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10th February 2009, 11:16 AM
Hopefully you've all had a read of the amazing features in our new Northern Territory section. (http://www.samesame.com.au/nt)
Christian, Dreadcircus, Cheetah, Pete, Weasel and Amy McDonald have delivered some great stories on the characters and cultures in Alice Springs and the Top End.
I'd love to hear you stories about the NT.
Have you visited there? What did you like? Did you visit the "scene"?
Do you live there? What do you love about the NT?
I visited Alice Springs when I was 16. My dad and brother drove up in a big Ford Bronco and visited all the popular tourist destinations.
A couple of years back I went to Darwin to see a cousin who was living there. Didn't do any GLBT activities except I visited Throb, the only GLBT Darwin nightclub. It was pretty cool - plenty of couches for customers (listen up Sydney!) and a stage bigger than a milk crate for their performers. The drag queens were hilarious, and there were definitely a few cute, rough round the edges boys. :P
10th February 2009, 12:25 PM
I've been to Alice Springs/NT twice - first time in June 2007 and then again January in 2008... and I have to say both trips were 2 of the best holidays I've ever had.
I'll let my pix (http://tokentim.blogspot.com/2007/07/what-i-found-in-alice-springs.html) do the talking
My Main Highlights:
*Uluru at Sunset. Stunning.
*The Sounds of Silence (http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/sounds-of-silence/) dinner - an outdoor Silver Service dinner which I can't rate highly enough
*All the bushwalks and swimming holes we visited (too many to mention)
*And, doing what most little gay boys can only dream of - dressing up in drag and climbing Kings Canyon in only the most glamourous of sequin dresses - cock in a frock on a rock style! (See pic on my blog (http://tokentim.blogspot.com/2007/07/what-i-found-in-alice-springs.html)!)
10th February 2009, 02:19 PM
Hey Timbo, I definitely agree...my trip to the Red Centre was one of the most incredible holidays I've ever had. Seeing Uluru can't be explained in words or in photos - it really has to be felt...the immensity of that rock really puts your place in this life into perspective.
As for pics doing the talking - good thinking! Here are some of mine:
For more pics, check out Steven Pearce Photography by clicking here. (http://www.thedirtygardener.org/)
Steve is a friend of mine's homepage (click here) - he works for one of the tour companies up there and takes loads of brilliant photos each time he does a tour.
10th February 2009, 04:51 PM
Well you've all probably already heard me cr*p on about how I live there! Now I'm about to launch into it some more.....
I live in Darwin, in the CBD and have travelled fairly extensively throughout the NT. Although, I've yet to have the time to travel to Alice springs and am keen to check it out. I love Darwin and it really has a lot to offer. The local people are mostly friendly too, just like in a country town, except we have a lot more going on!
Firstly, I have to mention that we only have two seasons: the Wet and the Dry and you simpy have to check out both, at least once in your lifetime. The Dry is quite busy with tourists (wonderful for perv..., I mean, viewing our many beautiful overseas and interstate visitors!) and the weather is lovely.
Whilst the wet season is a little humid (the build up can take a little getting used to), the lush green plant life and wicked storms make up for it. If you are a photographer, the lightning, wildlife and plants are simply lovely and quite unsual subjects.
I took the Matriarchs (aka my Grandmother and Mother) on a bit of a whirlwind tour last year. A list of things you may be interested in visiting that we checked out are:
The World War II oil tunnels
The War museum (it has a wonderful display of weapons, uniforms, machinery and historical info etc). You will also be surprised to know the part Darwin played during the war, and how severely it was attacked with bombings.
The many art galleries throughout Darwin (I think I've been to just about every one, and there are many exhibitions on through out the year from local and international artists)
The Aviation museum (the stories and history of female pilots was fascinating - you go girls!)
The NT Museum and Art gallery (outstanding displays of Australian/Territorian wildlife, Indo watercraft, Aboriginal art - both traditional and contemporary - and I really love the landscapes by Namitjira). Nice coffee and view in the Cafe too!
If you like fishing. Get on a charter or a boat on the Harbour. It's great fun!
Lovely restaurants like Char, Evoo, Crustaceans, Yots on Cullen, Bahn Thai, Thailicious, Noodle house (too many to mention). There's also plenty of good old pub grub to be had in town or just go down to the wharf and order yourself some freshly caught local seafood like Barramundi and wash it down with a beer or sav blanc, and watch the Harbour vessels.
The Deckchair cinema. Films under the stars with beer, wine and either your own food or Indian. They also hold independant films and Queer Screen when they can (or until I ask continually "when are you showing Queer screen" over and over).
Critter parks like the NT wildlife park or swim with a crocodile at Crocosaurus.
Markets like, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (only in the dry season, and the sunset on the beach is to die for), Parap and Nightcliff markets, and Rapid Creek markets (for fresh produce) are well worth a look.
Litchfield national park. This can be done in a day, but I'd camp and take a few more if you want to do all of the walks. My Grandmother is pretty fit for her age, but we didn't do them all as she is getting on a bit. The waterfalls and swimming holes are lovely, but you can only swim in them in the dry, as Salwater (Estuarine) Crocodiles inhabit the area in the wet. Please pay attention to the signs!
Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge). The boat tours are great and you are bound to see a freshwater crocodile sunning itself on the bank. Great photo ops abound!
Kakadu. You can do this in a day, and get up early and catch a bus for a reasonable price. It is a long day though. Ideally, I'd take more time. Yet again, the boat tours are great and you will see a lot of birdlife, Fresh and Saltwater Crocodiles sunbaking, with an informative running commentary from the friendly tour guides. There is even ancient Aboriginal art to view on the way to the wetlands.
Now for the GLBTIQ side of things:
Throb is a great nightclub for our community (well, it is the only Gay nightclub in Darwin, but it is a great place). The cabaret/dance/drag shows are very funny and entertaining. The dancers, guys and girls, are gorgeous. The crowd is a mixed one, with a lot of the heterosexual community frequenting the place (quite a few are my friends or friends of the community). The atmosphere is very inclusive and friendly all around. Any drunk, drugged up, potentially dodgy homophobes are usually filtered at the door by security staff. In my opinion, the music is the best at Throb, compared to any other venue in Darwin. It is open a little late - 11:00pm - 04:00am on Friday and Saturday nights only, and there's a cover charge of $15 -$20, but I love dancing there with my friends.
The Cavenagh Hotel on Cavenagh st is also the "unnofficial" Gay place in Darwin. I was told this by a local gay boy, when I first arrived last year. Needless to say, he's pretty much right, according to the clientele! I go there about once a fortnight with friends for a nice steak, a few bevvies (beers or a cocktail like the "Cyclone Tracy") and a catch up session with lots of laughs. It's relaxed, not too showy or expensive and they have cute bar staff, not to mention fit looking travellers/backpackers to, erm, view with admiration!
There's also a bookstore at Cullen Bay, called Absolute Books that has a GLBTIQ section. The man that owns the place is a friendly Gay guy and a big contributor to Darwin Pride, the Darwin Film society and the GLBTIQ Dariwin community. You can also pick up interstate Queer free press publications like SSO etc from there too.
Darwin Pride. This usually runs each year for a week or so with many events, like Dance parties, Drag King and Queen nights, Harbour Cruises etc. I'm pretty positive they will be running it again this year. It's generally run in August. I will let everyone know what the status is when I return to Darwin.
I think that's about all I can recall. I'll post more when I think of it. Hope you enjoyed my prattling!
11th February 2009, 08:01 AM
Awesome photos Cam!
11th February 2009, 08:06 AM
Violet thankyou :D
Not only are you lovely and easily distracted by shiny things but you are a wealth of knowledge. I plan to head on up there after i go to fiji in june. Will keep your post so i can steal some ideas!
Darwin pride sounds lovely
11th February 2009, 03:21 PM
Ha ha ha! Thanks matey!
Fiji? Luck thang, you! I seem to be getting distracted quite a bit lately, but I won't go into that now! Must be a particular shiny thing about. Heh heh heh.
Just sent one of the Information Managers for Darwin Pride an e-mail to express my interest in volunteering, and to find out when the organisational meeting will occur.
Even if we only have a few dance parties, sunset picnics, Drag King and Queen pageant and Queer cinema/short films, I'll be a happy gal!
12th February 2009, 11:47 PM
i have never been, but the more i read these stories, the more i realise that i should definitely get a group together and go someday...
14th February 2009, 12:19 PM
What a fabulous review of the Top End!!
Just wait 'til you get to visit Alice Springs and the Red Centre (we've repainted it pink!!)
Continue enjoying being an out & proud Territorian. So many possibilities in this place.
14th February 2009, 12:21 PM
Come on over sometime soon, Christian. You'll be so glad you did. Lots of rainbow friendly operators and a great, thriving local community.
14th February 2009, 12:24 PM
Yet another fantastic review of some of what you can do here. As my friend Desert Rose says Alice is where you learn to become a human being not just a human doing!!!!
19th February 2009, 10:58 AM
I Love the NT - I cant wait to go back there!
I went when i was 15, stayed in Parap. It was suburban... but still fun.
I did so many crazy things, ate wonderful food, explored and felt really relaxed.
Didnt go in on the scene... I played in a nationals hockey tournament there - but made lots of friends!
Cullen Bay is magic, Berry springs was fun, Litchfield rocked, The Crocodile farm was smelly, The Mindil beach markets was heaven :)
I want to go back now!!!
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