Although the humidity can be uncomfortable for younger children, Darwin does a pretty good job of catering for families. Most restaurants will have high chairs and baby-change facilities, while hotels will often offer family rooms or additional beds. Footpaths are also easily negotiated by those pushing prams.
Other important things to remember:
- You'll find public toilets with family rooms where you can go to feed babies or change nappies in most shopping centres. As anywhere, children should be accompanied in all public toilets, including shopping centres.
- Some motels and hotels have swimming pools and most can supply cots and baby baths. Top-end hotels and some (but not all) midrange hotels often accommodate children for free, but B&Bs are often child-free zones.
- Child prices (and family rates) apply for most tours, sight admission fees and air, bus and train transport, with some discounts as high as 50%. However, the definition of 'child' can vary from under 12 to under 18 years.
- Make concessions to the heat – carry plenty of water and make sure your kids wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. Consider visiting in winter (the Dry).
- Medical services here are of a high standard.
- Items such as baby-food formula and nappies are widely available from pharmacies and supermarkets (plan ahead if heading to remote regions).
- Major car-hire companies can supply booster seats, for which you'll be charged around $25 for up to three days' use, with an additional daily fee for longer periods.