Australia's Amazing Top End

20 February 2012

Uninformed about the unique world that awaits her, Yasmin Booth visits the Top End of Australia and discovers a place of incredible natural beauty and spiritual experiences. 

From the moment I arrived in Darwin, my opinion of the Top End changed. The day was warm, sunny, and absolutely perfect. Staying at the Mantra Pandanas, we were in the perfect location and within walking distance of everything.

Kakadu National Park

 Saltwater Crocodile

Our AAT Kings tour consisted of two days exploring the spectacular Kakadu. This involved loads of walking so sand shoes, comfortable clothing, sunscreen and insect repellent are all necessities. Within the Kakadu National Park we visited Nourlangie Rock and the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. We also cruised the East Alligator River.

Viewing the aboriginal paintings from so long ago was a very spiritual experience. It gave me more of an understanding of how the indigenous people lived. Climbing to the top of the rock faces was truly humbling as I realised how magical this place really is.

Cruising the East Alligator River was an adventure I'll never forget. The local guide had so much knowledge and a personality to match. We were lucky enough to see loads of crocodiles (not alligators, like you might expect) right up close, so obviously keeping our arms and legs inside the boat was very important.

Darwin

The last day was a city sights tour which uncovered many of Darwin's local treasures. The Botanical Gardens was a stand-out on this tour, allowing us to simply relax, walk around and take in the beauty of nature.

We finished off the day with an Indigenous Dreaming Cruise. We learned how to throw traditional spears and watched a glorious sunset while cruising the harbour. Make sure you always have a camera on you ready to go at all times, as you never know when that perfect sunset or bit of scenery will surprise you out of nowhere. We finished the night off with a lovely dinner at Crustaceans, which is one of the many restaurants in Darwin's Wharf Precinct. I highly recommend dining here as you not only get a great meal and service but a fantastic view as well.

I left the Northern Territory feeling more spiritual and in touch with nature than ever before, and can highly recommend this experience to anyone.

Looking for more information about travelling to Darwin or Kakadu National Park? Contact Yasmin Booth, an International Travel Consultant with Flight Centre in Bundaberg, Queensland who can be reached on 1300 356 520.

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