THE LOCALS LIST: AMANDA PERNECHELE

Amanda Pernachele

Meet Amanda Pernechele: A proud Territorian who has called Darwin home for over 18 years.

An unstoppable force of energy – she owns two local Territory businesses, has recently become an authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant and is a die-hard wine and pasta enthusiast. When she’s not working she’s fishing, swimming or doing anything outdoors in the Top End.

Your absolute favourite ‘Real Northern Territory’ location, and why?

Dundee! I’ve been going there since I was 14 years old; camping, riding quads, fishing, crabbing and just enjoying the sunsets with mates and family.

And I can’t go past Nightcliff Jetty, I feel such a connection there. It was my mum’s fave spot to sit, especially when there’s king tides and the water splashes up over the rocks.

Local artist you are most inspired by? 

Sarrita and Tarisse King from King Sisters Art, the contemporary aboriginal art that they produce is incredible.

I also really like Paul Arnold’s work, he has really championed our NT landscapes and that they can feature not only on our walls at home but also as wearable art on scarves and umbrellas – Awesome gifts for our Southern mates.

Where do you head for an after-work drink? 

Dom’s Bar in Nightcliff, they are always supporting the local community, from the live tunes and comedy acts, to the native ingredients in their cocktails. And dayum, they are good cocktails! It’s always such a great vibe there.

Stonehouse for wine time …I’m bad at giving only one answer, aren’t I?

What’s the one thing you want to show or tell every southerner that visits? 

Our backyard in general, and boy do I unashamedly boast. Litchfield, Kakadu, and if there’s time to head South, canoeing and bush walking at Nitmiluk.

What about the best coffee? 

Trader Bar or Laneway.

Which NT event do you hang out for every year?

Graze Darwin and Darwin Pride Week.

Your ideal weekend away in the Top End would consist of… 

My ideal weekend consists of both here AND away – Friday knock offs at Stonehouse or Dom’s, Saturday morning run at East Point followed by coffee and eggs at Cool Spot, drive out to Litchy for a swim, a beer at Berry Springs Tavern, dinner at Pee Wees then a full day fishing Sunday. That’s all just bliss, and now I’m drooling!

When is your favourite time of the year in Darwin and why? 

Dry Season, there is nowhere in Australia like Darwin in the Dry. The events, the buzz, the weather.. Every day is heaven.

What makes Darwin ‘home’ to you?  

The friendliness, the hassle-free vibe, the warm weather and the business opportunities if you’ve got the drive!


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