Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory and is often referred to as our national “gateway” to Asia. It is dynamic, different, diverse and constantly changing. In Darwin you can take things as fast or as slow as you like, with an amazing things to do in Darwin and kids activities spread all over the city.
Having been almost entirely rebuilt twice, once due to the air raids during the War and again after being devastated by Cyclone Tracy in 1974, Darwin has developed into a thriving, vibrant place, renowned for its colourful characters and large variety of cafes, restaurants, pubs and licenced sporting clubs.
It is also the entry point to some of the world’s greatest natural and cultural attractions that are located within a two to three-hour drive from the capital, meaning there are plenty of secret things to do in Darwin.
Darwin is now one of Australia’s most modern capital cities. From bushwalks and suburban markets to being submerged with saltwater crocodiles, it really is your choice of things to do in this tropical city.
Kids activities in Darwin
The wet season, spanning from November until April, is characterized by high levels of humidity followed by monsoonal rains and storms. The dry season, from May until October, is characterized by warm, dry, sunny days and cool nights. The historic Stokes Hill Wharf offers a relaxed friendly atmosphere with seaside alfresco eateries, casual restaurant dining and is a hub for various cruises and tours on beautiful Darwin Harbour.
Kids can go through a guided two hour program as a junior reptile ranger at Crocosaurus Cove, an activity centre for kids in the heart of the city. More kids entertainment can be had at the Darwin Aviation Museum, where kids can get an educational afternoon full of fun history.
A relaxed, tropical place only two kms from Darwin’s cosmopolitan CBD, the Wharf ensures Cullen Bay’s reputation as one of the more desired things to do in Darwin for holiday-makers, sea farers and locals alike.The Aquascene Fish Feeding Sanctuary has been voted Darwin’s most popular tourist attraction, and allows hand feeding of some local and wild fish.
There are three major shopping centres, in the city, at Casuarina and at Palmerston with many other shopping centres located throughout the suburbs. They range from both large shops to small boutiques. Casuarina Square contains fantastic shops, cinema and arcade activities for kids, and is one of the best things to do while visiting Darwin.
Darwin literally is a HOT destination. While Aussies in southern parts of Australia are all rugged up on the couch under a blanket in their winter woolies, those in Darwin are basking in the warmth of the sun. It’s the perfect winter getaway for families! It is perfect for the next school holidays – make sure you go – it is a family haven!
Travel up north for one of the best family winter holidays you’ll ever have!