Northern Territory Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Northern Territory Culinary & nightlife

From Alice Springs: Day Trip to Uluru with BBQ Dinner

1. From Alice Springs: Day Trip to Uluru with BBQ Dinner

Depart Alice Springs early to get a taste of the Australian Outback with a stop at Erldunda for a buffet breakfast. Then, continue to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see the domes of the rock formations on your first walk. Learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people at the cultural center. Then, go to the base of Uluru for a guided walk to see the Anangu rock art. Head to Mutitjulu Waterhole for a short hike to the home of the ancestral Wanampi water snake and share some traditional "dreamtime" stories. Sip a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sunset over Uluru, and end the day with a barbeque dinner before the return journey to Alice Springs.

Uluru: Sunset, Sparkling Wine, Cheeseboard & Gourmet BBQ

2. Uluru: Sunset, Sparkling Wine, Cheeseboard & Gourmet BBQ

Sit back and relax as you travel into the amazing Uluru National Park. When you arrive at the Uluru Sunset viewing platform, be greeted by a selection of Australian wines and a cheese board as you begin to absorb the beauty of your surroundings. Find your ideal spot, and then just sit back and relax as you watch the sun disappear behind the horizon and change the colors of the rocks in a million splendid ways. After sunset, you will be transferred to an exclusive barbecue site. The site is located far enough away from the resort lights to provide a clear view of the stars in the southern sky. Relax in the company of friends and fellow travelers on beautiful white tablecloths, enjoying sparkling wine. Dine on an Australian gourmet barbecue menu of steak, kangaroo meat, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads, and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of red and white wines, beer, and soft drinks.  After dinner, tea, coffee, and dessert will be served and your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight. The guide will also explain some Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars before you return to Ayers Rock Resort. 

From Darwin: Top End Helicopter Ride & BBQ Cruise Day Trip

3. From Darwin: Top End Helicopter Ride & BBQ Cruise Day Trip

Experience the thrill of feeding crocodiles on this day trip from Darwin or Bynoe. Soar over the floodplains on a helicopter flight, cut through rainforest channels on an airboat, and chill out with a BBQ brunch aboard a pontoon boat. Choose between a tour option with several pickup points in Darwin or opt to meet your guide in Bynoe. Meet your guide and take to the skies on a scenic helicopter flight through the floodplains. Spot crocodiles, birds and even buffalo as you feel the wind in your hair on a thrilling airboat ride through the rainforest on the Finnis River. Unwind while tucking into gourmet BBQ on a pontoon boat cruise. Have access to water, cordial, tea and coffee facilities.  Finish your tour with a exhilarating crocodile encounter. Feed one of the activity provider's rescue crocodiles that were caught by the Outback Wrangler Matt Wright. Marvel at these large and majestic creatures.

From Ayers Rock Resort: Uluru Sunset Barbecue Dinner

4. From Ayers Rock Resort: Uluru Sunset Barbecue Dinner

Enjoy an unforgettable evening in the Australian outback! Be picked up from Ayers Rock Resort accommodation approx 75 minutes prior to sunset and travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Enjoy a sparkling or white wine (or non-alcoholic beverages) and take in the beautiful sunset, while your dinner is prepared by your guides. Your dinner will be a freshly cooked Outback barbecue to be enjoyed while you marvel at the view. Feast on barbecued meats and accompaniments (salads and sides).  Uluru is famous the world over for its spectacular sunsets. Watch as the rock changes color before your very eyes. After dinner, you will be transferred back to the resort and dropped off at your hotel.

Uluru: Sacred Sites Tour + Sparkling at Sunset & BBQ Dinner

5. Uluru: Sacred Sites Tour + Sparkling at Sunset & BBQ Dinner

Explore the magnetic allure of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, on this half-day tour of the UNESCO-listed landmark. After being conveniently picked-up from your local hotel, begin your tour with a guided drive around the base of Uluru. Following the complete loop, you will have the chance to follow the Kuniya Walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. A visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Center to see the works of ancient rock art found there will help you understand better the spiritual significance of Uluru to the local Aboriginal peoples, both in the past and the present. After an informative exploration of Uluru, you will get to relax with a glass of wine and a selection of canapes as you watch the dazzling sunset over Ayers Rock. Your tour will finish with a hearty and delicious Aussie-style BBQ beneath the desert stars.  The BBQ can be adjusted to meet any dietary need you might have, simply inform your guide of any dietary restrictions you might have by at least 14:00 on the day of the tour. You will not soon forget this magical experience at one of the most breathtakingly beautiful spots in Australia!

Darwin: Airboat Ride, Helicopter Flight, and Overnight Camp

6. Darwin: Airboat Ride, Helicopter Flight, and Overnight Camp

The Top End Safari Camp Overnight Tour is a bucket list outback adventure that tick all the boxes! Situated in an exclusive location in the Litchfield region we showcase some of the best activities and experiences the Top End has to offer. Guests will see the majestic floodplains from above in a scenic helicopter flight and spot crocodiles, birds and even buffalo on a thrilling airboat ride through the channels and into the rainforest. Our cruise boat takes guests along Sweets Lagoon billabong for a slower pace perfect for birdwatching whilst tucking into a gourmet cheeseboard. The lagoon pontoon has Australia’s only nature-based croc safe pool where guests can take a dip and get face to face with a wild saltwater crocodile. Finish off the afternoon activities with an exciting feeding and exhibition with one of our rescue monster crocodiles caught by Matt Wright himself. Guests then return to our sky deck to soak up an incredible Top End sunset over the floodplains followed by a gourmet BBQ dinner, star gazing around our fire pit and an unforgettable, bespoke outback glamping experience with a delicious cooked breakfast the next morning.

Darwin: Kakadu National Park Small-Group Day Trip w/ Dinner

7. Darwin: Kakadu National Park Small-Group Day Trip w/ Dinner

Travel to Kakadu National Park, a World Heritage Site and protected area due to its cultural value and landscape. Experience Yellow Water Billabong on a cruise. A small group will make your tour experience more personalized as you explore this vast nature reserve encompassing wetlands, rivers and sandstone escarpments. See Kakadu with an accredited tour guide. Immerse into the world of wildlife, varied landscapes, and ancient but still living culture. Take a short walk at Nourlangie (Burrungkuy), suitable for all levels of fitness, to reach the indigenous rock art sites. Hear about the stories of Narmargon, the Lightning Man. If you are up to a bit of exercise, a lookout over the Arnhem Land escarpment invites you. Take a short break before going on a 1.5-hour cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong. Keep your eyes open for saltwater crocodiles, brolgas, black neck storks, and jacanas—just some of the plentiful birdlife in the area. Finish the day with a delicious dinner in a traditional outback pub on your way back to Darwin. Return to your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned ride.

Palm Valley and Hermannsburg 1 Day 4WD Tour

8. Palm Valley and Hermannsburg 1 Day 4WD Tour

An adventure like no other, taking you along the oldest river in the world into an outback oasis. Follow the scenic track along the famous Finke River to the uniquely astonishing landscape deep in Palm Valley. Pass the amazing pinnacles of the Amphitheatre and through the beautiful Cycad Gorge before arriving at more than 3,000 giant Red Cabbage Palms. On the way enjoy a sumptuous European style morning tea with a selection of home-made buns and fresh coffee. Follow the Mpulungkinya Walk (5km, 2 hrs return) through this ancient oasis, along a river bed with towering palms and stunning lookouts from the valley escarpment. Discover Palm Valley’s unique environment including rare relict plant species and the spring-fed pools that support an array of unusual plants and animals. Your guide will also enlighten you on the cultural significance of the region to the local Arrernte Aboriginal people. On the 4WD track out of Palm Valley on the way to the nearby community of Hermannsburg, walk up to Kalaranga Lookout an easy 20 minute climb with spectacular views of a rock amphitheatre encircled by rugged cliffs. After the walk, head to the nearby community of Hermannsburg, known as Ntaria to the local Aboriginal residents. Established in 1877, Hermannsburg was a Lutheran mission for more than 100 years and the historic heritage precinct is wonderfully preserved today.  Hermannsburg is the birthplace of the renowned Aboriginal landscape painter Albert Namatjira, and the origin of the Hermannsburg School art movement. You will also have an opportunity to purchase art or souvenirs in the art gallery and gift shop before returning to Alice Springs after an unforgettable day in the Outback.

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Thoroughly enjoyed a morning of adventure at Matt Wright’s Top End Safari Camp. There’s a great crowd of characters waiting at the camp to look after you Firstly on the leisurely river cruise (with egg and bacon rolls freshly cooked in the galley on the boat); an exhilarating ride on an airboat on the river, little side creeks and flood plain…our pilot Rowdy knew where to find the resident “salties” (estuarine crocodiles) and got up close and personal with one particularly boisterous croc called “Fluffy”; feeding the rescue crocs (watch out for those jaws, mate!); and finally a smooth helicopter flight over the river, flood plains and adjacent mango plantations. Cold drinks (and optional dip in the pool) on the deck while waiting for the chopper (flying variety). Would highly recommend this cool tour…about 8 hours from pick up (0630) to return (1430) from the Booking Office in the City.

This was an absolutely AMAZING experience. I booked this for my daughter and I to make some memories together. It was everything they said it would be. The helicopter ride was our highlight to see the topend from above. The food was delicious and all the staff were exceptional, so friendly and welcoming. We both highly recommend doing the overnight Glamping!!!!

An amazing experience from start to finish. First an enjoyable stop off to watch the sunset over Uluru with choices of wine, beers & soft drinks plus some nibbles. Then on to our dinner experience, the staff here were lovely and everything was well explained and fairly intimate. Dinner was excellent, a great choice of BBQ meats and salads.

The best guide - Will did his best with us! What an amazing experience we had!

Makes for an extremely long day but totally worth it.