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Student Flights consultant Dora Theodoulou tells us why you should head to the NT

Published March 10th, 2017

Our travel experts are constantly jetting off all over the world and Doralyse Theodoulou is no exception. More recently she took a year off to tick some destinations off her travel bucket list in Europe and Vietnam, but discovered her love of the Northern Territory when she moved for a stint in Darwin.

If the NT sounds right up your alley (can you say...'sleeping under a blanket of stars in a swag'...yes please) now is the best time to go.

Could you tell me a little more about any fun tours you've done in the NT before or where your favourite Aussie holiday destination is?

I love Australia, we truly live in the most beautiful country and so travelling around it for me is a highlight. I have been to the Northern Territory multiple times before living there for about a year. There are so many cool things to see and do like the Katherine Gorge, Crocosaurus Cove, Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and so much more.

Have you been on any tours in the NT that you loved?

I did a Katherine Gorge tour and it was everything I imagined it to be. It was truly a visual feast and the stories that my guide told us about the history of the gorge were incredible! I also saw two crocodiles in their natural habitat (just freshwater crocs so it wasn’t scary).

Are there any national parks that you’d recommend a day trip to?

I’ve been to Litchfield National Park many times and to a few different areas within. I especially love and highly recommend the Wangi Falls, Buley Rock Hole, Florence Falls and Berry Springs. So if you are looking for an Aussie Adventure, hit up the NT for the most you beaut Aussie adventure you could imagine.

Any insider tips for travelling to the NT?

Definitely go in the June/July period which is the area’s dry season and the weather is perfect and not so humid. Don’t swim in the ocean! Instead try the unique experience of swimming in the plethora of small waterholes - that you can see the bottom of - in Litchfield. Heaven on earth. Watching a sunset and sunrise is the most mesmerising and rewarding experience you could have in the NT.

There are plenty of otherworldly destinations to watch the sun rise and set like at Cullen Bay. I’d recommend watching the sunset here while tucking into some fresh fish and chips. Then there’s the Nightcliff Jetty or Casuarina Beach. For the partiers out there, you can’t resist a night at ‘Discovery’ or ‘Throb’, especially for the show on a Friday night.


Wangi Falls on Sunset. #litchfieldnationalpark #wangifalls #northernterritory #sunset #travelaustralia

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Out of curiosity, how did you come to work for Student Flights?

I was with the company for a year and then I took off for a year to tick some of the world off my bucket list (Europe, Vietnam, and living in Darwin). But I first came to Student Flights when I had been with Flight Centre for about 2 months, and realised that I was chasing more of a youth market so that I’d be able to talk with my clients about Topdeck, Contiki, Busabout and the many more amazing brands we work with!

Some people are hesitant about using a consultant to book their holiday, what do you think is the biggest draw card of booking with SF?

To me the biggest benefit with booking with Student Flights are the consultants, they are so knowledgeable in so many areas and absolutely love to travel and get excited with everyone throughout the whole planning and booking process. There are also some exclusive benefits like being able to get student fares which are much cheaper, being able to get flexible tickets for those that have no plans, and the ability to lay by your flights with no interest for 9 months!*


Exploring Nitmiluk National Park, 16km later we found this beauty #southernrockhole #wetseason #ntaustralia #katherinegorge

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.