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Top 7: Reasons to Visit the NT in 2019

If the rugged desert, stunning natural formations and waterfalls aren’t enough to get you to Australia’s inspiring Top End, then here are 7 reasons to get you there in 2019.

FABalice Festival

Over three days in the heart of the Northern Territory, FABalice Festival will be transforming Alice Springs into a rainbow ex-DRAG-vaganza. Inspired by The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert that’s celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, FABalice will take visitors on a journey paying homage to the film, stage musical and of course the drag scene. There’ll be a Pride Parade, performances, a pool party, an outdoor cinema and many more. Full program and more information on website.

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Around Alice Springs Friday 8 – Sunday 10 March

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light

Returning for another year, the Parrtjima – A Festival of Light is turning Alice Springs Desert Park into a light spectacular. Using the natural rock formations as its backdrop, visitors will be amazed by the cutting-edge technology transmitted onto the natural canvas, the MacDonnell Ranges that is. On top of that, visitors can participate in the live paintings, workshops, talks, and music all performed over the 10 days. This year, Parrtjima’s theme is Language Expression – aligning with the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages. This is definitely an event not to miss.

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871 Larapinta Dr, Alice Springs Friday 5 – Sunday 14 April, 6:30 – 10:30pm Free entry

A Taste of Kakadu

Over 10 days in May, the Kakadu region in Northern Territory will be transforming into an event focused on the cultivation, production and enjoyment of food. This year, A Taste of Kakadu will have a program full of pop-up dining experiences, feasts, handcrafted menus designed by celebrity chefs, forage walks, brunches, canape cruises along billabongs as well as ancestral stories and workshops. This food extravaganza will be a compilation of modern cooking meets ancient traditions, locally found produce and incredible flavours. This is a food festival that’s 65,000 years in the making.

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Around Kakadu Friday 10 – Sunday 19 May Free entry

Uluru Camel Cup

Think of Melbourne Cup meets the outback. Minus the luscious grass, horses and the hefty crowd, Uluru Camel Racing Club will be hosting its eighth annual Uluru Camel Cup. In Yulara, it’s all class and no grass. Over the two days, some of the clubs finest camels will be racing to win the final dash. On top of that, guests can participate in various outback games, the reptile show, a whip cracking display, Fashions on the Field and even helicopter flights. Majority of the proceeds donated go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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10 Kali Crt, Yulara Friday 24 & Saturday 25 May From $10

Territory Taste Festival

Over two days in May, Darwin City will be hosting the renowned Territory Taste Festival. Featuring over 40 food and wine stalls, guests can also enjoy the various masterclasses, demonstrations, live music and sampling in their new location at Darwin Port Cruise Ship Terminal. This year, organisers have promised bigger and better things for the food extravaganza especially with their celebrity host, Manu Feildel joining ticket holders over the two days. At Territory Taste Festival, Northern Territory producers, farmers, growers, suppliers and bush harvest experts are praised.

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Anchorage Court, Darwin City Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May from $10

Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

Since its establishment in mid-June of 1974, the Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta has been considered as a festival praising the much-beloved beer. More specifically, the can. So what can you do with that can? Build a boat? Sure you can. On the Sunday, Mindil Beach will be used by contestants to float and flounder on their homemade boats made of beer cans, plastic bottles and even cartons. The event is an incentive to clean up rubbish around Darwin, also raising more than $150,000 in donations towards the Combined Lions Clubs of Darwin.

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Mindil Beach, Darwin Sunday 14 July

Darwin Festival

Hosted at Harbour View Plaza is Darwin Festival held annually each August. Underneath the stringed fairy lights, guests can sit amongst the picnic area to sit back and relax during one of Darwin’s most pleasant climate months. On top of that, guests can enjoy a range of delicious meals from the various food stalls paired up with a visit to the pop-up bars. The aim of Darwin Festival is to celebrate the entertainment industry in Darwin and its surrounding neighbourhoods, so over the 18 days there’ll also be live music, theatre performances, visual art, dance as well as cabaret performances to enjoy.

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8 McMinn St, Darwin Thursday 8 – Sunday 25 August