The best shopping in Darwin

The best shopping in Darwin

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 11/08/2019

Reading time: 3 mins

It might be small, but Darwin has fantastic shopping opportunities!

Take home a piece of the Top End with you! Head into one of Darwin’s many boutique stores and grab yourself bespoke piece. Boutique living is part of the Darwin lifestyle, so live like a local and shop local.

  • Aboriginal Art

    Darwin’s Indigenous heritage is rich and alive. The Larrakia people, have lived on the land Darwin is built on for thousands of years. They established the first trade routes through the region and cultivated the land. Their traditions live on today, as they continue to hold their strong connection to the land.

    Head to one of the many galleries or art centres throughout Darwin to buy yourself a piece of traditional art. Artists in the region use a variety of modern and traditional techniques. Sift through spectacular dot paintings, x-ray paintings, woven crafts, and traditional carvings to find the perfect piece for your collection.

  • Precious Pearls

    Head to Paspaley Pearls, and marvel at the beauty of Darwin pearls. Each piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, guaranteeing the pearl is 100% natural and Australian. These stunning works are designed to be treasured and worn by their owners. Artisan jewellery makers use traditional and modern techniques to craft the items.

    Each year Paspaley produces two major collections, taking inspiration from Darwin and its environment. Their boutique showcases classic strands and elaborate one-of-a-kind colliers.

  • Crocodile accessories

    Treat yourself to some luxury with bespoke crocodile gifts. At di CROCO you can find belts, handbags, and home wares made from genuine Australian saltwater crocodile skin. Beautiful items made from both the precious belly and distinct horn back skin line the store’s walls. Di CROCO collections can take up to six months to develop. The team works hands-on from selection of the skin to final product delivery. At di CROCO you know you’re buying quality.

    If you’re after something a little cheaper then head to one of the many souvenir stores scattered through the CBD. There are plenty of crocodile clad home wares, postcards and clothing you can take back home. There is truly crocodile paraphernalia for every budget!

  • Boutique Shopping

    Darwin is home to a wonderful selection of local fashion designers.

    Magpie Goose is a small fashion brand engaging with remote Indigenous artists to create bespoke textile designs. The team aims to help non-indigenous people engage with Aboriginal culture. Magpie Goose proudly provides employment opportunities for Indigenous artists, models, photographers and screen printers.

    Matilda Alegria has forged her name as one of Darwin’s top high fashion designers. She has created gorgeous wedding dresses, custom race wear, and beautifully tailored wardrobe staples. In addition to stunning fashion, there is a plethora of boutique artisans creating home wares, art and eccentric items.

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.