A range of new tourism products and experiences have been developed in the Northern Territory's Top End following the announcement that renowned international artist, Bruce Munro, will open his world first city-wide exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, in Darwin on 1 November.
The products, designed specifically around the exhibition, include everything from five-star dining at acclaimed Darwin restaurant, Char, to Tropical Nights at Crocosaurus Cove – one of Darwin's most popular tourist attractions.
Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, a free to the public, outdoor art exhibition in Darwin, opens on 1 November 2019 until 30 April 2020 – the entire duration of the tropical summer season.
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NEW TOP END PRODUCTS
CHAR RESTAURANT: A NIGHT OF INDULGENCE
To celebrate Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, Char Restaurant have created an indulgent dining experience for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
Guests will be collected in a luxury limousine and escorted to East Point Reserve, where they'll be treated to French champagne and canapes as the sun sets over the Arafura Sea.
Following sunset, guests will return to Char for a two-course dinner paired with matched wines, before an exclusive tour of Bruce Munro: Tropical Light between main course and dessert.
Set in the Heritage listed Admiralty House, built in 1937, Char is one of Darwin's finest dining venues.
Cost: $495 per person
TROPICAL LIGHT 'UNPLUGGED' TWILIGHT CRUISE
Multi-award winning Top End operator, Sea Darwin, have announced they'll launch a 45-minute twilight sunset cruise for the duration of the tropical summer season.
Departing Stokes Hill Wharf, the cruise will showcase the magic of a Darwin sunset during tropical summer when the sky is stretched with colour-catching storm clouds, multi-hued light and a peppering of electrical light shows.
And then, as twilight awakens, they'll witness the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition come to life, as Sea Darwin swaps nature's light for the conventional variety.
On conclusion, guests will disembark in perfect proximity to walk through the remainder of the 2.5km Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition.
TROPICAL NIGHTS AT CROCOSAURUS COVE
Crocosaurus Cove, located in the heart of Darwin City, will open a unique evening experience to celebrate the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition between November 2019 and April 2020 – Tropical Nights.
Featuring entertainment by The Burning Circus – a group of local circus performers – a ticket to Tropical Nights includes:
- Full day entry ticket to Crocosaurus Cove
- Special reptile handling
- Tropical summer themed reptile presentations
- Light performers and entertainment by The Burning Circus
- Kids' face painting
Tropical Nights at Crocosaurus Cove will open from 5.00pm – 6.30pm every Wednesday and Friday during the Top End's tropical summer season.
Cost: Adults $36, children $23
TROPICAL LIGHT SIGNATURE FEAST AT WHARF ONE FOOD & WINE
As darkness falls, three magical Bruce Munro: Tropical Light illuminated sculptures will light up in front of Wharf One Food & Wine, providing the perfect backdrop for the premium restaurant's new signature feast dining experience.
Featuring a tropical mocktail on arrival, followed by a mouth-watering two or three course menu showcasing Wharf One's most-loved signature dishes, this dining experience is the perfect prelude before embarking on the 2.5km Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition trail.
TROPICAL LIGHT WATERFRONT FOOD TRAIL
Darwin's first progressive dinner will open for Bruce Munro: Tropical Light on 1 November.
- A welcome tropical mocktail and tapas for each person at The Precinct
- A selection of main courses from the Tropical Light Menu at Wharf One Food & Wine
- Tropical dessert to take away (if preferred) at Coco Republic
- Premium seating
TERRITORY GRAZING BOARD
Coco Republic, the newest addition to Darwin's popular Waterfront Precinct, will offer visitors to the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition a grazing board, featuring a bountiful selection of in-season Territory produce.
Available for sale from the alfresco deck, the grazing board includes Brahman Beef croquettes, seasonal seafood, house-made condiments, delicious antipasto and seasonal fruits, plus a tropical mocktail.
The Territory Grazing board is the perfect start or end to the 2.5km Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition trail.
TROPICAL LIGHT ARTSCAPES WALKING TOUR
Walk Darwin will operate expert-led walking tours throughout Darwin's CBD and Waterfront precincts, highlighting the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition and some of Darwin's local artworks, including an array of giant murals that adorn the city laneways.
Along the walk, guests will learn about the inspiration for Munro's creations and the stories which connect the exhibits to Darwin, together with unique artworks by local artisans.
- Darwin stories told by a local
- Visit four city locations featuring Bruce Munro: Tropical Light illuminated artworks
- View Darwin street art and public art sculptures
- See local artist exhibits on the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light trail
- Tropical refreshments, including ice cream
MINDIL BEACH CASINO & RESORT TROPICAL LIGHT OFFER ONLY $299
Mindil Beach Casino & Resort, situated on Darwin's tropical Mindil Beach, home to the famous sunset markets, is offering a special package deal to celebrate the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition.
From $299* per room for two nights, the package includes:
- $50 food and beverage credit to spend within the resort
- Two tropical light cocktails at the resort's own Sandbar
- Return transfers for two to the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free self-parking
YHA MELALEUCA ON MITCHELL FROM 95.00
Melaleuca on Mitchell backpackers' accommodation are offering two exclusive holiday packages in celebration of Bruce Munro: Tropical Light.
Tropical Light package includes:
- Three nights' accommodation in your chosen room type
- Breakfast daily
Cost: $95.00 per person
Explorer package includes:
- Three nights' accommodation in your chosen room type
- FREE nightly BBQ before departing on the self-guided Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition
- Discounted entry to Crocosaurus Cove
- Discounted Big Bus pass
- Discounted four-hour bike hire
- 10% off food at the Lost Ark
- $10 voucher for The Tap on Mitchell
- Drink vouchers for the hostel pool bar
- Valid for stays from 1 November 2019 - 30 April 2020
Cost: $149.10 per person
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WHAT IS BRUCE MUNRO: TROPICAL LIGHT?
Eight large-scale illuminated sculptures will be the centrepiece of acclaimed international artist Bruce Munro's third Australian exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, when it opens in Darwin on 1 November.
In what will be Munro's world first city-wide exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light is expected to entice thousands of tourists to visit the Northern Territory's Top End during the Tropical Summer season, with the free exhibition to remain open until 30 April, 2020.
The illuminated sculptures, designed at the Bruce Munro studio and installed in Darwin, will in part reflect his personal experience from extensive travels of the Top End. The sculptures will also evoke the natural beauty, distinct wildlife, and spectacular sunsets of the region, together forming a free, self-guided, outdoor exhibition trail through Darwin's CBD and Waterfront precincts.
Bruce Munro said it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to create an exhibition for Darwin and hopes that it will leave a positive legacy, by bringing people together.
“This city has changed a great deal since my first visit in 1992. Darwin is a jewel that sparkles under a tropical sun. It has much to offer the discerning traveller in one of the remotest parts of the world,” he said.
“Art is a great way to draw people together, to start discussions, share opinions and ideas. I want to involve all of the people in Darwin and visitors; guide people. I'm hoping it brings the community together. I'm asking a lot I know, but I've learned over the years – let the artwork do its thing and it should bring people together. Become part of the art and the art becomes part of you.”
“It's not just about installing disparate light ideas and installations but all of this exhibition is about Darwin, connecting different parts of the city, and the community - that's a really clever thing.”
Arriving by ship later this month, the sculptures will personally be installed by the Bruce Munro studio and a local installation team, ready for illumination on 1 November.
Adding a further element to the 2.5km arts trail will be works by six local Territory artists, to be positioned nearby the illuminated sculptures, providing a sensory overload for locals and tourists alike. One of the Darwin artists involved is Paul Arnold, a renowned aerial photographer who drew headlines recently for his exclusive collaboration with Australian fashion designer, Camilla Franks, of her namesake brand.
Known for his award-winning artworks Field of Light at Uluru and Avenue of Honour in Albany in the country's west, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light will add to the Northern Territory's reputation for unique events and attractions, driving visitation to the Top End during the typically quieter tropical summer season. Since opening in Uluru in 2016, Field of Light has attracted more than 450,000 visitors to the Red Centre, leveraging global awareness in Munro's unique art through light.
Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, a free to the public, outdoor art exhibition in Darwin, opens on 1 November 2019 until 30 April 2020.
For more information, visit: www.tropicallight.com.au
By Matthew Ongarello