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During the green season, floodplains spill into surrounding waterways and the fishing is absolutely primo. The Million Dollar Fish competition is in full swing – anglers come from all over the world to get in on the action. You can easily snag a mouth-watering barramundi around the mangrove creeks in Darwin Harbour as well as other juicy delicacies like cod and golden snapper. If you’ve never fished before and keen to try your hand at it, this would be an excellent time to start. The lovely staff at Darwin YHA - Melaleuca on Mitchell frequently run guided fishing tours so you don't have to go it alone - ask for details at the front desk! How about the bragging rights if your first ever catch is a mighty Northern Territory barra?!
It isn’t called the green season for nothing. From November to April, the landscape comes to life. The greenery thickens and gets brighter every day, even when you think it couldn’t possibly become more vibrant. Trees reach their full height and you can become completely lost in a fairy tale fantasy. Take a hike through Nitmiluk National Park and make your way to the Southern Rockhole, one of the few natural swimming holes you can still cool off in during the green season. Your Instagram followers will be green with envy as you dazzle them with your top shots.
No matter how careful you are, travelling is not cheap! Especially in the summer, when all the hotspots are packed to the brim with tourists. Since the Northern Territory is one of the few places in Australia that is the road less travelled during summer, you can reap the rewards of cheaper flights, accommodation and experiences, while relishing the lack of crowds in all the major attractions. You will be free to fully immerse yourself in your environment and enjoy the hidden gems the Northern Territory has to offer, with the help of locals who look forward to green season. Gather some mates and take the summer trip of a lifetime, without breaking the bank.
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The afternoon downpour will be a relief after a humid day, and you’ll come to look forward to the breathtaking lightning displays that accompany them. Thunderstorms roll across the blue skies and put on a show you just can’t see during the dry season. If you’re there during Christmas, the magnificent storms add a touch of festive bling you'll remember forever. You may even be lucky enough to see rainbows start to pop up amongst the layers of stormy clouds. Pull up a chair, get comfy and prepare to be wowed. The rooftop pool bar at Darwin YHA – Melaleuca on Mitchell is a pretty good place to start!
The cascading waterfalls of Litchfield National Park are a spectacle during the green season and almost non-existent during the dry season. Some of the walking and 4WD tracks are closed, but Tolmer and Florence Falls are accessible and breathtaking in the green season, while the Buley Rockhole is open for swimming all year round! If you really want to splurge, take a helicopter ride across the park for unforgettable views. Visitors during the dry season are hard pressed to find a flowing waterfall for that perfect #wanderlust shot – a problem you most definitely will not have.
Because of the colour catching abilities of clouds, sunsets are all the more vivid during the green season, especially in the capital. Apparently the frequent thunderstorms and rain act as cleansers and help to clear out pollutants out of the lower parts of the atmosphere, meaning the colours are more vibrant in the green season than they are during the dry season. You can join the crowds chilling in camp chairs on the shoreline to catch the sunset, and take the photo that will be your Instagram’s pride and joy for years to come.
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Travel to learn, learn to travel, right? Rainy days are the perfect opportunity to stay indoors – learning about the rich history of the Northern Territory, of course! The Darwin Military Museum is a must-do where you can immerse yourself in the incredible story of Darwin’s role in World War II. If you’re feeling super inspired, you can also check out the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the Aviation Museum and the RFDS Tourist Facility - just to name a few. If you’re staying at Darwin YHA – Melaleuca on Mitchell, you might be able to score a cheeky lil’ discount at some of these great museums and exhibits – ask at reception when you’re there!
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Darwin markets are famous for offering the finest tropical flavours in their range of local and exotic delicacies. You can imagine they tend to become madhouses during the peak season, so the green season is the perfect opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere and taste things you can't taste anywhere else. Check out the Parap Markets on Saturday mornings to sample a paw paw salad with chillies and peruse the gorgeous handmade goodies. Tantalise your senses at the Rapid Creek Markets on Saturdays and Sundays and find a one-of-a-kind souvenir for that special someone. All without the jostling of the peak season crowds!