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Things to Do in Darwin – Brutus the Croc

Looking for something to do on your next visit to Darwin?  Ever heard of Brutus the Croc? Do you want to get close up close to crocodiles in their natural environment? All in the safety of a boat of course! lol The Hunter Safari Jumping Crocodile Cruise is located on a private stretch of the Adelaide River at the end of Fogg Dam Road. It is about an hour and a quarter drive from Darwin. Operated by brothers Morgan and Harry who are both totally engaging tour guides, this tour is a must see for all visitors to Darwin. We highly recommend this tour and can happily book your place on the tour for you too! Contact us here for more information or to book!

2014 Certificate of Excellence Winner

We were notified by Trip Advisor recently with the news that we had been awarded a Certificate of Excellence Award for 2014! Yay to us! What is a Certificate of Excellence award? The Certificate of Excellence award honours hospitality businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Properties that are awarded the Certificate of Excellence demonstrate hospitality excellence and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. How are Certificate of Excellence recipients determined? Trip Advisor use a proprietary algorithm that factors in a variety of user-generated content. This includes review ratings, overall rating and quantity, and recency of reviews. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, a hospitality business must: • Maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five • Have a minimum number of reviews • Have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least twelve months A property’s popularity ranking on TripAdvisor is also factored into the algorithm. Comment from Trip Advisor: “These outstanding accommodations, vacation rentals, attractions and restaurants from around the world are being honoured because they consistently impress travellers. In fact, the Certificate of Excellence is a real source of pride for hospitality professionals because it’s all determined by traveller reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor”. At Hidden Valley Tourist Park, we try very hard to ensure all our guests receive an exceptional level of customer service during their time with us, and we are most appreciative of our award and for our past guests, who have taken the time to share their experiences on Trip Advisor with other travellers.

Bombing of Darwin Tours

Did you know that more bombs were dropped on Darwin than there was on Pearl Harbour in the USA? It was the first and  largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia. On the 19th February 1942, 242 Japanese aircraft attacked ships in Darwin’s harbour and the town’s two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies (countries seeking to stop Germany, Italy and the Japanese) from using them as bases.  Darwin was only lightly defended and the Japanese inflicted heavy losses at little cost to themselves. This half day tour is packed with information, on-site visits, and memorabilia of little known historical events of WWII in Darwin. Garry gives an attention-keeping and very informative tour with passionate upbeat commentary. A must do tour whilst in Darwin! For more information on Garry’s tour, please visit the website or contact us here and we can happily provide further information and book your tour for you!

Fancy a Sunset Cruise on Darwin Harbour?

Last night our fabulous reception team were invited aboard the Cape Adieu Sunset Cruise. From our initial booking, right through to cruising, this is such a top notch, thoroughly enjoyable tour. The gentle speed of the boat, meandering along, gives you time to fully appreciate the the beauty of Darwin Harbour. The hostessing aboard this beautiful boat and the food are second to none.  With a fantastic selection of fresh seafood, salads, steak or fish for mains – this is a truly delightful experience not to be missed. A little background on Cape Adieu: Cape Adieu was built in 1978 for remote Cray & Shark fishing in the Great Australian Bight. Since then the boat has been engaged in a number of fisheries including Pearling in the Coral Sea, Cray & Shark Fishing in the Southern Ocean, and Snapper fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria. In June 2003, Cape Adieu Harbour Cruises, a family operated business, was established and provides sunset dinner cruises, private functions, charters and wedding reception services. Owner/Operator Shane Hearn has over 30 years experience in the commercial fishing industry. The sunset dinner cruises operate daily from March to December and features only the freshest local wild caught seafood including their signature ‘Smoked Spanish Mackerel’ which is smoked on board daily. All food is prepared fresh daily by their onboard Chef. Whilst cruising they barbeque the Catch of the day Fish and Scotch Fillet Steaks which are cooked to order. Cape Adieu is BYO or fully licensed and we supply all ice, eskies and glassware. Contact us for more information or if you would like to make a booking. We personally recommend it!

Thursday Travel Tip – Using a Fuel Calculator

With rising fuel prices, it is easy to assume that road travel is becoming too expensive. Ever wondered what the total cost of fuel will be to get to a specific destination? Well today we share a great little tool that the NSW state caravan and camping association (CCIA) has created. The fuel calculator will assist in working out this all important figure, so travellers have a guide on their approximate fuel costs to reach their preferred destinations. Once you have used this calculator, you will find that there is some good news when it comes to fuel, and it’s not as bad as the media sometimes suggests, and that your fuel cost is only a small portion of your overall holiday. Click here to visit the fuel calculator.

Wet, Windy and Wild!

While some of the southern states are sweltering in a heat wave, we in the Top End of the country are getting drenched! While it always rains this time of year and we expect this – this year has been wetter than the last few years. Everything is so luscious and green, although its very water logged at present! The main photo we have attached was taken yesterday down at the Trailer Boat Club in Parap.  With high tides and big seas – the water made it over the path and to the beach entrance!