Meeting Place 2018 - famil program

This year's buyer famil program promises to offer ATEC member buyers a unique and fresh look at the Northern Territory's impressive experiences.
From picturesque sunsets and crystal clear waterholes to rich Aboriginal culture and of course crocodiles, this is a famil program you do not want to miss. 
Make sure you indicate your interest during registration to participate in this fantastic opportunity. 



TOP OF THE TOP END (3 DAYS)
Pre famil: 15 –18 November 2018
                    OR
Post famil: 22-25 November 2018

There aren’t many places in the world which showcase tropical weather, picture-perfect sunsets, crocodiles, rich Aboriginal culture, magnificent gorges, crystal clear waterholes and dramatic landscapes. Darwin, the NT’s distinctly modern, youthful and multicultural capital city, has an outdoor lifestyle that is enjoyed year-round at its open-air restaurants, beachside markets and harbour cruises.

With this metropolis at your doorstep, you can discover the nature, culture and adventure of the Top End region via the Nature’s Way drive route. Kakadu is a World Heritage-listed site for both its cultural and natural values and is Australia’s largest national park. Discover ancient indigenous culture with rock art up to 50,000 years old, soak up the views of rugged escarpments and cruise the billabongs teeming with birds, water buffalo, brumbies and saltwater crocodiles. Further south, the outback meets the tropics in Katherine. Nitmiluk National Park covers a vast area of escarpment country, including 13 gorges carved from the ancient sandstone country best explored by a cruise. Finally, Litchfield National Park is home to a range of swimming holes, cascading waterfalls, bushwalks and impressively built magnetic termite mounds!


TOP OF THE TOP END (MANDARIN SPEAKING) (3 DAYS)

Pre famil: 15-18 November 2018
                    OR
Post famil: 22-25 November 2018

There aren’t many places in the world which showcase tropical weather, picture-perfect sunsets, crocodiles, rich Aboriginal culture, magnificent gorges, crystal clear waterholes and dramatic landscapes. Darwin, the Northern Territory’s distinctly modern, youthful and multicultural capital city is the closest Australian city to the East by air. An outdoor lifestyle is enjoyed year-round at Darwin’s open-air restaurants, beachside markets and harbour cruises.

With this metropolis at your doorstep, you can discover the nature, culture and adventure of the Top End region via the Nature’s Way drive route. Kakadu is a World Heritage-listed site for both its cultural and natural values and is Australia’s largest national park. Discover ancient indigenous culture with rock art up to 50,000 years old, soak up the views of rugged escarpments and cruise the billabongs teeming with birds, water buffalos, brumbies and salt water crocodiles. Further south, the outback meets the tropics in Katherine. Nitmiluk National Park covers a vast area of escarpment country, including 13 gorges carved from the ancient sandstone country best explored by a cruise. Finally, Litchfield National Park is home to a range of swimming holes, cascading waterfalls, bushwalks and impressively built magnetic termite mounds!


OUTBACK LUXURY (3 DAYS)

Pre famil: 15-18 November 2018
                    OR
Post famil: 22-25 November 2018

Outback doesn’t have to mean roughing it. Australia’s Outback Journeys is a collection of accommodation and touring companies that offer unparalleled access to the exciting experiences, captivating locations and authentic characters of the Northern Territory. Join a muster on a cattle station; discover ancient Aboriginal rock art and burial sites; stay in secluded outback lodges; catch a fighting barramundi on the floodplains; and marvel at iconic land formations that represent the Dreamtime. Or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings – from private swimming holes and remote blazing sunsets to long, lazy gourmet lunches or dining under a million stars.



LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK (FULL DAY TOUR)
Pre-famil: 18 November 2018
                   OR
Post-famil: 22 November 2018

Just an hour-and-a-half drive from Darwin, Litchfield National Park features a myriad of diverse environments including rugged sandstone escarpments, perennial spring-fed streams, monsoon rainforests, magnetic termite mounds, waterfalls and historic ruins.

The crystal-clear swimming holes and pleasant bushwalking trails make this park a favourite among Darwin locals. Plunge into waterholes beneath the magnificent spring-fed waterfalls of Florence and Wangi, or soak in the gentle three-tiered cascade shaded by rainforest at Buley Rockhole.

TIWI ISLANDS (FULL DAY TOUR)
Pre-famil: 18 November 2018
                   OR
Post-famil: 22 November 2018

Melville and Bathurst islands, known collectively as the Tiwi Islands, lie 80 kilometres north of Darwin. The Tiwi people are known around the world for their distinctive fabric prints, pottery, sculptures, carvings and exceptional ability at Australian football.

Be transported into the modern lives of one of the world's oldest living cultures. This tour offers a unique opportunity to share in the life and culture of the Tiwi people, see and purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at wholesale prices, learn about legends and stories and witness cultural ceremony and dance.

ADELAIDE RIVER JUMPING CROCODILE CRUISE (HALF OR FULL DAY TOUR)
Pre-famil: 18 November 2018
                   OR
Post-famil: 22 November 2018

Adventure seekers wanting to see one of the world’s most deadly animals in full flight should join a crocodile ‘jumping tour’ along the Adelaide River. Only 1.5 hours from Darwin, the crocodile tours allow you to observe these 6-metre killing machines up close as they leap out of the water to grab meat held out for them. 



PUDAKUL ABORIGINAL CULTURAL TOUR (HALF OR FULL DAY TOUR)
Pre-famil: 18 November 2018
                   OR
Post-famil: 22 November 2018

Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours is a 100% Aboriginal owner operator business that commenced in 2008.  Visitors to Pudakul are taught and shown traditional techniques such as: clap stick and didgeridoo playing, spear making and throwing, Dilly Bay and basket weaving, plus guided walks and talks.

OUTBACK FLOATPLANE ADVENTURES ‘THE ULTIMATE TOUR’ (HALF -DAY TOUR)
Pre-famil: 18 November 2018
                   OR
Post-famil: 22 November 2018

'The Ultimate Tour' is an action packed half day adventure designed to show the NT at its best. 'The Ultimate Tour' starts with a scenic flight complete with a spectacular floatplane landing on the waters of Sweets Lagoon where your once in a lifetime adventure unfolds.  The tour includes:  a spectacular floatplane flight; airboat ride through the rainforest channels; relaxing billabong cruise including a BBQ breakfast or lunch; airboat fast lap; swimming in the croc safe cage; and opportunities to view the NT's unique wildlife. 

DARWIN HOP-ON HOP-OFF SIGHT SEEING (FULL DAY TOUR)
Pre-famil: 18 November 2018
                   OR
Post-famil: 22 November 2018

There's lots to enjoy in the tropical capital of the NT, from the markets of Mindil Beach and Parap, to Crocosaurus Cove and the popular Deckchair Cinema.  All of these great attractions and more lie within easy reach of Darwin's open-top sightseeing bus tour. The route has 12 hop-on hop-off stops throughout the city that stretch from East Point in the North to the cruise ship terminal at Fort Hill Wharf.

The Darwin Explorer tour visits popular local attractions such as the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Military Museum at East Point, with its Defence of Darwin Experience. If you do visit the Museum and Art Gallery take little stroll along Vestey's beach until you arrive at the Fannie Bay Goal Museum, where you can get intriguing insights into the hundred year penal history of the city.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL FAMILS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY, MINIMUM NUMBERS, WEATHER AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.