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10 Things Your Family Can Do for Free in Northern Territory

A family holiday to the NT is not just another holiday. Not only is the NT a place like nowhere else, but there’s a whole range of amazing experiences you can enjoy there that cost absolutely nothing. There are so many ways to enjoy free family fun in the NT…

Happy kids at Mataranka Thermal Pool
Happy kids at Mataranka Thermal Pool

Here are ten of our favourite free or cheap activities for the whole family!

1. Berry Springs, Nature Park, Darwin

Nature is always as it should be: free as a bird. So after a hot day, take a refreshing dip in Berry Springs.

2. Buley Rockhole, Litchfield National Park

Plunge into the cascading pools of Buley Rockhole, one of many popular swimming spot in the magnificent Litchfield National Park.

3. Mataranka Thermal Pool, Elsey National Park

Soothe all your aches and pains in the warm waters of the natural Mataranka thermal pool, set in a paperbark tree forest.

4. Bush Yarns, Garden Walks & Theatre Performances – Ayers Rock Resort

Join a bush yarn, with a local Aboriginal storyteller, or one of free cultural performances operated daily.

Matthew Hayden and the family at Bush Yarns, Garden Walks & Theatre Performances - Ayers Rock Resort
Matthew Hayden and the family at Bush Yarns, Garden Walks & Theatre Performances - Ayers Rock Resort

5. Cultural Ranger-Guided Activities, Kakadu National Park

Experience a captivating Kakadu with daily art talks at Ubirr and Nourlangie, and bush tucker experiences with experienced rangers, all for free.

6. Leanyer Recreational Park, Darwin

Entertain your kids with free, safe and clean fun with playgrounds, swimming pools, water slides, skate park and basketball court. Perfect for hot days.

7. Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles, Alice Springs

This remarkable site is a sacred place to Aboriginal traditional owners. The precarious piles of huge granite boulders make Karlu Karlu an unforgettable place to visit, or camp the night.

Matthew Hayden and his family at Karlu Karlu Devils Marbles Alice Springs
Matthew Hayden and his family at Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles, Alice Springs

8. Window on the Wetlands

Found on one of the highest points of the Adelaide River floodplain, you’ll find interactive displays and learn about the area’s history and local flora and fauna.

9. Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

The museum’s Discovery Centre is perfect for interactive hands-on learning.

10. Katherine Hot Springs

These natural, thermal pools are fantastic relaxation spots, with picnic grounds and scenic walking tracks too.

See? It’s easy to let your hair down in the NT without having to worry about your pockets running dry.

Looking for more tips on how you can plan your family holiday to the NT?  Australian cricket legend Matt Hayden recently explored the Territory for a family drive holiday. Follow Matt’s journey with his family

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