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