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Open season in the Territory travelnt.com Tales from the Territory, April 2008 contact: firstname.lastname@example.org www.travelnt.com Sunny days at Uluru Darwin Storms over Kakadu National Park Last year more than 225,000 people visited Kakadu National Park - 23,000 more people than in 2005. Visitors are also increasingly experiencing the varied seasons of Kakadu with a growth in visitor numbers during the low season. Katherine Cooling afternoon showers are starting to lessen and the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre at Katherine Gorge is open for business. Nitmiluk Tours are offering selected boat cruises down the Gorge or jetboat rides. As always, the helicopters are flying high over all 13 gorges. In town, travellers can visit the Mimi Art Gallery and discover the rich art styles of the Katherine region or explore the towns pioneering history at Springvale Homestead. Tennant Creek Tennant Creek has continued to experience warm and dry weather, making a swim at Laky Mary Ann out of town, or Old Police Station Waterhole in Davenport Ranges National Park, all the more refreshing. The museums at Battery Hill Mining Centre and Nyinkka Nyunyu Interpretive Centre are great places to escape the heat and the giant rocks at Devils Marbles offer shade. Alice Springs If you do one last trek before the southern winter, make it the Larapinta Trail in April. The days are sunny and warm, while the nights are clear and cool, great for keeping spirits up during the day and resting well during the night. Darwin The last of the lightning storms are dissipating over the harbour and the afternoon showers are getting shorter, but the grass is still green and the rock holes still full. April is a great time to enjoy the waterfalls at Litchfield National Park without the crowds. Take an art tour over to the Tiwi Islands or tour the World War II history of Darwin on a cool morning walk. Uluru Its getting cool in the evenings in the Red Centre, perfect for pitching a tent and enjoying the expansive night sky. Warm your toes at the Sounds of Firelight Dinner at Kings Canyon and get your blood pumping in the morning on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. Cool off during the day at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and enjoy sunset at Kata Tjuta. Kakadu The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the Survey of Tourist Accommodation, which shows that room nights in Kakadu had increased by 11.3 per cent for the year ending in September 2007, compared to the previous year. Now is a great time to visit the Park, as the billabongs are still full and scattered with birdlife. April is the turn of the Banggereng Aboriginal season, when the rains begin to ease and floodplains drain into the waterways. Kakadu has had less rainfall in the past three months when compared to the average (1597mm), so many attractions are still open. Nourlangie Rock art site, Anbangbang Billabong and Yellow Water cruises are still accessible, as is the Guluyambi cruise. Dont miss out on visiting the southern end of the Park as well. The savannah woodlands around the Yirmikmik walks are a vibrant green and Kambolgie Creek is full of life and water at the this time of year.