NITMILUK (KATHERINE) GORGE BY HELICOPTER

July 27, 2014

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City dwellers who want to get right away from it all are sure to have an awe inspiring experience when visiting Australia’s vast outback region.

Northern Territory’s Nitmiluk National Park located out of Katherine gives the visitor the opportunity to experience the region’s history, culture and beauty, that’s found in this magnificent area.

Whatever it is you’re looking for in a holiday, Nitmiluk National Park has plenty of outdoor pursuits that will get you right back to nature. From exploring walking trails to adventure activities and abundant wildlife, there’s sure to be something to ignite your passion.

The best way to experience the overall vastness of the area is by air, especially by helicopter. They allow passengers to see huge panoramic vistas, that are impossible to be seen if travelling by car or hiking. Whether its just purely for sightseeing or for those with a specialised interest in seeking out the culture and wildlife, helicopters provide access to areas that would probably be unreachable or take days to visit if going by car. Helicopters are essential for photographers who want to capture those unforgettable images which could never be taken from the ground.

image002Nitmiluk Tours has launched a new extended scenic helicopter tour over Nitmiluk Gorge and surrounding areas to cater for the increasing popularity of scenic flights.

“Helicopter touring is fast becoming one of the most popular methods of seeing this vast region” said Corinne Lewis, Marketing Manager Nitmiluk Tours. “From the air you can get a real appreciation of the vastness and majesty of the landscape, combined with the thrill of the helicopter experience. We have seen the popularity of helicopter touring grow and as a result have developed a new itinerary that offers more landscapes, more experiences and more fun more at a value for money price”.

The new 13 Plus Flight offers guests the best of the region. It combines a spectacular flight over the 13 gorges that make up the Nitmiluk Gorge system and includes an extended tour of Seventeen Mile Valley to view the Northern Rockhole, Biddlecombe Cascades, Crystal Falls, and Seventeen Mile waterfalls. Upon return, guests can spot the wild Buffalo that roam along Seventeen Mile Creek as the tour follows its way back towards the Katherine River. This tour is a 30 minute action packed experience.

Nitmiluk Scenic Tours depart from the helipad located just a three minute drive from the Visitors Centre within the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park.  This offers the best value for money as there is no ferry time wasted getting to and from amazing sights. All tours offer magnificent views from the air with photo and video opportunities of Nitmiluk Gorge, the Arnhem Land escarpment, waterfalls and local wildlife. Nitmiluk Tours is the only company permitted to land inside the National Park, offering a unique selection of breathtaking landing options at waterfalls, swimming holes and ancient rock art sites that are only accessible by helicopter.

Sandra Tiltman


DISCOVERY OF NEW INCA ROAD TO MACHU PICCHU

July 27, 2014

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Peru now has a total of 12 World Heritage Sites, with the recent inclusion of the Great Inca Trail. In June UNESCO granted the Inca Qhapaq Nan road system, also known as the Great Trail, the prestigious World Heritage status.

The road system includes 273 component sites along the route and extends more than 30,000 kilometres. It is also believed to have been used by the Spanish when they arrived in South America in the 16th Century. Many other roads were built during this time through the lush mountain peaks, which were so intricately woven by the Incas that to this day, new routes are still being discovered.

Around the same time as the Great Inca Trail World was granted World Heritage status, another trail was discovered when a team of Peruvian archaeologists recently found a new trail leading to the mysterious Machu Picchu citadel in Cusco. The discovery was announced in June by the director of the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu, Mr Fernando Astete.

Machu Picchu 1The new road, which begins at Wayraqtambo, leads up to a platform where travellers can see the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu from a completely different angle. Even with much of the road still heavily covered by thick vegetation, it is thought that this exciting discovery will change the way the world sees Machu Picchu.

The trail is thought to predate Machu Picchu itself, which was built at the height of the Inca Empire, around 1450, and was unknown to the outside world before being discovered in 1911 by the American historian Mr Hiram Bingham

The new trail to Machu Picchu is approximately a mile long and between 1.20 and 1.40 metres wide, dimensions vary with topography. Another impressive discovery along the trail is a tunnel, more than five metres long, located 2,700 metres above sea level.

This recent discovery is further proof of the greatness of the Inca civilisation and highlights why Peru is now one of the most important archaeological destinations in the world.

The new Inca Trail will certainly diversify the tourism product, giving visitors to Machu Picchu a different perspective and experience of this famous Inca citadel.

Other World Heritage Sites in Peru are the City of Cuzco, Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the Chavín Archaeological Site, Huascaran National Park, Chan Chan Archaeological Zone, Manu National Park, the Historic Centre of Lima, the Abiseo River National Park, geographical Nasca lines and Pampas de Jumana, the historic centre of Arequipa and the Sacred City of Caral-Supe.

Sandra Tiltman