Marrakai Luxury All Suites Darwin

93 Smith Street, Darwin, Top End, 0800, Australia
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kakadu tours with children

by gallyg

Can anyone recommend a company they have used for tours of Kakadu which would be suitable for a couple with a 4 year old child. Worried about ending up on a tour with a bunch of teenagers/ gap year kids.

Re: kakadu tours with children

by Anne12

I went on a trip with Billy Can tours.( this would be about 5 years ago)
It was a 3 night 4 day one and I thought it was great, no real youngies, just a crew of 30 plus, plus a couple of younger kids.
I thought it was a well organised trip, we saw a lot of interesting areas and I learnt a lot about that area.
We did Katherine Gorge, Kakudu and Leitchfield national park.Saw so much.
We camped, but the camping areas were great, the tents are permanent, you don't have to put them up:)
We had basic dinners of a night, all helped with prep and wasked dishes etc.
You are on the right track doing a tour, I think this is a great way to see this area, also you don't miss out on anything, which can easily be done when driving yourself.

Re: kakadu tours with children

by albaaust

I think you are quite right to be worried about this. When I was there everywhere there were backpackers...BTW if you want to avoid them do NOT book the Cavanagh Hotel. You don't say whether you want to go on a day trip or not. It is possible to organise a 2 day 1 night tour to Kakadu staying at Cooinda or Jabiru.It does cost a little more but may be more appropriate for you.

If you do decide to do a day tour you will find that you leave very early in the morning (5.30am) and get back to Darwin around 7-8pm. They are very long days!!

I stayed at Cooinda which was very nice (bar and restaurant and caravan park plus cabins) and from there did Jim Jim Falls. The tour company I used was Top End. If you do enquire about this tour make sure you let the manager know you are travelling with a 4 year old! and any other concerns you have.

If you want any other information let us know.

Travel Tips for Darwin

Gardens Road Cemetery - for geneology buffs

by skatzcatz

The Gardens Road Cemetery is situated at 191 Gardens Road and was opened on 10 April 1919. The Cemetery served as the official cemetery for Darwin until 11 December 1970. It’s service to the Darwin community encompassed two world wars and catered for a fast growing multi-cultural society including Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Northern European, Anglos and Celts. Many of those interred there were pioneers in their own way, surviving the vicissitudes of Darwin including the Depression, World War II, the climate and uncertainty of life in what remained essentially a remote northern town. The Depression years saw many of the older, more prominent Darwin families bury their dead, with Japanese divers, ordinary citizens and a number of servicemen interred in the cemetery. From the outbreak of war in 1939 a number of servicemen, mainly RAAF were buried at Gardens Cemetery, as were a number of American servicemen from late 1941.

Despite large numbers of civilians and serviceman killed in the 19 February 1942 raids by the Japanese, only American servicemen were buried there as a result. Exhumations of American servicemen were conducted in 1942 and the Australians were exhumed and relocated to Adelaide River in 1944.

The cemetery has an intrinsic value to the community by virtue of its ability to reflect cultural attitudes to burials, the use of cemeteries and the approach to formal landscaping over the period of it's operation. The Cemetery is significant to the people of Darwin and it's recorded history on site and elsewhere adds a further dimension to the understanding of the Territory's past.

The cemetery is held in high esteem especially by the Darwin Community for it's symbolic and social associations and generates a great deal of interest from visitors to Darwin. The Gardens Road Cemetery provides a tangible reminder of the exploits and lives of many who contributed to the development of the Territory, particularly in the years between the wars, and of servicemen who were buried there in the early war years. Many of the graves represent the last resting place of Territorians whose contribution to the Territory is important to the interpretation of the Territory's historical, social and cultural background.

During it's years in use, 848 adults and 83 children were recorded as being buried at the cemetery.

This Cemetery was heritage listed in 1999.

Computer Info for your Internet Cafe Needs

by skatzcatz

Computer Info is where i go for all my Computer needs. Also a great internet cafe at only $3.95 with a free drink with an hours use.

Ask for Earlwin, he rocks...

5/21 Cavenagh Street Darwin
phone: 08 8941 3800

Rubbish & drinking

by tiabunna

The Northern Territory has always had a big-drinking “frontier” image, borne out by statistics showing beer consumption is twice the national average. Several factors are relevant. There is a higher proportion of males than elsewhere in Australia (109M:100F, compared to national 98M:100F) leading to a ‘blokey’ culture; the low population density and isolation, particularly for people with no local connections in remote areas, is a contributing factor. Even in Darwin there is a palpable feeling of distance from other parts of the world. There also are indigenous social problems, too complex to explore here, which have led to government restrictions on alcohol usage.

Alcohol drinking in public is restricted to certain areas in the Northern Territory. Sadly, we found quite a substantial amount of litter around the city area of Darwin, most resulting from peoples’ drinking habits. These photos of what look to be the remains of a heavy night, were taken on a stroll through Bicentennial Park. While I don’t wish to categorise this as a ‘warning’, it might be wise to avoid areas such as this at night.

Flightpath Archery

by skatzcatz

Get your friends together for a new challenge. The archery facility caters for 8 archers shooting at one time. This a great new fun activity for everyone. If you come down with a group of friends we can organize some friendly competition between you to add to the fun. Our friendly supervisors will reward you with bonus arrows when you get an arrow in the 'gold' or bullseye. Of course the facility will be available to hire out for corporate groups (min. 20 people), team building, social and sporting groups as well as school groups. Spread the news and try something new!

Session Times
Archery Session Times are as follows:

Thursdays & Fridays 4pm til 6.30pm
Saturdays & Sundays 9am til 12noon & 2pm til 6.30pm

Individual Prices
25 Arrows - $11
50 Arrows - $20 Bows & Arrows

Dundee Beach

by Zanzibargirl

Located 120 km south west of Darwin, Dundee Beach is an interesting very small coastal town and popular fishing spot. Situated on the shores of fish rich Fog Bay, the area is renowned for reef and sport fishing.

A popular destination for Darwin weekenders the beach was the place for a day trip from Darwin... Quite pretty to wander along it provided a nice change of scenery one day early on in my stay in Darwin.

It runs several kilometres along the coast & from Dundee Beach you can access some of the best blue water fishing in the top end, and it's the closest jump off point for catching large saltwater barramundi.


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