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Allan Dixon from Ireland has been chosen for the role of NT's Outback Adventurer. Allan has a degree in digital media engineering from Dublin University. He previously worked as Head Film Producer of Web Summit, the most influential technology conference in the world. As well as producing videos for the past ten years, Allan is an adventure junkie whose hobbies include cliff jumping, mountaineering, skateboarding and cycling. Allan says the Outback Adventurer job is a dream come true.
The Outback Adventurer Job
This role requires a sense of adventure. The Outback Adventurer suits someone who is full of life and has a great passion for the wide-open spaces of the Northern Territory. We chose Allan Dixon to be that adventurer. Allan will meet the locals, get up close and personal with Australian wildlife, sleep under the stars in a bush camp, soar across Australia's vast landscapes in a hot air balloon, be immersed in indigenous culture, taste traditional bush foods and watch breathtaking sunsets at Uluṟu. It will be Allan's job to uncover the best adventures and experiences and jobs for working holiday makers in the Australian Outback.
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Allan's adventures in the outback start by celebrating the summer warmth in winter at the multi-arts Darwin Festival, held each year in August. The festival was created to bring the community together following a devastating cyclone in 1974. Today, the Darwin Festival is a vibrant arts and multicultural event with an eclectic program that takes advantage of Darwin's delightful dry season weather and spectacular outdoor venues. Over 18 days and nights, local and touring performances and events include outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts.
Allan will have plenty of free time to relax and explore the delights of Darwin. He can cool off in the wave pool at The Darwin Waterfront; or enjoy a cold drink at its many bars and restaurants. At night, there's an electric atmosphere in the pub and nightclub scene along Mitchell Street, and at Skycity, Parap and Fannie Bay. At the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets he'll be able to choose from a multitude of international cuisines; and stalls which include masseurs, tarot readers, leatherworkers, artists, jewellers, and free live street theatre.
One of Darwin's most popular entertainment venues is the Deckchair Cinema where Allan can relax in a deckchair and watch a mix of old and new movies under the stars.
Some of the major attractions Allan will visit include the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, which showcases Aboriginal, Southeast Asian and Oceanic cultural artworks as well as exhibits on Australian natural history.
Wildlife adventures and thrills abound for Allan at Crocosaurus Cove and the Territory Wildlife Park. He'll be submerged with a crocodile in a glass underwater tank; meet the native wildlife; and go fishing for barramundi.
Allan will visit the Tiwi Islands at the very top of the Northern Territory, where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea. Here he will meet Tiwi indigenous Australians, who have their own distinct culture as well as unique arts and crafts. He may also get to play a game of Australian rules football, the most popular sport in the islands.
Allan will also visit the stunning tropical waterfalls, rainforests and swimming holes of Litchfield National Park. On the way he'll stop by Adelaide River to marvel at Darwin's famous ‘jumping' crocodiles.
In Alice Springs Allan will explore the Todd Mall Markets and the night life. He will meet the locals, get up close to Australian wildlife, sleep under the stars in a bush camp, soar desert landscapes in a hot air balloon, be immersed in indigenous culture, and taste traditional bush foods.
Allan will see the Alice Springs Desert Festival, Central Australia's premier arts festival. He'll experience the Mbantua Festival or ‘Awakening the Desert', which brings together hundreds of indigenous performers.
The quirky Henley on Todd, a charity regatta where the locals race boats made from beer cans on a dry river bed is also a must for Allan's visit to this famous Australian outback town.
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
Allan will experience the breathtaking sunsets at World Heritage-listed Uluṟu-Kata Tjuta National Park, while listening to a performance by the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. This is where Allan will be awe inspired by the spiritual centre of Australia, witnessing the changing colours of Uluṟu and the domed mounds of Kata Tjuta. He'll also uncover and report on the best adventures and experiences and jobs for working holiday makers in the great Australian Outback.
Explorers Way by campervan
Allan will head into true Outback Australia by campervan and follow the trail blazed by pioneers in the 1860s called The Explorer's Way. He'll experience striking natural attractions, outback pubs, and quirky roadhouses. He'll see the ‘Devils Marbles': huge red spherical boulders that balance precariously on top of one another. Another major stop on the Explorer's Way is Tennant Creek, site of Australian gold rushes in the 1920s and 1930s.
Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine, further up the road, is the gateway to the Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. The gorges and the surrounding landscape have great significance to its traditional owners the Jawoyn people. In Jawoyn, Nitmiluk means ‘place of the cicada dreaming'.
Katherine is where the Explorer's Way joins the Savannah Way drive. The Nature's Way tourism drive branches off at the historic town of Pine Creek to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and in the west to Litchfield National Park.
Allan will visit the unspoiled wilderness and indigenous communities of Arnhem Land, whose traditional culture remains largely intact. This area has some of the most prized indigenous arts and crafts anywhere in the world. He'll learn to play the didjeridu in the place it originated.
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Snapshots from Allan
Some highlights from Allan's time in the Northern Territory
Darwin's Mindil Beach is famous for its dramatic sunsets and night-time beach markets.
"Amazing View of Alice"
The spectacular views over Alice Springs and surrounds are worth the tough climb to the top of Mount Gillen.
Amazing View of Alice×
"Wooed by a Wallaby"
Allan nurses a baby wallaby in the outback town of Katherine, a couple of hours from Kakadu, Litchfield and Gregory National Parks.
Wooed by a Wallaby×
Kakadu National Park is one of Australia's most famous national parks, teeming with birds and animals and ancient Aboriginal rock art sites.
"The Larapinta Trail"
The Larapinta Trail is one of the finest walking experiences in the world. It winds for an extraordinary 233 km from Alice Springs through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Mount Sonder.