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      Into     Desert Harmony                    Qantas Darwin
    the Blue       Festival                        Turf Club
                Culture of the Barkly region
                                                   Gala Ball

May 2010

    Profile: Into the blue
    Into the Blue Creative Walks is not just a tour
    company, it’s an ideas factory, an organisation for
    whom descriptions such as “unique” and “cutting
    edge” actually apply. Within the stark, powerful and
    thought-provoking landscape of Central Australia,
    Into the Blue Creative Walks seek to explore
    “humanity” rather than a simple “travel” experience.
    Over the past six years Into the Blue has moved from its place of origin in NSW’s
    Blue Mountains to being a predominantly Northern Territorty operation that
    bases itself in the Hermannsburg cultural precinct in Central Australia. With this
    transition the ‘blue’ of the Blue Mountains has been replaced by the ‘blue’ of the
    desert sky.
    Owner and founder, Raymond Hawkins, is a passionate walker and brings a
    range of creative and organisational skills from his past life in the entertainment
    and theatre industry to his operation. Life on the road with some of Australia’s
    top rock and roll bands, including Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel and the Angels, and                          Photo: Raymond Hawkins
    later stints with Opera Australia and the Sydney Theatre Company, was a quirky
    preparation for starting a walking company.
    The idea for the company was born when Raymond completed a solo walk from
    Melbourne to Sydney along the Great Dividing Range. It was on this personal
    quest, which became the subject of an ABC Radio National documentary, that
    Raymond discovered the possibility of a company that allowed wilderness to
    be viewed not simply as a landscape to be walked, but as one to be deeply
    The first journey was Desert Writers in 2006. Here, a writing workshop was
    woven into the narrative of a desert walking journey. After this came programs
    which combined art, photography, meditation, sculpture and yoga with the
    idea being to use the participant’s specific passion to cultivate appreciation of a
    profound place.
    In 2010, Into the Blue is offering a range of new experiences including The
    Ilpurla Trail, which was released in early May. The trail winds its way through
    some of the most dramatic country in Central Australia from Gosse Bluff to Palm
    Valley. But most importantly, it passes through the homelands of the Western
    Arrentre people, who are training to take ownership of the cultural guiding
    and infrastructure development for the walk. The aim is nothing less than to
    establish one of the great cultural walking tracks of the world.
    Desert Families is another new release. The anticipation is that this will
    become a program of cultural exchange that will hold extraordinary value                Photo: Old Lutheran church at Hermannsburg
    for the families who want to experience indigenous culture, as well as for the
    indigenous families involved
    Another development signals a return to Raymond’s creative past. The Desert
    Choir with legendary choir master Tony Backhouse ran in 2009 and was a
    “joyous experience”.
    “The ‘a cappella’ choir sang in gorges, on top of mountains and culminated in a
    performance in the old Lutheran Hermannsburg Church,” Hawkins said.
    “This year that direction goes even further with Gypsies in the Desert. Lulo
    Reinhardt, grandson of the greatest gypsy guitarist of all time, Django
    Reinhardt, will be travelling with a group of walkers.
    “In the tradition of a travelling gypsy troop, we will sing and talk and play at
    night. The journey ends in Hermannsburg where Lulo Reinhardt and band will
    perform, and everyone on the journey will be invited to perform as a special
    guest act.”
    It is envisaged that the final act will contain a host of the creative musical talent
    from Central Australia as gypsy and aboriginal music is combined on stage.
    So when you hear the words ‘cutting edge’ and ‘unique’ again, think of a travel
    experience that seeks to combine the music of different nomadic traditions, a
    stunning desert landscape and a performance to an Aboriginal community in
    the middle of Australia.
                                                                                                            Photo: Singing at Mt Sonder

    For more information

    Darwin Festival to premiere two new
    productions in 2010
    Darwin Festival runs over an exciting 18 days and
    nights from 12 - 29 August and features an action-
    packed program of local, national and international
    performances, outdoor concerts, workshops,
    theatre, dance, music, comedy, cabaret, film and
    visual art displays.

    During the festival, the city centre buzzes with
    performers, artists, local residents and visitors
    making the most of the vibrant and colourful

    Renowned as the premier festival for Australia’s Top
    End, Darwin Festival has a growing reputation for
    quality, diverse and innovative arts programming
    and presentation, encompassing the Asia Pacific

    The Darwin Festival is dedicated to producing
    high quality work by facilitating national and
    international presentation opportunities. One of
    the productions to be premiered in 2010 is Goose
    Lagoon, by renowned NT choreographer Gary Lang.
    This haunting new production weaves together
    ancient traditional dance, story and cultural

    expression with unique contemporary practices.

    The 2010 Festival will also feature the exciting new production, Wrong Skin starring the world famous Chooky Dancers from Elcho Island. Tickets are on sale now for Goose
    Lagoon and Wrong Skin at or the Darwin Entertainment Centre Box office.

    Full program details will be released on July 7, but for updates, news and advance info on upcoming shows go to

    Qantas Darwin Turf Club Gala Ball
    The Qantas Darwin Turf Club Gala Ball is about elegance and extravagance. It is an opportunity
    for men and women to dress in their finest and if you only attend one social event in the NT this
    year, this is it.
                                                            This year’s event, on Saturday July 1, is shaping up to be the biggest yet with international stars Delta
                                                            Goodrem and Brian McFadden already signed up to headline the event, which is Australia’s largest outdoor
                                                            Along with flowing champagne, a magnificent seafood buffet prepared by 60 chefs and fireworks, the ball
                                                            will also boast a new view, moving to the newly created lawns of Little Mindil – Myilly Point escarpment will
                                                            provide the backdrop and guests will overlook the Arafura Sea.
                                                            The event is part of the Darwin Cup Carnival which commences on Saturday  July and concludes Monday 2
                                                            August 2010.
                                                            SKYCITY Darwin’s General Manager Andrew Wilson said the event changed every year.
                                                            “Our aim is to continue to introduce new and exciting features to the event which is really an incredible night
                                                            of fun and entertainment, and provides an excellent opportunity to showcase Darwin hospitality to the local,
                                                            interstate and international visitors who make their way north for our fabulous dry season”, Mr Wilson said.
                                                            Darwin Turf Club Chairman Brett Dixon added that the club had been focused on taking this event to a new
                                                            “With a new venue and internationally acclaimed performers, that has certainly been achieved and we look
                                                            forward to continuing to present a world class event right here in Darwin”, Mr Dixon said.
                                                            Tickets are available from for $55 per person and include plated entrée, buffet
                                                            dinner, a choice of beverages and entertainment.

    What’s new
    VOYAGES: A Once in a lifetime experience with
    Australian literary icon Thomas Keneally

    For the opportunity of a life-time, join Australian literary legend and Booker
    prize winner, Thomas Keneally in the heart of Australia at Longitude 11 for
    an enriching and inspiring three-day literary experience.
    Keneally, one of Australia’s most prolific writers, and the author of
    Schindler’s Ark and The Australians: Origins to Eureka, will be joined by 28
    guests who will have the opportunity to connect with the landscapes of
    Australia’s heart, while learning about the history and traditions of the local
    indigenous people.
    Included in the experience is a morning of story-telling where you will
    get the chance to write your own short story and learn about Keneally’s
    experiences and the influence they have had on his work. The trip includes
    the opportunity to discover the history of Aboriginal art and meet an
    indigenous artist and learn the skill of ‘dot painting’.                                     Image: Thomas Keneally
    Other highlights of the trip include a scenic helicopter or fixed wing flight
    to watch the spectacular sunrise over Uluru, along with accommodation in
    eco-chic Luxury Tents and dine under the stars at Table 11 with Keneally
    as your host.
    This one-off tour will commence on Friday July 9, 2010 and will cost $28
    for two people.
    For more information contact 100 1 0 or visit

                                                                                            Image: Voyages Longitude 11

     WAYOUTBACK TOURS: Get immersed in
     Aboriginal Life, Culture, Medicine and Bush
     Urlpmerre Tours and Rainbow Valley Cultural Tours have commenced
     working with Wayoutback Tours in a two-day experience that offers
     an intimate and meaningful experience with indigenous Territorians.
     Departing from, and returning to Alice Springs, this tour includes a
     trip to Oak Valley Homelands and visits four Aboriginal Communities
     where the people share their local knowledge of the creation stories,
     indigenous art, wildlife, bush tucker and medicine, artefacts, hunting
     utensils and weaponry.
     With just 16 people in each tour, the safari includes four-wheel
     driving on previously unavailable tracks, bush camping under a
     starry sky and delicious camp fire cooking. All equipment and meals
     are provided.
     At $595pp this tour is a great way to learn about the Outback,
     Aboriginal Culture and the region’s pioneering European history.
     For more information contact 100 551 510 or visit www.

                                                                                      Image: Bush Tucker in Central Australia

    Desert Harmony Festival to provide insight
    into culture of Barkly Region
    From dusty beginnings 21 years ago, the Desert Harmony Festival has developed into a major
    celebration that brings together indigenous musicians and artists to celebrate the artistic
    diversity of Tennant Creek and the Barkly region.
    Spanning from the lower limits of the Northern Territory’s tropical
    Top End, right down to the Red Centre, the Barkly region spans
    more than 00,000 square kilometres and includes nine different
    artistic communities.
    This year the festival will host the annual DanceSite event,
    with dancers from across the Northern Territory converging
    on Tennant Creek to work with local artists to produce a major
    concert at the Tennant Creek Baseball Field on Saturday, 
    Other highlights of the 2010 Desert Harmony Festival program,
    which runs from Saturday 28 August through to Thursday
    September 9, include West African group Mandinka Sound, who
    will perform at the multicultural night on Saturday 28 August
    2010. The following Friday the region’s emerging artists will be
    showcased in a Youth Performance, which will take place after a
    massive street parade.
    The festival concludes with the Sunday Festival Showcase
    featuring artists, bands and students from the Barkly region.
    Louise Flatherty, Arts Program Manager, said the event would
    provide individuals with the chance to experience the region’s
    culture first hand.
    “The Desert Harmony Festival is unique in that it involves the
    whole community from a range of different cultures, coming
                                                                                                                                               Photo: Desert Harmony Festival
    together to celebrate the different artistic talents within this small
    town,” she said.

    Darwin Festival                                             6 Day Kakadu Dreamtime Safari                         Day Henley-on-Todd-Regatta
    From $95 per person                                        From $158 per person                                Experience
    Tour includes:                                              Tour includes:                                       From $292 per person

    Sun kissed days and warm nights make Darwin                 Uncover colourful rock art and the spectacular       Tour includes:
    the perfect city to stage a vibrant, colourful in           scenery of Ubirr and learn about the traditional     A boat race with a difference - on the dry sands of
    and outdoor festival. The Darwin Festival jams in           Aboriginal owners. Look out over the untouched       the Todd River. The ASSA ABLOY Henley-On-Todd
    everything from free outdoor events, theatre, dance         countryside and let your imagination take you into   Regatta is a day of fun where teams and individuals
    and music, to comedy, cabaret, films and workshops,         a new world. Stay in Darwin before heading out to    race ‘boats’ in the dry bed of the Todd River in
    all reflecting the Indigenous, Asian and Pacific            explore the heart of Kakadu National Park on an      outback Alice Springs.
    cultures of the region.                                     amazing  day camping adventure.
                                                                                                                      nights .5 star accommodation in Alice Springs,
     nights  star accommodation in Darwin,                     nights accommodation in Darwin,  day Kakadu       Car Hire.
    Crocosaurus Cove entry pass and Sunset Eco Sailing          Dreamtime Safari, transfers and some meals.
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    Booking code: TDT9EV                                                                                            Phone 1 67 68 for more information
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    diary                                                     Jun 18 - 20
                                                              SKYCITY Triple Crown, V8 Supercars
                                                              Championship Series
Jun 11-1
                                                              The Hidden Valley round of the SKYCITY Triple
Tattersall’s Finke Desert Race, Alice Springs                 Crown, V8 Supercar Championship Series is one of          Aug 8
                                                              the largest sporting events of the year in Darwin.
Australia’s premier off-road racing event, the two-                                                                     Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta
                                                              Families flock to Hidden Valley to watch their heroes,
day, multi-terrain race attracts international bike, car      Lowndes, Whincup, Tander, Winterbottom, Davison
and buggy entries. One of the most difficult off-road         and Kelly race against one another on a fast, but         Optimistic crowds cheer on boats home made from
races, in one of the most remote places in the world.         picturesque course less than 10 kilometres from the       empty beer cans as they flounder and sink in the
                                                              city centre.                                              shallows. Boat entries range from 1 to 12 metres in                                                                                              this iconic event.

                                                                                                   Photo: Darwin Cup

                                                                                                                                                Photo: Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta
                                                              Jul  - Aug 
                                                              Darwin Cup Carnival

                                                              The Carlton Darwin Cup Carnival culminates in the
                                                              running of the Carlton Darwin Cup on Monday 2             Aug 21
                                                              August. Dress up, casual or fancy dress at this not-
                                                              to-be-missed racing event, held at the picturesque        ASSA ABLOY Henley-On-Todd Regatta
                                                              Fannie Bay Racecourse.
                                                                                                                         Defying the desert sands, teams and individuals
                                                                                                                        race their ‘boats’ in the dry bed of the Todd River. Sit
                                   Photo: Finke Desert Race                                                             back and enjoy the entertainment as seemingly sane
                                                                                                                        competitors shoulder their bottomless ‘eights’, oxford
Jun 17 -20                                                                                                              tubs’ and yachts.
Brunette Downs Races                                                                                          

These iconic races are the biggest event on the
Barkly Tablelands social calendar, and attract visitors
from all over Australia. One of outback racing’s best
kept secrets.

                                                                                       Photo: Lions Imparja Camel Cup

                                                              Jul 10
                                                                                                                                         Photo: ASSA ABLOY Henley-On-Todd Regatta
                                                              Lions Imparja Camel Cup

                                                              Attracting visitors from all over the world, this race
                                                              celebrates the uniqueness of Alice Springs and its
                                                              quirky traditions. More than 500 people come
                                                              along to experience this famous camel race and its
                                                              dusty outback track.


                            Photo: Brunette Downs Races

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