What To Do With Kids In The Northern Territory
By: Rosie Stevens, ellaslist
Famed for being home to one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks in the shape of a big red rock, Uluru, but relatively unknown when it comes to tourism, the Northern Territory is actually a hub of history, outback culture and quintessential Aussie experiences. And the best part? It’s super kid-friendly to boot.
Great for mini culture vultures, wildlife lovers and adventure junkies, the Northern Territory is a one-stop shop for all of your family’s holiday needs. If you’re planning a trip to Australia’s red centre and surrounds, here’s what you should do while you’re there.
Crocs, Crocs And More Crocs
Got a kid that’s utterly fascinated by the snappy scoundrels? The NT is the place for you! Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove will mesmerise kids as they watch crocs snap for their dinner. Crocodylus Park is another attraction well worth the visit, dedicated to the research and conservation of crocodiles whilst also being home to native Australian wildlife, big cats, reptiles, birds and primates. If you’d rather see them completely in the wild, however, you can catch them in their natural habitat at Kakadu National Park.
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Acting as the gateway to the red centre, Alice Springs is the spiritual heart of Australia, showcasing the ancient Aboriginal culture and a history rich in stories. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Kings Canyon and the MacDonnell Ranges are all sights that should be firmly at the top of any Australian’s bucket list.
Cultural festivals abound in NT, the likes of which offer insight into its rich arts, culture and heritage. The Darwin Festival showcases the best contemporary and indigenous music, theatre, visual art, dance and cabaret Australia has to offer.
If your kids are eager to learn about the history of Australia, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is a great place to start, as it’s home to internationally renowned artistic, cultural and scientific collections and research programs. If that’s not your kids’ bag, however, the Darwin Military Museum tells the story of the city’s unexpected military past.
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From exploring the splendour of World-Heritage listed Kakadu National Park (where, if you’re going with kids, might be best booking a tour), to the stunning waterfalls, crystal clear pools and iconic termite mounds of Litchfield National Park, there’s certainly no shortage of natural attractions in the Northern Territory. The Nitmiluk National Park near Katherine is the perfect family adventure; older kids will love exploring the network of gorges that have been carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River.
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Watering holes abound in the Northern Territory, with Litchfield’s swimming holes offering a beautiful spot to cool off, while the whole family will enjoy the spring-fed crystal clear pool of the Katherine Hot Springs on the banks of Katherine River. Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct offers a wave pool and lagoon, perfect for entertaining little ones.
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