With its indigenous culture and wildlife-rich national parks, the Top End in the Northern Territory of Australia has a charm of its own.
Midway through the film at Darwin’s Deckchair Cinema, a group rises noisily to leave, throwing shadows across the outdoor screen.
Nobody tuts, because the disrupters are bats, and we’re similarly sanguine when possums start foraging for popcorn around our feet.
Darwin might be a modern city, but it’s the capital of Australia’s largely untamed Northern Territory, and the wildlife here is just a hint of what’s in store.
Most people head on to the national parks of the Top End, and indeed my fam group’s first foray is a day trip to Litchfield national park.
Within a couple of hours, high-rise hotels are replaced by towering termite mounds.
In the spring heat we’re glad of the multiple swimmable waterfalls that are the main attraction of this lush park.
We descend rocky steps to the base of a ravine where water crashes around us, then wallow in a series of shallow pools.