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Discover Top End Luxury With These Northern Territory Escapes

Immerse yourself in the rugged outback of the Northern Territory without sacrificing creature comforts. The Top End has no shortage of unique, truly luxurious experiences.

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-life-time premium experience that money can buy and you have deep pockets and a thirst for adventure, then the Northern Territory is for you. These five unforgettable, typically Australian experiences have been road-tested and are nothing short of epic.

Whether it’s a heli-pub tour of the Outback or a dinner under a thousand stars, there’s a luxurious experience for everyone’s tastes.

Bush luxury at its best

Northern Territory luxury escape Longitude 131 helicopter

Soaking up at the luxury at Longitude 131. Photo: Facebook

When you think of the rugged Outback, if images of burnt oranges and mind- blowing natural wonders come to mind, you’re not wrong. There are few places that are sexier than the newly-revamped Longitude 131°.

The magnificent luxury wilderness retreat is among Australia’s most acclaimed places to rest your head. Come to the spiritual heartland of Australia and understand why the NT is the throbbing heart-beat of Australia.

Be amazed by World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park from your Pavilion and enjoy a swim in the new plunge pool, the perfect place for a post-Rock swim, while the revamped dining venue is a serene place to sit and enjoy an Australian drop of wine.

The collection of 16 glamping pavilions have the most incredible views of Australia’s best-known natural wonder, Uluru (Ayers Rock).

If it’s good enough for Oprah and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it’s good enough for us.

Doctor’s orders: bush medicine

Northern Territory luxury escape Longitude 131 helicopter

Some of the ocean surrounding Groote Eylandt Lodge. Photo: Groote Eylandt Lodge

Surrounding the Groote Eylandt Lodge is some 300 square kilometres of pristine ocean. This island getaway is a 1-and-a-half-hour flight from Darwin Airport and one of the most famous places to experience bush medicine.

The cultural tours are run by the “Anindilyakwan People” who are the Traditional Owners of the Groote Archipelago.

They invite you to explore the breath-taking environment and share their ancient culture with you.

On Doctor’s orders we recommend you learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Anindilyakwan people and understand the intricacies of Bush Medicine.

Simply sign up to the Bush Medicine Workshop and learn about the ancient remedies, which will cure any bug or blister.

Price on request, [email protected]

Dinner under a thousand stars

Northern Territory luxury escape Longitude 131 helicopter

A dessert at Tali Wiru. Photo: Tali Wiru

While you’re in the Outback, you’ll need some bush tucker. So, join the magic under a blanket of stars for the ‘Tali Wiru’ dinner.

Under the Southern Desert sky, you will experience the ultimate alfresco dining experience overlooking Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).

As the dingo’s howl, you’ll enjoy a drop of sparkling wine as the day turns to night. The colours of the Rock, change from minute to minute and your Instagram will be full of magical memories.

The ultimate dining experience, with no more than 20 guests at any one time, will be enjoying Indigenous Australian flavours. Think barbequed kangaroo and emu pate.

As the camp fire is blazing, an Indigenous storyteller will captivate you with stories of the world’s most ancient culture.

Northern Territory flying fish

Northern Territory luxury escape Longitude 131 helicopter

Outback Floatplane Adventures offers heli-fishing. Photo: Facebook

Heli-fishing is the ultimate premium experience and a great way to spend your morning or afternoon.

Using high-speed catamarans and Robinson R44 helicopters, you will be taken to the best fishing locations in the Top End. Throw your line out and perhaps you’ll catch barramundi, jewfish or golden snapper. From hidden freshwater lagoons and rivers, to blue water reefs, this the perfect experience to top off your NT adventure.

Drink your way around the Top End

Northern Territory luxury escape Longitude 131 helicopter

Soaking up at the luxury at Longitude 131. Photo: Facebook

Take a Heli-Pub Tour around the Top End of Australia’s most remote pubs and that’s about as premium a beer experience as you can get. It’s unlikely you’ll find anything like this in the rest of the world. The ingenious idea is something only an Aussie would think of.All you need to do is get yourself to Darwin and the Pilot does the rest.

As the chopper glides over the Outback, you have the pleasure of visiting up to five remote pubs from a birds-eye-view and then choppering down to sit and enjoy a typical Aussie Outback watering hole.

Among the best bush pubs are the famous Humpty Doo Hotel, Darwin River Tavern and the pub of Goat Island.

You’ll meet crocodile-dundee characters all while enjoying an ice-cold brew.

As voted one of the Top 10 things to do in Darwin, it’s a must for any aspiring ‘Boss’.

Whist you’re on the quest for the Top End’s coldest beer, rest assured that you’re in good care.

The company’s Managing Director, Clinton has over 30 years’ experience in flying. He can tell you about stock mustering from the sky, aerial agriculture and fire-bombing, so raise your schooner and chin chin to that!

(Lead image: An aerial view of Longitude 131)

Published 20 September, 2017