Catch a wave at Darwin's coolest Waterfront attraction: the Wave Pool.
Here, a palm-fringed swimming pool turns into a tube-riding, boogie-boarding bucket of fun when the siren signals the start of the swell. It is giggles galore in twenty minutes bursts as the waves send inflatable tubes bobbing about and boogie boards riding the crests. The swell here is gentle enough that there's little danger of wiping out (and there are no surfboards allowed) but there are red-and-yellow-clad surf lifeguards at the sidelines to keep everyone safe.
In a lull, relax on banana lounges under enormous beach umbrellas, or spread out on the lawn in the shade. There are wadding pools and fountains to keep wannabe grommets entertained, and a kiosk to keep the whole family in supply of ice-creams and drinks.
Purchase half- or full-day tickets for the Wave Lagoon at the kiosk at the rear of the complex, where you'll also find toilets, change rooms and lockers. Have a swell time.