Even though Darwin is the biggest city in the Northern Territory it feels more like a big village. For most travelers it is only the starting or end point of their Australia trip, but it has some pretty cool things to offer:
Cool down at the Waterfront
In Darwin it is either hot and dry or hot and wet. And when you are there during the first season then cooling down at the waterfront is perfect. There is an artificial lagoon and an artificial beach but the refreshment you get in the water is totally real. And to cool down from the inside there are bars and restaurants surrounding everything.
Shop and eat at the Sunset Market
Every Wednesday and Sunday there is a sunset market at Mindil Beach. The market offers quite an impressive variety of food from all over the world. You meet mostly locals there who grab a bite to eat and sit down at the beach to enjoy the sunset.
Watch a movie at the Deckchair Cinema
Openair cinemas are just wonderful and this is probably one of the most relaxed ones you can imagine. You sit in a deckchair a pillow behind your head and enjoy a movie while from time to time a flying fox passes by.
Dance to Live Music
At Mitchel Street one bar lines up after the other and most of them offer great live music. And as Aussis like to start drinking early, you better don’t show up too late.
When we arrived at around 9pm at the Shennanigens everyone, except the bartenders, was drunk. Australia had lost against England at the Rugby world cup and everyone had started to drink at 1pm. Nevertheless we had a great party night and even got to know a couple of those party animals.
Visit the Sailing Club and the Darwin Museum
Unfortunately we didn’t make it to those two recommendations as we had to make Tony ready for the second half of our Australia trip. But they both must be absolutely worth it.
Explore Kakadu NP and Litchfield NP
Those two national parks are probably the reason why people even travel to Darwin. You will find a description of those two fantastic parks in two separate Blog articles.