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Travelling with young children to the parks?

by bettydraper


We are a family with a 2 year-old and a 6 months old baby, and we are thinking of going to Darwin for a few days in Sept, and visiting Litchfield park or Kakadu park.

Do you think this is possible for us? What would be best, by campervan or by car + hotel?
Is there a lot of walking to do, as we'll probably end up carrying our 2 kids...?

Thanks for your help!

Re: Travelling with young children to the parks?

by balhannah

Yes, there is quite a bit of walking to do if you wish to see the sights, and also, travelling between the sights can be a distance of nothing much to see, so hopefully they would sleep. Just my opinion, I would wait until they are older and can do the walking themselves.

Re: Travelling with young children to the parks?

by swissfondue

Gosh, I admire you for considering doing this with two such small children however I agree with Balhannah. I would wait until your children are older so you can all enjoy the experience. I wouldnt fancy pushing a pram along the trails. You would need to carry them as well as all the things babies need.

Someone told me recently that car/campervan hire can be quite expensive in Darwin. Rental agreements dont offer unlimited kilometres because of the vast distances travelled by hirers.

Re: Travelling with young children to the parks?

by aussirose

Yes, like the others said.... distance travel with 2 young ones could be a problem. If you are in Darwin for a few days I would just hang around and do some day trips. By all means hire a car for the time you are there. There is quite a bit to see and do just in and around Darwin. Here is a list -

Jumping Croc Cruise -
Territory Wildlife Park -
Crocodulys Park -
Berry Springs -
Howard Springs -
Darwin Museum and Art Gallery -
Darwin Mindil Beach Markets -

Having said all those things....if you wanted to do a day trip...then I would suggest Litchfield Park as it it not too far. I would do an organised bus trip inclusive of the lot.

And if you you are looking for a place to stay...then I would suggest that you check out my Darwin pages for the best b&b in Darwin!!

Hope this helps :o)

Cheers, Ann.

Re: Travelling with young children to the parks?

by Mikebb

Territory Wildlife Park has a tram that takes you around the park, hop on hop off.

Travel Tips for Darwin

Birth Pains: Establishing Darwin

by tiabunna

Let’s start at the start. The Aborigines have lived in Australia for at least 40,000 years. Whoever was next to visit is somewhat doubtful, there are suggestions that a Chinese exploration fleet may have reached Australia’s shores in the 1400s. I rather believe that the Portuguese, great sailors and explorers, would have looked around in the 1500s - especially as their colony in Timor was a relative swim across the ocean and the Macassan fishermen were visiting from about that time: but the Portuguese were secretive and left few records. There is no doubt the Dutch visited in 1606 and their later explorers named Arnhem Land in 1623. Even the French, on lengthy scientific and exploratory voyages, travelled around the coasts in the early 1800s.

The British, focussed on asserting their colonial claims to the entire continent, were keen to pre-empt any other national aspirations, so establishing a colony at Australia’s “Top End” became a priority. In doing so, they ran into far more difficulties than they had to the south. Here’s the list of failed attempts at a colony:
● Fort Dundas, established on Melville Island in 1824 and abandoned in 1828
● Fort Wellington, at Raffles Bay, lasted only from 1827 to 1829
● Fort Victoria on the Cobourg Peninsula came closest to success, but still lasted only from 1838 to 1849.
● A settlement was established at Escape Cliffs, 75km from the present Darwin, in 1864 – it lasted only until 1867.

All the previous attempts to establish a colony had been military. In 1869 the new colony of Palmerston (later renamed Darwin) was established. South Australia had assumed responsibility for the north from New South Wales in 1863 and needed an administrative centre. The Palmerston colony (nothing to do with the new Darwin suburb of Palmerston) took on more significance in 1872 when the Overland Telegraph was built and an undersea cable connected Australia via Darwin to the rest of the world. Nothing remains of the first settlements and the ruins of Fort Victoria are quite inaccessible. Fortunately, on our trip through Arnhem Land we were able to see the marker cairn at Smith Point on the Cobourg Peninsula, erected in the 1840s to warn shipping headed for Fort Victoria of the location of a dangerous reef.

Territory Flag of the Northern Territories

by xuessium

..."The Northern Territory doesn't have a 'blue duster' like all other Australian states. It was the first internal or external Australian territory to adopt a flag post-Federation (1901) in 1978 upon the granting of self government. The main device is a stylised local flower - Sturt's Desert Rose with the seven petals forming a seven pointed star symbolic of the Territory as potentially the seventh state. The Southern Cross represents NT's location. The colour Ochre represents the NT earth and the black panel is regarded by some as representing the aboriginal people"...


Darwin International Airport

by cochinjew

when you clear the security, there is free internet available in the domestic departure lounge. the immigration and customs do not open half an hour or so before the flight departs, so you can sit in the domestic departure area and connect to the internet.

Aussie Rules in the NT

by robertgaz

Marrara Stadium is a part of the large Marrara Sports Complex which includes several other stadiums such as hockey, athletics, indoor basketball and several smaller outdoor sports grounds.

Marrara Stadium has a main grandstand which was built in 1991 and has seating capacity for 5,000 spectators. The ground will hold an extra 10,000 around the oval so in full voice you could expect a raucous welcome.

Aussie Rules Football is very popular in the Top End and the Northern Territory Football League has produced some of the best players that have made it to the top level with the AFL.

Florence Falls - Litchfield National Park

by Mikebb

Spectacular twin falls set amongst rainforest make Florence Falls ideal for hiking , swimming and photography. The falls are surrounded by rugged terrain and there is a steep decent to the falls. The guide book stated 160 steps to the bottom, however when looking down from the viewing platform it looked further. One has to think how will you manage the climb back to the parking area.

We decided to take some photos and move onto the Wangi Falls.


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