What’s hot and happening in Australia’s Outback Northern Territory

Birds eye views, Beer & Barra in the Outback pubs                                                           

Visitors to Northern Territory Australia’s Top End can now enjoy a pub crawl with a twist to five of Australia’s Outback pubs. During the new Historic Heli Tour you will be chauffeured from one watering hole to the next in your very own private helicopter. Enjoy panoramic views of the stunning wetland, pristine coastlines and breathtaking harbours. The five hour tour also gives visitors the opportunity for a spot of fishing where they can attempt to catch a Barramundi.  The tour lasts five hours and includes visits to the Humpty Doo Hotel, Goat Island, Litchfield Pub, Crab Caw Island and Mandorah Beach Hotel. Priced at £551 (AU$850) per person, the tour includes flights, fish gear burger, beer and non alcoholic beverages. Departs from Darwin. www.airbornesolutions.com.au

A new million star Outback Dining Experience                                                                           

Tali Wiru (‘a beautiful dune’ in the Anangu language), an exceptional new outback dining experience launches in the Red Centre and tours will be available from April 2012 onwards. Soak up the magnificent views of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) while sipping on champagne and indulging in canapés. An intimate four course table d’hote dinner accompanied by Australian premium wines will then be served at the top of the dune. After dinner, a local storyteller will captivate you with creation stories while a didgeridoo plays in the background.

Available for a maximum of 20 guests, an intimate Outback dining experience is assured. The Tali Wiru experience lasts just over four hours and is priced from £185 (AU$ 295) per person. Daily departures  (except on Tuesdays and Thursdays). www.voyages.com.au

Bushtucker Yarns

Visitors can now learn about Australia’s native fruits which come into season in the spring, including wild fig, wild plum, honey Grevilla and quong –dongs with the new Bushtucker Yarns Red Centre tour led by Anangu Elder Alison Hunt. During the tour Alison will demonstrate what the local community use the fruits for and allow guests to taste the freshly picked bushtucker. The new tour which launched in September runs weekly on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. (Bushtucker subject to availability). The tour is free of charge. www.voyages.com.au

New two Day Wet Season safari

Start your Northern Territory adventure on a high with a scenic flight through Kakadu and into Arnhem Land. On arrival at Arnhem Land guests will be met by a local Aboriginal guide for a tour of the renowned Injalak Art and Craft Centre. Other highlights from the itinerary include visits to: Nourlangie Rock and the Nawalandja Lookout best known for collections of Aboriginal rock art as well as the Mamukala Wetlands. www.venturenorth.com.au

Virgin Australia christens its new plane Mindil Beach                                                                            

Virgin Australia has christened its latest Boeing 738-800 aircraft after Darwin’s popular Mindil Beach to show its affinity with the destination.

Fleur Burrows from Tourism NT says: “We feel very privileged that Virgin Australia has decided to name its latest aircraft after Mindil Beach which is synonymous with Darwin’s chilled out vibe. It shows that Virgin Australia recognises the importance of Darwin and the Northern Territory as a destination.”

From April to October Mindil Beach hosts its famous sunset markets, giving visitors the opportunity to mingle amongst the locals, eat the delicious food on offer (including local treats such as ostrich and barrmundi), listen to live music and purchase souvenirs. The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are the epitome of Darwin and its relaxed, outdoor culture.

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