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NT’s Matt is everyone’s mate

‘Outback Wrangler’ Matt Wright has recently been announced as an official ‘Friend of Australia’ by Tourism Australia.

THE Territory’s Outback Wrangler, heart-throb Matt Wright, has been named as one of Tourism Australia’s ‘Friends of Australia’.

The prestigious list — which includes sports stars, fashion designers, celebrity chefs, environmentalists, entrepreneurs and artists — identifies leaders passionate about Australia.

Crocodile-wrestling Mr Wright said Australia had some of the world’s most incredible wildlife — but it was the laid-back lifestyle, the freedom, and endless opportunities he most enjoyed. “I love everything about Australia — our people, our beaches, and our unique landscapes so to represent something I’m so passionate about is the ultimate,” Mr Wright said.

“To share a slice of me and what we do up here in the Territory with the rest of the country and the world is even better.”

Mr Wright said Australia’s diversity was an important part of its identity.

“The diversity is also such an epic thing — you can have a nice bite to eat in Melbourne, go for a surf in Margaret River, go trekking in Tasmania and check out the waterfalls in the Territory.

“Our country has so much to offer.”

When in the Top End, Mr Wright wants more tourists to venture outside of Darwin and get a taste of “quintessential outback” on cattle stations and across the outback.

“My top picks are make the effort to see Katherine Gorge, Litchfield National Park, come for an adventure with my company Outback Floatplanes, check out jumping crocodile cruises and try your hand in snagging a Barra — you can’t leave the top end without bagging a Barra,” he said.

Mr Wright is also urging travellers to explore the Territory during the Wet, and not be put off by fears it might be too hot. “I believe it truly is the best and most magical time to be in the Top End the waterfalls are booming and the land is alive,” he said.

Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan said Mr Wright was a “wonderful advocate” and ambassador for the NT and Australia.

“Having experienced one of his incredible outback tours for myself I can assure you that Matt is the real deal,” he said.

“We love working with Matt and will certainly be looking to build on this.”

Also on the list are cricketer Glenn McGrath, film director Baz Luhrmann, journalist George Negus, and trainer Michelle Bridges.