Top end at the top end of New York Times’ ‘52 Places to Go
The Northern Territory’s spectacular Top End has been ranked an impressive number 12 in The New York Times’ annual 52 Places to Go list, one of only two destinations in Australia to be listed.
Each year, the Times compiles the hot list of 52 global destinations to inspire travellers for the coming year, including both well-known and off the beaten track destinations. This year’s theme was somewhere that ‘yielded something magical’.
The guide highlighted the Top End’s incredible cultural experiences, with exclusive access tours to Aboriginal homelands in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land with Venture North Safaris, as well as Pudakul Tours – perched on a crocodile-filled billabong as just some of many unique experiences available to travellers.
Michael Tennant, Acting CEO of the Department of Tourism and Culture said he was thrilled to see The Territory recognised by such a venerated publication.
“It’s fantastic to see the Top End has been named as part of the 52 Best Places to Go in 2018, by the New York Times,” said Mr Tennant.
“The result is a testament to the NT as a truly world-class and extraordinary tourism destination. Although, with breathtaking and pristine scenery combined with authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences including the world’s oldest indigenous rock art galleries, it’s no surprise to us that the NT has made this list,” he said.
New York Times reporter Adam H. Graham wrote, “Australia’s remote Top End – the northernmost hunk of the NT – is experiencing an uptick of tourism to its Aboriginal communities, the world’s oldest civilisations, according to 2017 DNA analysis. The 2017 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair saw record crowds, while new camps, tourism and indigenous partnerships are afoot in 2018.”
The Northern Territory’s Top End spans Darwin, Kakadu and Arnhem Land in the north down to Katherine in the south and offers travellers a vibrant tropical experience underpinned by a blend of brilliant outdoor attractions, famous sunsets and a colourful calendar of outdoor events and festivals.
One operator recognised as part of the guide was Venture North Safaris, known for exclusive access tours to Aboriginal Homelands of Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land.
Aboriginal-owned Pudakul Tours was also called out in the guide for its six-room camp perched on a crocodile-filled Billabong, while the Top End’s small cities – Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine – were celebrated for their new markets and indigenous centres, giving visitors hubs to appreciate the vast region’s diverse culture.
The NT is joined by Tasmania as the only Australian destinations to feature on the hot list, with Tasmania coming in at a respectable number 33.
For information on the Top End and other NT destinations, visit northernterritory.com.