Northern Territory

Waterllies

Beautiful by any other name is Kakadu

Last Saturday I was sitting in the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault module of my Lifeline counselling course (a bummer but a necessary one) and up on the screen, there was a slideshow of photos playing while the presenters were organising their talks.

The photos belonged to Ena, the utterly adorable Fairy Godmother woman who is one of the facilitators, and were of the Northern Territory. I was transfixed by them. Waterlilies. Lagoons. Paperbarks.

I got an email alerting me to a new YouTube campaign for the Northern Territory today. It’s a good one. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y27TynhCp1M&feature=youtu.be

I really want to go there. I want to swim in these craggy red rock waterholes and witness the blackness of night. I want to feel the frontier vibe and the WWII survival of Darwin.

Northern Territory. Maybe the most interesting corner of the Australian backyard?

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6 Responses to “Northern Territory”
  1. I’m with you! I’ve wanted to go for years, but have never quite got there. You need to go and report back! … and perhaps take me with you for support?!

  2. Natureboy says:

    We were so close to going last year.

    I’d really love to go to. My French house mate has a friend staying this week. She’s been here since November. With two other French girls she drove from Sydney to Melbourne, to Adelaide, to Esperance then Perth, then Broome and onto Darwin.

    Why don’t many Australians do this?

    There must be a business of arranging cars from Sydney to Darwin, then Darwin to Sydney 🙂

    I’d really love to explore that area from Broome to Darwin and around. Feel the ancient soil, see the skies.

  3. literatechicken says:

    Why does it have to be so expensive? Whhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyy????

    I also am going there as soon as I can…

  4. Bird says:

    I used to live there, and 8 Ball tours there all the time. PM me for the best spots and adventures, if you’re interested…

  5. Adele says:

    Literatechicken.. you should go soon! There’s some great NT flight deals out at the moment (and a lot of the time!) – like $59.95 Sydney to Alice Springs on Tiger Airways or $129 Sydney to Ayers Rock / Darwin on Jetstar.

    http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/special-offers

    http://www.tigerairways.com/au/en/Alice_Springs.php

  6. Emma says:

    I am so glad I moved to the Northern Territory! Living in Alice Springs has been a fabulously challenging, stunningly beautiful, raw and real experience. Just a short walk or drive from home are walking and mountain biking trails, waterholes, gorges and a myriad secluded camp spots. The sense of community is wonderfully refreshing. Yes it can be challenging – here there is one of the widest gaps between rich and poor. There are people who are displaced, there is poverty and there is sickness as a result of colonisation – something that is a very recent history here. Yet there is a determination of spirit in many who work and live their passion for change.

    You have to be real here, because it’s so remote that you have to band together. Plus, people here have a very keen bullshit detector and see right through anyone who is fake.

    Have I sold it to you yet??! 🙂

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