Since 2007, Off The Leash (OTL) has kept locals and welcome visitors in the loop with what’s on in the Top End, through a monthly magazine and comprehensive website, covering everything from art and music, to theatre, film, festivals, and more.
By Kate Conway
Last year, we expanded to be a Territory-wide publication, showcasing the art, events and culture from the tropical Top End to the vibrant Red Centre. On the back of this expansion, we wondered, what more we could be doing to boost the NT? So here we are, kicking off our first edition of the year with our shiny new tourism category, Explore.
The inclusion of Territory tourism experiences seemed a no-brainer to OTL Managing Editor Tierney Seccull, who says the introduction of Explore was a natural next step for the organisation.
“After a tough couple of years, we were stoked to realise our long term goal of becoming a Territory-wide publication and service in 2022, and through that, realised our capacity to be able to support the tourism industry,” she says.
“We already know that locals and visitors utilise the magazine and website to curate their weekends, their trips, and the inclusion of tourism-based activities will further make Off The Leash a valuable resource to navigate the amazing Territory lifestyle."
It’s a sentiment echoed by OTL Chair, Sally Clifford.
“The board is really excited by the introduction of the Explore category. We have long seen the benefits of Off The Leash as a travel guide to the wonderful offerings of the NT, across the Top End and now Central Australia,” she says.
“Explore takes this guide to the next level, to really direct locals and visitors to all the Territory has to offer. We are really proud of this next development for Off The Leash.”
And with so much on offer, we’re spoilt for choice. In the Top End, take a light-plane joyride over Kakadu’s Jim Jim Falls, toast a spectacular sunset with bubbles from the decks of a retired pearl lugger, or enjoy a thrilling helicopter ride through Nitmiluk’s awe inspiring gorges.
Down the track, marvel at the magnificent gorges and chasms of the MacDonnell ranges, the ancient landscapes of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and, of course, the inimitable Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Danial Rochford is Tourism Central Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, and says there’s a melting pot of adventure and culture in the heart of the country.
“The Red Centre is an extraordinary part of the Territory with plenty of fun, adventurous, cultural, educational and unique things to do. Whether you are up for hiking 223km along the Larapinta Trail or want to float above the outback landscape in a hot air balloon, there is something here for everyone,” he says.
“Tourism Central Australia welcomes any opportunity to showcase the bounty of our region, and we look forward to seeing these incredible experiences showcased through Off The Leash. We encourage our members to make the most of this opportunity.”
Explore offers tourism operators the opportunity to showcase their activities and experiences, in print and online, within our function as a what’s on guide. From fishing charters and cultural tours, to starlit glamping escapades and bushwalking treks, it’s all dished out with your monthly dose of arts and culture.
So lace up your boots or don your pluggers, grab your backpack or your swimming gear, and get ready to Explore.
Want to see your tourism experiences on our website and printed in the magazine? All the juice can be found here.
Thumbnail: Tourism NT/Helen Or
Inset: Photo: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught
Header: Photo: Outback Ballooning