Young girl on paddle board while Dad pushes her through the water

Local Favourites

Family staycation in the city

Local Favourites

Family staycation in Darwin city

Wave pool swimming, crocodile spotting and terrific family-friendly restaurants, here’s our long weekend itinerary for a family staycation in Darwin.                    

Day 1: Darwin Waterfront

Start your weekend by checking in and making yourself comfortable at the marvellous Vibe Hotel at Darwin Waterfront. The hotel’s superb location is ideal for a leisurely stroll along Darwin’s stunning promenade. 

On the hotel’s doorstop is Darwin’s Waterfront lagoon, a fantastic place to relax and swim. Outside the hotel you’ll also find the Wave Lagoon, terrific fun for the kids (and adults!) to enjoy the waves rolling in every 20 minutes.

Stay local for dinner and enjoy one of the many fabulous waterfront restaurants. There’s an array of dining options here from Asian to Australian cuisine, Mexican to Italian, so you won’t be short of options to delight the whole family.

Day 2: Darwin City

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at one of Darwin City’s many divine eateries. We recommend Ruby G’s or Rays for their wonderful breakfast and patisserie menus. 

After filling up, it’s time to visit Crocosaurus Cove. Here you can get up close and personal (within reason!) to Australia’s iconic saltwater crocodiles. Feeling brave? Crocosaurus Cove is home to the Cage of Death, Australia’s only crocodile dive. It’s the ultimate wildlife experience right in the heart of Darwin. While you’re on Mitchell Street, head to a local cafe or bar for lunch, topped off with a tasty gelato from Johnn Johnn’s. 

After a jam packed morning, relax back at the hotel before dinner out in the city. Darwin is home to so many great family-friendly restaurants. From mouth watering Chinese/Asian at Lazy’s Susan’s to moreish Greek fare at Manolis and scrumptious Aussie favourites at Salvatores, there’s plenty of places to satisfy the whole family.

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