The Road Ahead : June July 2012
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2012 32 TRAVEL DEPARTURE NATIONAL TRAVEL OFFER: CRUISE THE TOP END Explore Darwin and beyond with an RACQ 5 percent discount* on selected cruise itineraries. Select from various Orion Expedition Cruises, which have some unique itineraries available across the Top End. Coral Princess offers 10-night cruises departing from Darwin to Broome, along the remote Kimberley coastline, from $6950 pp. Contact RACQ Travel for the best options. Call 1300 888 449, or email travel@ racq.com.au. (* excludes taxes and charges). STORY | PHOTOS CORINA ADAMS MAIN IMAGE: DARWIN FROM THE AIR. DARWIN WATERFRONT. PALM TREE, CULLEN BAY. SUNSET OVER DARWIN HARBOUR. CIRCLING HIGH ABOVE Darwin and the sparkling Timor Sea, as the pilot turned the plane into position to land, I caught my first glimpse of the Northern Territory's largest city and capital. Darwin is the gateway to many amazing experiences that the 'Top End' has to offer. Camping trips through Kakadu National Park and into Arnhem Land start in Darwin, the crystal clear waterfalls of Litchfield National Park are nearby and spectacular Katherine Gorge is only a little further away. Keep going and you'll get to Mataranka, Tennant Creek, Devils Marbles and finally Alice Springs. You can start a four-wheel- drive journey from Darwin along the Gibb River Road, through the Kimberley's to Broome, or try an expedition along the Kimberley coastline instead on the comfort of a cruise ship. There are so many possibilities. But before you start whichever adventure you choose to embark on, a good few days spent in Darwin will get you in the mood. With beautiful weather year round (okay, the middle of the wet season may not be considered 'beautiful' as such by some, but it's all part of the fun...) and palm trees and coastline surrounding most of the city, you'll instantly feel like you're on holidays. The city has come a long way over the last five or so years, especially with the development of the Waterfront Precinct. With attractions that include a wave lagoon, some great restaurants and bars, hotels and the convention centre, this area has come alive. Many harbour cruises and fishing trips depart from here (and nearby Cullen Bay) and there is even the opportunity to explore storage northern exposure There's more to Darwin than the gateway to 'Top End' adventures.
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