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DARWIN: Want to explore Darwin as the locals do? Whether it’s local fresh food markets or catching a breathtaking sunset, we’ve rounded up some of the local’s favourite things to do in Darwin.
Uncover Darwin’s Street Art
When it comes to the Top End, you’re spoiled for choice with more than 72 murals dotted around Darwin’s CBD and surrounds. With paintings of local birds and wildlife to famous people, the talent is incredible to see on such a large scale.
If you want to find out more above these marvellous creations join a street art tours, or simply wander around the city to see what you can find, you can find our complete guide here. Don’t forget to take a snap for the ‘gram!
Relax or Play at the Darwin Waterfront
Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct has long been a hub of vibrant activity. With a cosmopolitan yet relaxed feel, settle in to one of the many bars and restaurants overlooking the water or take a dip at the sandy lagoon suitable for swimming.
If you’re looking for family fun there’s crocodile-safe swimming areas, playgrounds, parklands and shopping areas. Darwin Wave Lagoon even has man made waves – just like a surf beach!
Catch a Breathtaking Sunset
A Darwin sunset is easily one of the Top End’s greatest attractions. There’s something magical about watching the sun go down over the water, and with numerous west-facing beaches in and around the city, Darwin is the perfect place to enjoy nature’s golden hour.
With its uninterrupted views, Dudley Point at East Point Reserve is a popular spot with locals. Alternatively, you could watch the sunset from one of many waterfront bars and restaurants. Cullen Bay marina is popular for drinking and dining with a view or take your own chairs or picnic rug and set up on the grassy knoll with fish and chips from La Beach if you want to do it like the locals do.
Other good places for sunset viewing are East Point Reserve (Alex Fong Lim Drive) and the Nightcliff foreshore (Casuarina Drive).
Head to the Local Markets
Darwin has lots of different markets open weekly. Mindil Beach Sunset Market’s perhaps Darwin’s most famous market. with stalls ranging from handmade gifts through to all types of food and a picturesque sunset on the beach as a backdrop – this Market is a must-visit on any trip to Darwin.
For fresh flowers and delicious street food options head to Parap Markets while Rapid Creek Markets is the go-to-place for fresh fruits, vegetables and in particular Asian greens.
Darwin Deck Chair Cinema
There’s no better way to enjoy a balmy night than watching a film outdoors, cold beer in hand. Run by the Darwin Film Society, the independent Deckchair Cinema is a real local treat, showing alternative films on the Darwin Harbour.
The cinema operates seven nights a week from mid-April to mid-November, starting from 6pm. A different local caterer dishes up dinner, with Indonesian, Sri Lankan and Nepalese food just some of those on rotation. Check out what films are showing ahead of time.
And once you’ve explored Darwin city like a local stay overnight at the Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront. With comfortable, spacious (and cool) apartment-style rooms within easy reach of restaurants, bars, and the local hotspots, there’s no better place to make your home away from home.