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Al Fresco Dining in the Northern Territory

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Balmy nights and some of the clearest skies in the country make for dreamy dinners under the stars. Add in ocean views and desert dunes, and al fresco dining in the Northern Territory is pure magic. Here's the best of the batch.
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Yulara NT 0872, Australia
The Sounds of Silence tour at Ayers Rock Resort begins at sunset, when the iconic rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta glow fiery red. Take a short walk through the dunes to a panoramic viewpoint, then dine outdoors on Aussie fare, including...
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Alec Fong Lim Dr, East Point NT 0820, Australia
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Secluded coastal surroundings in a nature reserve set the stage for Pee Wee’s tempura soft-shell mud crab, grain-fed eye fillets (beef tenderloin), and imported buffalo cheese. Phone: 61/(0) 8-8987-6868 This appeared in the June/July 2015 issue.
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20 Conacher St, Fannie Bay NT 0820, Australia
This low-key beachside bistro’s hearty menu includes grilled lamb chops, chicken schnitzel, and meze platters with grilled chorizo and Wagyu meatballs. Phone: 61/(0) 8-8987-6630 This appeared in the June/July 2015 issue.
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Kings Creek Station, Red Centre Way, Watarrka National Park NT 0872, Australia
My idea of a good time is getting lost in the woods all so I can spend a few days finding my way home, but I can't deny the allure of glamping – especially when it comes packaged up in the form of the Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge, the Northern...
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Darwin NT, Australia
Benjamin Matthews, formerly known as "The Pizza Man" at various Darwin markets now runs an outdoor pop-up Italian restaurant called Cucina Sotto Le Stelle at the Nightcliff Foreshore. Follow the smell of wood-fired pizza mingling with tropical sea...
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Petermann NT 0872, Australia
A quieter version of Uluru's Sounds of Silence or Tali Waru desert dinner, this Kings Canyon spinoff offers a four-course meal in a rugged wilderness setting blanketed by the same southern night sky. The moon and flickering fire provide the only...