Just a short distance (2km) from Darwin city is popular Mindil Beach where crowds regularly gather to watch the sunset. Although a great spot to visit by day for a walk or picnic, the beach really comes to life in the evenings twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays) when the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are open during the dry season (April to October).
Renowned for great food choices, with a strong Asian influence the market atmosphere is surprisingly exotic and if not for the indigenous art and distinctive sounds of didgeridoo music, one could easily forget you are in Australia’s Top End. Don’t worry,there is plenty of Aussie tucker too if you prefer seafood or something local like kangaroo…
Apart from the great food, the markets also offer plenty of shopping and entertainment opportunities too. There is live music, handcrafts, fashion and art to tempt you or simply wander around the stalls and enjoy the atmosphere.
Both locals and tourists gather in large numbers at Mindil Beach to relax and soak up the balmy evenings with a meal on the beach while the sun dips below the horizon.
Although you will see people swimming at Mindil Beach, it should not be forgotten that Darwin is home to a healthy population of crocodiles and marine stingers are also present at times. So, tempting as it may be, stick to the swimming pools or water parks! If you just have to swim at the beach there is a patrolled beach at Casuarina.