Do like the locals do and put laksa on your breakfast menu! Parap Markets are a food haven, rich with flavours of Asia and the odd crepe too. Just a 5 minute drive from the CBD you can also pick up some great souvenirs. The Parap Markets run every Saturday morning, rain, humidity or shine.
A scoot back to the CBD – just 10 minutes’ walk from your accommodation – and you’ll reach Crocosaurus Cove. This place needs no introduction – it’s a must do on every Darwin visit, with safe croc interactions for all ages.
By now you’re probably up for some more food (who isn’t). Darwin is brimming with stacks of hip eateries and organic markets. While the kids might not appreciate the cool factor of hitting some of these hole-in-the-wall cafes, you’ll be able to get some Insta-cred with your jealous friends back home.
Just opposite Crocosaurus Cove on Mitchell Street is Alley Cats Patisserie. Their crazy creations will heat up your social media feed and have your kids’ eyeballs popping out of their sockets.
If you’re here in the dry season you can hit the Malak Marketplace on Saturday evenings; an organic farmers market full of homemade goodness.
Otherwise, wander back down the mall and hit any of the local cafes and get a touch of shopping in while you’re at it. The Star Village is a cool little spot off the mall with cafés, boutique shopping and even a chocolate shop!
For something completely unique, the Deckchair Cinema is an absolute must! Open nightly throughout the Dry Season, the Deckchair Cinema screens recent release films in the outdoors while you watch on – yep, you guessed it – deckchairs.