Turtle-nesting nirvana Dundee Beach, in the Top End, is number 74 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Tahan Lew-Fatt, reality TV contestant.

Amazingly, six out of the seven species of marine turtle to be found anywhere on Earth live in the waters of the NT, and many of them nest on the beaches very close to, or even within, Darwin.

Big Brother’s Tahan Lew-Fatt was brought up loving the moment at night-time when the turtles would make the long trek between the waves and their sandy nests.

“It’s more of a local thing, but everyone knows about Dundee,” she says. “When I was about 10, the turtles seemed as big as me. They’re huge.”

About 120 kilometres south-west of Darwin, this beach has whiter-than-white sand and that clean, clear Territory water. Stay at the Sholly Shack for a six-metre saltwater pool that overlooks the bay (from $270 a night).

Some call this area ‘the best fishing spot in the NT’ which, frankly, is a phrase used so often in this state that it’s lost all meaning, but a spot that facilitates fantastic game, reef, river and barramundi fishing, and mud crabbing can’t be sneezed at.

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