For visitors looking for authentic Aboriginal artwork, Darwin has an extensive selection of galleries and shops as well as multicultural markets at Parap, Nightcliff and Mindil Beach.
The city offers a wide variety of entertainment including nightclubs, theatres, Skycity Casino and several large shopping centres. There is a smorgasbord of restaurants offering a variety local cuisine from mud crabs and barramundi to kangaroo and crocodile.
From Darwin Harbour you can enjoy an array of world-class fishing experiences, eco habitat adventures and relaxing sunset cruises. Whether you’re interested in discovering more about the natural environment, Aboriginal culture or the pioneering history of Darwin, you can see it all at the various attractions and national parks scattered throughout the region.
Darwin is the starting point for holidays to the Top End and the gateway to a range of attractions within easy driving distance. To the west is Litchfield National Park with its beautiful waterfalls cascading from the Tabletop Range, crystal clear swimming holes and 4WD tracks. The east offers waterfalls, wetlands, and wildlife of the famous Kakadu National Park including the untamed beauty of Arnhem Land and the sailing and game fishing playgrounds of the Gove Peninsula.
until 31 December 2013
Unwind and feel the ambience of the Nightcliff Markets.
Set in the attractive Nightcliff Shopping Centre the markets are an ideal place for a lazy Sunday coffee or a cool and refreshing tropical fruit salad.
A casual wander around Nightcliff Markets will likely unearth an unusual bargain or a unique gift for a friend. Stalls display a wide variety of original crafts such as copper sculptures, fairy dresses, hemp designer clothing and traditional Asian crafts. Browse through the many stalls specialising in recycled products like hardware, furniture, clothing, gardening, compact discs, books and collectables.
There is also massage, reflexology, card reading and many more attractions. For the less energetic there is plenty of shade and space to sit and enjoy the entertainment from local artists performing on the central stage.
The markets are open from 8am to 2pm every Sunday.
Rapid Creek Markets
until 31 December 2013
Relax and enjoy a stress-relieving massage or cool tropical juice.
Darwin’s oldest market is situated only 20 minutes from Darwin city, in the Rapid Creek Business Village. Come on down for a massage, followed with a relaxing Sunday brunch, before browsing the stalls for fresh organic produce, Asian fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, exotic plants, flowers and seafood. You’ll also find a range of local handmade crafts for that special gift. The markets are open from 6.30am to 1.30pm every Sunday.
Buses from Darwin city and Casuarina stop by the market on a regular basis.
until 31 December 2013
Opening Times- Open from 8am to 2pm every Saturday, except when Saturday is Christmas Days
Site Facilities: Carpark
Tantalise your senses with a mixture of Asian cuisine and the aroma of fresh coffee.
The Parap Village Market is a great place to shop and a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Browse the markets, winding through stalls of local produce, local arts and crafts, entertainment and delicious cuisine from around the world. This Saturday morning market has become an institution and ritual among locals who just couldn’t survive a weekend without their Saturday morning laksa, satay prawns or fresh tropical smoothie. The markets are open from 8am to 2pm evey Saturday.
Rights On Show
Unitl 19 December 2013
Opening Times : Tuesdays and Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am to 3pm
Darwin Community Legal Service’s 19th annual RIGHTS ON SHOW human rights art award and exhibition, will be held at the Chan Contemporary Art Space from Thursday December 5th to Thursday December 19th. Opening night, 5.30pm Wednesday 4th December 2013.
Collaborating with the Chan Contemporary Art Space for the first time, DCLS anticipates an exciting show with a great diversity of entries from around the Northern Territory.
With a prize pool of $2500, amateur and professional artists, individuals and groups submit a wide variety of entries on the human rights theme of the year.
The United Nations human rights theme for 2013 is quinoa. The RIGHTS ON SHOW theme is Quinoa: super food = super economy?
Quinoa is a grain-like crop touted as a super food that may help end world hunger, as it is extremely nutritious and hardy. However, there are many social justice concerns regarding the mass production of mono crops, as has been seen with coffee, corn, and acai berry during their sudden rise in popularity.
Top End Mud Racing
14 December 2013
Opening Times- 6pm Venue: Carpark
Grab the family for an action packed night of mud racing.
Held in the tropical season, this loud, fast pace, exciting and very very dirty sport (for the competitors) is great viewing for all the family. Watch as VW Beetles to purpose built high powered Top Gun vehicles complete against each other, and the clock, through a 700 metre course. There’s plenty of room to spread out and watch as the drivers and their cars fight their way through deep mud and water. Food and beverages (including a bar) are available on the night.
Held once a month on Saturday night, dates are as follows – 23 October 2010, 20 November 2010, 11 December 2010, 22 January 2011 (an Australia Day extravaganza), 19 February 2011 and 19 March 2011 (the Northern Territory Titles night).
Top End Mud Racing are celebrating this year after having been rewarded the Darwin Community Event for 2010.