Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
One of your kids rummages through objects on a touch trolley, attempting to sort out animal bones and reconstruct dolphin and dugong skeletons. Another one finds books to read, and a picture to colour in, and brings them over to share with you on the couch. A flock of stuffed magpie geese flies overhead and live fish swim around an aquarium. For a while you all relax, enjoying the Discovery Centre for Kids, and then you set off to explore the rest of the museum together.
Conacher St, Bullocky Point; (08) 8999 8264
■ The stuffed 5.1-metre crocodile called Sweetheart, infamous in the 1970s for attacking fishing boats.
Cyclone Tracy was Australia’s worst natural disaster. As it approached Darwin on Christmas Eve 1974, the citizens had no idea of what they were about to experience. It struck late at night, destroying virtually every building and killing dozens of people. It was several hours before the rest of Australia, and the world, learnt of the disaster, as all forms of communication were wiped out.
■ Bags and drink bottles must be left in a locker and you’ll need a $2 coin (refundable) to use it.
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