Indigenous tour operator Tess Atie shows tourists the real Northern Territory

Indigenous tour operator Tess Atie shows tourists the real Northern Territory

Indigenous tour operator Tess Atie shows tourists the real Northern Territory Standing at a lush waterhole in the middle of Litchfield National Park near Darwin, Tess Atie points to the exact spot just metres away where her sister was nearly killed by a crocodile. "She was getting a drink of water, and it just came out and grabbed onto her leg," Ms Atie said. Luckily, her husband came running to her call. "He just jumped out of his motorcar, and he jumped on the back of it and wrestled with it and eventually opened its mouth up, and then she was freed," Ms Atie said. "They took her straight to the hospital from here." Her sister still carries a huge scar on her leg, but the takeaway message, according to Ms Atie, is to "always take Mr Common Sense with you". Or, if you don't entirely trust your own wits, take an Indigenous tour guide with the lowdown on safe spots. Sharing cultural knowledge Ms Atie, a Marrathiyel woman, runs the only 100 per cent Indigenous-owned tourism company in the …
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