The Northern Territory is Australia’s largest natural theme park, from the tropical coastal regions of the Top End to the ancient deserts of the Centre. There is so much to see and do, scores of larger-than-life characters to meet and a whole host of new experiences that will thrill and captivate both young and old alike. There are many free attractions to visit, or why not check out our Top 10 Family Favourites.
A journey to Outback Northern Territory offers families an opportunity to spend some quality time together and to learn more about our own country, its wildlife and colourful characters as well as its rich cultural and social history. The children will have experiences and learn lessons they would never get by watching TV, playing computer games or sitting in a classroom. Life is too short and kids grow up too quickly, so start planning your outback adventure holiday to the Northern Territory today. It’s a family holiday experience that’ll never never leave you!
The heart and soul of Australia’s Outback is in the central desert regions. Alice Springs makes an ideal base for a great self drive holiday to the region, or take a relaxing back seat and book one of the many family-oriented package tours on offer.
At the world renowned Alice Springs Desert Park everyone can get a personal introduction to a variety of the Territory’s wildlife including the wide eyed bilbies, rock wallabies, emus, kangaroos and a stunning array of birds and reptiles. Children of all ages are catered for at the park, with a wide range of interpretive signs and information booths that explain in words, cartoons and pictures the lifecycles and habitat of Central Australia’s wildlife.
For a dining experience with a difference take a camel to breakfast or dinner. Enjoy an exhilarating hot air balloon ride at dawn above the desert landscape followed by a bush barbecue breakfast. Visit the country’s largest schoolroom at the School of the Air and everyone will be fascinated by the historic displays at the Old Telegraph Station and the Transport Hall of Fame. For safety and insurance reasons children must be over eight years old to go on extended camel treks and balloon rides.
Four-wheel drive fans can explore the majestic West MacDonnell Ranges and take the Mereenie Loop road to Kings Canyon, a spectacular natural canyon of awesome proportions. The nearby Kings Creek Station, a 2000 square kilometre slice of real Australian outback, makes an ideal family destination where you can set up camp in the well-serviced grounds or at one of the safari cabins. There you can experience life on an outback station, take a sunset camel ride or a helicopter joy flight as well a join in on a quad bike safari. There are age limits for quad bike safaris.
Everyone can try their hand at fossicking when you visit Tennant Creek, just over 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs, and a tour underground at the old battery mine will have everyone spellbound.