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Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

Gili Meno, Indonesia
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Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

Hi all,

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Looking for ideas for a trip in early May.

Arrive Dariwn and plan to stay with friends in Darwin for the first weekend.

What is there to do and see in Darwin for a 5 year old, she likes animals and shopping!

Then we might hire a car of a camper - any ideas for good rental companies?

We plan to do some exploring for around 5 days - any ideas of what to do and where to go?

We might then go back to friends for the weekend in Darwin or head off to the coast for a few days.

Any ideas on where to stay on the coast - self catering accom always good with a family.

Where is good on the beach that doesn't have crocs? (5 year old scared!)

Then fly home from Darwin.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

Firstly never ever swim in the ocean (or creeks or rivers) in or around Darwin. There are crocs in all of our waterways and also there are jellyfish in our ocean. I am sure that your friends in Darwin would discuss this with you.

I would head to Litchfield National Park as there are some lovely waterholes which are good for kids (Buley Rock Hole) has some small and larger pools. However it will depend largely on how fast the water is running as to whether it will be suitable for you and the 5yo.

The Territory Wildlife Park is really good for kids and is self paced walking style. http://www.territorywildlifepark.com.au/

Also try Crocosauras Cove http://www.crocosauruscove.com/

Mindil Beach markets open end of April so always good to go down and have a look

Hope this helps.

Lou

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2. Re: Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

May is generally the time the box jellyfish start to disappear and the beaches are then safer. There are several beaches where a child could go and paddle such as Mindil Beach or Casuarina beach. The problem is that due to the large rise and fall in the tides and Casuarina beach sloping very gently, there is a long walk out just to get the water up to your knees. However check when you arrive about the beaches as conditions change and cloudy weather could bring the box jellyfish back. There are regular patrols around the harbour and there are crocodile traps.

However a safer place is the Waterfront and the pool there. You can reach there by public transport, at the terminus just walk down Smith street, take the lift at the end of the street down into the Waterfront area.

You mentioned about going to the coast, Darwin is on the coast and there are no other suitable places on the coast that you can visit. A lot of the coastline is covered in mangroves.

The museum is free and it has many interesting displays that your 5 yo might like. As well as Litchfield there is the Territory Wildlife Park, that will take up a whole day and nearby is Berry Springs where you may be able to swim. Over Easter Darwin has received a lot of rain with some more to come later so some areas may be closed when you arrive due to the high water level and strong currents making it unsafe.

Kakadu will require some overnight stops though it may be boring for the young one. There is the Jumping Crocodile tour on the way out and stop for a while at the near by Windows on the Wetlands.

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3. Re: Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

Also forgot to mention but there is the Leanyer Recreation Reserve, free and fish feeding at Doctors Gully. Its opening hours depends on the tides.

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4. Re: Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

Thanks for the ideas for the watering holes, they sound good.

I have been to Darwin but it was many moons ago and remember the tide being far out!

We plan to rent a camper and travel for 5 days- what would be a good itinerary for this - Litchfield/Kakadu?

Can you park up with a camper by the road still or do you need to be on a site? Any good sites?

When I mentioned a place on the beach - I was wondering there are any nice locations a short drive from Darwin (say around 3 hours) where we could rent a cabin or something for a few days?

Any accom recs would be great for this section and also for the parks if we dont'take a camper.

Thanks for help so far!

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5. Re: Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

LsBob - 5 yo jumped for joy when I showed her pics of Leanyer Recreation Reserve!

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6. Re: Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

It is not suggested that you camp near the road unless it is a site where overnight camping is allowed. There are quite a few camping places in Litchfield and Kakadu. You could do a 5 day tour of Kakadu and Litchfiels, leave Kakadu by the southern road through Pine Creek then go back to Darwin via Litchfield NP. If you want to rush it then you could add in Katherine but that would be too much driving and not enough relaxing and enjoying your holiday.

There are cabins over at Mandorah which is the other side of the harbour but I doubt any would be for rent, other than that there are no other areas by the beach within 3 or more hours from Darwin. There are units for rent at Batchelor and Lake Bennett which are not far from Darwin.

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7. Re: Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

If you daughter is excited about Leanyer also check out the new Palmerston Water Park

www.topend.ymca.org.au/PWP/Pages/Index.aspx

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8. Re: Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

If you are going to use a camper forget Kakadu and head to Katherine. Edith Falls on the way and Litchfield (Wangi Falls and Walker creek ) on the way back

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9. Re: Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

We definately plan to hire a camper in Darwin - can anyone suggest some good companies?

Glenn why would you forget Kakadu with a camper?

LS Bob probably don't want to rush so should we miss Katherine?

Shaz, another water park, she will double jump for joy!

We will have 5 days to tour and then return to Darwin.

What would be a good itinerary for 5 days?

Can you reccommend any caravan sites for the suggested itinerary where we can park the camper overnight?

What are thebest things to see in 5 days - the highlights?

Any things we must see?

Any good places to visit /eat?

Many Thanks

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10. Re: Darwin and surroundings for about 2 weeks

With only five days Kakadu is too far from anywhere else(Katherine,Litchfield).