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Seven NT events and experiences to add to the to-do or re-do list

With a lifestyle to the envy of many and unique and pristine landscapes to enjoy, why not use long weekends and holidays to see more of our backyard and experience all sorts of events? Here are just seven to start planning for.

Throughout the year there are all sorts of activities and fun that can be had, no matter where you live. You might not be lucky enough to catch a Million Dollar Fish, but you don’t need luck to enjoy a memorable staycation.

Check out what’s happening close to home, or use the time to book a few new or favourite experiences so you don’t miss out on what’s on across the Territory this year.

Feature image courtesy: Parrtjima – A Festival in Light

Darwin events

Flix in the Wet

As the Deckchair Cinema is closed during the wet season, the Darwin Entertainment Centre hosts Flix in the Wet.

The Darwin Film Society selects various arthouse films and over nine weeks keeps attendees cool, entertained and enlightened with two films every Sunday afternoon.

Head over to the Deckchair Cinema website to learn more about Flix in the Wet and book tickets, or to stay up to date with what’s showing when the outdoor cinema’s in action during dry season.


Courtesy Darwin Entertainment Centre

Darwin Symphony Orchestra’s Carnival of the Animals

For a vibrant and fun indoors session, bring the kids and enjoy listening to The Carnival of the Animals and a variety of animal-themed orchestral pieces.

The talented Darwin Symphony Orchestra has several other performances planned for 2021. Find out more at the Darwin Entertainment Centre website.

Katherine events

Freedom Day Festival 

In August 2021, the 55th Freedom Day Festival will celebrate the Aboriginal Land Rights of Gurindji Country.

The free Festival runs over a weekend and encourages a positive environment of celebration through arts, sports, cultural experiences and music.

Uluru events

Uluru and the Field of Light 

Uluru is an incredible natural attraction and there’s something special about walking around it and admiring it from afar during the day.

But what about admiring it by night? Schedule a visit this year to the stunning Field of Light installation (or Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku in the local dialect of Pitjantjatjara), by internationally-celebrated artist Bruce Munro.

The installation, showing until December 2021, features 50,000 spindles of light moving with the breeze and mimicking the colours of the surrounding landscape.

Field Of Lights Uluru events

Courtesy: Tourism NT

Alice Springs and surrounds

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light

Parrtijima is a free 10-night event showcasing light installations that share the cultural knowledge of the Aboriginal people of Alice Springs area.

This year’s theme, Future Kultcha, focuses on the Aboriginal tradition of passing on knowledge, stories and experiences through oral learning and listening.

Parrtijima showcases young, senior and emerging artists through a variety of light and digital installations, art, music, dance and performances.

Learn more and start planning your trip to see Parrtjiima between 9 – 18 April 2021.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light events

Courtesy: Parrtjima – A Festival in Light

Run the Larapinta Stage Race 

Perhaps a desert running race doesn’t appeal to everyone, but this trail running race is open to anyone willing to try.

You’ll be rewarded with incredible scenery and an overall unique experience within the MacDonnell Ranges surrounding Alice Springs.

This trail race offers the chance to experience highlights of the Larapinta Trail, over a long (20-45km stages) or short course (11-30km stages).

In 2021, there are two event dates, 21 – 24 April and 26 – 29 August.

Alternatively, you might like to give the 223km Larapinta Trail a crack. The Larapinta Trail takes about two weeks to hike and is becoming one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences.

Larapinta Trail events

Courtesy: Tourism NT

Henley on Todd 

Who said you can’t have a river race without water? Each year, the Todd River plays host to The Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta.

Embrace the quirky, join in and enjoy the hubbub of watching competitors dash along the only dry river boating regatta in the world!

Gas safety at home and on the road

Planning on hitting the road to see and experience more of Australia’s backyard? Don’t forget to make sure your gas is ready to go!

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