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What’s New in Australia’s Outback for 2017

January 28, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

DISCOVER AUSTRALIA’S OUTBACK IN 2017

Tourism Northern Territory, Australia’s Outback is excited to announce the latest travel and destination developments of late 2016 and 2017. Read along for the Territory’s latest travel and tourism developments. Explore the Northern Territory’s Top End and Uluru with the attached sample itineraries!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Ballie Lodges has unveiled plans for the multi-million dollar enhancement of its acclaimed desert retreat Longitude 131° at Uluru. Works will commence from April 1, 2017 and the lodge will close until July 31, 2017 inclusive. The plans include: a new premium suite, a major redevelopment of the central Dune House, a signature spa facility and re-landscaped swimming pool, and a new dune-top bar and deck. For more information: http://longitude131.com.au/

Dreamtime Escarpment experience at King Creeks Station: Escape to secluded glamping tents are positioned along the escarpment of Kings Creek Station. Tents are elevated to provide maximum airflow and views. These spacious and beautifully appointed tents allow you to really experience iconic Australian camping on a truly genuine but luxurious level. For more information: http://www.kingscreekstation.com.au/accommodation/luxury-glamping.html

Upgrades are planned for several tourism attractions near Litchfield National Park. Enhancements include the addition of a café at Batchelor Museum, updates to kitchen and dining facilities at Litchfield Motel and the construction of a Helicopter landing pad and car park that will allow for scenic flights over Wangi Falls. For more information: http://newsroom.nt.gov.au/mediaRelease/21172

ARTS & CULTURE

Due to popular demand, Voyages Ayers Rock Resort will be extending Field of Light by 12 months through March 31, 2018. The offering was originally slated to end in March 2017. The magnificent art installation at Uluru features more than 50,000 frosted-glass spheres that bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland. Clients can experience the installation with a Field of Light Star Pass or A Night at Field of Light dinner. For more information: https://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/events/detail/field-of-light-uluru

The Bombing of Darwin Harbor and Royal Flying Doctor Service Experience at Stokes Hill Wharf transports visitors back in time to February 19, 1942 to experience what it was like in Darwin during the largest ever single attack mounted on Australia by a foreign power. For more information: http://rfdsdarwin.com.au/bombing-of-darwin-harbour-february-19th-1942

CULINARY

SEIT Outback Australia is proud to be partnering with another territory business ATG Downunder to bring visitors a fabulous and completely unique dining experience set along one of Australia’s most iconic natural wonders, Uluru Fork and View features a distinct dining experience paired with . For more information: http://www.seitoutbackaustralia.com.au

The Araluen Arts Centre has launched a new website that features an online ticket booking system as well as a digital catalogue of selected works in the Araluen Art Collection. For more information: http://www.araluenartscentre.nt.gov.au

“Journey the dreaming,” a new cultural walking tour, provides visitors to Alice Springs with insights into aboriginal traditions and more than 40,000 years of indigenous history in Australia. For more information: https://www.discovercentralaustralia.com/accommodation/journey-the-dreaming/82662

ATTRACTIONS

Nautilus Aviation has landed in Darwin, Northern Territory which is the latest destination in the expansion of its locally based helicopter services in Queensland. For more information: http://www.nautilusaviation.com.au/home/experiences/darwin/

Free WiFi is now available at both Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks. WiFi networks will be available at the Talingaru sunrise viewing platform in Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park and the Gunlom day use area in Kakadu National Park. For more information: http://www.chiefminister.nt.gov.au/media-releases/kakadu-and-uluru-kata-tjuta-national-parks-get-free-wifi

Platinum Club, the newest luxury addition to The Ghanâs rail fleet, launched in Australia in 2016. Featuring a deluxe bar, lounge and fully flexible dining area exclusive to Platinum guests, the Platinum Club marks the first major refurbishment for Great Southern Rail trains since 2008. For more information: http://www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/news/2016/05/19/platinum-club-launches-on-australian-tracks

TOURISM DEVELOPMENTS

Tourism NT launched in 2016 a new consumer travel website that presents content in a more meaningful manner to visitors. NorthernTerritory.com is a resource on things to do and places to stay throughout the NT. The new site gives travelers the possibility to find activities to do in a specific area or city as well as places to see while in the Northern Territory. For more information: http://northernterritory.com/

Darwin International Airport (DIA) has opened Darwin’s first international lounge. The Catalina Lounge features a kid’s zone, flexible menu catered to a diverse audience and a VIP area for business travelers. The interior features cutting edge design and technology as well as local indigenous artwork. For more information: http://www.darwinairport.com.au/newsroom/airport-operated-premium-international-lounge-to-open-darwin-airport

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