The Northern Territory, or known as the Top End, is a state way up north from me that I knew so little about, yet was on my bucket list for quite some time. But why? Was it because of the crocodiles? The weather? I think it was because of my curiosity, to see what its really all about. To me it screams Australia and now was the chance to see this place for myself.
Little did I know the NT is packed full of things to see, do and eat!
Sky City Darwin
First stop was to check into Sky City Darwin. A luxery resort set on 30 acres of gorgoues tropical gardens that overlooks Mindil Beach in Darwin City. It felt as if I stepped into paradise.
Its easy to slip into a daydream while soaking up the tropical views from the Infinity Pool.
It didn't take me long to slip my swimsuit on and head to their Lagoon Pool to go exploring and sip on a cocktail, or 2 ;) The Lagoon Pool features a sandy beach and swim up bar. Perfect for those who love to chill and relax to the max, fun in the sun I say!
The thing I loved the most here, was that you can slip straight in the Lagoon Pool from your own room!
Eat till your hearts content at Sky City, the problem will be is that you wish you had more than one stomach!
Mindil Beach Markets
Later that afternoon we headed to a market like no other, Mindil Beach Markets! Located just down the road from Sky City, an easy stroll to get there. Stretched right along side Mindil Beach these markets are a must visit! So much variety can be found here, there is something for everyone! Food was delicious and its not just the normal show ally food you'd expect when visiting such places.
You'll find dishes of yummy seafood, Greek, Asian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, French, Mexican and so much more! Not only do you get to also experience the sights, sounds, arts and crafts, at the same time you'll get to witness a spectacular sunset while you explore these stalls. Its a place that'll liven up your senses.
Mindil Beach Markets are only open during the dry season on Thursdays 5-10pm and Sundays 4-9pm.
Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park, covers approximately 1500 km². A massive place filled with so much to explore. I was really excited about visiting Litchfield National Park after Googling it. But nothing prepares you for the beauty that this place holds. It's a definite must see if you're hitting up the NT! It's home to several stunning waterfalls that cascade into crystal clear pools that in more cases than not, host several different types of fish that aren't shy!
Florence Falls, one the grandest waterfalls you'll find within the park. You can swim here, too!
Breakfast Picnic by Picnic Darwin, Wangi Falls
Buley Waterholes remind me of going to a day spa, but natures version. The only hard time you'll have here is picking what pool to relax in.
Darwin River Tavern
So if you're looking for one of BEST feeds ever, no lie, Darwin River Tavern is the place to go! After exploring Litchfield National Park, we headed here for lunch and OMG, what a hidden gem. Come here for a coldy and wrap your tongue around the most delicious food.
They also do Heli Pub Crawls, what an amazing experience! And would make an epic present for someone special.
Streeter Pearl Lugger Cruises
After lunch it was time to make the trip back to Darwin for our sunset cruise, aboard Streeter Pearl Lugger Cruises.
Our beautiful and delicious evening meal was created by The Hotel Darwin
We wined and dined while watching the sun go down. Such a chilled afternoon to complete an amazing day.
The next day seen us heading to Katherine. We checked into Cicada Lodge, a 100% Indigenous owned high-end accommodation property in Nitmiluk National Park. A perfect place to feel right at home and close to Nitmiluk Gorge.
Have you ever staying somewhere and it was just packed with people and wasn't relaxing? Always felt someone was watching you? Well you won't feel like that here at Cicada Lodge. This accommodation holds only a small number of lodges. Making your stay here feel like your very own private getaway. Perfect for couples!
Only about half hour walk away from the Lodge we found ourselves here, Baruwei Lookout, that overlooks Nitmiluk/Katherine Gorge and as far as the eye can see. A scene that truly takes your breath away. We arrived here early in the morning to watch the sun rise. An amazing feeling it was to stand here, watching the gorge light up as cockatoos flew overhead and made their morning chorus. It was truly something special, its suddenly made me feel so grateful to live in this beautiful country I call home.
While we were in the area, we headed to Bitter Springs. WOW, a little walk through tropical woodland and palms, then suddenly you're gazing at a blue lagoon. The spring is swimmable and must be experienced.
These spring-fed thermal pools are an ideal place to unwind. The water is a balmy 32 degrees Celsius and best enjoyed with some swimming goggles so that you can see all the remarkable life underneath the surface. Hours fly here, trust me.
Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner Cruise
Something I will never forget, was Nitmiluk Tours Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Cruise! Far out, these guys know how to make visitors happy. Our host was the best! As we cruised up the gorge his voice and ways of explaining this place was rival to David Attenborough! The place really speaks for itself, but he just topped off the experience to something totally unique that made me want to go back and do it all again.
We watched the gorges change from one colour to the next, and before we knew it the stars came out.
All while we enjoyed some of the best fine food we had eaten.
This farm is so worth the stop! Crazy Acres Mango Farm & Cafe is simply amazing if you love good service and delicious food. Their mango cheesecake is to die for and their smoothie bowl, but really, their entire menu is so good.