Territorians are a resilient lot. Within 24 hours of Cyclone Marcus sweeping across northern Australia on Saturday afternoon, the majority of Darwin’s tourism operators were back open for business.
Michael Tennant, CEO of the NT’s Department of Trade, Business and Innovation and Acting CEO for the NT’s Department of Tourism and Culture, said there was no lasting disruption to the tourism industry in the Top End and the majority of tourism businesses impacted had resumed normal operations within a day or two.
“While cyclones are a natural phenomenon of the tropics, they are not a regular occurrence in Darwin,” Mr Tennant said. “The message to consumers and to industry is that Darwin is very much open for business.”
Mr Tennant said while felled trees across the Top End was a scene in itself, they in no way created a disadvantage to experiencing what the Northern Territory has to offer during the traditional summer months – including national parks, wet season waterfalls, fishing, sunsets and more.
It’s a sentiment shared by 690 cruise ship passengers aboard the Azamara Journey, which docked at Fort Hill Wharf on Sunday morning. Azamara’s guests were welcomed to Darwin and boarded their Top End tours as per normal over the weekend. A further 700 cruise passengers, aboard the Seven Seas Voyager, arrived in Darwin today and are currently out and about experiencing their very own Top End adventures.
Trevor Cox, General Manager for Tourism Top End said the Darwin Visitor Centre opened as usual on Saturday and Sunday to assist tourists visiting Darwin.
“Currently, more than 500 tourism operators are open for business and the remaining few should be back online within a day or so when the last of the power lines are restored,” he said.
Clean up efforts are continuing across the CBD and suburbs today.
EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF SUMMER IN THE TOP END
Summer in The NT is classified as off-peak, so your adventure holiday will deliver absolute value for money as hotels, airlines and tour operators offer generous discounts to visit. Here’s five of the best summer experiences that await you in the Top End.
Darwin’s vivid sunsets deliver dramatic nightly showstoppers over Top End skies and provide the perfect backdrop for some of Darwin’s most famous outdoor eateries.
The swell of wet-season waterfalls, like the ever-popular Florence and Wangi Falls, make for epic Instagram-worthy images in Litchfield National Park, just a short 90-minute drive from Darwin’s CBD. And best of all, the roads are fully-sealed.
A scenic flight through Kakadu National Park is one of the absolute best ways to fully appreciate this ancient and rugged landscape as water buffalo and brumbies roam, spear trees reach their full height, billabongs swell and fill and waterfalls like Jim Jim and Twin Falls flow in full glory.
Southern Rockhole in Nitmiluk National Park is one of the few places where you can swim in Nitmiluk during the Top End Green Season – and what a waterhole it is! The walk is more hike than stroll as you clamber over the rocky escarpment, so BYO good walking shoes and a sense of adventure.
Stay, play and fish the Territory’s famous ‘build up’ and run-off. The fishing is spectacular from January to mid–March and the Territory’s famous Million Dollar Fish competition provides a million extra incentives for anglers to visit the Top End during the summer season.
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