31 REASONS DARWIN IS THE MOST UNIQUE CITY FOR KIDS IN AUSTRALIA

17 Mar 2017

1. It's not just grown ups that appreciate the jaw-dropping landscapes 

 

Top pools, Gunlom, Kakadu National Park c/o @thewanderingmamma

 

 

2. You have to admit vistas like this are totally awe-inspiring! 

 

Wetlands in Arnhem Land c/o @twolittleterritorians 

 

 

3. Come Wet Season or Dry Season, they are equally spectacular

 

Ubirr Rock, Kakadu National Park c/o @twolittleterritorians 

 

4. Not only are they dazzling, they are culturally significant 

 

 Barunga Festival c/o John Skuja

 

 

5. I guess you know they are world famous?

 

Wetlands near Milingimbi, Arnhem Land c/o John Skuja

 

 

6. And, as for swimming, I mean seriously, does it get any better than this? 

 

Motor Call Falls, Kakadu National Park c/o @twolittleterritorians

 

7. Or this? 

 

Top Pools, Gunlom, Kakadu National Park c/o @twolittleterritorians

 

 

 

8. But, you don't have to head out of town get amongst it all 

 

 East Point Reserve, Darwin city c/o 4wildbastards

 

 

9. Just look up!

 

Frilly in Darwin local park c/o Libby Larsen

 

10. Or on the local beaches

 

Casuarina Beach c/o Philippa Cotter

 

 

11. And in the garden when it rains

 

c/o @4wildbastards

 

 

12. Darwin kids get unique opportunities to experience Aboriginal culture 

 

 Kids from Ramingining, Arnhem Land swimming at Japidi Japin

Alamy Stock (Penny Tweedie)

 

 

13. If you head to one of the community festivals, it's something your kids will never forget

 

Barunga Festival c/o John Skuja

 

 

14. We can't forget about the famous salties now can we?

 

 

  Crocosaurus Cove in the city c/o Kristin Keegan

 

 

15. In Darwin, kids can kiss them 

 

 Crocosaurus Cove in the city c/o Kate Sieiper

 

16. Fish for them

 

Crocosaurus Cove, in the city c/o Kate Sieper

 

 

17. And even swim alongside them 

 

Crocosaurus Cove in the city c/o Tegan Molony 

 

 

 

18. Darwin beaches rock, even if swimming is a bit of a No No!

 

Dripstone cliffs c/o 4wildbastards

 

19. For starters they are never crowded, ever!

 

Casuarina Beach c/o Krystie Anderson

 

 

20. And, you'd have to agree that they are simply sensational at sunset?

 

Darwin Sailing Club c/o  Olivia Hagan

 

 

21. Darwin shines in the Dry Season, and everyone gets swept up in festival frenzy 

 

Barunga Festival c/o Libby Larsen

 

 

 

22. It's the time of year locals embrace outdoor dining, and there are heaps of options

 

Cafe de la Plage c/o Libby Larsen

 

 

23. When the Wet Season arrives everyone rejoices

 

 

c/o Elisha Kellett

 

 

24. In these parts kids don't have to go inside when it rains

 

c/o Ella Wevill

 

25. It just makes things way more fun!

 

Wet Season trampolining c/o Libby Larsen 

 

 

26. Laksa washed down with a fresh mango juice at one of the local markets is a weekly ritual for many kids 

 

 Laksa from Parap Market c/o Parap Markets

 

27. Locals are footy fanatics, and here little girls dream of becoming AFL footy legends

 

c/o twolittleterritorians

 

 

28. We also have Territory Day, i.e. a day when you let off your own fireworks, or you can just sit and watch

 

c/o @4wildbastards

 

 

29. And then there is the mango madness season, "yum yum"

 

Rapid Creek Markets c/o thewanderingmamma

 

 

30. And get this! With Bali being so close, families often pop over for a long weekend!  

 

Lemongrass Villa, Bali T Houses, Ubud c/o Libby Larsen

 

 

31. Timor-Leste is even closer, and another adventure waiting to happen...

 

 Atauruo Island, Timor-Leste c/o Kaz Bray

 

 

So, if you want to have a family holiday somewhere unique, Darwin's the ticket. If a picture tells 1,000 words, start packing! 

 

Who better to show us why this part of the world is special for kids than local families who live here, and love it, and who have kindly shared their stunning photos. 

 

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to local families for sharing these stunning photos

 

The gorgeous photos for this article were kindly shared with me from parents through some fantastic networks like Top End Mums, Darwin Mums and Bubs and Darwin Mums, as well as friends, and extended friends. Thanks as well to @twolittleterritorians, @thewanderingmamma and @4wildbastards - 3 amazing instgram accounts I follow that have awesome photos of their kids enjoying life in the Top End.

 

 

 

You might also be interested in: 

 

 

Do: My Top 8 Things to Do in Darwin with Kids

 

Eat: My Top 9 Places to Eat with Kids in Darwin

 

7 Unique Family-Friendly Getaways from Darwin

 

5 Kid-Friendly Camping Spots Darwin Locals Love

 

See: Aboriginal Rock Art in the Northern Territory 

 

Do: Barunga Aboriginal Festival with Kids 

 

 

Libby Larsen - Growing up Troppo 

Honest travel advice & inspiration for parents

 

I live in Darwin in the Top End of Australia with my lovely partner and two little boys. I'm not sure about you but when I'm heading somewhere a good friend has been to, or lives, I always ask, "Where did you stay? What are the best places to eat with kids? What are your tips? Growing up Troppo is about parents sharing their "little gems" with other parents and sharing honest and independent travel advice.

 

 

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