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Darwin calendar of events

Regular Events

Mindal Beach Markets
    (April - October)
    Thursdays 5 pm - 10 pm
    Sundays 4 pm - 9 pm

Nightcliff Markets
    Sundays 7 am—2 pm

Parap Markets
    Saturdays 7 am —2 pm

Rapid Creek Markets
    Sundays 7am– 2 pm

Tiwi Islands Football Final and Arts Sale
March 20th, 2016

Barra Nationals
April 19th - 23rd, 2016

May Day (Public Holiday)
May 2nd, 2016

Barra Classic
May 15th - 21st May, 2016

Bass in the Grass
May 21st, 2016

Adelaide River Races
May 28th, 2016

Greek Glenti
June 5th - 6th, 2016

Queens Birthday Holiday
June 13th, 2016

V8 Supercars
June 17th - 19th, 2016

AFL Football - Melbourne v Fremantle(Darwin)
July 9th, 2016

Darwin Beer Can Regatta
July 17th, 2016

Royal Darwin Show
July 21st - 23rd, 2016

Qantas Darwin Turf Club Gala Ball
July 30th, 2016

Darwin Cup
August 1st, 2016

Darwin Festival
August 4th - 21st, 2016

Australian Superbike Championship
September 13-15 2014 (This event has been cancelled)

New Years Eve on the Wharf
December 31st, 2016


Darwin in the capital of the Northern Territory. Its rich, diverse history is dominated by Cyclone Tracey (which decimated the town on Christmas Day 1974) and the 1942 World War 2 bombing of Darwin.

Quintessential Darwin tours and experiences include a sunset Darwin harbour cruise or Darwin harbour dinner cruise. The Mindal Beach markets are a must on a Thursday (or Sunday)evening, the outdoor Darwin Deckchair Cinema is also a prime tropical experience. The NT Museum and Art Gallery is also renowned and features 'Cornucopia' an idyllic cafe with a great view of Darwin Harbour. Crocydylus Park is just a (20 min) drive from the Darwin city.

Darwin is a renowned fishing paradise. Darwin fishing trips include one day or extended charters for barramundi or blue water species.

Darwin provides a hub to travel to Kakadu, Litchfield National Park, Katherine, the Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile cruises, the Northern Territory Wildlife Park and more.

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Larrakia people
The Larrakia are the indigenous people from the area in and around Darwin. Their language is also referred to as Larrakia. Their country traditionally includes the Cox Peninsula, most of Gunn Point and much of rural Darwin.
Larrakia people are known as "saltwater people", although their country extends up to 50km inland. The Larrakia had trading routes with South East Asia and imported from as far as South and Western Australia.
Darwin Travel Tips
Having lived in Darwin for 10 years I've compiled a list of typical Darwin experiences that we recommend.

Darwin Deckchair Cinema
This outdoor cinema is a short walk from the Darwin city centre, the Deckchair Cinema is one of Darwins delights. It operates from April to November featuring Australian and world movies. Decent snacks are available, a licenced bar as well as a curry or similar on the week ends.

NT Museum and Art Gallery
An excellent local museum. It features include a Cyclone Tracey exhibit, extensive Nature and Science collection and the notorious croc 'Sweetheart'. For many months a year it houses the Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards. The cafe Cornucopia is also a great place for brunch and offers lovely views over the Arafura Sea.

The Mindal Beach markets is a Darwin institution. They operate on Thursdays and Sundays from April to October. Thursdays are very popular (up to 10,000 people) whereas Sundays are a litle quieter, a few less stalls/entertainment but a lot less crowded and the sunsets are equally magnificent. The food stalls reflect Darwins multicultural population, so bring a blanket and perhaps a bottle and enjoy the delight of a Darwin sunset.

The Parap Markets are a personal favorite, held Saturdays from 7 til 2 all year round. See where the locals buy their fruit and veg, nice place for brunch, lots of art and crafts stalls too. Similarly the Nighcliff markets operate on Sundays 7 til 2 all year round.

For weird and wonderful fruit and veg sold by an eclectic mix of local market gardeners, visit the Rapid Creek Markets. A steamy Sunday institution (7 til 2).
The western coastline of Darwin is prime for a afternoon sunset walk. From Mindal Beach to East Point a walking track offers a lovely meander along Darwins coastline. The Trailer Boat Club and Darwin Sailing Club provide the ideal location for a sundowner and a meal.

For a remote beach and sunset walk Casuarina Beach is a delight. Unspolit and enjoyed only by fellow strollers (or runners) and their furry friends.

Darwin Harbour Cruises
We always recommend a harbour cruise (for sunset or dinner) while you are in Darwin, a great way to start or end your visit to the Top End.

Stokes Hill Wharf
For a casual dining experience try the Wharf. Barramundi and chips are a staple, but Thai, snitzels, burgers etc are also available. Casual, outdoors, uncomplicated and reasonably priced. Large fish and dolphins often frequent the harbour below looking for a stray chip. Nice place for kids (but the lack of fencing is a worry for toddlers).

Barramundi Fishing
If you are inclined a days barramundi fishing is a very Territorian experience. Loads of crocs, birdlife and willife as well as the barramundi. Generally a maximum of four in a boat.

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