Garramilla/Darwin is a tropical oasis with a country town feel. From harbour to market, there are many great things to see and do around the city. Here’s a little inspiration for your own day tour of Darwin.
Time for Brekkie
Going to the markets for a laksa breakfast is considered a Darwin rite of passage. On Saturday, head over to Parap Markets for the famous Mary’s Laksa. Sundays, head on over to Nightcliff Market or Rapid Creek Market. Pro tip – get there early to avoid the rush! If you don’t fancy a laksa, start your day right with a hearty breakfast at one of Darwin’s many lovely cafes.
Shop ’til You Drop
While you’re at the markets enjoying your laksa, take some time to browse the other stalls. You’ll find a myriad of local handicrafts like croc leather, organic soaps, unique jewellery and gorgeous pieces from local Indigenous artists. Browse, fuel up with a piece of fresh fruit from one of the local farmer stalls, relax to the sounds of the local musos playing for a spell, and repeat! A trip to Darwin City wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Aboriginal Bush Traders for a cuppa and some serious shopping. And don’t forget to stop in to see our mates at House of Darwin for some fun and funky clothing and gifts!
After a full morning of shopping, it’s time to refuel. For a relaxing time at the waterfront, you can’t beat a classic Aussie pub lunch and pint at The Precinct. Or, venture into Darwin City to find some other fantastic place to sample a range of local and Asian cuisines. While you’re in town, be sure to check out Darwin’s own graffiti laneway, Austin Lane.
Art and History
Darwin is famous for its rich local art scene. Be sure to visit Sister7 Gallery and Starwin to see and support some amazing local Indigenous artists, and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory for a wide range of art styles. History buffs will enjoy a visit to Darwin Aviation Museum, the WWII Oil Tunnels and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility. Here you’ll learn more about Darwin’s history during WWII and how the region recovered from the tragic bombing on 19 February 1942.
Meet the Locals
Market culture is big in Darwin, and no trip is complete without a visit to Mindil Beach Sunset Market. In addition to being the best spot to watch the sun set in Darwin, the market is also a great place to hear local artists, grab a quick bite, punish your wallet with more shopping and meet some new local mates. If cruising is your thing, Sealink NT‘s Darwin Harbour Sightseeing Cruise is a lovely choice. Or if you have a bit more time, you can meet some of the most famous locals – saltwater crocs! – at Territory Wildlife Park.
Rest and Rejuvenate
After a long day, it’s time to relax for a nice dinner and drink. Wharf One and Bella Bar are two of the waterfront’s most popular venues, with lovely harbour views and delicious Mediterranean-style cuisine. After dinner, why not enjoy the evening air by taking in a movie at Darwin’s popular Deckchair Cinema?
Exclusive Discounts for SNAICC’23 Delegates
SNAICC’23 delegates will receive 10% off their bill when they show their delegate badge at the following waterfront dining establishments during the run of the conference: