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You’ve run out of ideas, the weekend is coming up and you’ve got that birthday to plan. OMG! The holidays are coming up and they’ll be home for two weeks. Aaargh! Don’t worry you’ve come to the right place, at LetsGoKids we’ve done the hard yards, kicked the tyres, found the best spots to eat and play, where to shop, what to see and even where to stay! We’ll let you know what’s on and where, how much it is and even try and help the budget with some special deals and vouchers! There are also puzzles, games, competitions and even birthday party ideas to keep the kids entertained. As everyone knows, happy kids make for happy families, so read on, get off the couch, get out there and do it!

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Advertiser’s Index Out & About Darwin & Palmerston

Territory Wildlife Park Inside Front Cover Aquascene 9 City of Darwin 9 Mindil Beach Sunset Market 9 Darwin Library 10 Fish Darwin 11 Crocosaurus Cove 13 Indo Pacific Marine 14 WWII Oil Storage 15 Aus Aviation Heritage Museum 16 Crocodylus Park 17 Darwin Waterfront Corporation 19 Toga Hospitality 20 Cullen Bay Day Spa 22 City of Palmerston 26 Palmerston Library 28 Windows on the Wetlands 41 Litchfield Council Area

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Cullen Bay Resort 23 Pine Creek Railway Resort 43 IBIS Styles Katherine 45 St Andrews Apartments

Chifley Alice Springs Resort MacDonnell Range Big 4 Stuart Caravan & Cabin Park Lake Bennett Resort Howard Springs Big 4 Travelodge Resort Darwin

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Darwin Waterfront Front Cover Essington School 2 Water Safety Awareness 3 Kidsafe 5 5 31NT Babysitting 7 32Rhonda Clayton Photography Sattler Christian College 7 Child Abuse Taskforce 7 Safety House 11 Fast Ferries 18 Palmerston Early Learning Centre 27 64 39Channel 7 Kormilda College Back Cover Vouchers

Territory Wildlife Park Crocodylus Park Crocosaurus Cove Flight Path Golf & Outdoor Recreation Palmerston Golf Course Planet 10 Pin Bowling 46

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Really, really important stuff Important stuff and other stuff Banks: Mon to Thurs: 9:30am – 4pm (Fri – 5pm) Check commbank.com.au, nab.com.au, anz.com.au, westpac.com.au for locations. ATM:

Teller Machines are open 24/7 and located throughout the city and suburbs.

Currency:

5, 10, 20, 50 cents, 1 & 2 dollar coins. 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 dollar notes.

Credit Cards:

Visa and Mastercard are accepted at most places, Amex and Diners Club in some places.

Public Holidays 29 Mar Good Friday 30 Mar Easter Saturday 1 Apr Easter Monday 25 Apr Anzac Day 6 May May Day 10 Jun Queen's Birthday Show Day Holidays 5 Jul Alice Springs 12 Jul Tennant Creek 19 Jul Katherine

5 Aug 25 Dec 26 Dec 1 Jan 28 Jan

Picnic Day Christmas Day Boxing Day New Years Day Australia Day

The Wet season is November to April and the Dry season May to October. During January and February monsoon weather dumps heavy afternoon and overnight rain, which makes it quite humid but means you will get to see the beautiful waterfalls and lush tropical growth. Average temperatures range from 24° – 38°. The Red Centre has very little rain and very low humidity throughout the year. Nights can be much colder than further north (lowest on record for Alice Springs is -7.8°!), but generally winter ranges from 3° – 20° and summer 20° – 35°.

Time: The NT is on Australian Central Standard Time (ACST). They are ½ an hour behind Eastern States and they don't have daylight savings time so become 1½ hours behind from October to March. The NT is on the same time as Adelaide and is 1 1/2 hours ahead of Perth.

Emergency? Call 000 26 Jul Darwin 28 Jun Borroloola

School Holidays 8 Apr – 12 Apr Mid-Semester Break 24 Jun – 19 Jul Semester Break

Weather: The Top End has lots of sunshine all year.

30 Sep – 4 Oct Mid-Semester Break 16 Dec – 31 Jan 2013 Christmas Holidays

Important phone numbers: Police, Fire & Ambulance ...................................... 000 Kids Help Line ....................................... 1800 551 800 Darwin Airport ................................... (08) 8920 1811 Alice Springs Airport ........................ (08) 8951 1211 Interpreter Service......................................... 13 14 50

Water Safety Awareness Program The Water Safety Awareness Program provides free water safety lessons for parents/guardians and their children under five. Five practical sessions cover emergency care, revival skills and water awareness activities in and out of the water. For more information or to register: Royal Life Saving Society NT Phones: 08 8981 5036 Email: nt@rlssa.org.au

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Public Transport Adult $3 for 3 hours or $7 daily. All students (primary to university), children under 5, pensioners/seniors travel free. Concession $1 for 3 hrs. Timetables for Darwin, Palmerston & Alice Springs routes are available at nt.gov.au/transport or Ph: (08) 8924 7666

Get out of town! The Ghan (13 21 47) is the long distance train service in the NT. The Ghan operates a weekly service from Adelaide to Darwin and twice weekly return services between Adelaide and Alice Springs. Several coach companies operate services within the NT. McCafferty's Coaches (13 14 99) Greyhound Australia (1300 473 946) have services between DarwinandAliceSprings,withstopsinKatherineandTennantCreek. AAT Kings (1300 556 100) has services between Alice Springs and Yulara or Kings Canyon.

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Really, really important stuff Hospitals Royal Darwin Hospital Rocklands Drive, Tiwi ... (08) 8922 8888 Darwin Private Hospital Rocklands Drive, Tiwi ... (08) 8920 6011 Alice Springs Hospital Gap Rd, Alice Springs ... (08) 8951 7777 Katherine Hospital Giles Street, Katherine . (08) 8973 9211

Visitor Information Centres Barkly Tourism Battery Hill Mining Centre, Peko Rd, Tennant Creek 1800 500 879 Alice Springs Tourism Central Australia 60 Gregory Tce (08) 8952 5800 Darwin Cnr Smith & Bennett St 1300 138 886 Katherine Katherine Region Tourist Association Cnr Lindsay St & Katherine Tce 1800 653 142

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Darwin - Out & About The City of Darwin has many playgrounds throughout Darwin which are free to access and provide varying levels of activity challenge. Lake Alexander is a beauty at East Point (right on the water). The other major regional playgrounds are located in Anula and Jingili.

Darwin’s parks are excellent venues for everything from family get-togethers and festivals to open air meetings, functions and other corporate and community events. Bicentennial Park at The Esplanade, Lake Alexander and the Jingili Water Gardens should be checked out.

The City of Darwin provides a wide range of recreational facilities where families, young people and children can all enjoy Darwin’s outdoor lifestyle. FREEPS (Free Recreation and Entertainment for Everyone in the Parks) is a fun-filled program that gives both young and old the opportunity to enjoy and participate in free recreational activities and entertainmentinDarwin’slocalparks.FREEPSevents areheldonvariousSaturdaysandSundaysduringthe DrySeason.Checkwww.darwin.nt.gov.aufordetails. Expires 31/03/14

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Out & About - Darwin The Fun Bus is a mobile playgroup service jointly With an emphasis on items that encourage healthy, funded by the City of Darwin and the Northern physical activities, the City of Darwin is proud to offer Territory Government. The playgroups are arangeofequipmentoptionsforcommunityevents. informal sessions where parents, carers, babies and children aged 0 to 5 years can come together in a relaxed and friendly environment. They provide children with an opportunity to have fun and interact with one another, whilst developing social and creative skills through play.

It operates weekdays between 9:30am and 11:30am for 46 weeks per year between February and December. For six weeks during the wet season, the Fun Bus operates from a variety of indoor/undercover venues and then for the rest of the year it operates at various outdoor locations throughout the municipality. Check www.darwin.nt.gov.au for more details.

The City of Darwin has a range of toys and activities available to use at your event, with everything from giant outdoor chess sets to inflatable belly bumpers. There is no hire charge with the exception of a small deposit, refundable on the safe return of the equipment. If you are interested in borrowing some Fun and Games equipment, or would like to know more about what’s on offer, please call (08) 8930 0300.

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Public tennis courts are located in Parap, Nightcliff and Rapid Creek. They can be used free of charge and are only available for daytime use. The City of Darwin has three swimming pools located at Parap, Nightcliff and Casuarina (see below).

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Not Much Money? “Who said there is no such thing as a free lunch?”

The LetsGoKids team have come up with the definitive list of how to spend a day (or even a week) in and around Darwin “on the cheap”. See and Do Lots - Spend Not Much! There’s no excuses now, so grab the family or maybe some friends, and get out there and DO IT!!! 1.

First stop is (p.58) of this book! Find out what’s happening and where. Check out festivals, markets and all the events.

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Make your next FREE activity The Palmerston Water Park. OMG! A huge FREE speed slide, BBQ’s, picnic area, water play area and our favourite The Big Tipping Bucket - The kids will love it!!

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Mindil Beach Markets on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons offer entertainment, great atmosphere and a killer sunset viewing spot. Allow 2-3 hours and grab something to eat or BYO! One of the world’s great markets! (p.9)

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If you visit Stokes Hill Wharf at dusk, the lights attract all sorts of sea creatures that you can gaze down upon. Check it out See who turns up!

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Visit East Point and Lake Alexander. Go swimming without fear of being eaten. It has a great undercover playground, BBQ areas and shady picnic spots.

10. 10. Drive or ride to Charles Darwin N.P which

is only 5km from the city and learn about the plants and animals native to the area from a knowledgeable ranger on one of their regular “talk sessions”.

Grab a bike and explore Darwin on some of the dedicated cycle trails. The trails run all the way from Darwin to Palmerston. Ride one way and catch the bus back! Maps are available from Darwin & Palmerston Councils (p.9)

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The NT Museum & Art Gallery is free and has an awesome re-creation of Cyclone Tracey where you can feel & hear what it was like to be in the wind that devastated Darwin in 1974. They also have great indigenous artefacts and art.

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Head to Livingstone Recreation Reserve (p.40) on a Friday Night and enjoy a cheap casual meal in a down to earth setting. About as “Aussie” as it gets!

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Take your bathers, your bike, your skates and a picnic and enjoy the brilliant facilities at Leanyer Recreation Park. Only 15 minutes from the city in Vanderlin Drive or Bus 9 from Casurina or Palmerston. There are FREE waterslides, swimming pools, cycling & skate paths and a skate park. It’s awesome!

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See what harsh prison life was like at Fannie Bay Goal. Open daily 10-3. FREE. East Point Rd.

11. Walk or ride the costal trail from Nightcliff to

Rapid Creek.Great views,birdlifeandinterpretive plaques to explain what you’re looking at!

12. Browse a market in Parap, Nightcliff, Rapid

Creek or Palmerston. The food is great.

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Out & About - Darwin 14. Stroll along the Darwin Heritage Walk on a

self guided tour of all the significant historical sites. Pamphlets available at Darwin City Council or National Trust office in Kahlin Ave in the Milly Point Heritage Precinct.

15. Check out the awesome FREE new kid’s play

area at Howard Springs (p.36) - It’s a beauty!

16. Walk the Darwin Waterfront Heritage and

Cultural Trail complete with interpretive plaques. Free guides at Darwin Council or www.waterfront.nt.gov.au

557 Stuart Hwy, Winnellie NT www.darwinsairwar.com.au P: 08 8947 2145 F: 08 8947 1000

Come and see an impressive presentation of aircraft and displays depicting the Territory’s involvement in aviation, both civil and military, from the early pioneers and record breakers through World War II and the jet age.

17. Darwin Waterfront is always organising FREE

activities for families. Check www.waterfront. nt.gov.au for upcoming events.

These might cost a little but they’re great value!

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18. Visit the historic WWII Oil Tunnels (see below)

for a glimpse of war time Darwin.

19. Take the Mandorah Ferry (p.18) and spend

the day in Mandorah. Great views as you head through the Harbour.

20. Visit Aquascene (p.9) where you can hand

feed HUGE fish daily.

21. Windows on the Wetlands (p.41) has spectacular

views and is a fantastic “hands on” experience.

22. Take the family to Indo Pacific Marine (p.12)

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Did You Know? There is an interpretative trail to the wharf beginning at the top of Harry Chan Drive and winding its way down the hill to the start of the wharf. It tells the story of arriving into Darwin by sea in days gone by.

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Darwin Waterfront - Out & About A beach you can swim at in Darwin? Yes, you better believe it!! The Darwin Waterfront around the Stokes Hill Wharf areahasundergoneanamazingtransformationinthe last 5 years, and you should see it now!! It has a lifeguard patrolled Recreation Lagoon (which is safety netted) where you can swim without getting eaten, lie on the lush grassy lawns, sit under a tree or build a sandcastle.

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The Waterfront area boasts TWO other great family tourist attractions; Indo Pacific Marine (voucher p.12) is Darwin’s Aquarium (it is located right next to the wave pool) and great for the kids, the World War II Oil Tunnels (voucher p.15) which are located just near the car park entrance. They offer an insight into Darwin’s role in the war.

Looking for more action? Then the Wave Lagoon Pool is a must! Located right next to the Recreation Lagoon, this world class aquatic playground is not to be missed. Swim, surf the waves on a boogie board or just laze by the water’s edge. The precinct also hasgreatcasualeateriesservingtraditionalpubfood, mexican and even a burger bar.

Handy Hint The Darwin Waterfront has FREE parking for two hours in the multi level car park next to the Vibe Hotel - Perfect access to the whole precinct!

Waterfront Wave Lagoon – open 7 days a week, 10am – 6pm with lifeguards on patrol. Entry fee applies. Waterfront Recreation Lagoon – lifeguards on patrol 7 days a week from 9am – 6pm. Entry is free. Visit our website for regular events and school holiday activities.

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Cullen Bay is a great place to stay with the family, as it feels like its own little seaside community yet it is only 2km from the CBD. It offers great views, restaurants, parks, beaches, cafes, a boardwalk and a variety of retail services including hair and beauty salons, retail outlets for souvenirs, books, gifts and artworks, a marine chandlery, boat charter operations that offer both fishing and sightseeing/sunset cruises, health and gym facilities, a laundromat and somewhere for mum to venture to at the Cullen Bay Day Spa (see below) where the girls will make her feel welcome, pampering her and soothing away all the worries.

Worth a Look! Cullen Bay is the home base of Fast Ferries that havemultipledailyservicestoMandorah(govisit the unique pub or go for a fish!) Check out the latest Fast Ferries timetable on (p.18)

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The Boardwalk is open to the public and is the perfect place to soak up the serenity of the Marina views as you leisurely enjoy the comings and goings of many luxurious private yachts, fishing boats and sunset cruise charter boats.

At night, the locals come out to play – the marina based locals! Batfish, barramundi, mangrove jack, mullet and even squid circle around under the lights of the restaurants. The Boatshed CafÊ is GREAT for families and even has a dedicated kids room, complete with DVDs. You can even ask for some fish food to feed them!

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Cullen Bay - Out & About The main feature of this popular location is the magnificent Cullen Bay Marina, being home to over 250 vessels encompassed by some of the best restaurants that Darwin has to offer, and fringed by Darwin’s premium residential suburb.

Did You Know? Cullen Bay has the local public bus run direct into Mitchell St, so access to and from town for sightseeing or eating out is easy as!!!

Being in a typically tropical environment and subject to severe cyclones and weather extremes, Cullen Bay Marina (a man made facility) has been uniquely designed to protect its occupants against such natural elements thanks to its locked waterway and huge man made seawalls. There are cruise operators and fishing charters that operate from the marina, and we suggest the kids would love a ½ day fishing trip with Equinox (p.32) (who have kids themselves) and will look after you just right. Cullen Bay Resorts (see below) are an affordable self catering option for families with great BBQ areas around the family friendly pools - they have great views over the marina too.

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Beginning lifein1983,themarina has international standard boating facilities and is worth a stroll just to check out the boats!

With so much to do, it’s not hard to see why Cullen Bay is such a draw card to locals and tourists alike.

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Darwin has an abundance of casual eateries and “food experiences” that are perfect for a relaxed family meal.

Nearby the Darwin Waterfront complex has restaurants and take away to suit all tastes. Hot Tamale Mexican Restaurant, Il Lido and the new Precinct are worth a look. The meals at Fiddlers Green are huge!

The cuisine is heavily influenced by the proximity of Asia, with lots of different spices and produce Not To Be Missed!! used in the cooking. What is the local speciality? Of course one family dining experience not Seafood of course and in particular, Barra! This to be missed is the Mindil Beach Markets beautiful eating fish is everywhere. Grilled, fried, on a Thursday and Sunday during the dry as a burger, in a curry, with noodles or rice, even season (p.9). It is all takeaway, but there is food the kids will love the taste. You’ll also find other from every country imaginable. You will find something for everyone at a reasonable price. authentic NT cuisine like mud crabs, buffalo, kangaroo, camel and crocodile. You will see these on the menu wherever you go, so give em a try! Mitchell Street in the city has many outlets for a quick lunch or a sit down dinner. There are You will also find other authentic NT cuisine like sandwichshops,noodles,Italian,fishandchipsand mudcrabs,buffalo,kangaroo,camelandcrocodile. Thai. There are several pubs as well. For the best You will see these on the menu wherever you go, barra in town, try the Barra Bar. so give ‘em a try! The Darwin Sailing Club and the Trailer Boat Club Where to Eat? in Fannie Bay have million dollar views as the sun Stokes Hill Wharf has an amazing food hall that goes down and you can sit on the shady grassed area overlooking the water. Casual bistro setting. is open nightly. You can sit al fresco or under The food is great, the setting even better. The cover and the kids will love the huge batfish (and sometimes a shark) being attracted by the Trailer Boat Club has playground, swimming pool, beach and soft sand for the kids to play on. lights and swimming around the wharf.

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Palmerston - Out & About The City of Palmerston

Boasts kilometres of bike paths, a lovely secluded hide-e-hole with BBQs, lakes, bridges, play equipment, lily’s and ducks to boot, known as Marlow’s Lagoon. Fancy a stroll with the family, stop past the lakes at Durack or Sanctuary. Sanctuary Lakes also offers opportunities for wildlife spotting, play equipment, BBQ’s, picnics or somewhere for the younger kids to ride their trikes away from main roads. If you’re looking to escape into the cool, why not visit the 6 screen CMAX Cinemas in the heart of the City or the Playshack located under ‘The Hub’ where kids can entertain themselves while you kick back with a latte.

programs for newborns, toddlers and preschoolers which involve music and dance, art and craft. Friday night markets in the City Centre, held during the wonderful dry, follow on in the tradition of famous Territory style markets. The City of Palmerston hosts an annual Palmerston Festival to be held in the city centre August 30 & 31. All the above information including details and addresses are available on our website www.palmerston.nt.gov.au so please stop by and check out all the great, fun things to do in our City!

Handy Hint Palmerston is home to a well-equipped Recreation CentreandGym(withchildmindingfacilities),Aquatic Centre and Swimming Pool (with Toddler pool) and the Palmerston Library. The library hosts loads of great nooks to relax and read or join your tots into one of our great kids programs. Palmerston Library offers

On Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat nights Cazalys Palmerston Club has a Kids Club supervised by a childcare professional from 5:30pm till10:30pm. Sign in, receive a notification buzzer (similar to the ones that notify you when your meals are ready) in case of a toilet or drink request from your youngster, and you are now at liberty to enjoy your meal in peace! Best of all - IT’S FREE!!

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Play / Party Darwin has an amazing outdoor lifestyle and so much to see and do for families in the local parks and beach areas, as well as the close by National Parks and nature reserves. You will find wide open spaces to play, walk, run, swim, ride or picnic right across the Top End. Here are a selection of our favourites. East Point Reserve Offers safe year-round saltwater swimming at Lake Alexander,arangeofbarbecueandpicnicfacilitiesina landscapedenvironmentandanexcellentplayground. The beaches on East Point Reserve are an important recreation resource. Fannie Bay Beach, with its adjacentparklandandbarbecuearea,isprobablythe most popular family beach in Darwin. A meandering walking trail through the vine forest provides access and encourages visitors to experience the forest and appreciate its diversity and beauty. The wallabies at East Point have been a feature of the reserve for many years. They are a delightful attraction for both locals and visitors. Doctors Gully in the north to the Wharf Precinct in the south. There is a children’s playground The Esplanade halfway along the park, an eagle’s nest lookout at Beautiful Bicentennial Park runs the length of The the northern end and a Cenotaph honouring. Esplanade and a walking/cycling track goes from Sunsets from here are spectacular.

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Nightcliff Foreshore Situated off Casuarina Drive with plenty of car parking facilities, the footpath along the foreshore of Nightcliff is used for walking and cycling, particularly in the evenings after work. Along the footpath there is Nightcliff Jetty, Nightcliff Beach and Nightcliff Swimming Pool. The foreshore itself incorporates access to mangrovecommunities and the beach, along with links back to WWII historical sites. Casuarina Coastal Reserve Located in the city’s northern suburbs, this coastal reserve is a great place for a walk along the beach, to catch a sunset from the Dripstone Cliffs or enjoy a picnic in the shady recreational areas. Howard Springs An awesome place to take the kids for a few hours. Brand new facilities including flying foxes and climbing apparatus. Charles Darwin National Park Just a short drive from the city, this park was developed to show visitors the rich mangrove habitats of Darwin Harbour. Relics of Darwin’s involvement in WWII can also be seen here. These reinforced concrete bunkers were used for safe storage of munitions during the wartime action.

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Kakadu National Park The largest in Australia. It is situated 250 km from Darwin on the Arnhem Highway. Renowned internationally for its natural and cultural wonders, Kakadu has one of the highest concentrated areas of Aboriginal rock art sites in the world. Litchfield National Park The 1,500 sq km2 park is an easy 1 1/2hr from Darwin. It contains several types of typical Top End habitats including lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls and cascades. During monsoon season, four major waterfalls thunder from the cliffs to tropical rock pools metres below. During the rest of the year the waterfalls flow more gently, making the waterholes perfect spots for a cool dip.

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Play / Party Palmerston Water Park - Huge speed slide - Change rooms - Water play area - Big water tipping bucket - BBQ’s - FREE!!!

Leanyer Water Park - Water playground - Change rooms - Swimming areas - Basketball Courts

- Playground - Skate Park - Water slides - FREE!!!

Darwin Waterfront Wave Lagoon - Wave Lagoon - Swimming Lagoon nearby - Shade - Patrolled by lifeguards - Kiosk - Change rooms - Free 2 hour parking

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Play / Party Indoor Activities When the weather turns nasty and you need somewhere indoors to take the kids, in and around the city there are indoor playcentres, leisure centres, swimming pools, rock climbing walls, ten pin bowling lanes, laser skirmish centres, amusements parks, arcade game parlours and even indoor go-karting. Enough to keep you busy every weekend of the year!

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KJS Entertainment (see left) Mon-Thurs: 8.30am-6.30pm Fri-Sat: 8.30am-9.30pm Sun: 9.30am-6.30pm 16 Malack Cres, Malack Ph: (08) 8927 1133 The Playshack Playcentre Birthday Parties, Discos, Climbing & Play Equipment May - Sept: 9am - 1pm (Mon-Fri); 9am - 5pm; (Sat) & 10am-5pm (Sun). October to April: 9am-5pm (Mon-Sat) & 10am-5pm (Sun) Public Holidays: 9am–5pm, School Holidays: 9am–5pm. The Hub Complex Palmerston Ph: (08) 8931 0400

Flight Path Mini Golf & Archery (p.35) Mon–Fri:9am–7pm,Sat–Sun:8am–7pm Public Holidays: 9am–7pm www.flightpathgolf.com

The Rock - Rockclimbing Tues, Thurs & Sat: 12pm–9pm Wed, Fri & Sun: 12pm–6pm Doctors Gully, Darwin Ph: (08) 8941 0747 www.rockclimbing.com.au

Planet Ten Pin Bowling (p.35) Mon–Sat: 9am–Late Sun & Public Holidays: 10am–Late 69 Progress Drive, Nightcliff Ph: (08) 8985 4416 www.planettenpin.com.au

Zone 3 Mon–Sat: 9am–Late Ring for opening hours McMinn & Harvey Streets, Darwin Ph: (08) 89811333

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Out & About - Humpty Doo, Howard Springs & Berry Springs

Litchfield Municipality

Litchfield Municipality is situated on the outskirts of Darwin amid tropical rural bushland. Just 30 minutes drive from Darwin’s CBD, the Municipality is over 3,000 sq km in size and includes a diversity of natural features and activities. You will find a wide variety of places to see and fun things to do in the area. The Municipality is also the gateway to the stunning Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, so why not explore the area as a day trip from Darwin?

Freds Pass Sport and Recreation Reserve

Situated on Bees Creek Road, Freds Pass Reserve sits amongst luscious native bushland. A great place for the family to relax; have a picnic or BBQ with plenty of play areas for children to explore.

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There are seven recreation Reserves in the LitchfieldMunicipality,eachofferingaspecialrange of activities and healthy fun. Come along and visit Freds Pass is home to over 20 community groups a Reserve, play some sport, ride a horse, have a including Rugby Union, Soccer, AFL, Cricket, picnic or have some fun at a skate park. Equestriangroups,Athletics,Quilting,DogTraining, Archery and Paintball to name a few. Visit our To find out more what you can do in the area terrific Coolalinga Markets every Saturday visit our website www.litchfield.nt.gov.au Morning, 8:00am till 1:00pm under the big shed with local arts and crafts, plants, poultry and birds, not forgetting that delicious food.

Knuckey Lagoon Recreation Reserve

The Knuckey Lagoon Recreation Reserve is located on Brandt Rd. It offers extensive woodland and wetland areas with nature walks, picnic & BBQ facilities. The community hall can be hired by local groups for functions.

Humpty Doo Village Green

Located in the heart of Humpty Doo, just off the Arnhem Highway, opposite Taminmin College is the Humpty Doo Village Green. Have fun in the skate park, children’s play equipment or unwind with a picnic or BBQ’s . Play evening Lawn Bowls or join the Guides or Scouts. LetsGoKids Northern Territory 2013


Humpty Doo, Howard Springs & Berry Springs - Out & About Howard Park Reserve

Located on Whitewood Road in Howard Springs, the Reserve has two spacious halls for hire and is surrounded by lots of wide open spaces to play a game of cricket or football while having a relaxing picnic with your family. The reserve is only a 5 minute walk from the Howard Springs shops, so it is not far to go for a refreshing ice-cream or drink after a hot day of play. For hall bookings please contact Ralf Koberstein on 0438 891 373 (after hours).

Worth a look! Visit Taminmin Community Library in Humpty Doo to keep the kids busy and happy during school holidays throughout the year. Beat the heat in the Wet, and enjoy outdoor activities in the Dry. Meet local artists & authors, join in the fun with the local firies, visit Taminmin College farm, heaps to do throughout the year. Activities for children, teenagers, family and friends. Early Learning Nursery Times are Mon 10:30am and Story Times are Tues and Thurs from 10:30am. 8988 1200, Challoner Circuit, Humpty Doo.

Berry Springs Recreation Reserve

Located on Cox Peninsula Road near the Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs, the Reserve has an oval, cricket pitch, tennis and basketball courts. Plenty of open space with children’s play area and BBQ facilities, the reserve is also well known for the Territory Day Fireworks Celebrations in July. On the last Sunday of each month the Reserve also hosts the Berry Springs Community Markets where you can buy delicious local produce and gifts.

McMinns Lagoon Recreation Reserve

Step back in time and enjoy the natural wonders of this very special place. Enjoy the nature walks, birds and butterflies as you relax by the lagoon. Located on Dreamtime Drive, the Reserve is nestled amidst the rural properties and winding roads of McMinns Lagoon.

Livingstone Recreation Reserve

The Reserve is located on Livingstone Rd, just off the Stuart Highway, approximately 50 kms from Darwin City. Amenities include a large open hall, playground, oval, beach volleyball court and picnic area. The ‘34 Mile Bistro’is open Friday nights serving meals from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. LetsGoKids Northern Territory 2013

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Windows on the Wetlands Windows on the Wetlands Visitor Centre is perched on Beatrice Hill, one of the highest points on the Adelaide River floodplain. Approx 60km from Darwin along the Stuart and Arnhem Hwys, you’ll easily see the upswept line of the Visitors Centre roof, from the road. Windows on the Wetlands offers great views and experience of the area in their excellent interpretative centre. Located nearby is the notto-be-missedSpectacularJumpingCrocodileTour.

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Daly River Enjoy the big rivers in Victoria Daly Shire! The Victoria Daly Shire is the crossroads of the Top End. Just two hours from Darwin, it is the perfect location for a stopover on your Top End adventure.

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You might be coming through the Stuart Highway Timber Creek from South Australia, or the Victoria Highway from the Kimberley region of Western Australia or If you are looking for four wheel drive adventure, making the trek from Queensland to Darwin, you there’s plenty of tracks around, where you will at some stage be part of the Vic Daly Shire. discover the rugged country of the Gregory National Park or Keep River National Park.

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You’ll be greeted by unique landscapes, wonderful history and a culture the Top End is renowned for.

History buffs will enjoy learning about our early settlement when the Overland Telegraph Line, early steam trains and gold mining opened up this last frontier of Northern Australia with some fantastic historical displays on offer at Pine Creek. PhotocourtesyofNTTourism

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The ultra adventurous can test their skills on The Duncan Track to Halls Creek in WA or The Binns Track from SA. And the picturesque Savannah Way will take you all the way through to Broome or Cairns.

Our communities include Kakarindji, Pine Creek, Peppimenarti, Nauiyu (Daly River), Yarralin, Palumpa, Wadeye andTimber Creek, and offer the traveller and adventurer an unparalleled choice of activities and sights. Only two hours south of Darwin, the Vic Daly Shire gets its name from two of Australia’s most iconic rivers – the Victoria River and the Daly River, home to the biggest Barramundi in the NT.

The historic Ghan, the modern day train of the desert, also travels through the Vic Daly region between Darwin and Adelaide, retracing the steps of the early camel drivers who helped open up this beautiful area to new settlers. LetsGoKids Northern Territory 2013


Victoria Daly - Out & About Pine Creek

Pine Creek is a convenient place to stay and is regarded as a gateway to the Kakadu National Park and Edith Falls as well as providing close access to the nearby Moline Rock Hole, a TheWaterGardenscontainanoldwindmillandtables secluded waterhole with its own waterfall where families can picnic, relax or take a leisurely stroll. surrounded by ferns and rocks. Pine Creek is a peaceful town with a prominent feature of the town being the Water Gardens.

The town also contains two museums, a Railway Museum that has a train on display and the National Trust Museum with interesting displays including old bottles, mining equipment, memorabilia from the war and the old telegraph. Visitors can stop for lunch at Mayse’s Café, or have dinner at the Lazy Lizard Tavern or the Pine Creek Hotel. There is the Enterprise Pit lookout showing a large open-cut disused gold mine pit, and mine shafts that are fenced. The town is well known for bird watching opportunities as it is home to the Hooded Parrot.

Travel 22km from Pine Creek and enjoy Umbrawarra Gorge which has shallow pools for swimming and a beautiful tranquil feel. Visitors can drive the Goldfield’s Loop and discover Grove Hill pub which is filled with many artefacts and pieces of interest as well as there being other historic attractions throughout the Goldfields Loop. LetsGoKids Northern Territory 2013

Enjoy our local Markets PINE CREEK: Lovely community markets held every Sunday in the Heritage Park, 9am till 12 noon (wonderful local produce available) - contact 08 8976 1391 for more details YARRALIN: Community stall selling great secondhand clothing at bargain prices (once a month) - contact 08 8975 0839 for more details NAUIYU: Come down to Woolianna Markets (held at Woolianna School), held every second weekend from 8am - contact 08 8978 2422 for more details.

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Attractions include the nearby Copperfield Dam which is a great place to swim and have a family picnic and has picnic tables and toilet facilities.

Travel Advice! It is important to remember that Estuarine Crocodiles inhabit our waters, so please observe all safety precautions. Always check road conditions prior to travel and take the advice of locals or park officials.

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Out & About - Victoria Daly The Daly River

This iconic river is famous for its large barramundi and has proven to be one of the Territory’s most popular waterways for recreational fishing and boating.

Things to experience in the Victoria Daly Shire • Umbrawarra Gorge and Copperfield Dam near Pine Creek with some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Territory

There are two major annual fishing competitions on the Daly - the Barra Classic and the Barra Nationals.

• Shaded lily ponds and tropical picnic area at Pine Creek Water Gardens

A number of properties along the river offer camping and accommodation facilities, food, fuel, boat hire, fishing tours and river access.

• Learn about our history at the Nackeroo Lookout, a World War II staging post near Timber Creek

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• Read about our early cattle industry at the Durack Monument

Timber Creek

Timber Creek was named in 1955 when the explorer Augustus Gregory used timber from the banks of the creek to repair his expedition’s boat. The first inhabitants were the Ngaliwurra and Nungali people, descendents of whom still live in Timber Creek.

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• See Gregory’s Tree, a large Boab tree which marks Augusts Gregory’s 1856 expedition • Enjoy the remote tranquillity of Jasper Gorge For further information, call us on 08 8972 0777 or email admin@vicdaly.nt.gov.au

Did You Know?

The Timber Creek Festival is on being held from the 14th to the 16th of June this year!

Walk along the Heritage Trail to see wildlife, historic sites and pioneer’s graves.

The mighty Victoria River

Steeped in Australian history, the Victoria River is a mecca for fishing and produces some of the Territory’s biggest and best barramundi.

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• Go for a stroll on the Victoria River Escarpment Walk with panoramic views - a must for the photography buff

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Katherine - Out & About

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Katherine is the NT’s fourth largest town (after Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs) and is situated 312 km from the capital. It is the entry/departure point for WA (Kununurra) and the Gulf of Carpentaria (QLD)

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It is perfectly situated on the cross roads for you to re-fuel, stock up on groceries, make any repairs, pick up those souvenirs and plan your next destination. Katherine boasts a great calendar of events throughout the year so you may be lucky enough to encounter a festival, rodeo, show or cultural experience. Check our Wots On (p.58) for details.

Katherine

• 100 Airconditioned Rooms • Restaurant & Bar • • FREE In-House Movies • Reception Tourdesk • • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities • WIFI internet • • Swimming Pool & Tennis Court •

Cnr Cypress St & Stuart Hwy

(08) 8972 1744 • www.ibisstyles.com The Katherine Town Council also provides some great facilities for families to enjoy. The Katherine Hot Springs are a favourite for many and provide a Katherine also has an Olympic size swimming pool safe environment for all the family to have a swim. and kid’s water park play area with picnic facilities.

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Out & About - Katherine Handy Hint

Meals are available at reasonable prices at The Katherine Country Club (see below) open 7 days and Sporting Club (weekends), and they cater for families too!

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The Low Level Nature Reserve is a great spot to have a picnic or throw a line in to try and catch a Barramundi. Katherine has a huge children’s playground and Skate Park which is located just south of the town centre on the Stuart Hwy.

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Don’t Leave Katherine without: • • • • •

Taking a dip in the Katherine Hot Springs located just out of town Playing on the brand new shade covered kids playground Casting a line for some Barra in the Katherine River Going on a boat or canoe tour at Nitmiluk Gorge National Park Getting a feel for the life of the outback pioneers at the highly acclaimed Katherine Outback Museum

Nitmiluk Australia’s Timeless North – Northern Territory

Nitmiluk Gorge The Outback Playground Nitmiluk National Park and Gorge is the ideal holiday destination for families and school groups Accommodation • Shady powered or unpowered camp sites • 2 or 3 birth permanent tents with full size beds • 1 or 2 bedroom fully self contained chalets sleep up to 5 • Luxury Cicada Lodge Activities • 1 and 2 person canoes • Hiking trails to waterfalls and hidden swim sites • Gorge Cruises • Helicopter Tours • Cultural Education and Interactive Tours • Bird and Wildlife Interaction

Come and Stay & Play with us at Nitmiluk Gorge Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, NT Phone: 1300 146 743 Email: reservations@nitmiluktours.com.au

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Katherine

Facilities • Sugarbag Bistro & Deck open daily for breakfast and lunch • Poolside Café open for snacks and dinner daily • Tropical pool and gardens • Free Wi Fi ……………….all right on your door step!

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Alice Springs

Out & About - Alice Springs

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Alice Springs - Out & About Alice is often referred to as the “heart” of Australia. It is basically smack bang right in the middle of our vast country and 1500km from any capital city! (This means to go to the beach is a very, very, very long drive!!!)

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It is the town that everybody associates with “The Outback,” and it is a long way ‘outback’!

Alice Springs from the lookout and The Gap in the distance

Worth A Look!

In the space of a few hours, discover the secrets of the desert. See and hear the stories of the plants, animals, and local Aboriginalculture at dailyguidepresentations.Witness the free-flying bird show (at 10am and 3.30pm) and see rare and endangered animals in one of the most spectacular nocturnal houses in the world. Watch bilbies sneaking from their burrows, mala foraging for their daily meal or come centimetres from an echidna on a mission to find dinner; be enthralled and entertained on our Nocturnal Tour.

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The stories of Australian history and heritage overflow in Alice Springs, with a rich cast of characters, Including Afghan cameleers, flying doctors and outback explorers. Today it is possible to visit memorials to their efforts at various sites around the town.

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ModerndayAliceSpringsisdominatedbyindigenous Henley-on-Todd, the Lion Imparja Camel Cup and culture, quirky events and loads of tourists who use the Alice Desert Festival. Check out our Wot’s On it as a staging post to visit one of the wonders of the section for a list of Alice Spring’s exciting events. natural world – Ayers Rock or Uluru to the locals. It is about a 4 1/2 hour drive away.

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Todd River In Full Flow?!?!

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Some of the well known annual events are the Finke Desert Race, the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, the

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Alice is located in a land of extremes - from scorching summer days to winter nights where temperatures can fall well below zero and frost covers the ground. Rainfall patterns here are also extremely variable – from long dry periods of no rain at all, to flash floods that send frothing torrents along ordinarily dry river beds.

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Out & About - Alice Springs Alice Springs’ desert climate and landscapes encourage a healthy outdoor lifestyle and sets a great scene for outback adventure.

Picturesque swimming holes such as Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge and Redbank Gorge offer refreshing relief on a scorching day.

Alice Springs

A beautiful oasis in the heart of Alice Springs (08) 8952 2154 www.opbg.com.au

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The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are easily accessed from Alice Springs. Each of the West MacDonnell’s chasms and gorges has its own unique character and scenery. Simpsons Gap sports a permanent pool and rock wallabies live in the gap’s rocky ridges. Standley Chasm lights up in fiery colours reflected by the overhead sun at midday.

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Alice Springs - Out & About Don’t leave Alice Springs without

• Visiting the Araluen Cultural Precinct & Art Gallery – It’s FREE, has loads of historical displays • Taking a walk on the Todd River – If you’re lucky you may see water in it! • Ballooning over the outback • Been shopping at Yeperenye Shopping Centre (p.51)

• Having a swim at the new YMCA aquatic complex • Taking a nocturnal tour at the Desert Park (p.48) • Visiting the Old Ghan Museum for a trip back in time • Climbing the stairs to the lookout from Anzac Hill, for a great view of “The Gap” and all of town. • Checking out the Royal Flying Doctor’s museum that now has a new interactive area that’s great for kids.

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Watch The Territory is the most relaxed place in Australia, and the locals love their leisure time.

Worth a look!

Whether it’s relaxing at an open air movie or watching the best in the land compete at Traegar Park or Marrara in the AFL or NRL. Over the next few pages you’ll find all the info you need to get involved or to settle into a comfy seat and view the latest blockbuster sporting event or movie. AFL The 2013 AFL Premiership Season once again comes to Darwin with a guarantee that the two games played at TIO Stadium will be fiercely contested affairs. On June 1, one of the Territory’s favourites, the improving Port Adelaide Power, will take on Liam Jones and the young Western Bulldogs. July 20 sees the reemerging powerhouse of the Brisbane Lions, who are fresh from their win in the preseason competition, taking on a Melbourne team desperate for success. Both will be great nights with some of the AFL’s superstars taking the field. Both games start at 7.10pm. NRL July 6 at TIO Stadium sees the NRL show roll into town as the improving Penrith Panthers try to prove their early season wins are no fluke against the always tough John Cartwright coached Gold Coast Titans. Kickoff - 7pm.

Don’t forget to visit the Darwin Entertainment Centre (see opposite) and see what’s showing now!

Cinemas CMAX Cinemas Palmerston The Hub, 3 Maluka St Ph: (08) 8931 2555 Alice Springs Cinema Todd Mall Ph: (08) 8953 2888 Darwin City Cinemas Cnr Mitchell & Briggs St Ph: (08) 8981 5999 Casuarina Cinemas Casuarina Shopping Centre Ph: (08) 8945 7777 Deckchair Cinema Darwin Jervois Dr Ph: (08) 8981 0700 Katherine Cinema 3 20 First St Ph: (08) 8971 2522

Theatres Browns Mart Theatre Darwin 12 Smith St Ph: (08) 8981 5522 Darwin Entertainment Centre 93 Mitchell St Ph: (08) 8990 3333

Sports Centres & Grounds Arafura Athletics Stadium Ph: (08) 8945 1979 | Abala Rd, Marrara Darwin Basketball Stadium - See ad on (p.32) Ph: (08) (08) 8945 4666 | Abala Rd, Marrara Darwin Golf Club Ph: (08) 8927 1322 | Links Rd, Marrara Darwin Gymnastics Club Ph: (08) 8927 3040 | 10 Abala Rd, Marrara Darwin Indoor Beach Volleyball Ph: (08) 8947 0270 | 29 Benison Rd, Winnellie Darwin Netball Association Ph: (08) 8927 8877 | Abala Rd, Marrara Darwin Squash Association Ph: (08) 8945 7362 | McMillans Rd, Millner Darwin Turf Club Ph: (08) 8923 4222 | Dick Ward Dve, Fannie Bay Flight Path Golf & Archery - See ad on (p.35) Ph: (08) 8947 1257 | Vanderlin Drv, Berrimah Fred’s Pass Reserve Ph: (08) 8983 1522 | 20 Bees Ck, Winnellie Gardens Park Golf Links - See ad on (p.31) Ph: (08) 8981 6365 | Gardens Rd, Darwin Marrara Hockey Centre Ph: (08) 8945 0302 | Abala Rd, Marrara

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Marrara Indoor Stadium Ph: (08) 8922 6888 | Abala Rd, Marrara Netball NT Ph: (08) 8945 1733 | 235 Abala Rd, Marrara Northern Territory Cricket Ph: (08) 8944 8900 | 155 Abala Rd, Marrara Northern Territory Rugby Union Ph: (08) 8945 1444 | Abala Rd, Marrara NRL NT Ph: (08) 89411440 | Richardson Park, Richardson Dr, Fannie Bay Palmerston Aquatic & Lifestyle Centre (YMCA) Ph: (08) 8932 3474 | 31 Tilston Ave, Moulden Palmerston Indoor Sports Centre Ph: (08) 8983 2911 | Cnr Tulagi Rd & Stuart Hwy, Palmerston Palmerston Recreation Centre (YMCA) Ph: (08) 8935 9777 | 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston Palmerston Tennis Pro Ph: 0434 554 766 | Tilston Ave, Moulden TIO Stadium Ph: (08) 8922 6888 | 70 Abala Rd, Marrara Top End Sports Centre Ph: (08) 8942 3366 | 7 Bishop St, Stuart Park Tracy Village Sports Club Ph: (08) 8980 4777 | 28 Tambling Terrace

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Watch Pattersons Stadium AFL 2013 Fixture

The Gabba AFL 2013 Fixture

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Mar 23 Apr 7 Apr 12 Apr 20 Apr 26 May 5 May 11 May 17 May 26 Jun 3 Jun 15 Jun 23 Jun 27 Jul 7 Jul 14 Jul 21 July 27 Aug 3 Aug 11 Aug 17 Aug 24 TBC

Fremantle vs. West Coast West Coast vs. Hawthorn Fremantle vs. Essendon West Coast vs. Carlton Fremantle vs. Richmond West Coast vs. Western Bulldogs Fremantle vs. Collingwood West Coast vs. North Melbourne Fremantle vs. Melbourne West Coast vs. Richmond Fremantle vs. Brisbane Fremantle vs. North Melbourne West Coast vs. Essendon Fremantle vs. St. Kilda West Coast vs. Fremantle West Coast vs. Sydney Fremantle vs. Adelaide West Coast vs. Gold Coast Fremantle vs. Greater Western Sydney West Coast vs. Geelong Fremantle vs. Port Adelaide West Coast vs. Adelaide

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Gold Coast vs. St. Kilda Gold Coast vs. Brisbane Gold Coast vs. Port Adelaide Gold Coast vs. Fremantle Gold Coast vs. Western Bulldogs Gold Coast vs. North Melbourne Gold Coast vs. Adelaide Gold Coast vs. Collingwood Gold Coast vs. Carlton Gold Coast vs. Melbourne Gold Coast vs. Greater Western Sydney

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Brisbane vs. Adelaide Brisbane vs. Melbourne Brisbane vs. West Coast Brisbane vs. Carlton Brisbane vs. Collingwood Brisbane vs. Geelong Brisbane vs. Gold Coast Brisbane vs. North Melbourne Brisbane vs. St. Kilda Brisbane vs. Greater Western Sydney Brisbane vs. Western Bulldogs

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Sydney vs. Gold Coast Sydney vs. Geelong Sydney vs. Brisbane Sydney vs. Fremantle Sydney vs. Essendon Sydney vs. Carlton Sydney vs. Greater Western Sydney Sydney vs. Richmond Sydney vs. St. Kilda

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Greater Western Sydney vs. Sydney Sydney vs. Collingwood Sydney vs. Hawthorn

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Greater Western Sydney vs. St. Kilda Greater Western Sydney vs. Gold Coast Greater Western Sydney vs. Western Bulldogs

SCG AFL 2012 Fixture

Metricon Stadium AFL 2013 Fixture

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NT Thunder

The Territory’s own team does battle in the NEAFL. Come and see the upcoming stars of tomorrow as they take on AFL listed players! 2013 NT Thunder Fixture

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Broadbeach Cats

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Mt Gravatt Vultures

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Labrador Tigers

Traeger Park, Alice Springs

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Morningside Panthers

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Southport Sharks

TIO Stadium, Darwin

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UWS Giants

TIO Stadium, Darwin

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Sydney Swans (Res)

Traeger Park, Alice Springs

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TIO Stadium, Darwin

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Brisbane Lions (Res)

TIO Stadium, Darwin

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Redland Bombers

Traeger Park, Alice Springs

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Aspley Hornets

TIO Stadium, Darwin

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Carlton vs. Richmond Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide North Melbourne vs. Collingwood Hawthorn vs. Geelong

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Carlton vs. Hawthorn Richmond vs. Adelaide Essendon vs. Gold Coast

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Hawthorn vs. West Coast St Kilda vs. Melbourne Western Bulldogs vs. Richmond

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Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs Geelong vs. Fremantle North Melbourne vs. Greater Western Sydney Richmond vs. St Kilda

Jul 5 Jul 6 Jul 6 Jul 7 Jul 7

Carlton vs. Collingwood North Melbourne vs. Richmond Geelong vs. Hawthorn Melbourne vs. Sydney Essendon vs. Port Adelaide

Jul 12 Jul 13 Jul 13 Jul 14

Collingwood vs. Adelaide Geelong vs. Melbourne Carlton vs. St Kilda Western Bulldogs vs. Essendon

Jul 19 Jul 20 Jul 21

North Melbourne vs. Carlton St Kilda vs. Port Adelaide Richmond vs. Fremantle

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Essendon vs. Hawthorn Melbourne vs. North Melbourne Collingwood vs. Greater Western Sydney Geelong vs. St Kilda

Aug 2 Aug 3 Aug 3 Aug 4 Aug 4

North Melbourne vs. Geelong Hawthorn vs. Richmond Carlton vs. Fremantle Western Bulldogs vs. Sydney Collingwood vs. Essendon

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St Kilda vs. Hawthorn Richmond vs. Brisbane Geelong vs. Port Adelaide Carlton vs. Western Bulldogs Essendon vs. West Coast

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Hawthorn vs. Collingwood Richmond vs. Carlton Essendon vs. North Melbourne Melbourne vs. Fremantle Western Bulldogs vs. Adelaide

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Collingwood vs. West Coast North Melbourne vs. Hawthorn Geelong vs. Sydney Carlton vs. Essendon St Kilda vs. Gold Coast Round 23 - TBA

Round 2

Apr 5 Apr 6 Apr 6 Apr 7 Apr 7

St Kilda vs. Richmond Western Bulldogs vs. Fremantle Essendon vs. Melbourne Geelong vs. North Melbourne Collingwood vs. Carlton

Apr 13 Apr 13 Apr 14 Apr 14

Melbourne vs. West Coast Geelong vs. Carlton Richmond vs. Western Bulldogs Collingwood vs. Hawthorn

Apr 20 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 22

Richmond vs. Collingwood St Kilda vs. Essendon Melbourne vs. Greater Western Sydney North Melbourne vs. Brisbane Lions

Apr 25 Apr 27 Apr 27 Apr 29

Essendon vs. Collingwood Cartlon vs. Adelaide Western Bulldogs vs. Geelong Hawthorn vs. North Melbourne

May 3 May 4 May 4 May 5

Collingwood vs. St Kilda Essendon vs. Greater Western Sydney Richmond vs. Geelong Carlton vs. Melbourne

May 10 May 11 May 11 May 12 May 13

Geelong vs. Essendon Western Bulldogs vs. North Melbourne Hawthorn vs. Sydney Melbourne vs. Greater Western Sydney St. Kilda vs. Carlton

May 18 May 18 May 19 May 19

Essendon vs. Brisbane Lions Collingwood vs. Geelong Cartlton vs. Port Adelaide Richmond vs. Melbourne

May 24 May 25 May 25 May 26 May 26

Collingwood vs. Sydney St Kilda vs. Western Bulldogs Richmond vs. Essendon Hawthorn vs. Gold Coast North Melbourne vs. Adelaide

Jun 1 Jun 1 Jun 2 Jun 2

Carlton vs. Greater Western Sydney Geelong vs. Gold Coast Melbourne vs. Hawthorn North Melbourne vs. St Kilda

Jun 7 Jun 9

Essendon vs. Carlton St Kilda vs. West Coast

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Check out the list of great ideas of things to do and places to visit in the awesome NT. There are lots of interesting markets, special kids events and family themed activities that will keep everyone entertained every weekend of the yearand best of all- lots of them are FREE!!!! FOR UPDATES GO TO THE “WOT’S ON THIS MONTH” BUTTON ON OUR WEBSITE: www.letsgokids.com.au AND WHILE YOU’RE THERE, SIGN UP FOR OUR GREAT MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER! Weekly/Monthly Every Thursday Rapid Creek Monsoon Markets (Till April 19th) Operating during Darwin’s tropical season. There is a variety of hot food on offer, as well as arts and craft stalls, whereyoumayfindthespeciallocalhandmadecraftgift.There’splentyofentertainmentthroughouttheevening, so be sure to bring the children along. 5pm-10pm • Rapid Creek Shopping Centre, Trower Rd • 08 8948 4866 Every Thursday & Mindil Beach Sunset Markets Sunday (May-Oct) Experience the atmosphere and flavours of the famous sunset markets. Enjoy the tropical night air between May and October. The markets have a multitude of stalls offering international cuisine, arts, crafts and entertainment. Their unique combination of great food and an electric atmosphere make a visit a must do. Open 5pm-10pm and Sunday 4pm-9pm • Bill Dr, Darwin • 08 8981 3454 Palmerston and Rural Markets Every Friday (Friday 26th April Now in it’s 27th year, the markets have really come of age with something for everyone. Located in the heart of Palmerston’s CBD, the markets centre of activity is Goyder Square, which is close to the Palmerston to Friday 25th Shopping Centre and a short stroll from the main bus interchange. Palmerston and Rural Markets, Palmerston October) 5pm- 9pm • Shopping Centre area, Palmerston • 0459384103 Every Friday Night Livingstone Reserve’s 34 Mile Bistro Is open, serving meals 6.30pm to 8.30pm, some nights hosting live music. • www.litchfield.nt.gov.au Every Saturday Coolalinga Markets Within the Litchfield Municipally the markets are run under the big shed at Freds Pass Sport and Recreation Reserve and on the last Sunday of each month head to Berry Springs for their monthly markets. • www.litchfield.nt.gov.au Parap Markets Tantalise your senses with a mixture of Asian cuisine and the aroma of fresh coffee. The Market is a great place to shop andafavouriteamonglocalsandvisitorsalike.Browsethemarkets,windingthroughstallsoflocalproduce,localartsand crafts, entertainment and delicious cuisine from around the world. • 8am-2pm Parap Shopping Village • 08 8948 4866 Free Beginners Tai Chi - Darwin Waterfront Immerse in the tranquil parklands. From 7am, with beginnersTai Chi on the lawns. • www.waterfront.nt.gov.au Every Sunday Aqua Zumba in the Water Lagoon Is a low impact chest deep workout in the Wave Lagoon without waves from 9am. Adults $12, children $8 (under 15 yrs) and includes same day AM entry in the Wave Lagoon until 2pm. • www.waterfront.nt.gov.au Night Cliff Markets A huge range of food, art and craft work. A celebration of tropical life, where a multicultural community comes together as stall holders to share their foods, crafts and music. Experience massage, reflexology, card reading and much more. For the less energetic there is plenty of shade and space to sit and enjoy the entertainment from local artists. Nightcliff Shopping Centre • 8am–2pm • 08 8948 274 Monthly The Noonamah Rodeo’s Taking place on Saturday the 27th April, 22nd June, 10th August, 21st September and 26th October 2013. from local artists. FREE Movie Under the Stars Enjoy your favorite films under the stars on the Darwin Waterfront Lawns. Pack a picnic or take advantage of some of the great specials on offer from local restaurants and cafes. Films are family friendly and start at about 7pm • www.waterfront.nt.gov.au for films and times.

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April Ten Days at the Top - Heritage Festival Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th April Celebrate the great Australian pioneering spirit during theTop End’s historical festival.Take the family to the‘Village Fair’, a day of fun and entertainment for all. For those quiz buffs, take part in the quiz night which offers a fun and light hearted evening for the young and the young at heart. National Trust,2 Kahlin Ave, Darwin • 08 8981 2848. Sunday 21st April Top End Pet Expo Held every year to help educate and assist people with responsible pet ownership at Marrara Indoor Stadium, where you can talk to the breeders, chat with veterinarians and other businesses that are involved in the pet industry, whether it be for birds, cats, dogs, fish or reptiles.10am-3pm • Abala Rd,Marrara. Sunday 28th April Saltwater Craft Fair - Darwin Waterfront Presented by the TactileARTS, featuring original and homemade craftwork by Darwin’s best artisans and craft people. Enjoy quality and exclusive NT wares such as prints, paintings, pottery, sculptures, mosaics, handmade soaps, textiles, glass in many forms, silver jewellery and more! • 10am-2pm • www.waterfront.nt.gov.au May Saturday 4th to Daly Waters Campdraft and Rodeo Monday 6th May For a true bush style rodeo head to DalyWaters for this event. Includes Campdrafting and Gymkhana and of course a party!! Saturday 4th to Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival Sunday12th May Sponsored by Darwin City Council and the Northern Territory Government, the Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival takes place each year on the first weekend in May and attracts thousands of visitors to the Big Day event held on the Night cliff Foreshore. Casuarina Dr, Night Cliff • 08 8985 5111 Monday 6th May Rotary Club of Alice Springs Bangtail Muster Parade Entries in the Parade come from all sections of the Alice Springs Community and highlight the lifestyle of those who live in the Alice. Starting at 10am, the Parade is a true local event which attracts a huge crowd of local people to the Todd Mall. Floats in the parade are entered by a wide range of community organisations and service providers. The parade is always noisy and colourful showing the wild imagination of those entering. A must be at event for visitors and locals. Todd Mall Alice Springs. • 0408 890 446 Friday 10th to Never Never Festival Sunday 12th May A magical weekend filled with fun for all the family. Starting with a cattle auction on Friday afternoon followed by a family evening of “Walk-Up” bush yarns and poetry and a camp oven stew and damper meal. Saturday a Family Fun Day in the park, book signing at The Stockyard Gallery. Sunday a Bush Chapel service and markets with something for everyone. Final schedule to be confirmed. Mataranka Wednesday 15th to Palmerston Safe Communities Families Week Tuesday 21st May Families working together getting the balance right. June Saturday 1st June Darwin Waterfront Harmony Day Soiree Celebrate Darwin’s thriving and successful multicultural community by joining the picnic atmosphere at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct. There will be food and entertainment plus you can even make a floating lantern and be a part of the flotilla. Harmony Day is a chance for everyone to celebrate the cultural diversity, and our great Territory lifestyle. 4pm-8.30pm • 7 Kitchener Dve • 08 8999 5155. Sunday 2nd June NT News City 2 Surf Fun Run Series Whether you are an experienced runner, recreational jogger or a social walker have some fun, be active and join this community event. Starts at Mindil Beach and follows a designated route out to East Point and back for the 12.7 km course. The 4 km course also starts at Mindil Beach with a designated route to the shoulder of East Point Road and back to Mindil Beach. Everyone is welcome to participate or if you would prefer, join the crowd and cheer all entrants across the finish line • 08 8945 1979. Saturday 8th to Tatts Finke Desert Race Monday 10th June An off road, multi terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community. Held on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.“Finke”as it is commonly known, is one of the biggest annual sporting events and has the reputation of being one of the most difficult offroad courses in one of the most remote places in the world. Finke is unique and the most fun you can have with a helmet on! Starts at 6am • 08 89528886 • www.finkedesertrace.com.au st Friday 21 to Katherine Fringe Festival Saturday 22nd June This new event on the Katherine calendar will feature a newly produced multimedia performance ‘Gorrdondolmi’ the story of the Rainbow Serpent written produced and performed by Katherine artists. There will be a wide variety of free street performances, dance and music as well as a film feature and writers festival that will showcase some the Territory’s best writers. • 08 8971 0928 • www.katherineregionalarts.org.au Friday 21st to Alice Springs Beanie Festival Monday 24th June Celebrating Central Australia’s unique icon, the humble beanie. Over 6000 handmade beanies from over 400 beanie makers across the globe. A truly spectacular event of warmth colour and joy. Four days of beanies, workshops, live entertainment, Indigenous arts, food and fun. Starts at 12pm • Araluen Arts Cente, Larapinta Dve. • 0408 436 928

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June Friday 21st to Borroloola Gulf Show Monday 24th June Mix it with the best bulls and broncs in the business. Known locally as the WayOutBack agricultural show, combines agriculture,gardening,lifestyle,arts,craftsandcompetitioninanentertainingdayout.Anexcitinglocalrodeo,acampdraft andagymkhanaarehighlightsofthisevent,whichisheldtocoincidewiththepublicholidayatBorroloola.•0889759896 Friday 31st May to Merrepen Arts Festival Sunday 2nd June This indigenous arts festival explores the many mediums utilized to produce unique art forms. Daly River • www.merrepenfestival.com.au Friday 14th to Timber Creek Festival Sunday 16th June The Timber Creek Festival will be showcasing local Indigenous talent and traditional dance. Events range from whip cracking to fire sculpture, boab nut painting and a children’s circus. There will be bush toy making, didjeridu art and spear throwing competitions along with bush food and market stalls. If you haven’t had the chance to experience the local indigenous culture then this is an event you shouldn’t miss. So come along and experience a truly unique experience that you and your family will love. • www.visitkatherine.com.au Monday 24th June July School Holidays - Palmerston to Friday 19th July To find out what’s happening in Palmerston contact the Community Development Department Officer for Youth at palmerston@palmerston.nt.gov.au July School Holidays - Darwin Waterfront Come on down and enjoy the free school holiday activities.• www.waterfront.nt.gov.au July Friday 5th to Alice Springs 54th Annual Show Saturday 6th July Fun family entertainment, thrilling rides, delicious food, pampered pets on display. See local talent in and out of the stockyards, and loads of competitions for horse riding, crafts, pets & more! Starts 8am • Blatherskite Park, Len Kittle Dve, Alice Springs • 08 8952 1651• www.alice-springs.com.au Saturday 13th July Lasseters Camel Cup Alice Springs Lasseters Camel Cup is an amazing race that is iconic, quirky and it’s reputation reaches far beyond Northern Territory soil. Starts at 10am • Blatherskite Park Monday 15th July Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta This annual family event is a spectacle for all who line Mindil Beach and cheer on the home-made boats of cans, plastic soft drink bottles and cartons, as they flounder and sink in the shallows. A regatta like no other, with boats primarily built entirely from aluminium beer cans. Loads of activities and competitions for everyone. • 0889853037 The Katherine and District Show Friday 19th to Saturday 20th July Includes everything from horse and cattle events to a campdraft and rodeo. Adults as well as children can enter one or more of the many classes, ranging from art and craft to cooking and needle work. There is also agriculture,pictureandpetdisplays,adog-jumpingcompetitionandliveentertainment.Alltheusualsideshows.

Saturday 27th July Walking with Spirits An annual celebration of the Beswick Community’s culture and heritage, featuring traditional corroborees from several Arnhem Land languages. Malkgulumbu (Beswick Falls), with its picturesque lake and cliffs, provides the perfect natural setting for the show. Visitors are invited to camp for the weekend. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Mulkgulumbu (Beswick) Falls • 08 8977 4250 • www. djilpinarts.org.au

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Lingalonga Festival Heaps of market stall with loads of yummy foods... WORKSHOPS include traditional weaving, ‘Off the Record’. vegie sculptures, push bike dress up competition, craft, fruity dress ups for the Grand Parade at 12:30pm. Sports: Rugby, Darwin Castles (high tide waterslide), Jumping castles ‘Hyper’ Clown, face painting. Music all afternoon till dark with local musicians. Special guests,‘Fruit shakes’, June Mills and the funky‘Sideshow Aly’and friends. Official Opening of the Batchelor Museum.The annual family friendly Lingalonga Festival is held under a canopy of beautiful trees at the picturesque Batchelor Oval. • www.enjoy-darwin.com/lingalonga-festival Thursday 8th to Katherine Festival Sunday 18th August The community comes together to enjoy a wide variety of arts and entertainment over a period of ten days. The event has included Mayoral Debutante Ball, Katherine Prize Art and Craft Acquisition Awards, exhibitions, workshop activities, Aboriginal culture, Family Fun Day, unique cross cultural experience of the Chinese Dragon Boat Races on the Katherine Gorge in Nitimluk National Park, Flying Fox Walk and Talk,’ Main Event’ including markets, car show, and plenty of entertainment. www.ktc.nt.gov.au • 08 8972 5500 Thursday 8th to Darwin Festival Sunday 25th August The Darwin Festival program provides a feast of local, national and international performances to excite, inspire and entertain.There are few festivals around the world that can boast the weather that Darwin has and this is what makes it a perfect festival town. 56 McMinn St, Frogs hollow Centre for the Arts Darwin. • 08 8943 4200. Saturday 10th August

Old Timers Village Fete The largest fete in Alice Springs and attracts both local and interstate visitors. Held on the grounds of the retirement village, this fundraising event for Old Timers is well supported by volunteers from local service clubs, church groups and community organizations. 11am. 446 Sth Stuart Hwy. • 0889522844 Katherine Country Music Muster Enjoy country music, Katherine style. A non-stop festival of the sounds of country. The muster kicks off with live performances by Australian country stars and local musicians at an evening concert.The whole town of Katherine gets involved, with parades along the main street, ute musters and line dancing.There is a family day with activities to keep the kids entertained. Tick Market Complex, Lindsay St, Katherine. • www.visitkatherine.com.au Sunday 11th August Santos Top End Gran Fondo The Santos Top End Gran Fondo (Italian for big endurance) follows in tradition of long-distance, timed cycling events that invites competitive, amateur and recreational cyclists of all abilities to participate in a community cycling even that showcases the unique NT environment.• Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal th Saturday 17 Henley-On-Todd The Henley-on-Todd Regatta is a day of fun and mayhem where teams and individuals race ‘boats’ in the dry August bed of the Todd River in outback Alice Springs. Have fun and enjoy the hilarity as you watch seemingly sane people race in bottomless ‘eights’, Oxford tubs’, ‘bath tubs’ and yachts through the deep coarse sand. Starts at 10:30am • Todd River Bed - Northern end of Todd Mall • 0418 897 027 Friday 23rd August Pine Creek Cup Australia’s outback races are colourful events and this is no exception.• Puss Cat Flats, Pine Creek (Kakadu Hwy) Sunday 25th August Stone Country Festival The people and of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), West Arnhem Land, invite you to the Stone Country Festival. Each year the community of Gunbalanya through its traditional Aboriginal owners welcomes visitors to spend a day and night in their community and share the culture, art and music of the Kunwinjku people and the beautiful Stone Country. So why not Jump the River have some fun and a day of music, sports, family, cultural activities and food and just hanging out with the people of the Stone Country. Wednesday 28th Borroloola Campdraft and Rodeo Annual event with rodeo, gymkhana, campdraft and Borroloola Cup run by the Borroloola Amateur Race Club. August Robinson Rd & Carpentaria Hwy, Borroloola • www.visitkatherine.com.au September 30th September to October School Holidays Come down and enjoy the free school holiday activities. • www.waterfront.nt.gov.au for more information. 5th October October Sunday 6th to World Solar Challenge - Darwin to Adelaide A road race like no other with cars totally reliant on the sun. Known as the ‘brain sport’ of our time, the World Sunday 13th Solar Challenge participants will traverse more than 3,000 kilometres of the Australian continent from tropical October Darwin to Adelaide, in cars powered by nothing more than the sun. The ‘Challenge’, to design and build a car capable of crossing Australia on the power of daylight, utilises and showcases the most innovative research and development of alternative transport technologies. via the Stuart Hwy, Darwin • 0884634500 December th Friday 13 Alice Springs Town Council Christmas Carnival The ASTC Christmas Carnival is a free family friendly community event jam packed with activities, kids fun, December market stalls and live entertainment from 5pm-9pm • Todd Mall, Todd St, Council Lawns • 8950 0505

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Theaccommodationslistedbelowhavebeenchosen byourresearchersfortheirfamilyfriendliness,special dealsorfeaturesforkids.LetsGoKidswillgetitright!!!

Darwin

CBD Hotels - Holiday Inn, Mantra and Novotel all have family rooms in the heart of the action. Our choice is the“resort”style Travelodge (see opposite) that has hotel rooms and apartments, with a great pool area for kids and true tropical feel. Cullen Bay Resort is 2 minutes out of the CBD with great views, fully furnished rooms and plenty of room to move for a longer stay. (The public bus stops outside.)

Kakadu

Gagadju Holiday Inn - Kids eat and stay free!

Litchfield

Lake Bennett Resort (see below) is perfectly situated and has canoeing, mini golf, pool and lake to keep the kids busy for hours.

Pine Creek / Katherine

Has the unique Railway Resort (p.43). Their restaurant is one of a kind. You’ll love it. Katherine has the IBIS Styles resort (p.45) and St Andrews Apartments (p.46) for a spacious self contained option, that has a great BBQ/pool area and a homely feel.

Alice Springs

The Alice treats families well! Mc Donnell Range (p.52) and Stuart Caravan Parks (p.53) have awesome family facilities for the travelling family. The Chifley (p.50) has hotel rooms and facilities perfect for families. Quest offers a really well located self catering option.

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Whatever your budget, families are really well catered for in the NT. From Darwin right down to Alice, there are hotels, motels, family apartments, holiday parks, B&B’s and even the good old bush camping sites available everywhere.

If you are looking for a Holiday Park, Howard Springs (opposite) has FREE wifi, a new playground and jumping pillow and a great pool area. Close to Palmerston and only 20 minutes to the city. Also well located for Litchfield and Kakadu.

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