Food & drink
Ditch the dining room for an open-air market or dine under the stars and feast on fresh flavours prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Take a sunset cruise, book a bush tucker experience or join a foodie tour to taste your way through the Northern Territory.
You’re guaranteed fresh with barramundi, mud crab and other NT seafood featured on Top End menus. Darwin is close to Asia, so dishes here are often prepared with Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian influences to name a few. Darwin’s Greek and Indian heritage also shine through in its restaurant offerings.
In the Red Centre, try Aboriginal bush tucker dishes made from native fruits and berries; choose a steak or burger from one of the many bistro style venues or take your seat at a five-star dinner experience on a sand dune as the sun sets behind Uluru.
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Food & drink events in the NT
Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival
Darwin & Surrounds10 – 12 May 2024
Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival is an annual community festival held along a 2km stretch of Nightcliff Foreshore in Darwin, welcoming in the Top End dry season.
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Dining in Darwin
In the NT’s capital city, you’ll be tossing up whether to tuck into tropical delights at open-air markets, snap up seafood straight off the boat at Darwin Fish Market, take a sunset dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour or make a reservation at plush restaurants like Pee Wee’s, Char or Wharf One.
For those who want it all, try Darwin Gourmet Tours to sample tantalising plates on a walking tour across the CBD. Darwin has a relaxed, tropical vibe, and there’s no shortage of options to kick back with a cool drink under the stars.
Indulging in the Red Centre
The Alice Springs food scene has something for everyone. Take in the carnival atmosphere over burgers and beers at Monte’s, indulge in a banquet of Thai and Indian flavours at Hanuman (try the signature oysters) or choose from one of the many great restaurants and cafes around town.
Don’t miss the Outback BBQ Dinner and Show at Earth Sanctuary for true Territory hospitality—try the Red Centre Devil craft beer. Or head out of town for a campfire dinner under the stars with renowned Aboriginal chef Bob Taylor from RT Tours Australia.
Eating around Uluru
Join Aboriginal guides on a tour around Uluru to discover the hunting and gathering ways of the local Anangu people. For the ultimate food and wine experience, don’t miss the Sounds of Silence or Tali Wiru dinners of gourmet delicacies and fine Australian wine as the sun sets over Uluru.
Fresh is best in Kakadu & Arnhem Land
How does an oyster straight off the rocks with a twist of lemon sound? Collect your own seafood so fresh it’s literally moments from habitat to taste buds on a Kakadu and Arnhem Land safari.
In Kakadu, forage for bush tucker like fruits, yams and bulbs on a tour with Animal Tracks. Your Aboriginal guides will cook your bush tucker on the fire for a sunset dinner.
Katherine foodie tours
Take in Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge on the Nabilil Dreaming Sunset dinner cruise, where your three-course dinner is cooked fresh on the boat and served by candlelight after the sun sets over the gorge.
Join in an Aussie stockman’s dinner around the campfire with Katherine character ‘Marksie’. There’ll be a campfire sing-along, ‘damper on a stick’ (the bush version of an ice-cream) and a billy-spinning competition.