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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 Élan Darwin AU$104
Oaks Élan Darwin

Oaks Élan Darwin

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

    Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Smith Street Mall and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

    Rydges Darwin Central AU$154
    Rydges Darwin Central

    Rydges Darwin Central

    21 Knuckey Street, Darwin, NT
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Street Mall and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

      Mindil Beach Casino and Resort - formerly SKYCITY Darwin AU$229
      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 steps from Mindil Beach and SKYCITY Casino. George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens and Cullen Bay Marina are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Cullen Bay Resort AU$159
        Cullen Bay Resort

        Cullen Bay Resort

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

          Located in Cullen Bay, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Darwin Harbour and Cullen Bay Marina. Darwin Waterfront is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

          Argus Hotel Darwin AU$135
          Argus Hotel Darwin

          Argus Hotel Darwin

          13 Shepherd Street, Darwin, NT
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

            DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade AU$174
            DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade

            DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade

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

              Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Esplanade and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

              Travelodge Resort Darwin AU$111
              Travelodge Resort Darwin

              Travelodge Resort Darwin

              64 Cavenagh St, Darwin, NT
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Darwin hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

                Frontier Darwin Hotel AU$79
                Frontier Darwin Hotel

                Frontier Darwin Hotel

                3 Buffalo Court, Darwin, NT
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This golf hotel is located in Darwin (Darwin City Centre), near the airport, Gardens Park Golf Links, Darwin Entertainment Centre, and George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. Also nearby are SKYCITY Casino and Crocosaurus Cove.