Not visited by winter and with a relaxed, small-town feel, Darwin is the tropical capital of the Northern Territory that's perched on a harbour fives times the size of Sydney’s. Darwin is famous for its multicultural food, outdoor markets, waterside attractions and a warm holiday vibe year-round. Here are 10 of Darwin’s must-do experiences.
1. Make like a local—head to the markets!
Find locally made treasures and indulge your tastebuds at Darwin's famous markets. At the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (Thursdays and Sundays, April to October), sit on the beach with something to eat from some of the 60 food stalls as a fiery Darwin sunset sinks into the ocean. Every weekend, suburban spaces in Nightcliff, Parap, Rapid Creek, Palmerston, Coolalinga and Malak are transformed into open-air markets where locals get their fruit and vegetables, authentic laksa and fresh juices.
2. Relax at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct
One of Australia’s finest waterfront communities is right in the heart of Darwin, just a five-minute walk from the city. Ride the swell at the popular wave pool, swim in the saltwater lagoon, recharge at the cafes and colourful eateries, have a craft beer in the tavern, enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants or sit in the shade in the lush parklands with engaging public art. Then visit the attractions at nearby Stokes Hill Wharf with fabulous views over Darwin Harbour.