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Mindil Beach

Explore one of Australia’s best beaches by day or visit by evening to enjoy Asian food, a massage, live music and indigenous crafts at Darwin’s sunset markets.

Mindil Beach is one of Australia’s best beaches. Many visitors are surprised to find such a pretty tropical beach so close to a regional capital city. Some locals swim at Mindil during the dry season, but the possible threat of crocodiles and jellyfish makes this unwise for visitors to try. Better swimming is over at at Casuarina, which is patrolled by surf life savers, or alternatively at the Wave Lagoon water park and the free Leanyer Recreation Park. Still, at any time of day, a walk along the splendid Mindil Beach is not to be missed.

The Northern Territory is known for the blazing colour of its sunsets, and it’s at this hour of the day that Mindil Beach really shines. Every Thursday and Sunday from late April to the end of October, people flock to the city’s iconic beachside market at sunset. Try Asian noodles or seafood from one of the food stalls, listen to live music, relax during a massage or simply watch the sunset. Pick up fashion items made from crocodile skin or paintings and crafts by Aboriginal artists. The illuminated market stalls provide a picturesque setting for a tropical night out.

The Mindil Beach Sunset Market is inspired by the night markets of Asia. The Darwin version includes similar food stalls, but has an indigenous focus. Browse handmade items, jewellery, Aboriginal paintings, musical instruments and sculptures.

For dinner, sample an array of international cuisine from Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia and, of course, from the Aussie outback. This is your chance to taste kangaroo sausages! If you arrive early, take your meal to the beach in time to watch the sunset.

After dark, enjoy displays of fire twirling, acrobatics, dance or live local music. There’s plenty for kids to do, too, from a petting zoo to jumping castles and family-friendly musical acts.

Mindil Beach is just over 2 kilometres (1 mile) from the centre of Darwin, and getting there is easy on foot or by bus. Plastic bags are banned, as part of an initiative to save marine turtles that visit Darwin’s beaches.


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Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel AU$118
Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel

Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel

31 Woods Street, Darwin, NT
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Darwin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Smith Street Mall and Darwin Waterfront. Mindil Beach and Cullen Bay Marina are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Cullen Bay Resort AU$109
    Cullen Bay Resort

    Cullen Bay Resort

    26-32 Marina Boulevard, Cullen Bay, Larrakeyah, NT
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cullen Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cullen Bay Marina and Mindil Beach. The Esplanade and Crocosaurus Cove are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Mindil Beach Casino and Resort - formerly SKYCITY Darwin AU$279
      Mindil Beach Casino and Resort - formerly SKYCITY Darwin

      Mindil Beach Casino and Resort - formerly SKYCITY Darwin

      Gilruth Avenue, The Gardens, NT
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of SKYCITY Casino, Mindil Beach and George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. Cullen Bay Marina and Aquascene are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Beautiful Apartment With sea Views
        Beautiful Apartment With sea Views

        Beautiful Apartment With sea Views

        Larrakeyah, NT
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cullen Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Mindil Beach and Cullen Bay Marina. Darwin Waterfront is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.

          Spacious, Quiet top Level Penthouse With Breathtaking Ocean Views
          Spacious, Quiet top Level Penthouse With Breathtaking Ocean Views

          Spacious, Quiet top Level Penthouse With Breathtaking Ocean Views

          Larrakeyah, NT
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cullen Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Mindil Beach and Cullen Bay Marina. Darwin Waterfront is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.

            Larrakeyah Palms Darwin Luxury on Cullen Bay Marina With Pool
            Larrakeyah Palms Darwin Luxury on Cullen Bay Marina With Pool

            Larrakeyah Palms Darwin Luxury on Cullen Bay Marina With Pool

            20 Cullen Bay Crescent, Larrakeyah, NT
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Larrakeyah holiday home is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Mindil Beach and Cullen Bay Marina. Darwin Waterfront is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

              Novotel Darwin CBD AU$125
              Novotel Darwin CBD

              Novotel Darwin CBD

              100 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Darwin City Centre, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of The Esplanade and Darwin Waterfront. Mindil Beach and Cullen Bay Marina are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Barramundi Lodge AU$98
                Barramundi Lodge

                Barramundi Lodge

                4 Gardens Rd, The Gardens, NT
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Darwin City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gardens Park Golf Links and Mindil Beach. Darwin Waterfront and Cullen Bay Marina are also within 2 miles (3 km).