9 of the best of the Top End for families – the Northern Territory

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Australia's Top End is ancient, welcoming, awe-inspiring ... and also a great place for family holidays. Here's our 'Top 9' of the top things to do in the Top End!

  1. Uluru – the gigantic rock is said to be around 700 million years old and is sacred to indigenous Australians.
  2. Alice Springs – in the heart of the MacDonnell Ranges – and host to unique Aussie annual events including the Alice Desert Festival Camel Cup and the Henley-on-Todd Regatta – and unusual boat race held on the dry sandy bed of the Todd River!
  3. Hot air ballooning over The Alice, followed by a bush tucker tour!
  4. Get slitherin’ at The Alice Springs Reptile Centre - play with a python, watch the lizards feed, spy on secretive geckos, see crocodiles from underwater, and meet resident goannas and frill-neck lizards.
  5. Take a virtual journey of the World’s Largest Classroom at The Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre.
  6. Discover stunning Kakadu National Park – find out about ancient aboriginal culture, see amazing rock art, giant termite mounds, natural waterholes, and take a boat cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong where you can spot exotic birds and giant crocodiles.
  7. Head to Darwin’s famous Crocosaurus Cove and come face-to-face with some of the largest saltwater crocs in the world, as well as 70 reptile species only found in Australia’s Top End.
  8. Cool off at the fabulous Darwin Wave Lagoon - a palm-fringed swimming pool that turns into a tube-riding, boogie-boarding barrel of family fun when the ‘swell’ is generated in twenty minutes bursts! Wading pools and fountains keep little ones happy too.
  9. Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct is a great place for families to explore, chill, eat, swim and shop – and grab an ice-cream or fish ‘n’ chips, take a harbour cruise or do a spot of fishing.
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