Family Fun in the Tropical Paradise Darwin

Folks with rambunctious tweens or moody teens will swear how hard it is to get their children off Facebook, video games and iPads.

So for some good-old fashion family fun head over to a far-flung locale that promises a hearty dose of sunshine, the great outdoors and natural wonders. And what better place than Darwin, Australia?  With its tropical weather, outdoor lifestyle and expansive beaches, Darwin is the ideal location for adults and children alike.

Darwin has a rich history and diverse culture as more than 50 nationalities make up its 100,000 population, including the Larrakia Aboriginal people. Hence, your children can have a great learning experience and get introduced to new cultures without you even trying too hard.

Most airlines fly to Darwin and from most Australian capital cities and some Asian destinations, it’s just a 3-4 hour plane ride away. No matter what is the size of  your family or their requirement, you just cannot go wrong with the Batchelor Resort. Room rates range from AUD16.00  to 250.00 and this beautiful island resort offers a  diverse range of accommodation, from camping sites to rooms set around the pool area. The property is spread over a mammoth 12 hectares of bushland and the resort offers activities like mini golf, swimming and wild bird feeding.

No tropical destination is complete without some stunning outdoor sights and fortunately Darwin has lots to offer. Start your day by visiting Aquascene and watch your children squeal with delight when they hand-feed the fishes at high tide. If the fishes are too tame for them and your family is up for an adventure then grab the rucksack and head to Crocosaurus Cove (9:00am – 7:00pm, last admission 6:00pm). Not for the faint-hearted, one can swim with baby crocs and even say hi to Burt, star of the legendary Australian movie ‘Crocodile Dundee’. Grab lunch at the licensed café, that is always bustling with  jubilant children and tired parents!
Continue on your adventure trail and make your way to the  Litchfield National Park and if possible take a day or half day tour. Introduce the kids to the “Great Outdoors” and take in the wonders of the gorgeous rainforests, the beautiful waterfalls Florence and Tolmer Falls and the weathered sandstone pillars of the Lost City. Take a dive in at the rock pool by Wangi Falls and the truly adventurous can also hike to the  rocky Tabletop Rang. Since Litchfield National Park is around 60 miles from Darwin, it is advisable to time manage your day or dedicate a full day  just to the park.

Take a break from all the hiking and the walking and wind up your  evening by attending the iconic Deckchair Cinema. Located on the Darwin Waterfront, this open-air cinema lets you catch a movie with your family under the stars. Ticket prices range from 15AUD and one can also opt for the $30 Family (2 adults, 2 children) option. The cinema also offers some yummy treats and their Teriyaki noodles and Chilli con carne will have everyone going for seconds.

There is no dearth of sightseeing options in Darwin and families can have fun for weeks and experience the melting pot of cultures. This fun tropical town is full of picnic spots, themed parks, natural wonders and  campsites, making it the perfect place to have some adventure.