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Australia's Outback (Forimmediaterelease.net) All eyes will be on Australia’s Northern Territory in mid-February as a new webcam – Kakadu cam - will stream live footage of the wildlife and seasonal changes of the ancient wetlands of World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park to viewers across the globe.  Launched by Tourism NT and National Geographic, in collaboration with Parks Australia and Aurora Resorts, the webcam will be the first of its kind in Australia.  Viewers can log onto http://en.travelnt.com/kakadu.aspx to watch Mamukala billabong and gain a snapshot of this exceptional part of the Northern Territory.  This will be one of only six National Geographic webcams worldwide.

NT rules the roost with launch of dedicated birdwatching itineraries - NEW

Bird enthusiasts should grab their binoculars and head to Australia’s Northern Territory where a number of new birdwatching itineraries, launched by Tourism NT, allow visitors to explore the sheer number and variety of birds that make this the ideal bird watching destination.

Available at www.australiasoutback.com/birdwatching, the new itineraries cater for visitors with a keen interest in nature as well as serious birders who can get up close and personal with birds of prey, rare wetland, grassland and woodland species.

Visiting locations throughout tropical Darwin, Arnhem Land, Katherine and the unique ecosystems of Kakadu National Park, the series of specialist self guided and small group itineraries range from a one-day tour out of Darwin or Alice Springs to seven day adventures.

New wildlife adventure, Crocosaurus Cove, opening in Darwin - NEW

The latest addition to Australia’s crocodile industry is currently being constructed in the centre of Darwin. Crocosaurus Cove, due to open in May 2008, will house giant adult Saltwater Crocodile pens, interactive croc tanks and a two-storey fresh water aquarium among other displays plus a cafe and retail outlets. Visitors will be able to view these feared reptiles through windows and even walk beneath them in a special viewing cave! The new tourist venue will be located next to Melaluca on Mitchell backpackers, in the heart of Darwin city.

www.crocosauruscove.com

Jetstar announces new flights for Darwin

Jetstar will begin a new daily flight between Melbourne, Darwin and Singapore on 17 April 2008.  The new daily international A320 service from Melbourne will offer an additional 250,000 seats into Darwin each year. The introduction of these new flights will make the Territory and The Outback even more accessible for visitors with a daily service between Melbourne and Darwin.

www.jetstar.com

Touchdown then head down to new airport hotel

A new three-star hotel is to be built at Darwin Airport and will boast 121 rooms including business and family suites, and six dormitory rooms containing 150 beds. It is to be developed by the owners of the Darwin Airport Resort. The new hotel is scheduled to open in July 2008.

Diary dates:

March 16, 2008 - Tiwi Islands Annual Football Grand Final and Art Sale, Bathurst Island

An eagerly anticipated annual event that gives visitors the rare opportunity to visit the islands without a permit – a must for football loving visitors! An art sale coinciding with the event off at 8am and the Football Grand Final kicks off at 2pm. www.tiwiart.com

April 12, 2008 - Alice Springs Cup Carnival

Join in the excitement of horse racing in the heart of Central Australia. The Cup Carnival is a programme of four race days held over a three-week period, culminating in the Alice Springs Cup on May 5. A highlight is Young Guns Day, where revellers mix and mingle in the party marquee with live music, games and loads of prizes. www.alicespringsturfclub.org.au

 

May 30 – April 1, 2008 - Merrepen Arts Festival, Daly River

The annual Merrepen Arts Festival is held in the friendly community of Nauiyu, 240 kilometres south-west of Darwin, on the banks of the Daly River. The festival hosts a combination of events over three days, including art sales and auctions, traditional music and dance, bush tucker tasting and a football and sporting carnival. T: +61 8 8978 2533

 

June 6 - 9, 2008 - Barunga Festival, Katherine

One of Australia’s longest-running Indigenous community festivals, learn about indigenous culture at the annual Barunga Festival. Held in this remote Aboriginal community over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the festival showcases sport, traditional dance, bush tucker and spear throwing demonstrations. www.barungafestival.com.au

 

 

June 12 - 15, 2008 -  Brunette Downs Races, Tennant Creek

One of Australia’s best kept Outback secrets, the iconic Brunette Downs Races are held every year on Brunette Downs station, located on the Barkly Tablelands, 350 kilometres north-east of Tennant Creek. The biggest event on the Barkly Tablelands social calendar, the bush races and rodeo attracts visitors from all around Australia. www.abcraces.com.au

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Australia’s Northern Territory is a leading nature and culture destination where Australia’s Outback meets the tropics and is home to Australia’s most dramatic, beautiful and varied scenery including the awe-inspiring red centre icons of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon as well as the Top End adventure and wildlife destinations of Katherine Gorge and Kakadu National Park.

 

2.      Darwin International Airport is an international gateway to Australia offering connections to Singapore, which is just over four hours away. Services are operated by Qantas, Jetstar and Tiger.  It also serves Bali (Garuda Indonesia), Brunei (Royal Brunei) and East Timor (Airnorth).  Qantas operates domestic flights between Alice Springs, Gove, Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Virginblue flies to Brisbane, Skywest and Airnorth Regionallink fly to Broome.

 

3.      The peak visitor time is during the dry season, from May to September, but the Tropical Summer from October to April brings spectacular lightning shows and lush growth.

 

4.      www.australiasoutback.com is an essential resource for travellers planning a trip to the Northern Territory.

contact Suzanne Holiday or Abby Smith on T: +44 207 287 0652 or tourismntmedia@keenepa.co.uk/ Suzanne@keenepa.co.uk and visit: www.australiasoutback.com

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