Destination Guide: Australia

Pushing Frontiers: Time for ... Darwin

A new convention centre is putting the Northern Territory on the C&I map

WHERE TO STAY
Located in the city centre, overlooking Darwin Harbour, the Novotel Atrium features a tropical indoor rainforest, complete with cascading vines and palm trees. It offers 140 rooms and suites, and conference facilities for up to 100 delegates.

The five-star luxury resort Skycity Darwin, set among tropical beach-side gardens, has 117 rooms, three restaurants, numerous bars, a business centre, conference facilities and casino. Its grand ballroom can seat 320 for dinner or 500 theatre-style.

Fresh from a multi-mullion dollar revamp in 2007, the Crowne Plaza Darwin offers 233 guestrooms and a number of meeting rooms, which can accommodate between six and 360 delegates. A new addition to the city's hotel offering is the Mantra Pandanas, which has 330 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and conferencing space in the heart of Darwin's CBD. The 28-storey property opened in April and offers spectacular views of Darwin Harbour. Sister property, the four-star Mantra on the Esplanade, has 140 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, 64 hotel rooms, a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool and spa.

INCENTIVES
Board a yacht or historic pearl lugger to spend the afternoon cruising Darwin's harbour, and watch the sun set over the Timor Sea. Experience the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park or fly over the Kakadu escarpment, before visiting Aboriginal rock art galleries. Take a sunset cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, and enjoy a bush tucker feast including kangaroo and crocodile under the stars by an open fire. Visit Darwin's newest attraction, Crocosaurus Cove, which features 'big flippin' crocs'. The multi-million pound project also allows visitors to view nests, hatchlings and yearlings, and is available as a unique venue for cocktail functions.

 

HINTS & TIPS
Darwin occupies a compact area at the end of a peninsula in the far north of the Northern Territory, west of Arnhem Land

Darwin Convention Centre officially opened its doors in July and can host events for ten to 4,000 delegates

Darwin is two hours from Bali and four from Singapore, with direct international air access to both, and connections onto the rest of Asia and the world

Local DMCs include Managing Australian Destinations, Action Enterprises and Vicky Spence Event Management

Darwin has a tropical climate so enjoys warm and sunny weather for most of the year

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
Darwin's restaurant scene is clustered around the Esplanade and Mitchell Street. Redsalt Bar and Grill is a modern restaurant serving premium steak dishes and seafood, including local barramundi. Also on Mitchell Street is award-winning restaurant and function venue Lewinsky's, which specialises in seafood, and the Hog's Breath Cafe offering its famed 18-hour slow-cooked rib steaks. Zest Restaurant and Terrace on the Esplanade serves up exotic local dishes such as kangaroo, buffalo or crocodile, while The Sirocco's menu has a distinctive Mediterranean feel. Hanuman at The Holiday Inn Esplanade specialises in South East Asian cuisine.

DIRECTORY
Northern Territory Convention Bureau
Contact Lynn Fairbrass
Tel +61 889 99 38 71
Email info@ntconventions.com.au
Web www.ntconventions.com

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