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Darwin and the Top End program pitch
Closer to South East Asia in the north than other Australian cities, Darwin is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. During this three-day program, savour the regional flavours of the city’s premium dining experiences, discover Aboriginal culture and explore untouched landscapes on unforgettable outback adventures.
Fly into Darwin and transfer to Mindil Beach Casino Resort, set on 30 acres (12 hectares) of tropical gardens alongside the Arafura Sea. Head straight to your welcome lunch at Hanuman a 5-minute drive from your accommodation. Savour a menu reflective of Darwin’s cultural influences with authentic flavours from Malaysia, Thailand and India, combining traditional Asian ingredients and modern Australian produce. This renowned Darwin restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating areas. After lunch, meet proud Larrakia man and elder, Trent Lee from Saltwater Cultural Tours. Embark on a three-hour tour to uncover Aboriginal cultural practices and connection to the land. Experience a traditional Welcome to Country, learn some language and the skills of spear throwing, string and fire making. Enjoy light refreshments before you return to Mindil Beach Casino Resort and refresh for dinner. Meet on The Lawns and watch the incredible sunset, cocktail in hand. Then, take your seat for dinner and witness a taste of outback life with Tom Curtain from Katherine Outback Experiences. Hear outback tales and watch Tom work with his cattle dogs. Admire his extraordinary horse handling skills, including playing guitar and singing while on horseback. Retire for the night in your spacious Lagoon room.
Rise early and dress comfortably for an adventure. Meet in the lobby after breakfast overlooking the beach in The Vue. Alight your air conditioned coach for the 90-minute drive to Matt Wright’s Top End Safari Camp. Located off the Finnis River System awaits an unforgettable outback adventure. Explore the vast Top End landscapes via helicopter over remnant rainforest, savannah, termite mounds, and floodplains teeming with birdlife and wildlife. (Note the boundary of the camp is the shape of Australia). Then, spot crocodiles and native birds on a thrilling airboat ride and cruise the gentle waters of the lagoon. Head to the camp’s sky deck to enjoy a barbecue lunch with time to swap stories of your experiences. Take a short helicopter ride back to Darwin and transfer back to your accommodation to refresh. Transfer 5-minutes by car to historic Admiralty House, home to several of Darwin’s finest restaurants which can be exclusively booked for 250 guests. Here, you will dine at Char Restaurant. The menu offers the best of local beef, seafood and barramundi served with sophisticated modern flavours. Return to your accommodation after a full day.
Fly by helicopter to Litchfield National Park for an aerial tour of stunning untouched escarpments and waterfalls. Overfly Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, Florence Falls and the Cascades. Touchdown back in Darwin and transfer to lunch at Wharf One on the waterfront. Dine on the seasonal menu, accompanied by Australian wine or local beers with unparalleled water views. Transfer to Charlie’s of Darwin, to the Darwin Distilling Co. Sample gins distilled onsite using sustainably harvested native botanicals, including the signature Darwin Gin infused with Kakadu Plum, Water Lilies and Native Lemongrass. Then, blend your own gin. Return to the resort to refresh for the gala dinner. Transfer to Pee Wee’s at the Point, a short drive from the city. Immersed in lush tropical surrounds, enjoy sunset views and cocktails on the waterfront lawn. Dine on the lawn, indoors or on the paved area to savour a menu that showcases a feast of local produce including freshly caught prawns and barramundi. A perfect Darwin setting for a gala dinner, with capacity for 800 guests seated or 950 for cocktails. Return to your accommodation for your final night’s rest after a Top End program of unforgettable adventures.