Galavanting the Top End of Australia usually involves an audacious off-road adventure alongside a few encounters with the local water dinosaurs.
That’s all good and fine for any Russell Coight devotee but for others, a hint of luxury in the Northern Territory can go a long way. And now you don’t need to go very far to revel in it. The Northern Territory has been climbing the ranks as a destination to experience for decades and now punters can do it all in style and comfort with a little help from the locals.
Here’s what else you can get up to when you’re not basking in the indigenous glory that is Ayers Rock and its mesmerising surrounds.
Heli Pub Crawl
Given the expanse of the Top End walking to your next drinking hole is totally out of the question. That’s why the good folks at Darwin Helicopter Tours are offering a service which includes a personal chauffeur for you and a friend to five of the Top End’s best and most remote pubs. Between stops passengers can opt for a beer or burger whilst fishing for Barramundi. When that’s over simply get to the chopper where you’ll be whisked away for more stunning views of the wetlands and pristine coastlines. The cost of this once in a lifetime adventure is $950pp for two people and includes five pub visits via Airborne Solutions.
Wild Bush Luxury With James Viles
For the culinary inclined, join Biota Dining’s James Viles on a luxury food safari which encourages foodies to forage deep into the stunning Bamurru Plains for wild barramundi, panadanus and heather berries to later be used for cooking demonstrations and a wild bush masterpiece at the chef’s long table lunch. James himself will also be on hand to add a dose of indulgence to the gathering for a truly memorable experience. Hit up Wild Bush Luxury here.
Glamping At Kings Creek Station Dreamtime Escarpment
If staying in a bush lodge isn’t “roughing it out” enough for you then opt for a spot of glamping at Kings Canyon’s latest luxury lodgings instead. Guests can easily explore Kings Canyon nearby before retreating to their air-conditioned ensuites at their own leisure. A private deck is also on hand so that guests can knock back a glass of red whilst catching the Red Centre’s incredible sunset. Hit them up here.
See the Northern Territory through the eyes of The Ghan, a train which traverses the heart of Australia with oppulence and class. Starting in Adelaide, the train winds its way through the Red Centre all the way to the tropical north. Naturally passengers will be able to stop off along the way to experience the best of Australia’s nature strip. Think the MacDonnell Ranges and the domes of Kata Tjuta/The Olgas before heading north to the stunning Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and finishing in Darwin. All in the comfort of a private cabin of course. Get on board here.
Settle In & Dine At Longitude 131
For a no expense spared experience in a five-star deluxe eco-camping hotel, look no further than Uluru’s Longitude 131 and adjoining restaurant, Table 131. Guests will have access to uninterrupted views of the sandstone monolith from their luxury tents or rooms, where modern and classic furnishings meet Indigenous art and native textures. Following that is a dinner under the stars at Table 131 which celebrates contemporary Australian cuisine and indigenous flavours. Book your table here.