Why Are Boomers Flocking to the Northern Territory of Australia Every Year? Are You Next?
Baby Boomers are avid adventurers and life-long learners. We thrive on “off the beaten track” discoveries and love to learn from our experiences.
We have a fascination for beautiful places that aren’t on the everyday tourist routes and we will go out of our way to experience Mother Nature’s pristine work. For us, it’s all about the experience!
Cascading waterfalls, rugged escarpments, ancient Aboriginal culture and rock art, man-eating crocodiles and exotic bird life. Destined to take your breath away!
No wonder a trip to the Northern Territory of Australia is one of the most sought after destinations on Baby Boomers’ bucket lists.
Affectionately referred to as “The Territory,” this remote part of Australia is one of the last frontiers and we love exploring our own backyard.
See the Sights of Darwin
Darwin is the gateway to the “Top End” and boasts the best lifestyle in Australia. A cultural melting pot, Darwin is a vibrant city influenced by many cultures around the world. Our uniqueness is who we are, and we love it!
The best time to visit is between May and September to enjoy the beautiful balmy weather and the friendliest people in Australia.
Experience Mindil Beach – world famous for spectacular sunsets and attracting thousands of people each week who come to enjoy an eclectic selection of street food, trinkets and local traditional Aboriginal art.
Picture this – lounging in an old-fashioned deckchair with cushions for comfort on a balmy night in a picturesque tropical garden setting. Step back in time and catch a movie at the Deckchair Cinema outdoor theatre under the stars. It’s a nostalgic fun night!
Take a Jumping Crocodile Cruise
A Jumping Crocodile cruise will amaze you and show what these prehistoric saltwater crocodiles will do. Or be brave and venture into the “cage of death” at Crocosaurous Cove.
If you’re a history buff, there is much to learn about Darwin’s involvement in World War II by visiting the interactive museums and military displays. Did you know there were more bombing raids on Darwin than Pearl Harbour?
A trip to the Top End wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Litchfield Park. Visit the Lost
City, the heritage ruins and the spectacular magnetic termite mounds. Go bushwalking at Buley Waterhole and have lunch at Picnic Creek before taking a swim in the crystal-clear waters of Wangi Falls. Litchfield is an ever-changing landscape.
What to Do in Kakadu
Kakadu National Park is in Arnhem Land at the Top End of Australia. World Heritage-listed Kakadu is recognised as one of the most pristine natural habitats in the world. A place where time has stood still.
Steeped in history and rich in aboriginal culture, Kakadu is often referred to as a living cultural landscape where aboriginal people have lived and cared for their land for tens of thousands of years.
Ubirr Rock at sunrise or sunset is the best vantage point for the panoramic views of floodplains and escarpments of Kakadu. The rocks take on a vivid red-gold colour and the view stretches forever! It’s an easy climb to the top, and you will see distinctive Aboriginal rock paintings on the way.
The Aboriginal people have a spiritual connection with this land. Learn about their “Dreaming” by taking one of the cultural tours available at the Bowali Visitors Centre. Discover the healing properties of the native plants and learn about the traditional foods. You will hear traditional legends that have been handed down through the generations, making these experiences truly one of a kind.
Kakadu is home to thousands of species of reptiles, frogs, fish and birds – many of which are unique to this part of the world.
Take a sunset cruise on Yellow Waters billabong and watch the crocodiles lazily sunning themselves at the water’s edge. Flocks of Brolgas, Jabirus and Magpie Geese are just some of the birds you’ll see.
It’s a photographers’ paradise with so many species of plants, crocodiles and birdlife found nowhere else in the world.
How to Get to Kakadu
Bus tours are available from Darwin or if you prefer, a 3-hour car trip will take you through some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. Be prepared for the experience of Kakadu. It’s truly “Crocodile Dundee” country.
Have you ever travelled to Australia? Is the Top End on your bucket list? What would you most like to see in the Top End? Have you ever seen a Jabiru, or a Brolga? Please share in the comments!
Ann Owen is a fun loving empty-nester travelling with her husband Trevor. They are living life’s adventures and sharing their experiences on Territory Mob, their travel blog. Ann and Trevor are road trip lovers, “5 star campers” and soon to be grey nomads exploring Outback Australia. Ann loves traveling, good food, great wine, cycling, watercolours and her stress-free lifestyle.