Baby Boomers thrive on “off the beaten track” discoveries.
The Northern Territory of Australia is one of the most sought after destinations on Baby Boomers bucket lists. For us, it’s all about the experience!
We will go out of our way to experience Mother Nature’s pristine work.
Cascading waterfalls, rugged escarpments, ancient Aboriginal culture and rock art, man-eating crocodiles, cute frilled neck lizards and exotic bird life.
All destined to take your breath away!
Avid adventurers and life-long learners, we love to learn from our experiences and have a fascination for beautiful places that aren’t on the everyday tourist routes.
Affectionately referred to as the “Top End”, this remote part of Australia is one of the last frontiers and we love exploring our own backyard.
The Gateway to the Top End
Darwin is the gateway to the Northern Territory and boasts the best lifestyle in Australia. A cultural melting pot, Darwin is a vibrant city influenced by many cultures around the world. Our uniqueness is who we are, and we love our differences!
The best time to visit is between
May and September to enjoy the beautiful balmy weather and the friendliest people in Australia.
Experience Mindil Beach
World famous for spectacular sunsets attracting thousands of people each week who come to enjoy an eclectic selection of street food, trinkets and traditional Aboriginal art.
Wander down onto the beach to watch the sun sinking into the Arafura Sea. Don’t be surprised when the crowd cheers and claps as the sun sinks below the horizon.
Visit the Deckchair Cinema
Picture this – lounging in an old-fashioned deckchair with cushions for comfort on a balmy night in a picturesque tropical garden setting. Step back in time and catch a movie at the Deckchair Cinema outdoor theatre under the stars.
It’s a nostalgic fun night and should be one of the things to Top End treats to tick off your list.
Take a Jumping Crocodile Cruise
A Jumping Crocodile cruise will amaze you and show what these prehistoric saltwater crocodiles are capable of. You won’t go swimming at our beaches!
Be brave and venture into the “cage of death” at Crocosaurus Cove.
Immerse yourself in History
If you’re a history buff, there is much to learn about Darwin’s involvement in World War II by visiting the interactive museums and military displays. Our museums are second to none.
You must see the Bombing of Darwin centre’s ‘virtual reality’ display! Did you know there were more bombing raids on Darwin than Pearl Harbour?
Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Centre for an insight into the history of this unique aerial service to the Outback.
A Natural Bird and Wildlife Habitat
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve is less than an hour from Darwin city. A birdwatchers paradise, Fogg Dam has a spectacular array of birds and other wildlife.
When flowing, you will find many species of birds at the causeway edge including Australia’s only Stork, the Jabiru, Royal Spoonbills, Pied Heron, Great Egrets, Ibis, Kites and Magpie Geese fishing in the waterways.
The ability to get close to the birds and other wildlife amazes me every time we visit.
Litchfield National Park
A trip to the Top End wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Litchfield National Park. Visit the Lost City, the heritage ruins and the spectacular magnetic termite mounds.
Swim in spectacular Florence Falls! Going down the 160 step pathway isn’t the challenge … coming back up, is! Go bushwalking at Buley Waterhole and have lunch at Picnic Creek before taking a swim in the crystal-clear waters of Wangi Falls.
Litchfield is an ever-changing landscape.
A World Heritage-listed National Park at our doorstep
One of the many reasons visitors come to the Top End is to see the world renowned Kakadu National Park.
Kakadu National Park is in Arnhem Land at the Top End of Australia. World Heritage-listed Kakadu is recognised as one of the most pristine natural habitats in the world. A place where time has stood still.
Steeped in history and rich in aboriginal culture, Kakadu is often referred to as a living cultural landscape where aboriginal people have lived and cared for their land for tens of thousands of years.
What to Do in Kakadu
Ubirr Rock at sunrise or sunset is the best vantage point for the panoramic views of flood-plains and escarpments of Kakadu. The rocks take on a vivid red-gold colour and the view stretches forever! It’s an easy climb to the top, and you will see distinctive Aboriginal rock paintings on the way.
The Aboriginal people have a spiritual connection with this land. Learn about their “Dreaming” by taking one of the cultural tours available at the Bowali Visitors Centre.
Discover the healing properties of the native plants and learn about the traditional foods. You will hear traditional legends that have been handed down through the generations, making these experiences truly one of a kind.
Kakadu is home to thousands of species of reptiles, frogs, fish and birds – many of which are unique to this part of the world. Take a sunset cruise on Yellow Waters billabong and watch the crocodiles lazily sunning themselves at the water’s edge. Flocks of Brolgas, Jabirus and Magpie Geese are just some of the birds you’ll see.
It’s a photographers’ paradise with so many species of plants, crocodiles and birdlife found nowhere else in the world.
How to Get to Kakadu
Bus tours are available from Darwin.
A 3-hour car trip will take you through some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable, so if you prefer to drive be prepared for the experience of a lifetime in Kakadu.
It’s truly “Crocodile Dundee” country.
Where to stay in Kakadu
Accommodation for your stay is available at Jabiru. Check out the accommodations options available with Booking.com
Have you ever travelled to Australia? Is the Top End on your bucket list? Have you ever seen a Jabiru, or a Brolga? Please share in the comments!