Archive for the ‘Northern Territory’ Category

Tiwi Islands – Melville and Bathurst Islands

The Tiwi Islands are part of the “Top End” (the top part of the Northern Territory), located as they are 80km north of Darwin.

They comprise Melville and Bathurst Islands, and together cover 8,320 square kilometers. Melville is Australia’s largest island (except for the state of Tasmania), and Bathurst is Australia’s five-largest island.

The islands are known as the “islands of smiles,” due to the happy attitude of the approximately 2,500 residents who call the Tiwi Islands home. Over 90% are of the residents are indigenous, most of whom speak Tiwi as their first language.

Groote Eylandt, Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory

Lovingly referred to as “Groot,” Groote Eylandt is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria, in northeastern Australia. It’s the largest island in the Gulf, and the third largest Australian island measuring 50km by 60km. The island is home to almost 14,000 residents. The island is part of the Arnhem Land Indigenous Reserve, and is owned by the Anindilyakwa indigenous people.

Visitors must receive permission from the Anindilyakwa Land Council prior to arriving on the island.

The island has four towns, with the population concentrated in the port town of Alyangula, with 670 predominantly non-Aboriginal mining employees (Manganese has been mined on the island near the Aboriginal settlement Angurugu for almost 50 years, with royalties paid to owners of the land).

Cage of Death Crocodile Encounter at Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin

Crocosaurus Cove is a crocodile and reptile tourist attraction in the centre of Darwin just a short walk from the beach and some of the top hotels. The attraction is on two levels with the lower level housing crocodile pens, crocodile nest display, juvenile crocodiles, and the Cage of Death. The Reptile House, theatre food court and café are also on this level. The upper level has more crocodile pens and the turtle sanctuary. The main stars of the attraction are the huge Saltwater Crocodiles, with some of the largest crocodiles in captivity on display. The most famous crocodile on display is “Burt”, from the Crocodile Dundee movie. There is also an unusual large white crocodile called “Snowy”.

Saltwater Crocodiles at Crocodylus Park, near Darwin, Northern Territory

Crocodylus Park is a crocodile research facility and tourist attraction near Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. The park houses thousands of crocodiles from hatchlings to massive five metre adult crocs weighing in at 500kg.

Batchelor Butterfly Farm, near Litchfield National Park

Batchelor Butterfly Farm is a butterfly farm in the Northern Territory, located in the township of Batchelor, near to the Litchfield National Park. The Butterfly Farm houses butterfly species such as the Australian lurcher, the orange lacewing, cruisers, blue banded eggfly butterflies, canopus and orchard butterflies. There is a guided tour of the Butterfly Farm at where your guide will explain the butterfly lifecycle and show you where they breed and grow.

The farm offers HomeStay accommodation in a large house with 3 rooms, shared kitchen with all amenities, lounge room and a large relaxing outdoor veranda. All bedrooms have TV, Air-Con and fans, and can cater for tour groups or large families

Hand Feed Fish at Aquascene, Doctors Gully, Darwin

Aquascene at Doctors Gully in Darwin is a popular tourist attraction where huge numbers of fish swim to the shore to be hand fed at high tide. The fish feeding has been taking place since 1950s. It all started when a local resident started to feed mullet from the shore. Over the years more and more fish joined in the feeding, and other species such milkfish, catfish, bream and other species joined the mullet. The current owners bought the property in 1979 and maintained the feeding as a hobby for the next two years before making it a commercial operation due to public demand for better information and better viewing facilities.

Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Northern Territory Reptiles

Alice Springs Reptile Centre is home to the largest display of reptiles in the Northern Territory, exhibiting over thirty species of Northern Territory reptiles. The Centre was founded by Rex Neindorf, and opened in 2000. Reptiles at the Centre include Saltwater Crocodiles, the Perentie (Australia’s largest lizard), Thorny Devils, Frill Neck Lizards, various Pythons and some of Australia’s (and the world’s) most deadly snakes including Inland Taipans, Death Adders, Brown Snakes and Mulga Snakes. One of the most popular exhibits is the Saltwater Crocodile display which opened in 2002. The exhibit has both above and below water viewing areas allowing you to get a close look at this amazing reptile.

Territory Wildlife Park, near Darwin, Northern Territory

The Territory Wildlife Park is located next to Berry Springs Nature Reserve about 45 minutes south of the centre of Darwin. The Park was opened in 1989, as a project of the Northern Territory Government, Parks and Wildlife division. At the Territory Wildlife Park, visitors have the opportunity to see animals up-close in a range of natural habitats including wetland lagoons, underwater walk-through aquarium, monsoon forest and tree top aviaries.

Alice Springs Desert Park, Red Centre, Northern Territory

Alice Springs Desert Park is located just outside Alice Springs in Red Centre of the Northern Territory features hundreds of species of plants and animals from the Central Australian deserts. The Park was opened to the public in 1997. It covers about 1,300 hectares and includes part of the Macdonnell Ranges. The main exhibits are within a forty hectare area on the plains, north of the range.

Ellery Creek Big Hole, West MacDonnell Ranges

With imposing red cliffs, a big water hole and a gum-tree lined sandy creek, Ellery Creek Big Hole is a popular picnic spot in the scenic West MacDonnell Ranges. The Ellery Creek Big Hole is a geological site of some significance, and the 3km Dolomite walk enables visitors to observe some of the more interesting geological formations.

Ellery Creek Big Hole is situated about 126km along the Larapinta Trail between Section 6 and Section 7. The Trail starts at the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station and passes key attractions of the Ranges including Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge and ends at Mt Sonder, the highest point of the Trail. The Trail is divided into 12 sections; each section is a one to two day walk.