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Where to Eat Bush Foods in the Northern Territory

From croc balls to mud crabs, Australia offers many dishes one might not at first consider food. But outback bushrangers have been hunting wild animals and raising livestock for generations, while indigenous people have lived off the plants and animals of Australia for thousands of years. Many restaurants and tours specialize in such cuisine, called "feral food" or "bush tucker," depending on what it is. If you can't hunt and gather yourself, hit up one of these iconic spots.
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Kakadu Hwy, Jabiru NT 0886, Australia
At the indigenous-owned Cooinda Lodge, near Kakadu National Park's famous Yellow Waters billabong, grab a seat at one the picnic tables at Barra Bar & Bistro and order the Taste of Kakadu platter. It features creative bush concoctions such as...
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1 Flinders Street, Jabiru NT 0886, Australia
Decorated with Aboriginal motifs and located inside a hotel that's built to look like a saltwater crocodile, I guess it's no surprise that Escarpment Restaurant at the Mercure Crocodile Hotel specializes in bush tucker, or native Australian foods....
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72 Hartley St, Alice Springs NT 0870, Australia
Before America had the Outback Steakhouse, Australia had The Overlanders in Alice Springs, a Northern Territory institution housed in the building that served as Alice Springs' first town hall. Opened by Daphne Campbell (now Calder) and named...
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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...
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1 Namatjira Dr, Alice Springs NT 0872, Australia
Inside the historic Glen Helen Homestead, an old cattle station set along the Finke River—possibly the oldest river in the world—is a restaurant dedicated to Albert Namatjira, the late Aboriginal landscape painter who grew up nearby. Namatjira...
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16 Stuart St, Daly Waters NT 0852, Australia
The Daly Waters is everything an outback pub should be: kitschy but "fair dinkum" (genuine) and in the middle of Woop Woop (the Aussie term for "the Boonies") but still offering revitalizing grub and grog. Oh and there must be beds, considering...