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Published on March 22nd, 2013 | by john.weir

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Australia’s Northern Territory – whats happening ?

Best Job in the World, in the NT, naturally

One lucky winner will snag themselves a job as an Outback Adventurer in the Northern Territory thanks to a new “Best Job in the World” competition launched by Tourism Australia and Tourism Northern Territory.

As part of the campaign, Tourism Australia has teamed up with six of Australia’s State and Territory Tourism Organisations including Tourism Northern Territory, each offering their own unique “Best Job in the World” as a winning prize. The posts each come with an attractive six month salary package worth AU$100,000 including living costs, a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure a dream job down under.

The successful NT candidate will be tasked with going on their own awesome adventure around ‘Australia’s Outback’ seeking out Working Holiday Maker jobs, meeting with employers from crocodile keepers to hotel managers. As well as scouting out the top jobs, the winner will be sharing their discoveries via social media channels, creating video content and even trying their hand in the roles they’re documenting.

The hotly contested competition, which is primarily targeted at travellers aged between 18 and 30 years, is expected to appeal to the youth market’s sense of fun and adventure. Applications are being welcomed from the UK and Ireland, the US and Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Entries close on 10 April.

www.australia.com/bestjobs

Accommodation

New level of comfort on the Larapinta Trail

Leading adventure travel company, World Expeditions, is launching stylish semi-permanent campsites on the remote Larapinta Trail in the West MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs, delivering unsurpassed levels of comfort and a welcome refuge to trekkers.

The dining and living areas have been purposely designed to keep occupants comfortable in a climate known for its temperature extremes. The accommodation incorporates new sustainable technologies such as water-free composting toilets, solar lighting systems and a new hybrid grey water disposal system designed for the arid environment. The semi-permanent structures are also designed to allow the land to recover during the off-season, maintaining the idyllic natural setting of these wilderness sites. www.worldexpeditions.com

Indigenous ingredients on the menu at Cicada Lodge

Cicada Lodge, Australia’s newest luxury property in Nitmiluk National Park in the NT’s Top End, has secured renowned Indigenous chef, Mark Olive, as chef de cuisine.

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading exponents of Indigenous cuisines, Mark boasts over 30 years’ experience, during which time he has become well known for fusing native food and culture with contemporary lifestyle cooking. He has already developed a signature dish for Cicada Lodge – Seasoned Crocodile Tail, with a mixture of native herbs and spices, wrapped in paperbark and cooked in coals in a large pit for several hours.

Visitors to Cicada lodge will be able to enjoy the best of what Australia has to offer, with dishes combining traditional elements and incredible flavours from the region including Marsdenia or ‘Bush Bananas’ and Yarr or ‘Freshwater Prawns’.

Cicada Lodge – which opened in February – is a 100% Indigenous owned operation. The Lodge offers 18 fully air conditioned rooms, elevated to maximise views out across the Katherine River. Guests will be able to experience the Nitmiluk region in a number of ways – hop by helicopter to a remote location to swim in a private crystal clear waterfall; be dropped off anywhere along the Gorge system and canoe down; or fly low over the surrounding areas and experience the power of the Gorge and Kakadu from the air. www.cicadalodge.com

Catch the biggest and best Barramundi at Bamurru Plains

Luxury Bamurru Plains has been transformed into an exclusive fishing lodge for the duration of the Top End’s wet season, providing eager anglers with both first-class fishing and lodgings.

Casting their lines into remote fishing areas accessible only to Bamurru’s guests, keen fishermen can experience opportunities to catch prize Barramundi during the area’s prime angling season (February to April). Located on the Mary River Floodplains, the privately-owned Bamurru Plains offers a fishing experience which is second to none in Australia, affording access to some of the best and rarest angling opportunities in the country.

For a unique and thrilling fishing experience, guests can jump aboard a Bamurru Heli-fishing adventure. A highlight for any fisherman at Bamurru, however, is an exclusive fishing trip on the Swim Creek floodplain by airboat – a signature experience for guests as Bamurru, the only place in Australia where airboat fishing is possible.

Bamurru Plains safari camp is located near the western border of Kakadu National Park. The camp is accessible by charter flight or vehicle, and is a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia. The Floodplain & River Fishing packages run until 30th April 2013 and cost from AU$2,550 (approx £1,735) per person inclusive of twin share accommodation, all meals and beverages, and daily, guided fishing safaris.www.bamurruplains.com

Attractions

Intimate starlit dining experience at Uluru returns

The Tali Wiru – meaning beautiful dune in local Anangu language – dining experience is set to re-open for the season from 1 April 2013, now available on a daily basis for guests at Ayers Rock Resort until 15 October.

Diners are treated to magnificent views of Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) from atop a dune in this spectacular open-air restaurant. The evening begins with Champagne and canapés as the sun sets to the sound of a didgeridoo, followed by a table d’hote four-course dinner featuring dishes such as wattleseed rubbed kangaroo carpaccio and macadamia and lemon myrtle crusted barramundi fillet. A new selection of boutique premium Australian wines have been introduced to match each course, further enhancing the experience. From AU$295 (approx £200) per person.

Significant Aboriginal art works on display for first time

Eight bark paintings that are among Australia’s most significant Aboriginal art works are now on display to the public for the very first time at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs.

The Papunya Boards represent the very beginnings of modern Aboriginal art, but up until now have been hidden from view. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) owns what is considered to be the single most important collection of these early Papunya boards, 226 paintings collected from 1971-1980. Now, for the very first time, the public can view eight of these historical masterpieces together.

This exhibition forms part of an easy to follow art trail that includes visits to art centres in remote communities, centuries-old rock art places like Ubirr and Arnhem Land and other exhibitions at Araluen and MAGNT. The eight Papunya Boards will be on display at the Araluen Arts Centre for the next 12 months. An exhibition of reproduced works will also be on display at Voyages Ayers Rock from mid-March until June 2013.

http://www.australiasoutback.co.uk//things-to-do/art-culture-and-heritage/aboriginal-culture/papunya-boards.aspx?ForceRedirect=1

PAL jets into the NT

Philippines Airlines is set to launch a daily service from Manila to Darwin commencing 1st June 2013, increasing air capacity to the Territory and expanding Darwin’s Asia connectivity.

Philippines Airlines is the second full service international airline to fly into Darwin – joining SilkAir, which commenced operations between Singapore and Darwin in March 2012 – and the first full service international airline to fly into Darwin from the Philippines.

The new service will serve to reinforce Darwin’s position as a major international gateway to Australia, adding an additional 2,000 seats a week in and out of the NT’s capital. http://www1.philippineairlines.com/special-offers/inaugural-fares-between-manila-and-darwinbrisbaneperth/

Alice Springs Heritage Festival, 14 – 21 April 2013, Alice Springs

Dig into the rich history of Alice Springs at this week-long festival, take a bus tour of heritage sites or spend a night at the Telegraph Station. http://www.australiasoutback.co.uk/alice-springs-and-surrounds/events/alice-springs-heritage-festival.aspx

2013 Club Marine Barra Nationals, 19 – 25 April 2013, Katherine

Try your luck against Australia’s best Barramundi fisherfolk, with teams competing in a week of fun, mayhem and fantastic fishing on the Daly River.

http://www.australiasoutback.co.uk/katherine-and-surrounds/events/2013-club-marine-barra-nationals.aspx

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 21 – 24 June 2013, Alice Springs

Find the perfect hat from among more than 4,000 ‘beanies’ on display during the weekend of music, ‘Beanie Olympics’, textile workshops and kid crafts. www.beaniefest.org

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