For romance, it’s difficult to top the Tali Wiru dinner, served in a spectacular setting at the top of a dune overlooking Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta. After a champagne reception with bushtucker-inspired canapés, you’ll sit down, as night falls, to dine on world-class cuisine matched with premium wines. As your eyes are drawn to the impossibly clear star-filled sky, this is a moment that you’ll never want to forget.
Dining is more multicultural in tropical Darwin but then, geographically, it is closer to Jakata than Sydney so winter doesn’t feature in the locals’ vocabulary. You can get the best Thai curry outside Bangkok at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, and the spiciest laksa outside Penang at Rapid Creek Markets. But there are also trendy tapas at PM Eat & Drink, which memorably fuses Spanish and Japanese styles, and gin cocktails infused with native green ants at Skycity's Sandbar, a location that reinforces its Aussie roots with knockout views over the Arafura Sea.
The excellence of the Northern Territory’s larder has even been endorsed by the world’s most famous forager, Michelin-starred chef René Redzepi. He says that mud crabs from Arnhem Land, in the northeast corner of the Northern Territory, were the best things he ate in Australia.
You can try seafood with a side order of one of Darwin’s flaming sunsets at countless waterfront restaurants. There's every style you could wish for, from long-standing, fine-dining favourite Pee Wee’s at the Point to the stripped-back simplicity of Rachael’s Seafood Shack, run by a former MasterChef Australia contestant. Don’t worry, they weigh only your suitcases on the way home.
Ten delicious taste sensations well worth stopping off for
- Puffed kangaroo tendon, Orana restaurant, in Adelaide
- Kangaroo loin, Tali Wiru dinner at Uluru, Ayers Rock Resort
- Camel mettwurst, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna
- Spicy emu ramen, Under a Desert Moon, Kings Canyon Resort
- Magpie-goose breast, Something Wild, Adelaide Central Markets
- Bush tomato chocolate truffles, Kungkas Can Cook, Alice Springs
- Crocodile spring rolls, Red Ochre Grill, Adelaide
- Spicy chicken laksa at Rendezvous, Darwin
- Mouthwatering oysters in sleepy Coffin Bay
- ANTicipation cocktail with NT Green Ant Gin, Sandbar, Darwin