Family Parks – Alice Springs Tourist Park
Address: 70 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs 0870 NT, Australia
Alice Springs Tourist Park is a family operated park located closest to the town centre, directly opposite the Araluen Arts Centre and museum. Accommodation ranges from budget to 2 bedroom villas, with shaded and lawned sites also available, and large clean amenities. It is a great location to make your base while visiting the many gorges and attractions in the surrounding district – all of which their friendly staff will assist with.
Family Parks – Mawley Holiday Park
Address: 15 Oxford St, Lansdowne, Masterton 5810, New Zealand
Jelena and Rodney Algie welcome you to Mawley Holiday Park. Partly refurbished in 2016, Mawley Holiday Park is the perfect base from which to explore everything Masterton and the Wairarapa have to offer. We have a range of quality, accommodation – self-contained units, cabins, powered and unpowered sites.
The park is nestled in a sheltered, peaceful setting on the banks of the Waipoua River. Their established grounds include open spaces, stunning specimen trees, a children’s playground and BBQ area.
Two minutes’ easy walk from Mawley Holiday Park is Masterton’s recreation precinct – with beautiful QEII Park, adventure playground, heated indoor and outdoor pool complex with hydroslide, skate park, museums, mini golf, cafes and shops!
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Welcome to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia. They display an extensive range of reptiles including Terry the Saltwater Crocodile, HUGE Perentie Goannas, Thorny Devils, Frill-neck Lizards and many other fascinating lizards including a varied selection of NT Geckos from the Alice Springs region, Barkly and the Top End on display in the amazing Gecko Cave.
The daily show is not to be missed. Each day at 11am, 1pm and 3.30pm the show includes a fun and informative talk on selected lizards and pythons followed by a supervised handling session.
Alice Springs Reptile Centre showcases Northern Territory reptiles. More than 100 reptiles of over fifty different species are exhibited indoors and outside in naturally landscaped surrounds. Terry’s Saltwater Crocodile exhibit features underwater viewing enabling you to get up close to this mighty predator and get some great photos!
Rex and the staff personally welcome everyone into the Reptile Centre and are always available to answer your questions. A major feature of the Reptile Centre is the opportunity to get close to the ‘locals.’ Informative talks are offered daily which may involve the feeding and handling of the friendlier reptiles.
School groups are made especially welcome. A fun and educational talk on the reptiles is provided and includes topics covering habitats, food, predators, adaptations, snake-bite first aid and how to avoid encounters with snakes in the wild. The session concludes with supervised handling of the friendlier lizards and pythons. Squeals of delight can be heard during the handling time whilst parents and teachers hide in the corner!
Coach groups and special interest groups are also welcome with tours of the Reptile centre tailored to suit your needs and time commitments. Bookings are advisable and appreciated.
The Devils Marbles are huge granite boulders scattered across a wide, shallow valley, 100 kilometres south of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.
The Devils Marbles are located in the traditional country of the Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people. They call the Devils Marbles Karlu Karlu, which literally translates as ‘round boulders’.
Formed by erosion over millions of years, the Devils Marbles are made of granite, which surfaces like an island in the desert. They vary in size, from 50 centimetres up to six metres across.
Many of the giant stones are precariously balanced on top of one another, appearing to defy gravity. They continue to crack and erode today, creating an ever-changing landscape.
Mataranka Hot Springs
Mataranka Thermal Pool is a great place to unwind. The warm, crystalline waters of the natural pool is said to have the power to soothe aches and pains after a long day on the road.
The water is spring fed, bubbling up at a fairly constant temperature of 34 degrees Celsius. The surrounding paperbark and palm forest filters the sun and leaves soft, dappled light playing on the water’s surface. The area around the pool is a natural breeding ground for the little red flying fox. The breeding season is usually from November to May, but often extends into the drier months.
The Mataranka Thermal Pool may be inaccessible at times due to flooding between the months of November through to April.
Address: NT Australia
Kakadu is awesome in all seasons, the wet season when all is green, fresh and adorned by mighty waterfalls, and the dry with stunning variations of eco variations.
It’s as if the seasons were competing against each other for the grand prize of which season is grandest.
Kakadu Air fly to completely different areas in the dry, the views are distinctly different, and the land forms they fly are much more varied, the views changing in every minute flown. They see amazing erosion features, the massive Arnhem Land Plateau, sliced by age and erosion into isolated outliers, Rivers are carved into the 1650million year old kambolgie sandstone plateau, faults and fissures host flora as different as spinifex and tropical rain forest. The sandstone spoils being the source of white sands on the river floors. The fresh water rivers lie still, but nearby the winding tidal rivers rise and fall at 100 kilometres inland, forced by massive 8 metre tides at the Arafura coast. Kakadu’s wildlife survives in permanent billabongs, and seasonal floodplains.
Adelaide River Cruises
THE BEST jumping crocodile cruise you’ll ever go on.
Meet the world renowned BRUTUS and other HUGE crocodiles!
You’ll get as close as you’ll ever dare in a small group environment that provides memorable photo opportunities.
They have deliberately kept a low impact approach to thier cruise site to respect this pristine region of the Adelaide River.
Address: Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin,
Northern Territory, Australia
Leaving Stokes Hill Wharf at 4.00 pm on a date especially picked around the lunar cycle, your cobwebs will be blown away as Darwin Harbour fades into the distance. With the warm breeze on your face and the smell of salt in the air, life will become surreal as you skim over turquoise waters on the way to the nesting ground for flatback and olive ridley turtles.
Keeping your eyes peeled for marine mammals and reptiles, your journey will take you past historic Charles Point Lighthouse into Bynoe Harbour, arriving at remote Njulbitjlk (Bare Sand Island) in time for the sun set. Explore the island with Team Turtle, learn about the fascinating marine creatures who inhabit these waters and who visit the island; and find out about the unique war history and traditional stories as you experience day turning to night.
Back on board your bento meal will delight, and then after twilight fades, Team Turtle will take you for a guided walk to witness the egg laying ritual. For those who take this adventure late in the season you may have the privilege of witnessing the eruption of baby turtles from their home under the warm sand. A fast boat ride will get you back to Darwin, with memories that will last a life time.
This tour is conducted around the lunar cycle – full moon and new moon are the best times to see the turtles. Nature dictates your experience and return time – the females usually come up around sunset, although there are no guarantees. The tour will return later if babies are hatching. Note that nesting turtles or hatchlings cannot be guaranteed on any tour though in 2015 100% of our guests experienced a turtle encounter.
This cruise attracts Advanced Eco and ROC Accreditation.
Motor Sports NT
Address: 171 Hidden Valley Rd, Hidden Valley NT 0822, Australia
MotorSports NT is now in its ninth year as Peak Body for Territory motor sports. It has been an exciting time and their growth has been quite staggering given that they originally started with the 6 clubs that operated at the Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex (HVMSC) in February 2007 to having 17 affiliated clubs across the Northern Territory and now represent over 10,000 licensed competitors, pit crew, volunteers and officials. Their surveys confirm that motor sports is arguably the most patronised of all Territory sports with over 184,000 spectators and participants annually!
It is interesting to note that the Northern Territory is the only Australian State/Territory that actually has a “Peak Sports Body” representing the interests of local motor sports and receiving funding from the Government annually to assist and support affiliated clubs.
Address: Darwin, Australia, Leanyer
Northern Territory, Australia 0812
Reel Screamin Barra Fishing is a Darwin based Barra Fishing tour operation offering both barra and Bluewater Fishing safaris. They offer day and extended fishing safaris to some of the best Barramundi and bluewater fishing spots the Northern Territory has to offer.
Reel Screamin’ Barra Fishing uses a purpose built vessel – a 6.4 metre Customworks ‘Eliminator’ powered by a 225hp Yamaha. The Eliminator is designed and built in the Northern Territory to handle the local conditions. Made from a plate aluminium construction she is solid, fast and a great platform to fish from. Although surveyed for five clients we generally stick to four for optimal comfort and fishing space. There are padded seats, wide gunwhales, large iced eskys, iced water coolers and umbrellas to keep you out of the sun when required.
They transfer clients in an air-conditioned Nissan Patrol 4WD, which are licensed to carry 6 passengers in accordance with NT registration of tourist vehicles. This size of vehicle allows for easy transportation of clients and gear while comfortably towing a large boat.