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Karen Sheldon Catering

Darwin Region Community

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Karen Sheldon Catering has over 40 years of business experience throughout the Northern Territory.
From humble beginnings in the centre of Australia, Karen Sheldon founded "The Dolly Pot Inn" Restaurant and Squash Centre back in the 1980’s. The restaurant was famous for amazing fresh food, served with panache in the middle of the desert! Karen later moved “Up the Track” to establish a sister restaurant in Darwin and diversified the company into function and event catering.
In 2006, Amanda Swift & Sarah Hickey bought into the business, both bringing complimentary skills to become a driving force for the company’s development. With decades of business success and a strong team behind her, Karen was given the opportunity to dedicate her time and expertise to enhancing the lives of others.
In 2008, Karen Sheldon Catering branched out into professional training and developed the highly successful Future Stars Indigenous Employment Program. The Karen Sheldon Training division is committed to help close the gap on Indigenous economic disadvantage.
Over the years, Karen Sheldon Catering has developed a strong and recognisable brand that represents personalised service, fresh wholesome food bursting with flavour and innovative, outcome-focused training.

Functions & Events
Our style of food varies to suit each individual function and client, but our mantra always stays the same. That is, we always use the freshest local ingredients and we never, ever, compromise on quality, presentation and taste.
We have catered to many different styles of events, from Weddings and birthdays, to corporate conferences and office luncheons, and multi-million dollar major events. We are one of the Territory’s leaders in showcasing local produce to our clients and their guests. Crocodile, magpie geese, kangaroo, ocean caught local Barra and mudcrab, buffalo meats and cheeses, saltbush, rosellas and Kakadu plums all feature regularly in our menus.
The Karen Sheldon Catering brand has been built on “fresh, functional, wholesome food for busy people” – and that is what we live by to this day.

Some of the major events and functions that have featured on our calendar include:

V8 Supercars at Hidden Valley
Kimberley Moon Experience Dinner & Concert in Kununurra
International Cricket Matches held at TIO Stadium
Australian Superbikes Championships
World Indigenous Network Conference
NT Sports Awards in Katherine
Desert Harmony Dinner in Tennant Creek
Major Concerts at TIO Stadium – such as Elton John, John Farnham & Olivia Newton John

Map & Directions

Kantillia Function Centre, Level 3, TIO Stadium - Abala Road, Marrara, Darwin NT

Phone 08 89456048
Mobile 0405679877
Fax 08 89275799

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12 Things to Do in Northern Territory, Australia

The Top End is raw natural beauty combined with adventure, spectacular wildlife and serenity. From Katherine to Arnhem Land, this region takes us back to a simpler time. The stillness of Katherine Gorge, mesmeric art etched onto rocks and caves, wildlife in its natural form and so much more make the Top End a distinctive holiday destination in Australia.

  1. Book Tours & Attractions
  2. The Northern Territory is an exciting place steeped in history. There are several things to do here on holiday like going for boat cruises, World War II tours and Darwin Harbour cruises. You can also visit the Darwin Military Museum, Crocosaurus Cove or Alice Springs Desert Park.

  3. Attractions
  4. The Northern Territory, Australia’s outback is known for the World Heritage-listed Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, and the Tiwi Islands. The rich historical background, tropical weather and massive natural harbour make the Top End a great holiday destination.

  5. World Class Fishing
  6. The calm waters and abundant Barra is calling you! Grab your fishing buddies and spend a day on a boat enjoying the breeze and catching the biggest fish of your life.

  7. Art & Culture
  8. Culture is everywhere in the Northern Territory. From Arnhem Land to Darwin and from Kakadu National Park to Katherine, the culture, history and art is astounding, and one can spend weeks soaking it all in.

  9. World War II Tourism
  10. During WWII, Darwin was raided 64 times from air by Japan giving it a bloody past and a permanent place in World history. As part of the World War II tours, you can visit East Point Military Reserve, Charles Darwin National Park, WWII Oil Storage Tunnels, Australian Aviation Heritage Museum, USS Peary Memorial/USAAF Memorial, Adelaide River War Cemetery and many more historically significant places.

  11. Markets
  12. The Top End markets held throughout the year are hugely popular with locals and tourists. Here, you can feast on diverse cuisines made using locally sourced products, purchase handcrafted products like crocodile wallets, sway to the local music and enjoy sunsets with the locals.

  13. Birdwatching
  14. The monsoon forests, savannah woodlands and abundance of wetlands make this region densely populated with birds like Orange-footed Scrubfowls, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Gouldian Finch, Hooded Parrot and many more. From amateur to avid bird watchers, a bird watching tour is sure to be exciting and informative.

  15. Festivals
  16. The vibrant atmosphere in Darwin makes it the perfect place to organise festivals and events. The festivals here are related to music, the community, sports, arts and culture, and more.

  17. Shopping
  18. Given that the Top End is the native place of the Aboriginals, it is the place to purchase some Aboriginal artefacts. You can also buy beautiful prints of the region, handcrafted wares, crocodile skin products, and much more.

  19. Dining & Entertainment
  20. The local food in the Top End is delicious with a unique twist. Enjoy sundowners and meals at the beach in Darwin or hop off to the hottest parties and lounges. The city is bursting with energy. If you choose to be in the National Parks, it is much more serene. Here, you can relax and feast on meals with a local flavour.

  21. Fun for Kids
  22. The Top End with its beautiful beaches, wilderness tours and adventure parks makes it the perfect place for a family holiday in Australia. The kids are sure to love the natural beauty and entertainment centres.

  23. Golf Courses
  24. The tropical landscape of the region houses 13 fantastic golf courses that are excellent for amateurs and professionals alike.

Visit the Top End for an adventure-packed holiday!

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