Having lived in Darwin for 10 years, I have compiled a list of typical Darwin experiences that we recommend.
The Mindal Beach markets are a Darwin institution. They operate on Thursdays and Sundays from April to October. Thursdays are very popular (up to 10,000 people), while sundays are a little quieter, a few smaller stalls / entertainment, but much less crowded and sunsets are equally magnificent. Madboers reflect Darwin's multicultural population, take a blanket and maybe a bottle and enjoy the joy of a Darwin sunset.
Parap Markets is a personal favorite, held Saturdays from 7 to 2 all year round. See where locals buy their fruit and green, lovely place for brunch, lots of crafts stalls too. Similarly, the Nightcliff markets operate on Sundays 7 to 2 year-round.
For the weird and wonderful fruit and vegetables sold by an eclectic mix of local gardeners, visit the Rapid Creek Markets. A steaming Sunday institution (7 to 2).
NT Museum and Art Gallery
An outstanding local museum. It includes a Cyclone Tracey exhibition, extensive Nature and Science collection and the infamous Croc & # 39; Sweetheart & # 39 ;. For many months a year it houses the Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards. Cafe Cornucopia is also a great place for brunch and offers lovely views of the Arabian Sea.
Darwin Harbor Cruises
We always recommend a Darwin Harbor cruise (for sunset or dinner) while in Darwin, a great way to start or end your visit to the Top End. There are a number of boats that offer sunset or dinner spices.
Darwin Deckchair Cinema
This outdoor cinema is a short walk from Darwin city center. Lounged Cinema, one of Darwin's delights. It operates from April to November with Australian and World Film. Decent snacks are available, a licensed bar as well as a curry or similar at the weekend.
Darwin's western coastline is first class for an afternoon sunset. From Mindal Beach to East Point, a hike offers a lovely meander along Darwin's coastline. Trailer Boat Club and Darwin Sailing Club are the ideal place for a sundowner and a meal.
For a distant beach and sunset, Casuarina Beach is a pleasure. Untouched and enjoyed only by coworkers (or runners) and their fiery friends.
Stokes Hill Wharf
For a casual dining experience, try the Wharf. Barramundi and chips are a staple but Thai, snitzels, burgers etc. are also available. Casual, outdoor, uncomplicated and reasonably priced. Big fish and dolphins often frequent the harbor below looking for a stray chip. Nice place for children (but the lack of fences is a concern for young children).
If you are inclined, barramundi fishing is a very territorial experience one day. Lots of crocodiles, birdlife and wildlife as well as barramundi. Generally no more than four in a boat. Offshore bluewater fishing is also excellent. Darwin Fishing in the Harbor is also available.