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- We opened up our new bar! We are proud to announce the official opening of the Batji Bar. Located in our sister hostel Youthshack Backpackers, Batji Bar is just 2 minutes walk from Chillis and is a great place to chillout.
- Dry season is almost over! :( Which means things are going to start getting quiet as of November
- Chillis Backpackers goes to China for the tourism convention
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- 1 DAY LITCHFIELD AND JUMPING CROCODILES
Crocodiles and waterfalls! See massive saltwater crocodiles leap and feed on an Adelaide River cruise then explore Litchfield National Park. Cascading waterfalls, rainforests and swimming holes.
- 2 DAY KAKADU NOV - MAR
The ultimate outdoor adventure destination, Kakadu National Park is Australia’s largest National Park. World Heritage Listed for it’s natural and cultural values, take in rugged escarpments, lush wetlands, plunging gorges, waterfalls.
- 3 DAY KAKADU / LITCHFIELD NOV - MAR
Trek through the Top End of Australia on this 3 day adventure! Visit all the main attractions of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and take in rugged escarpments, lush wetlands, plunging gorges, waterfalls, wildlife.
- 3 DAY ULURU SAFARI
See the red centre icons without the price tag! Hike the ‘Valley of the Winds’ at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), watch the colours of ‘The Rock’ change at sunset and sunrise, learn about Aboriginal Culture, explore Kings Canyon and swag under the stars.
- 8 Day Darwin To Alice Springs Tour
The Northern Territory is Australia’s real outback and home to the natural wonders of Kakadu and Uluru National Parks. This all inclusive tour will take you from the tropics of the Top End to the deserts of the Red Centre.
History of Darwin
Expedition led by George Goyder
Darwin’s birth officially began in 1839 when Captain J C Wickham first sailed into the harbour from Victoria. Onboard the HMS Beagle in early September, Wickham entered what would later be Darwins Harbour and from that vantage point, an officer by the name of John Stokes took a small whaler and was the first known European to land on Darwin soil. He named the harbour Port Darwin after the young naturalist, Charles Darwin, who sailed on the Beagles voyage around the world between the years 1832 and 1836.
On the 14th of September exploring parties disembarked the beagle and began the job of discovering the area. They were very impressed with what they found. Marsden Horden wrote in his study of Stokes:
“From the Beagle’s deck they watched the sun rise in a clear sky above a hill .. At noon with the temperature hovering around 80 degrees, they welcome a refreshing breeze which ruffled the water and set the branches waving on the trees. And at nightfall, they enjoyed a feast of colour: the sun, dipping over the harbour’s westward point, brushing a few wispy clouds near the horizon with the delicate pink of a rainbow trout before dropping quickly like molten iron into the Timor Sea. Then the last of the sea breeze and the splash of wavelets on the shore heralded a night full of stars, with the cross lying low in the southern sky (Hordern 1989, 171)."
However, it was not until another 2 decades had passed, that Europeans established a permanent settlement at Port Darwin. On the 6th of July 1863 South Australia decided to incorporate the Northern Territory. It was at Escape Cliffs during the year 1864 that this first attempt at colonization was to take place. However, this first settlement was abandoned after just a couple of years due to the poor location which was surrounded by mangroves.
It was not until 1868 that George Goyder, surveyor General of South Australia, was commissioned to travel to the Northern Territory in the aim of finding a good location in which to build a permanent settlement. Leaving with a well-equipped party, Goyder and his men headed for Port Darwin and from from February to September 1869 camped near Fort Hill. It was here that they carefully planned and laided out a new town to be built and named is Palmerston. Many of the street names, which can be seen today, such as Smith and Knuckey commemorate the surveyors involved.