Family-friendly weekend in Darwin

If you’re looking for a quick getaway with the kids and grandkids, Darwin has got you covered. For a short stay, the Darwin Waterfront is your ticket to a family-friendly adventure; you’ve got a heap of fun activities and restaurants outside your door and only a 10-minute walk to the CBD.

Right on your doorstep you’ll find The Wave Lagoon. It’s a hit with kids of all ages, with admission just $5 for under 15 years or $18 for a family pass. For bigger kids, the Big Buoy Water Park is also down at the Darwin Waterfront. It’s so much fun you’ll be cutting the line to have a go too!

Do like the locals do and put laksa on your breakfast menu! Parap Markets are a food haven, rich with flavours of Asia and the odd crepe too. Just a 5-minute drive from the CBD, you can also pick up some great souvenirs. The Parap Markets run every Saturday morning – rain, humidity or shine.

Scoot back to the CBD – just 10 minutes’ walk from your accommodation – and you’ll reach Crocosaurus Cove. This place needs no introduction – it’s a must do on every Darwin visit, with safe croc interactions for all ages.

For something completely unique, the Deckchair Cinema is an absolute must! Open nightly from throughout the dry season, the Deckchair Cinema screens recent release films in the outdoors while you sit on – yep, you guessed it – deckchairs.

After grabbing breakfast at one of the nearby cafés, take the family to Aquascene, where you can hand feed the hundreds of fish that come to shore at Doctors Gully, right in the heart of Darwin. This activity is really dependent on tide times and seasonality – so check online whether it’s running first.

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