8. The iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
Arguably Darwin’s most well-known markets, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are very popular throughout the months of April – October each year. Situated alongside Mindil Beach, here you can find stalls of all types! A great place to pick up some souvenirs of your time in Darwin, or sample cuisine from one of the various food stalls that set up each Thursday and Sunday. Bring your picnic blanket along and settle on the beach ready to watch the sun melt into the sea – don’t forget to give it a round of applause!
9. Enjoy the character and charm of Lola’s Pergola
For something a little more quirky and different, visit Lola’s Pergola. Tucked away in Cullen Bay on the edge of the marina, this little bar cannot be missed. You’ll be drawn in by the merry-go-round display and circus theme, and once inside be pleasantly surprised with the range of craft beers on tap and delicious menu.
10. Meander through the Botanical Gardens
Wander around the lush green grass and tropical gardens of colourful heliconias, gingers, tropical orchids, bromeliads and other exotic plants. The George Brown Botanical Gardens covers 42 hectares and is located only 2 kms from Darwin city. You can take yourself on a self-guided tour under the canopy of trees, or see the sights differently on a Segway tour. The gardens are not only rich in plants, they are also rich in history, having been in Darwin for over 130 years and surviving World War II and Cyclone Tracy.