Whether you’ve never been before or you’re a regular visitor, a visit to the top end is a must-do for every Australian at some point, and makes for the perfect, fun filled family holiday. But as with any family holiday, one of the great struggles is figuring out just how you’re going to keep the kids entertained. The good news is that with a place as interesting as Darwin, you’re presented with a range of activities that will keep the whole family entertained. We’ve put together a list of eight of the best ways to keep the kids entertained when you’re heading up north to Darwin. 1. Darwin Festival If you happen to be visiting Darwin between August 12 and 29, you’ll have a great opportunity to experience the amazing Darwin Festival. This vibrant, energetic celebration has a range of events that the whole family will enjoy, and the littlies might find the Teddy Bear’s picnic in Botanical Gardens, opening concert with Indigenous performers of the Under the Banyan Tree storytelling events particularly interesting. There is plenty to see and do there for you as well! 2. Lake Alexander Odds are your visit to Darwin is going to be warm, and Darwin’s weather pretty much guarantees that Lake Alexander will be a good place to go to get out of the heat. The surrounds are nice and shady for watching your kids swim, and the beach is nice and safe with a sandy area that will be perfect for your kids to play in. Lake Alexander also has a playground nearby, in case your kids get sick of the water (but let’s be honest, they’re probably not going to any time soon). 3. Take a stroll around the botanic gardens While Darwin’s famed Botanic Gardens took a bit of a …Read More
Tiwi Islands The Tiwi Islands are a tiny self-governed land council with a small population of around 2,000. The islands are steeped in indigenous culture and boast a thriving artistic community — visitors can come and learn screen painting and batik techniques, learn a little about Aboriginal culture, or just relax and soak in the beautiful island air. Every March, the largest settlement (Nguiu) holds a Football Grand Final and Art Sale, where they sell off as many wares as they can before having some fun with a football tournament. Image via Tourism Top End The Defence of Darwin Experience Cataloguing the history of Darwin during WWII, the Defence of Darwin Experience is an interactive museum piece that seeks to chronicle the Japanese attacks on Darwin and the continued effort of the ANZAC troops during wartime. Starting with the 1942 bombings, the museum has exhibits showing the timeline of the war and a huge amount of artefacts from both Darwin at the time and from troops on both sides of the conflict. It’s a must-see not just for military history buffs, but anyone who’s interested in Australian history. Image via Darwin Military Museum King’s Canyon Nestled in the Watarrka National Park, just over 300 km outside of Alice Springs, King’s Canyon is a gigantic gorge over 100 metres deep ringed with breathtaking views and exciting tracks to clamber down. The canyon boasts a large amount of birdlife, from finches to peregrine falcons. Nearby you’ll also find the King’s Canyon Solar Power Station, where dazzling sheets of layered metal are a strong, man-made contrast to the natural beauty of the countryside. The park is a little out of the way, but luckily a lot of tours will take you from Uluru (more on that later!) to Kings Canyon and back. It’s …Read More
Whether you’re young and looking for adventure or retired and needing to get away from everyday life, there’s nothing more exciting and thrilling than hitting the open road and taking in the scenery on an epic road trip. With so many places to travel to, it’s hard to know where to start and which route will offer the richest experiences without hitting too many roadblocks. Here are some of our favourite road trips around Darwin and the Northern Territory.
Holidays should be a time for fun and relaxation, but the type of accommodation you choose can play a major part in the success of that fun and relaxation! While hotel rooms may seem like they boast all the features of a relaxing holiday, we believe staying in a holiday park can actually be a lot more rewarding… And here’s why. 1. More equipped more families and kids While you have to be of conscious levels no matter where you stay, holiday parks are a lot more lenient when it comes to noisy kids, thanks to the spaciousness and the already buzzing great outdoors.
Just because you are camping for your holiday break, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to eat rough as well. Cooking at a campsite gives you the chance to experiment with your cooking styles and techniques, as well as the opportunity to create some seriously delicious food. Just make sure the campsite/caravan park that you are staying at allows open fires before trying any of these suggestions! No matter what method you use for you camping cookout, these recipes will not only produce empty plates but will also have the fussiest eaters coming back for seconds. Orange cakes Cut the top off some oranges, scoop out the flesh and put it aside, remembering to keep the tops. Make up a packet of cake mix, and fill the oranges with this mixture. Do not overfill. Place the top back on and wrap in foil. Place the wrapped oranges in coals for around 5 minutes or so. Enjoy!
Bushfood, affectionately known as ‘bush tucker’, refers to food native to the Australian bush that was traditionally used as a source of nourishment by the Aboriginal inhabitants of this land. Today, bush tucker can describe any native fauna or flora used for either culinary or medicinal purposes, regardless of the continent or culture of origin. Bush tucker is a big part of Northern Territory life, and when collecting bush tucker and native seeds, a permit is required with royalties needing to be paid on most species. For further information you can contact the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory or visit the website here.
Heading off on the annual family holiday doesnt have to be stressful or cause anxiety about always keeping the kids entertained. With a little bit of forethought and planning, your family holiday could become exactly that once again – a holiday. Here’s our ultimate guide to holidaying with kids. Find the right accommodation Always book appropriate accommodation that caters for kids, and book in advance. It’s nice to stay in luxurious, elegant surroundings, but it’s not quite appropriate when you have kids running around being noisy. Consider a cabin in a holiday park – holiday parks are loaded with facilities and activities for kids to do so they will have hours of entertainment, all within the safety of the holiday park.
Travel by car, caravan, or 4WD across the Northern Territory, and the diversity of the landscape will astound you. The Northern Territory is like no other place on Earth – from the red desert sands of Uluru, to tropical Kakadu National Park, to the azure waters of Darwin Harbour, you’ll tread some of the country’s most iconic touring routes. Along the way you’ll discover a region rich in ancient art and culture, pioneering history, extraordinary wildlife, and some of the most incredible sunsets you’re ever likely to see. The Northern Territory is a vast landscape and in order to explore it properly, you must be prepared and well organised before setting off. Set aside time for rest stops, work out where you’ll get petrol, and do your research. Know how to change a tyre and consider picking up an emergency radio device. The last thing you want is to be stranded in the middle of nowhere, far away from water and fuel.