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    Across the Top - Outback Australia Travel Program Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory is a great base Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory is a great base from which to explore the Top Ends many attractions. Whi...
    Across the Top - Outback Australia Travel Program Darwin, capital of
    the Northern Territory is a great base Darwin, capital of the
    Northern Territory is a great base from which to explore the Top
    Ends many attractions. While in Darwin make sure you visit museum
    and its fascinating Cyclone Tracey exhibition (Darwin was demolished
    by a cyclone in 1974) , catch a movie at the open air deck chair
    cinema, feed the fish at aquascene, have a feed at the wharf
    precinct and check out one of the many fantastic markets.Darwin has
    a unique population mix with 75% of people aged under 25 years. It
    is also very multicultural, having over fifty different
    nationalities living harmoniously together. To capture the face of
    darwin, I interviewed Bow Chooiam a 17 year old first generation
    Thai girl who I met working at her parents stall at the Parap
    markets. Click on the pic to the left to hear her story.Between
    Darwin and Kakadont is the Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge Catch a
    barramundi, take a cruise and see a croc in the Mary River, watch a
    great Aborigine culture show, or just take it easy. Well worth
    checking out100 kms east of Katherine, Manyallaluk is an Aboriginal
    owned and operated tourism business. Visitors can do tours where
    they learn various aspects of Aboriginal Culture. The emphasis is on
    having fun and getting involved in the activities.The first thing
    that I noticed about Manyallaluk is how happy everyone is who is
    lives out there.The guides love their work and really enjoy passing
    on their bush knowledge to the white fellas.A true cultural
    experience and one I advise every visitor to Australia, and every
    Aussie, should experience. A beautiful gem of a placeI interviewed
    Peter Bolgi about his job as a guide.Mataranka has some great
    natural springs where you can swim safely without becoming a
    crocodiles dinner. We stayed at the Territory Manor where they feed
    tame leaping barramundi twice a day.Out here in the outback, pubs
    and petrol stops are the hub of the universe. It is not unusual to
    travel 300 km between fuel stations. Renner Springs is one such
    stop, slap bang in the middle of nowhere. It is sustained by a
    natural spring. All fruit, vegetables and meat come from Adelaide
    2,206 km south and petrol supplies are freighted 836 km from Darwin.
    I interviewed Jasmine, a bar maid at Renner for the last two years.
    What sort of woman lives in such an isolated location? Thirty
    minutes drive from Mt. Isa, West Leichardt station is a 310,000 acre
    cattle station. Up here there are two seasons, the dry and the wet.
    Currently it is the end of the dry season, a time of maintenance and
    repair. Its also a time of waiting...waiting for the first rains to
    hit. The land is harsh and dry, having gone up to 40 weeks without
    rain. I interviewed station owner Ron Croft about life in the
    outback.Ron has his dams stocked with a variety of fish including
    Barramundi and Sooty Grunter. We had a go with the rods and caught
    two Sooty Grunters with the first two casts.Karumba on the Gulf of
    Carpentaria, is renown for its great sport fishing. It is currently
    the build up to the wet season with temperatures soar above 40
    degrees, with humidity around 75%. You really have to be here to
    understand how draining this sort of climate can be. People tend to
    get a bit stir crazy this time of year, waiting for the first rains
    of the wet to fall. And when the wet does hit, Karumba can be cut
    off from the rest of the world for up to 12 weeks due to flood
    waters cutting road access. During these times food drops are made
    by helicopter for stranded Karumba residentsLocal police officer
    Jason Jesse is a keen fisherman who took us out on his boat to catch
    some barramundi, Australias premier native sports fish.The Undara
    lava tubes were formed one hundred and ninety thousand years ago
    when a volcanic eruption spewed lava along creeks and riverbeds to
    form the lava tubes left today.I interviewed Savannah Guide Val
    Speedie. Savannah guides is a network of professional tour guides
    with an in-depth collective knowledge of the natural and cultural
    assets of the tropical savannahs of northern Australia. Val has been
    a guide at Undara for the last ten years and has a vast knowledge of
    the area. Click on pic to the left to see her video.We tried doing
    some night driving to beat the intense day time heat. Not a good
    idea in the outback, the roads were thick with kamakazi kangaroos
    and roaming cattle. During a 150 km journey the carnage toll was
    three kangaroos and one unidentified flying bird. Without a roo bar
    we would have been in for some serious damage to the car. In the end
    we only lost a headlight.Only one hours drive from Cairns, the
    tablelands feature some magnificant waterfalls, crater lakes and
    rainforest. We also dropped into the Crystal Caves at Atherton which
    feature a great collection of crystals and fossils from around the
    world.
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