detailed Aboriginal art galleries, hike to the top of rugged escarpments and cruise the wetlands past waterlilies, waterfalls, crocodiles and migratory birds.
Kata Tjuta, formerly known as The Olgas, is a group of large ancient rock formations approximately 30 kilometres away from Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre. The 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta are spread over an area of more than 20 kilometres. The highest point is Mount Olga, which was named in honour of Queen Olga of Württemberg.
Much of Darwin’s action happens along its revitalised waterfront, which is lined with restaurants, shops, sandy lagoons and parklands. Swim in the lagoon, fish from the wharf, dine alfresco on just-caught seafood and wander past the waterfront mansions. You can also trace the area’s rich history in walking trails and public artworks.
Camel Ride Through the Desert
Enjoy spectacular desert views on camel-back. Before rail and road, camels provided the main form of transport in Central Australia. Just 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs, Pyndan Camel Tracks offers a half-day trek to Temple Bar Gap. If time is limited, book the one-hour sunset tour, including a drink at the Camel Lounge.
The Tiwi Islands are located 100 kilometres north of Darwin, where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea. The Tiwi Islands comprise Bathurst and Melville Island, and nine smaller uninhabited islands. Melville Island is Australia’s second largest island after Tasmania. Almost 90% of the people living in the Tiwi Islands are of Aboriginal descent. They have occupied the Tiwi Islands for around 7,000 years.
Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park, with its lush woodlands, spectacular waterfalls, sparkling plunge pools and tall termite mounds is an increasingly popular trip from Darwin. What’s more all the main natural attractions – including Buley Rockhole and the dramatic Florence, Tolmer and Wangi falls – are easily accessible from Litchfield’s main road.
Pee Wee’s At The Point
The Pee Wee’s team were the proud recipients of two Gold Plate Awards. Awarded Best Stand Alone Restaurant & Restaurant of the Year in the Northern Territory 2015! Peewee’s at the Point is the perfect place to wine, dine and relax all year round in Darwin. Whether it’s the cool dry season weather or the fantastic sights of the wet, at Peewee’s you can enjoy it all.
Red Ochre Grill Restaurant
With its laid back, warm and friendly feel, the restaurant is decorated in the colours of the outback. You will find its walls adorned with images from Australian photographer Ken Duncan, showcasing stunning photos of Central Australia. The Red Ochre Grill Restaurant is ideal for intimate meals or specialised group bookings. Dine outside and enjoy the atmosphere of our vine covered courtyard complemented with twinkling fairy lights or be seated inside our air-conditioned restaurant and watch the world go by.
The Pearl opened it doors in December 2012 in the historic courtyard of the Vic Hotel. Described as a parisienne salon, the Pearl has quickly garnered a reputation for clever cocktails and delightful food with a French touch. The contemporary menu at The Pearl is unique, utilising the best of seasonal produce and drawing inspiration from France.
Char Restaurant @ Admiralty
Be it an intimate dinner for two, a long business lunch, a night out with your mates or a specially designed function, Char Restaurant is the place to be. The consistent quality of the meat offered is substantially due to the fact that the restaurateur John Kilroy is a nationally recognised beef judge. He is constantly showcasing beef to the hospitality industry where discussions range from the breed of cattle, feed type and age of the carcass.
Hanuman Darwin first opened its doors in 1992. Originally located at the Bennet Street end of Mitchell Street, the restaurant moved to its current location in late 2007. As part of the Holiday Inn Esplanade complex, the restaurant incorporates a beautiful deck dining area and stylish cocktail bar. Be prepared to immerse yourself in a truly exotic experience. The furnishings, tableware and artworks have been sourced from around the world and the lighting will take your breath away.
Oka Teppanyaki brings to life a traditional style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food, creating a fun, lively and exciting dining experience. Our highly skilled chefs uses only the freshest ingredients to create dishes with unique flavours that will tantalise your taste buds. Perfect for all occasions and for groups large and small.
YOTS Greek Taverna
Yots Greek Taverna is a one of Darwin’s leading restaurants located on the Waterfront Boardwalk at Cullen Bay. Specialise in modern and traditional Greek cuisine with fresh seafood meals, their specialty and dining experience boasts daily fresh vegetables, fruit, fish and oysters and other delicious seafood.
Page 27 Cafe
Alice’s locals duck down this arcade for great coffee or fresh juice. There are wholesome homestyle breakfasts (eggs any style, pancakes), pita wraps and fancy salads such as chicken fattoush with herbed quinoa, rocket and baba ganoush. Excellent vegetarian menu.
Great Venues are hard to come by in this town. Unique bars and restaurants, even harder. Slightly off the beaten track and right in the middle of town – you’ll find the coolest space. The EpilogueLounge. With its artful design, The EpilogueLounge has quietly built a reputation among the bar hopping elite for a vibe that’s continually surprising. A menu that tickles the palate and a sound to uplift the soul.
Watertank Cafe in Alice Springs is a real true blue, Aussie dining experience. Surrounded with signature watertank fittings and features, this is a welcoming cafe where locals and travellers can enjoy a relaxed bite to eat with a side of fair dinkum Australian hospitality. Quirky and fun, find random items of bric-a-brac ornating the space whilst the menu is fresh and light, ideal for the stinging heat. Grab a fresh salad and soak in this unique atmosphere.
Red Ochre Grill Restaurant
Head in to the new look Red Ochre Grill, located a short walk from the hotel’s main building situated on Todd Mall in Alice Springs. Enjoy the Red Ochre Grill Experience and discover its selective menu with some Australian Native Cuisine specialities including game meat and bush food. Choose to dine inside the restaurant, ideal for intimate meals or specialised group bookings. Be seated inside our air-conditioned restaurant and watch the world go by or dine outside and enjoy the atmosphere of our newly renovated courtyard. The perfect venue to catch up with friends or meet the locals.
The Airport Tavern offers two fully stocked bars with a great selection of beers and spirits. We offer an extensive wine list and a wine of the month’s specials, to a premium selection for that special occasion. Enjoy great food and a few drinks with your family and friends. The Airport Tavern is situated only a short drive from the Darwin International Airport and only a 10 minute drive from Darwin’s CBD.
Fiddlers Green Darwin
A well-priced extensive menu combining traditional Irish fare and home style cuisine, with a large range of international beers, tap beers and wines available. It’s no wonder Fiddlers Green is well known to be the ideal destination for families.
With a range of Craft Beers, a succulent new menu and a wide range of beverages to choose from, Dollys Bar has something for everyone. Whether it’s Cocktails with the girls, a night out watching the footy for the boys, or just a good ol’ hearty dinner with the family. Come on down and join us for a night you will remember.
Little Miss Chef
Little Miss Chef has been successfully running the Bistro at the Darwin Ski Club for over 4 years . With motto “Keep it simple, make it fresh and above all keep it local. Honest simple food is what they strive for and hope to continue to bring you great food with a Northern Australian Influence.
The Rock Bar Alice Springs
The Rock Bar is Central Australia’s number one venue for live music/sports, special events, theme nights with an awesome beergarden, staff and crowd! They have live entertainment, biggest TV screen in town and the nicest outdoor area to drink under the stars.
What really set’s Monte’s apart is the feeling and the atmosphere. You feel transformed and at first out of your comfort zone. This is not a restaurant. This is not a pub. Then the music and the lights take effect on you and you realize that this is fun. If you have not been to Monte’s you have been missing out. If you have you know why it’s the place Alice cannot stop raving about. Come by bike or come by skates but come to see what all the hype is about. Oh if it’s Friday – better come early.
If you are looking for a laid back, family friendly sports bar and restaurant, come on down to Sporties. Open for Lunch and Dinner, or just drinks, come down and enjoy our warm hospitality. Offering great service, our very own Sporties Steak and Grill has something on the menu to satisfy every craving.
Todd Tavern Alice Springs
Right in the heart of Alice Springs, Todd Tavern is the longest standing hotel in town. It’s heritage status and central location make it a perfect place to experience the laid-back lifestyle and great hospitality that Alice has to offer. Pop in for a cold drink and a hot meal at DJ’s Bistro, book a night in our cosy accommodation, try your luck with some gaming at Maxim’s bar – ice cold bevvy in hand or stop through the drive-through bottle shop on your way out to your next Alice adventure.
Casuarina Shopping Centre
Casuarina Square was built to provide the most comfortable shopping experience in the Northern Territory. The Centre is continuously evolving to meet the needs of the area’s residents. A convenient location and the Centre has been offering unparalleled service to the local community since 1973. With over 190 stores and retailers, including Kmart, Big W, Woolworths and Coles, Casuarina Square has something for everyone. We also have a wide variety of specialty retailers, offering you the latest fashion, and everything else you could possibly desire.
NT General Store
Established since 1977, The N.T. General Store in Darwin is one of a kind – an outdoor gear emporium selling everything you need in the outback or when you go bush. It’s an Aladdin’s cave, an enormous shed, a frontier store – all in one. You’ll love browsing the shelves for some of the best gear available and gadgets you’ve never heard of before.
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
Mindil Beach Sunset Market is the place to be for events, functions, and a family night out. Hosting over 200 specialty stores and food vendors, it’s a truly unique experience.
The Parap Village Market is a great place to shop and is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Browse the markets, winding through stalls of local produce, local arts and crafts, entertainment and delicious cuisine from around the world.
Rapid Creek Weekend Market
Be a part of Northern Territory tradition and visit Darwin’s oldest market! Located in the heart of the northern suburbs, about 10km from Darwin CBD, the Rapid Creek Markets are open from 7am – 2pm every Saturday and Sunday – rain, hail or shine. Transforming the Rapid Creek Business Village into a bustling slice of Asia, the market delivers a vibrant experience of bright colours, rich aromas and exciting sounds. With more than 100 market stalls and stores, there’s plenty for you to see, do and discover!
A highly visible landmark, the Mitchell Centre offers shopping choices which include Coles Supermarket, fashion, dining, jewellery, beauty, health, recreation and some utility providers. The Mitchell Centre is a modern air-conditioned shopping centre, located in the very heart of Darwin’s CBD, on the corner of Knuckey and the bustle of Mitchell Street.
Nightcliff Shopping Centre
Nightcliff Shopping Centre on Dick Ward Drive offers an assortment of retail and take-away dining shops. Larger stores and businesses include a Woolworths, Crazy Clarks, the Nightcliff Medical Centre, a Caltex Service Station and an ABC Child Care Centre. The centre also hosts the Sunday Nightcliff Markets, every Sunday from 8am to 2pm.
Yeperenye Shopping Centre
Yeperenye Shopping Centre is home to Woolworths and over 40 specialty stores and services, with plenty of free convenient car parking. Yeperenye Shopping Centre has over 330 car parks (112 downstairs), motorbike car parking and 7 disabled parks located both in the downstairs and upstairs car parks.
Alice Plaza is centrally located at the top of Todd Mall, Alice Springs. Fully air-conditioned, the shopping centre boasts Central Australia’s largest car park facilities including underground and shaded parking. For total convenience Alice Plaza has a parents room, free WI-FI in the food court and clean public toilet facilities. Indulge in some retail therapy in cool surrounds at Alice Plaza, with over 20 retail outlets to shop at, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for!
Talapi aims to promote the artists and artworks from Aboriginal owned art centres. Talapi is committed to ethical trade in Indigenous art as a means to support economic development in remote communities and is a member of the Indigenous Art Code. Talapi hosts regular curated exhibitions that allow art collectors to enjoy the work from established artists and learn about new and upcoming names in Aboriginal art.
Todd Mall Markets
The Todd Mall Market is a long established, not for profit outdoor market. It has been a popular venue for tourists and locals for over 20 years. The Markets are run solely by the Todd Mall Market Committee which is made up of stallholders and the Market Coordinator. The market runs from March through to December in the Todd Mall which can only be described as idyllic given the Todd Mall is located in the heart of our iconic town of Alice Springs.
RED Kangaroo Books
RED KANGAROO BOOKS is an independent bookshop dedicated to give excellent service in providing Australian Books to Local, Interstate and International Customers.
Yubu Napa Art Gallery
Yubu Napa is a Bulgul phrase from the Top End of the Northern Territory. It is a special space featuring some of top artists from Central Australia and the Top End. They provide the best quality artwork whilst ensuring the artists at work are treated well by providing comfortable space to work at. You can experience the rate privilege of meeting some of the artists who create those beautiful pieces
- Mindil Beach Sunset Market (Last Thursday of April – Last Thurday of October, 4pm – 9pm)
- Parap Village Markets (Every Saturday Morning)
- Malak Market Place (Last Saturday of April – Last Saturday of October, 4pm – 9pm)
- Nightcliff Market (Every Sunday, 8am – 2pm)
- Rapid Creek Markets (Every Saturday & Sunday, 7am – 2pm)
- Darwin City Boutique Markets (April – December, First Friday of Every Month, 4pm – 9pm)
- Palmerston Markets (Last Friday in April – Last Friday in October, 5pm – 9pm)
- Alice Springs Town Council Night Market/ Todd Mall Market (Every Second Weekend from February – December, 9am – 1pm) Alternates with Todd Mall Market
- Berry Springs Community Market (Last Sunday of the Month, 8am – 12pm)
- Katherine Market (Every Saturday, 8am – 12.30pm, Last Saturday of the Month, 5pm – 9pm)
Australia National Public Holidays
|1st January||New Year’s Day|
|26th January||Australia Day|
|2nd Monday in March||Labour Day (VIC, TAS)|
|March/April||Good Friday/Easter Monday|
|25th April||Anzac Day|
|2nd Monday in June||Queen’s birthday|
|25th December||Christmas Day|
|26th December||Boxing Day|
Darwin International Airport(DRW)
Address: 1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin International Airport NT 0820, Australia
Phone: +61 8 8920 1811
Tourism Top End
6 Bennett Street (corner Bennett and Smith streets), Darwin city
Telephone: 08 8936 2499
Free call in Australia: 1300 138 886
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Katherine Visitor Information Centre
Corner Lindsay Street and Katherine Terrace, Katherine
Telephone: 08 8972 2650
Free call in Australia: 1800 653 142
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Tennant Creek Barkly
Tourism Battery Hill Mining Centre
Battery Hill, Peko Road, Tennant Creek
Free call in Australia: 1800 500 879
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Tourism Central Australia
60 Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs
Telephone: 08 89525 800
Free call in Australia: 1800 645 199
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