Holiday on a budget? Unlock exclusive savings with this new tourism discount scheme

Are you dreaming of a starlit dinner at Uluru, a thrilling hot-air balloon ride over Alice Springs, or an adrenaline-pumping jumping croc tour in the Top End?

If these adventures are on your Northern Territory (NT) bucket list, now is the perfect time to start ticking them off.

Thanks to this new discount scheme offered by the NT government, you can now enjoy adventures and accommodation bookings without breaking the bank!

The Territory Tourism Discount Scheme, available to both Territorians and interstate travellers, is designed to stimulate sales in the lead-up to the bustling tourism season.

Here's a comprehensive guide on how it works and how you can access it.

Hot air balloon rides over Alice Springs are one of the most famous activities one can do in NT for their holiday. Credits: Shutterstock

From today until April 30, the scheme offers a 25 per cent discount on tourism activities priced under $5,000.

This generous offer is backed by a total funding pool of $1 million, making it a golden opportunity for travellers to explore the Northern Territory at a fraction of the usual cost.

To avail of the discount, bookings need to be made through one of the NT's visitor information centres located in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, and Yulara.

You can make your booking in person, over the phone, or online.

However, remember to undertake your activity before the scheme period ends to benefit from the discount.

Danial Rochford, the Chief Executive of Tourism Central Australia, said he anticipates a strong response from locals.

'The feedback that I've received thus far, and the phone calls we've been getting into the information centres in Central Australia, have been really positive,' he said.

'People are keen to get access to this discount, and they're keen to explore the Northern Territory.'

‘We're doing most of our marketing in the Northern Territory to capture Territorians, but there's no doubt interstate people will discover and hear about this and want to get access to it as well,’ he added.

However, he encouraged potential travellers to act fast, saying, 'I would urge Territorians to say, don't leave it too long.'

'Contact your visitor information centres and get access to whatever you want to do because once it's gone, it's gone.'

The scheme period coincides with several iconic events in Central Australia, including the mesmerising Parrtjima Light Festival and the thrilling Alice Springs Cup—creating the perfect opportunity to combine these unique experiences with your discounted adventures.

The Northern Territory is also home to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) world heritage sites Uluru and Kakadu, as well as the stunning Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks.

'There's a lot of opportunity for people to come to places like Central Australia, but also right across the NT, to use these discounts to get out and get amongst it,' Rochford said.

‘This is that opportunity to go on that fishing expedition in the Top End or an air balloon ride in Central Australia, and everything in between.’

The NT government is optimistic that the initiative will offer a boost of support to tourism operators during the quieter seasons at both ends of the territory.

So, whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveller, the Northern Territory has something to offer everyone.

With the Territory Tourism Discount Scheme, there's never been a better time to explore this remarkable part of Australia.

And if you’re planning to go on a holiday and take advantage of this discount scheme, you might also want to check out these five holiday budget tricks to make the most out of every dollar!

Key Takeaways
  • The Northern Territory (NT) introduced the territory tourism discount scheme that offers a 25 per cent discount on selected tourism activities and accommodation bookings below $5,000.
  • The discount is available to both Territorians and interstate travellers, with bookings made through NT visitor information centres in various locations.
  • A funding pool of $1 million was allocated for the scheme, which runs until the end of April, and activities must be undertaken before the scheme period ends.
  • Tourism Central Australia's Chief Executive, Danial Rochford, urged locals to take advantage of the offer quickly before the allocated funds run out, highlighting the region's iconic events and UNESCO world heritage sites.

What are your thoughts on the Territory Tourism Discount Scheme? Would you take advantage of this offer? Share your experiences and travel tips in the comments below!
$5000 !!!!! its cheaper to holiday overseas ! Then you have to buy the plane tickets on top of that ..... Thanks but no thanks.

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