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Whats new in the Top End travelnt.com Whether you only have one day to enjoy the wonders or a lot longer, you are likely to come across ancient stone tools, barbed spear heads, axes, grinding holes and ochre used for the traditional rock art paintings. www.kakaduculturecamp.com.au 5 Heli-canoeing adventure Gecko Canoeing is yet another tour company to take advantage of the scenic and time saving benefits of helicopter pick ups and drop offs. Their latest tours collect keen paddlers from their accommodation, only to have them cruising down the Katherine River moments after a birdseye view of the region. And when tired arms are worn, tour goers can spend the day wildlife spotting on the tranquil waters of the river, passing the paperbark forests and pandanus channels that are home to a rich variety of birds. Paddling downstream, crocodiles may also be spied sunning themselves along the river banks. Choose from a one, three or six day adventure. www.geckocanoeing.com.au Tales from the Territory, April 2008 contact: firstname.lastname@example.org www.travelnt.com Saffron restauant food preparation 1 Strands of Saffrron The flavours of the sub-continent, with a focus on southern Indian cuisine, is showcased at a new Darwin restaurant, Saffrron. Owned and run by local chef Selvam Kendasamy, who has worked in the kitchens at top Darwin restaurants Hanuman and Evoo, Saffron utilises fresh local produce. Located just 10 minutes from the city at Parap, the restaurant is open for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday. www.saffrron.com 2 Tasty sensation A new dining option in Darwins CBD, Tasty House Roast and Noodle Bar presents a menu worthy of Chinatown in a funky restaurant space on Smith Street Mall. The lunch menu features a large selection of hot pots along with other options while the dinner menu includes traditional Asian fare such as barbecue pork, roast duck, ox tail with wine sauce and crispy skin spatchcock. Tasty House is open for lunch from Monday to Friday and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Yum Cha is served on Sundays from 9.30am to 2.30pm. T: 08 8981 2269 3 Crowne Plaza Darwin One of Darwins most central hotels has just undergone a $4 million renovation. Guests at Crowne Plaza Darwin can now rest easier with rooms featuring new deluxe mattresses, plush bed linen and a choice of pillows from a personal pillow menu. The makeover includes new desks and armchairs with footrests - perfect for lounging in and watching television, after a hard day touring Darwins sites. Sophisticated lighting and vibrant artworks complete the picture. The rooms are smoke-free and on schedule for completion in early April. www.crowneplaza.com.au 4 Arnhem Land Trek If youve always dreamed of escaping to a land less travelled, where an ancient culture remains intact and open for exploration, then Kakadu Culture Camps new Arnhem Land Trek is just the tour for you. Starting with a helicopter ride from Jabiru, this adventure includes hiking, camping, swimming, canoeing and exploring caves and rock shelters filled with Aboriginal rock art - including a piece believed to be explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. An Aboriginal guide will also take you to visit the traditional homelands of the Gundheihmi speaking Bolmo Dedjrungi-Dordokkiyu people. Canoeing in the Katherine GorgeCrown Plaza Darwin