We are thinking of going on a 'big' holiday with our kiddo's (aged 6 and 4) up to see some of the northern part of Australia and I wondered if anyone had any advice or could answer a couple of questions I have.
We are considering either Sept/Oct this year or June/July next, whenever coincides with the school holidays, and going for two or three weeks. We are thinking of flying to Darwin and picking up a Britz 4WD with camping stuff (they are kind of kitted out with a kitchen and so on in the back), and spending some time exploring around Kakadu, across towards Kununurra and the Bungle Bungles and maybe part of the Gibb River Road. It has always been a dream of ours to see this area. We were thinking about camping out mostly, with maybe a couple of two night stops in somewhere a bit more luxurious so as to be able to get clean and sleep in a proper bed.
Which would be the best time of the year to visit? We were thinking of late Sept/early Oct which I believe is the end of the dry, or alternatively
Can anyone recommend any other places to visit, or maybe an itinerary that we could follow? We are pretty easy going with respect to how much we do, but don't want to waste the opportunity while we are there.
Are we completely mad trying to do something like this with smallish children? We do a fair bit of bushwalking, so they are used to that. On one hand they are still quite small and I am worried about putting them in unnecessary danger, but on the other hand I think it could be the most wonderful experience for them. I suppose I am ever so slightly worried about crocs and snakes (having never come across them in Sydney), and also you do hear of backpackers and so on running in to other sorts of violence/trouble in remote areas. The alternative option would be to hire a campervan which may be 'safer' but may also restrict us in terms of where we can go. Am I just being silly and over-protective?
Any other advice with regards to camping and so on, particularly with children?