NT School Holidays
Term 1: April 2 – April 12
Term 2: June 20 – July 19
Term 3: September 26 – October 4
Term 4: December 12 – January 21, 2016

Uluru

The sight of this giant sandstone monolith rising 348 metres above the desert is an image that will stay with your children for a lifetime. There’s a reason why Uluru is Australia’s most iconic landmark, and visiting this sacred Aboriginal site will take your breath away. While climbing the rock is discouraged, there are still plenty of ways your family can enjoy this geological wonder while respecting the traditional landowners. To truly appreciate Uluru’s size, walk all or part way around the base (10.6km) or join a ranger-guided walk to learn about the secrets of the rock, indigenous culture and rock art. Watch Uluru change colour at sunset, participate in a traditional dot-painting workshop, take a scenic flight over the rock, and explore nearby Kata Tjuta. 

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Darwin Waterfront

Who said it’s not safe to swim at the beach in the Top End? At the Darwin waterfront you can take a dip in the sparkling lagoon – carefree and croc safe, all a stones throw from Darwin itself. A sea wall and mesh screens keep the marine nasties out, and a man-made beach – fringed by palm trees and rolling green lawns – provides the perfect spot to sprawl out and enjoy the tropical sunshine. The neighbouring Wave Lagoon offers waterborne thrills (for a fee), with 20-minute bursts of simulated surf to keep boogie-boarders and tubers entertained. There are also wading pools and water fountains for the little ones.

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Kakadu National Park

No NT itinerary is complete without a trip to world heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. The park will awaken your family’s adventurous spirit with vast wetlands, plunging gorges, cascading waterfalls and countless bush trails to explore. Take a short, steep climb to the top of Gunlom Falls and enjoying a refreshing dip in a rock pool framed by breathtaking views of the national park. Spot giant crocodiles, buffalo and birdlife during a boat cruise on Yellow Water billabong, view ancient rock art, and explore the rugged escarpments and wetlands that have made Kakadu one of Australia’s top natural attractions. 

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Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin

Never smile at a crocodile, unless it’s a baby and you’re posing for a photograph. At Crocosaurus Cove in central Darwin you can do just that and more. Swim with crocodiles in a pool that shares a transparent wall with the croc enclosure, watch the feeding frenzy at meal times, or deliver lunch straight into the jaws of a giant saltie yourself in a croc-feed experience. You can also feed the juvenile crocs with a fishing rod. For mums and dads (and kids aged over 15) with nerves of steel, the Cage of Death is not to be missed. Spend 15 minutes submerged in a cage inside the croc enclosure as massive man-eaters thrash about beside you.

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Berry Springs Nature Park

While much of the Northern Territory’s waterways are crocodile infested, Berry Springs (about 50km south of Darwin) is a safe, freshwater swimming oasis. A series of gin-clear pools hemmed by pandanus provide an idyllic setting for a swim you will not soon forget. A shallow rock pool fed by a small waterfall is a good option for young children and bathers who like the sensation of water pummelling their back. Be sure to bring picnic provisions as the vast, shady grounds are begging to be enjoyed.

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This information is for reference purposes only. While Stayz makes every effort to provide accurate information, we recommend that you check which public holidays and school holidays apply to you before making any travel plans.