Things to do in Northern Territory with kids
Ahhh…the infamous Aussie Outback. A dry, baron and dangerous place where you can drive for days, still be in NT and see nothing? Nope, nope and nope! (Well, you can actually drive for days and still be in NT, that bit’s true)
Northern Territories is the spiritual capital of the country. It’s the state of the dreamtime. It’s the state of unparalleled natural beauty, and an incredibly eye opening experience for kids.
We can’t start without mentioned Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. In other words, Ayers Rock! That iconic image of Australia. That’s just the beginning. Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, Howard Springs Nature Park, Katherine Hot Springs Reserve…all places that embrace the natural wonders of NT.
Wildlife a plenty with the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and Crocodylus Park, unique experiences to be had with Outback Ballooning and Darwin Harbour Cruises, and of course for the heat, indoor activities such as Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park.
From the cities to the Outback, NT will be an incredible experience for the whole family, and is like nowhere else on earth!
Get out of the city and discover the secrets of the desert in Alice Springs as you see & hear stories of the plants, animals, & local Aboriginal culture
Kids can spend the day with more than 100 reptiles of over fifty different species! These creepy critters are exhibited indoors and outside, with daily shows and talks with supervised handling!
The World’s largest display of Australian Reptiles allows visitors a unique, 360 degree, viewing experience of massive saltwater crocodiles and cute hatchlings.
Not only do you see wildlife up-close in their natural habitats, you meet them walking through tree top aviaries, strolling around a natural lagoon and even get to interact with them during daily presentations.
Crocodylus Park plays host to over a thousand crocodiles from teenie hatchlings to massive adults weighing more than half a ton!
The Darwin Waterfront is fun family friendly destination where you can swim, enjoy a coffee, catch a movie or enjoy a family picnic, with Wave Lagoon too!.
Kids will love to escape that Darwin heat with Leanyer swimming pool, complete with water slides and a recreation park where kids can enjoy a run around to dry off!
A fun, friendly and FREE water park featuring a 14 metre high, 100 metre long, racer water slide & separate wet play areas for toddlers and teens.
A fascinating historical look into the role of women in the past, and a museum dedicated to preserving the place of women in history for their special contribution to Australia’s heritage. Great for the little girls in the family.
Families who love Australian history (and the TV show!) will love this fascinating insight through the ages of Australia providing excellence in aero-medical and primary health care across the country.
These appealing and accessible collections encompass Aboriginal art and material culture, visual arts, craft, Southeast Asian and Oceanic art and material culture, maritime archaeology, Northern Territory history and natural sciences.
An immersive, interactive, multimedia experience representing Darwin's role in World War II, and makes history fascinating for kids!
Preserves and presents the groundbreaking efforts and impacts of Australia's transport history both in terms of the vehicles and their drivers.
A historic journey for the family at this Alice Springs Telegraph Station. Self-guided and guided tours around historic buildings, as well as family bush walks, safe swimming holes and a cycle route!
Climb in side an incredible old WWII oil tank at the ONLY climbing gym in Darwin! Great indoor rock climbing for the family
Plenty of family fun at Flight Path with golf, archery, baseball and more! Great family fun in Darwin
Incredible Outback Australia experiences where you can journey into the cosmos and view the clear as crystal night sky, enjoy a bush tucker tour and lunch, or enjoy a spirit of the Outback dinner and show.
Kids will love the colours and smells at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, with over 600 Central Australian plants in a beautiful garden setting. There are three self-guided walks to help you fully enjoy the Gardens' flora, ecology and history.
With stunning tropical waterfalls and swimming holes, Litchfield National Park is south of Darwin with a ghostly tin mine & adventure tours
Recreational activities include hiking and an interpretive display, whilst with goggles you can see many small native fish and other aquatic life that live in the clear pools you may swim in.
Bicentennial Park is a good place to catch a sea breeze or follow the WWII walking trail, picnicking or relaxing in the open grasslands.
A beautiful NT national Park, Mary River offers fishing, camping, bird watching, four-wheel driving and more!
Explore swamps, monsoon forests and river areas, watching the local wallabies eye your picnic before splashing in the main pool or the kids' pool.
A beautiful national park featuring fishing, camping, natural springs and WWII history!
Safe swimming at several locations in an enchanting forest with scenic walks and extremely large populations of butterflies!
Fun and playful hot springs to enjoy swimming and relaxing in, surrounded by lush views. A great recreational area in Katherine!
Amazing wetlands in NT featuring interactive displays on local ecology, touchscreen computers with wildlife info, & superb views!
Experience a range of NT's amazing natural landscapes, including the impressive Devils Marbles!
Mount Bundy is a working cattle station where you can stay overnight, swim, fish, and enjoy a unique cattle station experience!
Area includes 8 km of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and shady casuarina trees making ideal territory for family picnics, outdoor games, hunting mini beasts and exploration.
The infamous Ayers Rock (aka Uluru!) A magical, historical and iconic family day out where you can explore, & enjoy plenty of adventure plus guided walks.
This unique tourist attraction is an atmospheric adventure through bleak tunnels and stairways under the ground to a secret room filled with photographs that capture the imagination and lend a personal touch to cold history.
Journey through the breathtaking outback by camel! All lengths of journey available, so great for kids - especially the restless one!
Specialises in bird and nature watching, with Half and Full Day Highlights tours, conducted from a comfortable, airconditioned 4WD.
An unusual day out for the family, with unique camel rides in the Northern Territories desert against the backdrop of the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. Suitable for all ages, it's an exciting experience to have in the famous Red Centre!
The Centre has an impressive presentation of aircraft and displays depicting the Territory’s involvement in aviation, both civil and military, from the early pioneers and record breakers through World War II and the jet age.
Enjoy fun dining and sunset cruises, as well as family friendly options on the very fun catamaran!
Daily guided tours of the 15m deep limestone cave network, atmospheric but not scary, with tropical woodland walks and lots of nature!
Significant historical building with fascinating history and opulent decor, with princess connections to excite the kids. Great grounds to explore with tropical grove.
A magnificent and politically significant example of tropical architecture and one of the Northern Territory's historical 'must see's.
The Reserve’s historic buildings have not altered much over the years, so you will get a good idea of pioneer life on a remote turn-of- the-century goldfield. You can also try panning for gold in the courtyard display and exploring an old mine!
Experience the thrill of fossicking for your own gems, hidden by mother nature for millions of years! Plenty of interesting specimens for budding junior gemologists to get started on their very own collection.
Considered one of the Territory's most important heritage sites, this is an educational and historical attraction bringing up some vital concepts.
Kids will love to experience the spellbinding musical and visual journey through the ancient land forms, history and space of Australia's outback with the unique didgeridoo shows!
An award winning outdoor cinema and family tourist attraction showing a a diverse range of Australian, popular, family, foreign and classic films.
Bowling in the desert! Classic family tenpin bowling with a super fun cosmic bowling option! Little ones can play with ease with their gutter guards.
Hundreds of friendly local wild fish swim to the shallow shoreline and are willingly hand-fed to the delight of some 70,000 visitors a year.
Take a trip across the clear secluded waters with a launch tour boat or canoe! Plus safe public swimming, camping, hiking and safe public swimming area.