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Arafura Games 2019

  The Arafura Games return to Darwin in 2019 We are very excited for the return of the Arafura Games to Darwin in 2019. The Arafura Games Darwin originated as the Arafura Sports Festival in 1991. With a whopping 1500 athletes competing in 7 different sports. It was in 1998 that the name Arafura Games was given and it became a bi-annual event. The Northern Territory is proud to be hosting the games and look forward to showcasing our unique arts, culture, history, trade and investment opportunities. It is an event through which friendship, goodwill and understanding between competing nations and the Northern Territory is fostered. 16 sports have been chosen for the 2019 Arafura Games including, Athletics, Table Tennis, Boxing, Football (Soccer), Badminton, Swimming, Tennis, Muay Thai, Sailing, Indoor Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Weightlifting, Basketball, Hockey, Netball and Sepak Takraw. An integrated para program will be included in Athletics, Swimming, Tennis, Netball and Table Tennis. If you and your team are looking for the best place to stay then look no further! Hidden Valley Holiday Park is only a short drive  from Marrara Sports Complex and Darwin Water Front.  Hidden Valley Holiday Park has a great range of accommodation to suit every type of traveler and budget. Please see the following pages for our great range of accommodation in Darwin. You can check availability and prices and book here online . Or call us on 08 8984 2888. Check us out and follow us on Facebook and Instagram        

Kakadu Highlights

  Kakadu Highlights Kakadu?  Mad if you don’t! With 5 days off we decided to take a trip to check out the Kakadu Highlights. Given it’s toward the end of the dry, we weren’t sure how it would be. In one word ‘Spectacular’.  We were late arriving and spent our first night at Cooinda Lodge Campground and thought we’d treat ourselves to dinner at the bar.  Surprised at the cost of the meals, no pub meals here, but the food was beautiful.  An early rise to head out to Gunlom. About an hours drive and then about 40kms of dirt.  At the end of that road you’ll find a lovely shady picnic area and the most beautiful swimming hole.  The water clear and so refreshing, the bottom sandy. Starts shallow and gradually gets deeper.  The waterfall was only trickling but just so beautiful. Could have stayed for days.  It gets better.  The crystal clear rock pools at the top of Gunlom falls were an amazing treat after the goat track trek up the hill and definitely one of  the best Kakadu highlights for us. A little challenging with all the rocks and it’s quite steep but took us about 25 mins with a couple of stops. So worth it!  The pools are so awesome for swimming and you can get the most stunning photographs in the infinity pool with amazing views. You’ll never want to leave this paradise. Maguk for the night You can camp at Gunlom but we chose to head back to Maguk to set up camp. This is about 10klms of dirt from the highway and plenty of shady spots. Honesty box for camp fees and first in best dressed. The next morning we headed out to Maguk gorge.  Another goat track where you are mostly scrambling over …Read More

Sunset on Darwin Harbour

From the point of view of staff of Hidden Valley Holiday Park Cape Adieu Dinner Cruises: Sunset on Darwin Harbour Sunset An absolute must do when visiting Darwin is to go on one of the amazing sunset cruise. Hidden Valley Holiday Park can provide all the information and book your evening cruiseRead More

There is so much to do in Darwin – From a Local Point of View

Things To Do In Darwin Things to do in Darwin? When you first arrive you are greeted by warmth, and lots of it both by the weather and the people!  Darwin has three seasons basically, the dry season which extends from May to September, the build up (which means we are building up to the wet season) which is from October to November, the wet season which is our monsoon time and the time of year to witness magnificent lightning storms which stretches into April and then we start all over again! There is so much To Do In Darwin!. So what to do in Darwin?  I’m going to give you how to fill in ten days and I guarantee you will come back to see what you missed.  So you arrive at Darwin Airport, you can either take the shuttle http://www.darwincityairportshuttleservice.com.au/ or you may take a taxi which generally costs about $25.00 to Hidden Valley Holiday Park.  So you’ve unpacked, now what to do?  First you must look at your complimentary book that should be in your room or at reception – Destination Darwin and the Top End and this will tell you about any special events, it also has the fish feeding times in it and this is a must do for kids and adults alike. http://aquascene.com.au/ but first you have to plan your days.  If you want to a tour of the city, there is the Darwin Explorer http://theaustralianexplorer.com.au/darwin-explorer.html  this is a jump on – jump off bus and worth it to get acquainted with Darwin, plus it is a double decker bus and great to travel in. Have a chat with our reception staff and they will help you book your tours. First day you must get familiar with Darwin, go for a walk in the …Read More

Exploring the Four Best National Parks in the NT

We have some of the Best National Parks in the world here in Australia, and four of the best are located in the beautiful Northern Territory. We’ve taken a look at them here| Hidden Valley Holiday Park Kakadu Kakadu National Park represents a different side of the Northern Territory. Home to lush floodplains and bountiful estuaries, Kakadu contains a diverse range of animal and plant life — 280 species of birds (around 1\3 all the species living across Australia), and everything from Mangrove roots to towering, buttressed rainforest trees. Kakadu also stands as one of the premier preservations of Indigenous Australian culture, religion, and art, with hundreds of distinct cave painting locations dating back to 20,000 years ago. On top of this, it houses countless pathways, camps, and artifacts from thousands of years of Aboriginal inhabitation. This is a place where you’ll never want for activities. Check out one of the towering waterfalls, or go for a tour of the rivers by boat (watch for crocs!). Anyone looking for a little history can visit one of the Cultural Centres, or go straight to the art sites themselves. The weather around Kakadu dictates what kind of experience you’ll have. During Gudjewg (Monsoon) season you won’t want to be roughing it in a tent, but a huge amount of new flora and fauna pop up to compensate. Come a few months later, in Banggerreng (‘Knock ‘em down storm), and clear skies abound, plus winds will have blown down the giant Speargrass plants, allowing you a better look at the shorelines. Make sure to check the current season before booking a trip. Kata-Tjuta Stanislav Fosenbauer / Shutterstock.com Kata-Tjuta, home to Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) and Kata-Tjuta itself, is one of the top tourism spots of Australia. Fortunately for those of us …Read More

Turtle Time – A ‘must-see’ whilst in Darwin

Looking for things to see and do in Darwin? We have the perfect suggestion: 2 of our staff members visited Bare Sand Island recently on the Turtle Tour with SeaDarwin. What a fantastic time was had – Tina & Jane had nothing but rave reviews for this tour, and also said they felt privileged to watch this beautiful turtle lay her eggs in the sand. Want to find out more? Speak with Tina or Jane at reception – they will be only too happy to share their experience. T: 08 8984 2888