Due to the risk of jellyfish stings and unwelcome Crocodiles we have stuck with watering holes and public swimming pools for the little ones. See Local Secrets beaches if you prefer to find a beach.
Child Friendly Swimming in Darwin
Lake Alexander (East Point Rd, Fannie Bay) is a very popular, secure saltwater lake (free from Crocodiles) close to Fannie Bay Beach. Bring a picnic or make use of the BBQs on offer and let the kids enjoy playing in the shaded playground after having a swim.
Leanyer Water Park (15km from Darwin CBD – access is off Vanderlin Drive). If you are looking to keep the kids busy this water park has lots to offer, from water features and children’s wading pools to a skate park and cycling track plus picnic tables, cafe and BBQ facilities on site. Open Wednesday –Sunday 10am-7pm and open daily during school holidays.
Manton Dam Recreational Reserve (70km from Darwin –turn west off the Stuart Highway). The Dam offers a great place to swim or enjoy water based activities such as fishing, wind surfing, canoeing or boating. Open Daily.
Parks & Playgrounds in Darwin
Rapid Creek Water Gardens (Trower Rd, Jingili) is surrounded by fountains and water gardens making it a cut above your regular playground fare. A large shaded playground, great cycle paths and BBQ/picnic/Toilet facilities make it an easy and convenient outing with the kids. Older kids might enjoy the Water Gardens Skate Park also located within the gardens which is suitable for those learning to skate (children under 10years must be supervised).
Gardens Park Golf Links (Gardens Rd, The Gardens) offers Mini Golf in a tropical setting. Fun for families who like a bit of friendly competition and is a great idea for a children’s birthday party.
Anula Regional Playground is suitable for younger and older children and offers a large shaded and fenced playground area with plenty of seating for the Mums and Dads.
Darwin Botanic Gardens is close to Mindil Beach and just outside of the CBD. It is a great park for exploring – wander through the tropical rain forest and along the paths and boardwalks that snake past pools and waterfalls to find the Treehouse which gives you a great view from the top.
Lake Alexander (East Point Rd, Fannie Bay) has a shaded playground area and BBQ/Picnic facilities as well as offering safe swimming, all year round in the lake.
Child Friendly Restaurants in Darwin
Darwin Trailer Boat Club on the shores of Fannie Bay is suitable for the whole family and boasts a playground, swimming pool and bistro style food in a relaxed atmosphere. There is boat and trailer parking as well as a boat ramp and wash down area. You need to be a member to go but annual fees are very reasonable (under $200 for adults and $3.30 for kids). Darwin Trailer Boat Club, 8 Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay www.dtbc.com.au
Go Sushi is great for kid’s who will enjoy making their choice from the sushi train conveyor belt and watching the chefs prepare the food in the open kitchen. Great quality sushi plus soups, noodles and fried chicken options for kids who are a little pickier. T5/56 Smith St, Darwin City NT (08) 8941 1731
Keeping the children entertained in Darwin
- Planet Tinpin, Nightcliff
Offering bowling, indoor mini golf plus pool games and arcade games this is a great place for older kids. Special deals are offered during school holidays and there is a licenced café on site as well as Glow in the Dark bowling on Friday and Saturday nights.
69 Progress Drive, Nightcliff . www.planettenpin.com.au
- Mount Bundy Station
For something a little different, this historic cattle station, located 1 hr out of Darwin offers families a taste of rural life. Farm animals, wildlife, guided horse tours and a swimming pool are all on offer as well as a range of accommodation if you want to make a weekend of it.
- (08) 8976 7009 mtbundy.com.au
- The Rock Centre, Larrakeyah
Wear the kids out with some indoor and outdoor climbing at Darwin’s only indoor climbing gym. Catering for all ages (with a Play Gym for the under 5’s) the centre is open Tuesday to Friday 1pm-9pm and is also a popular choice for children’s birthday parties.
20 Rock Centre, Doctors Gully, Darwin
- Leanyer Water Park
If you are looking to keep the kids busy this water park has lots to offer, from water features and children’s wading pools to a skate park and cycling track plus picnic tables, café and BBQ facilities on site. Open Wednesday –Sunday 10am-7pm and open daily during school holidays. Entry is free.
215 Vanderlin Drive, Leanyer, NT (08) 8985 6588 nt.gov.au
- Zone 3, Darwin
If they are looking for fast paced action your kids (over 7yrs old) will love Zone 3, Darwin’s only Laser Tag facility. They get strapped in to computerized vests and play in teams to laser tag their opponents in their ever changing indoor maze. Also a fun, noisy option for kids parties.
3/70 Mcminn Street, Darwin. tel: (08) 8981 1333 www.zone3darwin.com.au
- Crocodylus Park, Berrimah
Crocodylus Park ( 815 McMillan's Road, Berrimah) www.crocodyluspark.com.au, the creation of renowed biologist Prodessor Grahame Webb is home to lots of animals such as monkeys, big cats but it is the crocodiles which are truly the sensation. Crocodiles were seriously endngered at one time because of agressive poaching in the 1960s and 1970s but a ban on hunting has seen their numbers increase. Many crocodile farms not only supply crocodile skins for the lucrative fashion market but also serve to preserve Australia's wild crocodiles. Salties, or salt water crocodiles number almost 200,000 now. Playing host to over a thousand crocodiles from little hatchlings to massive adults, this is the place to come. Animal Handling and the popular Crocodile Feeding tours are popular.
815 McMillans Rd, Berrimah, Darwin www.crocodyluspark.com.au