The Only Way Is Up
So, i'm back. And i'm not handling it well. Why does it have to be so hard to come home from holidays? Can't the transition back to everyday life be easy?
Our 10 day trip to sunny, tropical Darwin was amazing, and it flew by. I have so many people comment on how they'd love to go there when i mention we've been, so thought i'd chuck together a quick blog post on all the funs and excitements you'll find in the top end. There really is so much to do, we've been going up for over 10 years and i still have a huge amount of things to do that i want to cross off my list.
Our first port of call generally is Leanyer water park. The N.T has these amazing, government run water parks that are FREE. Yep, you read right! The kids (and adults!) love these water parks, they have water slides too! Leanyer is only a stones throw from the in laws, so we tend to visit a few times during our stay.
Another of our favourite Darwin haunts is Crocosaurus Cove. Located on Mitchell Street in the city centre, the kids were particularly excited to see Burt - the star of Crocodile Dundee! It doesn't matter how many times i visit this place i am in awe of these huge animals. They also have a great reptile section (inside and air conditioned) where the kids love learning about all the DEADLY animals found in Australia.... but that area kind of makes me question why i even leave my house (eek!). The kids can also 'fish for a croc' where they feed the baby crocs with fishing lines. If you're game, you can go in the 'Cage of Death' into the enclosure and they'll feed the crocs right next to you.
Left: Crocosaurus Cove Right: Leanyer Water Park.
The wave pool found on the waterfront at Darwin harbour is also a must visit. Our kids love this place, with it's simulated waves, inflated tubes and bodyboards. It also only cost us $18 for our family of five for the whole day! There also just happens to be a great bar right next to it where hubby and i can grab a drink after.... handy yes?
Mindil beach is an absolute beauty of a place, of course no swimming due to the crocs and box jellyfish, but it's certainly one of the most beautiful sights..... During the dry season Mindil Beach Sunset Markets can be found every Thursday and Sunday night, right in front of the beautiful Arafura Sea. Delicious food stalls, arts and crafts and entertainment are there for all to enjoy.
Left: Darwin Wave Lagoon Right: Mindil Beach
Another market to visit is in Parap on a Saturday morning. Beautiful food stalls (the crepe's are my fave!) and cute homewares and arts and crafts.
Cullen Bay is my choice - a gorgeous marina with divine restaurants and bars lining the waterfront. Be aware if you're visiting in the wet season though, most businesses shut down for a good month or so over Christmas and New Year.
Litchfield National Park is also worth seeing, with it's natural swimming holes and beautiful scenery. The kids will especially love the huge termite mounds! They're enormous! Unfortunately this time around most of the swimming holes were closed due to the wet season, so best time to visit would be in the dry season - it's also less humid.
Left: Parap Markets Right: Cullen Bay
Honestly i could go on and on, Adelaide River, Tiwi Islands, Katherine, Kakadu, the list goes on.... i'm still to go to some of these places myself. I must admit though, my absolute favourite place is the in laws, aka 'Dowling Recreation Park', where the pool isn't crowded and Gin + Tonics are on constant rotation :)
Have you travelled to Darwin? We'd love to hear your places to visit below!
Thanks for the Love xx