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6 Northern Territory family holiday destinations that are truly unforgettable

These are all the things that will keep the whole crew happy on your upcoming getaway.

Young woman at the devil's Marbles makes a heart shape finger frame to the spectacular landscape at sunrise. Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, Northern Territory, Australia.

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If you're looking for a family holiday that's packed with adventure, keeps everyone active and allows you to visit Australia's best natural wonders, then Northern Territory is right on the money. Check out camel rides through the red centre and wildlife tours in the top end for a holiday you'll never forget.

Keep reading to sort out your itinerary and accommodation in one easy guide.

Our favourite family holiday destinations in the Northern Territory and why

Yulara

1. Yulara

Ayers Rock is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Northern Territory. The indigenous landmark inhabits the area of Yulara and has a wide selection of kid-friendly activities that the whole family can take part in. We recommend hiring some bikes and seeing the sight with some wheels.

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Australia, Northern Territory, view of Edith (Leliyn) Falls during the dry season, Nitmiluk National Park.

2. Katherine

The Australian outback doesn't get much better than in Katherine. If getting the whole crew together for some outdoor adventure is the plan, then head to Katherine and enjoy kayaking, hiking or even a cave tour.

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Hot air ballooning over the desert

3. Alice Springs

Seeing the red centre of the Northern Territory from the skies is best done from Alice Springs. From there, you and your family can take off over Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park. The West MacDonnell Ranges also boast phenomenal walking trails and swimming pools.

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Australia, silhouette of family on rock

4. Kakadu

If your perfect family holiday includes a variety of walking trails and keeping things active, then Kakadu will be right up your alley. Take your pick from hikes through the bush, floodlands, woodlands and the region's hills.

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Australia, Litchfield National Park

5. Litchfield National Park

Located just an hour and a half south of Darwin, Litchfield National Park hosts incredible views and some of the region’s most picturesque swimming holes. We recommend checking out Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole as you have both the option of a hike or going for a dip.

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Amazing red sunset from a Darwin beach, Lee Point.

6. Darwin

Bask in the tropical temperatures of Darwin with a plethora of beaches that include Mindil, Vesteys and the Darwin Rocksitters Club. Kids young and old will be entertained for days with numerous animal encounters that range from crocodile feeding to wildlife watching.

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Best family-friendly swimming holes in Northern Territory

Cool off during a hike or make it your destination, these are the swimming holes that you won't want to miss when in the Northern Territory.

  • Ellery Creek Big Hole: Bring the water floatables along for a slice of serenity at the Ellery Creek Big Hole in the West MacDonnell Ranges. With calm waters and soft sandbanks, this is the perfect spot to lounge around outdoors.
  • Edith Falls: Situated in the Katherine region, Edith Falls is the perfect swimming spot for those of you sleeping under the stars at Leliyn Campground.
  • Florence Falls: Bask in the sight of the twin falls while you soak in the sun. You'll find the Florence Falls within the Litchfield National Park.
  • Gunlom Plunge Pool: If you're in the Kakadu National Park, you have to make a stop by the plunge pool. You'll be met by hillside views that will leave you breathless.
  • Buley Rockhole: Buley Rockhole is another one of Litchfield National Park's hidden gems. Sit back and relax as the calm, rushing waters of the falls float by.
  • Redbank Gorge: This is another great spot within the West MacDonnell Ranges if you've got a younger family. Redbank Gorge offers quiet waters that are perfect for the little ones – we recommend bringing along your inflatables.
  • Ormiston Gorge: The West MacDonnell Ranges keeps on giving with the Ormiston Gorge tranquil swimming spot. Lay back on the sandbanks with a good book or get the pool noodles out for some fun out on the water.

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