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Travel guide Top End & Darwin for Family Friendly


Top End Surprises: Katherine, Tennant Creek and Mataranka
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Too often, discussions about the Northern Territory centre around Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata-Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kakadu National Park. The reason for this is clear to anyone who has ever laid eyes on these places – they’re truly amazing. But sometimes, it’s the lesser known places that make a holiday really special - the little surprises you see along the way. Like the luxurious hot springs of Mataranka. To the south of Katherine, with a population around 250, this little town boasts a truly magical spot to rejuvenate and ponder why nature decided to put a hot tub in the middle of nowhere. The lagoon is surrounded by palm trees, and the sandy bottom is lovely to run your feet through as you luxuriate in the warm water. Of course, you wouldn’t fly across the world f... Read more

Travelling to Australia
By Kylie Jane Degeling

For many, it is a dream to travel to the Land Down Under.  The Great Barrier Reef is a natural phenomenon many long to see for themselves, as is the giant Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) sitting smack in the middle of the country. Seeing kangaroos in the wild, the chance to cuddle a koala, and just experience the laid-back attitude for which Australians are famous, may seem like an impossible dream. Happily, it takes only a day to travel to this great island continent, and with flights more reasonably priced than ever, and plenty of deals available throughout the year, you could soon be chatting with the locals while marveling at the mixed-up features of a platypus. Getting there Plenty of airlines travel to Australia, including their main carrier, Qantas. How much you pay to t... Read more

Editor's Choice - ArafuraBlue
By Lisa Monk

When we think of Darwin, we usually think of going in the dry season.  This certainly allows us to enjoy activities like the Darwin Cup in July and the renowned festival, which runs each year in August.  It also means that most of the spectacular national parks are open.  The downside is that the city is more crowded, accommodation is difficult to come by and you will have missed the experience of the Wet! Don’t let the wet season put you off … yes, it is usually around 30 degrees most days, but the afternoon storms cool things down and provide an awesome background to a place of astonishing natural beauty.  The wet season is Darwin’s best-kept secret and a great antidote to the hot, dry summers and water restrictions of the southern states. Another... Read more

Kakadu National Park
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Step back in time and experience the beauty that has been a home to Aboriginal people for more than 40,000 years. Australia’s most famous national park spans an enormous 20,000 square kilometers and is one of the few Australian sites listed by UNESCO World Heritage for both its cultural and natural offerings. More than 1000 species of plants can be found in Kakadu, along with countless different birds and animals, stunning rock formations, ancient cave paintings and cultural offerings. It is impossible to see and experience everything in a single trip. What to do in Kakadu? Whether you are in search of a leisurely escape or a vacation packed with adventure, you will find choices to suit your touring style. Budget conscious travelers will find many free guided tours and activities ... Read more

 
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