It’s no secret that the mercury (and humidity) can soar in Darwin. The good news is, there are lots of places to cool off in the long hot summer. Jump behind the wheel of your Darwin airport car hire from Hertz and head to one of these sweet spots.
One of the top ranked attractions in Darwin, the Wave Lagoon should be your first consideration. This affordable wave pool, with lifeguards, is set on Darwin’s lovely waterfront – great for all ages. Little kids can play in the fountains, and there is lots of shade and space, including prime picnic spots.
It’s hard to look past the Leanyer Recreation Park with its free entry. Do note that it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. A government facility, managed by the YMCA, it offers three giant water slides. It also offers BBQ and picnic facilities and a nice open grassy area.
When you tire of splashing around, head for the dry playground (which includes a Liberty swing suitable for wheelchair users), the basketball court or even the skate park. During school holidays the fun factor amps up further with clowns, bouncy castles and face painting.
Twenty minutes away from Darwin in Palmerston, this water park is another free option to entertain the family. There’s a six lane racer slide and a small wading pool. There is an onsite cafe as well as BBQs and plenty of spots for a picnic – shaded areas and lawns.
Half an hour east of Darwin on Howard Springs Rd you will come across the Howard Springs Nature Park. It’s free to visit – a lush natural environment with falls, rock pools and water holes – walk through the bush to the spring. There is lots of shade, perfect for a picnic, complete with BBQs available for public use, a playground for the little ones, and lots of opportunities to see fish and turtles.
Further out from Darwin – about 45 minutes drive by car – on Cox Peninsula Road, Berry Springs is a secluded spot that’s great for swimming. Multi level waterfalls form swimming spots to take a dip in. A kiosk operate during the dry season, otherwise there’s a shaded area for picnics.