Mindil Beach Sunset Market, Darwin

Maria Liveris Dr, The Gardens, NT 0820

Hot weather revelry at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market

Mindil Beach Sunset Market, Darwin

Darwin has quickly become famous for its delectable food markets. Sure, the city was originally known as a launchpad for the world famous Kakadu and Litchfield national parks, but its diverse food culture has given rise to some of the most laid back and vibrant markets in the country.

From Nightcliff to Parap, Palmerston to Rapid Creek, the balmy weather and ocean breeze make the perfect city to host some of Australia’s most beloved food markets.

But none are more popular than the ever-spectacular Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Every Thursday and Sunday in the dry season (April – October), this wonderful market comes alive, drawing crowds from across the city to enjoy a delicious meal against the backdrop of Mindil Beach’s stunning sunset.

The market is famed for its Southeast Asian cuisine, but also has a host of stalls selling local arts and crafts, making for the perfect souvenir after a steaming hot bowl of laksa. Take your food down to the beach and enjoy it while watching the gorgeous sunset across the Timor Sea – it’s the perfect intro to your Darwin itinerary that also includes these awesome activities…

Head out to Kakadu

No visit to Darwin is complete without a trip to what is probably Australia’s most famous (and breathtaking) national park – Kakadu. Entering Kakadu is like traversing back in time to a prehistoric land of untouched beauty.

There are ancient rock art sites at the Nourlangie shelter, gigantic waterfalls, croc-spotting cruises and magnificent infinite pools to have a dip in after a big day’s exploring. If you have the time and have secured a permit, be sure to head out to Koolpin Gorge – it is one of the most secluded spots in the whole national park and you must obtain a permit to visit, but it is truly worth the effort.

Then onto Litchfield

Darwin and its surrounding national parks are a heaven for nature lovers, and while the Litchfield National Park may not carry as big a reputation as the giant Kakadu, it is every bit astounding, complete with incredible sandstone formations, surreal, eerie termite mounds and, of course, the beloved NT waterhole – making it another amazing place for a swim after undertaking one of the serene walks that dot the park’s landscape.

You will be absolutely thrilled you took the time to visit Litchfield as well as Kakadu – they are remarkably different and each offer something unforgettable for travellers!

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