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Darwin, a small yet cosmopolitan city, is the tropical capital city of the Northern Territory. People from more than 50 nations make up its population of 110,000. It is located on the Northern Territory coast (in north-central Australia), with the Timor Sea (a branch of the Indian Ocean) to the west, and the Arafura Sea to the north in Indonesian waters.

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Historical

  • Darwin Wharf Precinct, Darwin Wharf, Darwin,  +61 8 8981 4268. At 9:58AM on 19 February 1942, the wharf was a target for Japanese bombs, which claimed the lives of many service personnel and waterside workers. Many of the historical landmarks remain and can be explored today.
  • Fannie Bay Gaol, East Point Rd, Fannie Bay. 10:30AM-4PM. Fannie Bay Gaol operated as Darwin’s major prison for almost 100 years from 1883. Two maximum security wings were added during the 1950s and the gallows were used for executions until 1952. The building’s grim and oppressive history can be felt as you walk through. free.
  • Burnett House at Myilly Point, Myilly Point,  +61 8 8981 0165. Architect B.C.G. Burnett designed homes adapted to the climatic conditions of the Top End, which included the use of lightweight materials and natural ventilation. It is worth leaving your visit to Myilly Point until Sunday afternoon, when you can take High Tea in the shady tropical gardens at Burnett House.
  • Browns Mart +61 8 8981 5522. Browns Mart is a stone building that was opened in 1885 as the store ‘Solomon’s Emporium’. It played many roles over the years, but today has become a cultural and historic icon of the city that is regularly used for theatre and performances.
  • Adelaide River War Cemetery. During World War II, Adelaide River township was the site of a large military base. The war cemetery created there is now the final resting place for 434 military personnel and civilians involved in the war effort. The cemetery is set in lush surrounds alongside the Adelaide River with beautifully tended gardens providing a peaceful backdrop for remembering the fallen.
  • Lyons Cottage +61 8 8999 8201. Lyons Cottage, overlooking Darwin Harbour on The Esplanade, was built in 1925 to house staff working on the submarine cable that connected Australia with Britain. Also known as British Australia Telegraph (BAT) House, Lyons Cottage survived the Japanese bombing raids of 1942 and 1943 and escaped structural damage from Cyclone Tracy in 1974. The Cottage today houses the local indigenous tourism booking service.
  • The Old Court House and Police. Built in 1884 for the South Australian Government, these colonial style buildings made from local stone have housed criminals, the Navy and today the NT Administrator’s Offices. Restored after damage by Cyclone Tracy, these buildings are a stark reminder of the Darwin of yesteryear.
  • Aviation Heritage Centre +61 8 8947 2145. The Aviation Heritage Centre has an impressive collection of aircraft and displays depicting the Territory’s involvement in aviation from the early pioneers to the jet age. The prize exhibit is a B-52 bomber on permanent loan from the United States Air Force, one of only two on public display outside the US. The centre is 8 km from Darwin city and is on the site of fierce air combat that took place overhead during World War II.

Natural

  • Bicentennial Park. This scenic stretch of parkland along The Esplanade overlooks Darwin Harbour. It’s a great place to kick a footy, soak up some rays or have a picnic while watching the sun set.
  • George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens (Geranium St off the Stuart Hwy). 7AM-7PM. A stone’s throw from the city centre are 42 hectares of gardens that showcase local flora and that of other tropical habitats around the world. Explore monsoon forests, coastal foredunes and open woodlands on a stroll through the botanic gardens. Free.
  • Lake Alexander. An ideal spot for swimming all year round, Lake Alexander is popular for picnics and barbecues. Spend the day by the water, have a game of volleyball and tire the kids out on the playground.
  • Casuarina Coastal Reserve. The Reserve encompasses 1500 hectares, including 8 km (5 mi) of sandy beaches bordered by dramatic cliffs. Stretch your legs on one of the walking paths or grab a table and settle in for a barbecue under a shady casuarina tree.
  • Charles Darwin National Park. Shell middens in the area indicate that it has been used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years. The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the land. During World War II, this area was part of a network of military sites that formed Australia’s front line of defence, and as a result there are many bunkers and storage facilities remaining.

Cultural

  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) (Bullocky Point (Darwin Harbour),  +61 8 8999 6573, fax: +61 8 8981 7625. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa Su + public holidays 10AM-4PM, closed 1 Jan, 25-26 Dec, and Good Friday. - set on a tropical garden on Darwin Harbour is this, the Northern Territory's premier cultural institution. The MAGNT collections place the region's art, history and culture, and natural history in an Australian and international context through research, interpretation and collection development. These collections encompass Aboriginal art and material culture, visual arts, craft, Southeast Asian and Oceanic art and material culture, maritime archaeology, Northern Territory history and natural sciences. The MAGNT complex consists of five major permanent galleries, a touring gallery, educational facilities for school groups, a theatre, the Museum Shop and the Cornucopia Museum Cafe. All contribute to providing an entertaining, diverse and educational experience for the local community and visitors to Darwin. Marvel at the 18 foot saltwater crocodile known as "Sweetheart", who was responsible for attacking multiple boats in the 1970s and is now on display in the museum. free admission.
  • Northern Territory Parliament House, State Sq,  +61 8 8947 2145. Northern Territory Parliament House is Australia’s newest. Opened in 1994, it was built on the site of the old Darwin Post and Telegraphic Office, which included the Post Office, the telegraph office, the telephone exchange, cable company offices, stores, staff residences and staff messes. Public tours are conducted regularly at no charge, although booking is essential. free entry.
  • Darwin Beer Can Regatta - exactly what it says on the tin (oh wait, can)! Wacky races which happened in the water at Mindil Beach annualy in July, if you drink enough VB you could always enter yourself! [2]

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Crocosaurus Cove

Darwin War Memorial

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George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

TIO Stadium

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Casuarina Beach

Hidden Valley Raceway

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About Darwin

History

Darwin was first named in 1839 by John Lort Stokes during the third voyage of the Beagle. It was named after his former shipmate and famous naturalist Charles Darwin. Darwin's development was accelerated by the discovery of gold at Pine Creek, about 200 km south of the city in 1871. After the gold rush Darwin's growth slowed mainly due to the harsh, tropical climate, distance and poor communications with other Australian cities. The Second World War put Darwin back on the map when the town became an important base for Allied action against the Japanese in the Pacific. The road south to the railhead at Alice Springs was surfaced, putting the city in direct contact with the rest of the country. Modern Darwin is one of Australia's most cosmopolitan cities, more open to Asia than perhaps any other Australian city. It plays an important role as the door to Australia's northern region. Natural wonders such as Kakadu, Katherine Gorge, and Litchfield are all within driving distance from the city and still contain near pre-colonial populations of crocodiles, goannas, snakes and wallabies.

Today Darwin is a fast growing regional centre that has unique history, culture and adventure.

Climate

The Top End, which includes Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, has a tropical climate. Darwin has an average temperature of 32°C (90°F) all year, with varying humidity.

Darwin is climatically perfect to visit from May to October. There is no need to check the weather forecast as it is nearly always 31°C (89°F) and sunny during the day, with cooler nights.

November and December is the time the build up, or pre-monsoon season, begins and humidity levels start to rise. The summer rains bring the natural landscape to life and deliver the picturesque storms and sunsets the Northern Territory is renowned for. Some people enjoy this aspect of the wet, with the rivers and waterfalls in full glory, and the landscape greener.

Activities

Historical

  • World War II Oil Storage Tunnels +61 8 8985 6333. Hidden deep beneath the city is one of

the most interesting historical sites in Darwin. The World War II Oil Storage Tunnels were built during World War II due to the vulnerability of standard storage tanks to aerial attacks. Delays and the failure to properly seal the tunnels from water meant that they were never used for their initial purpose. Two of the tunnels are open to the public and feature an awesome collection of photographs of life in Darwin during World War II.

  • East Point reserve. East Point Reserve, just north of the city, is filled with walking trails and cycling paths. The area is also home to Darwin’s East Point Military Museum. Here you can check out WWII relics and watch footage of the Darwin bombing. Go near dawn or dusk to see Agile Wallabies.

Natural

  • Berry Springs Nature Park is a popular and picturesque area for picnics and is a great swimming spot. Use goggles to spot native fish and other aquatic life that live in the clear pools. The picnic area is a good base from which to take a walk through the monsoon forest and woodlands. Bring your binoculars if you're keen on bird watching. Around 50 km south of Darwin, reachable in 45 min by car. It has a kiosk. It can be closed for swimming during the wet season.
  • Casuarina Coastal Reserve Just a 20 min drive from the city, the Casuarina Coastal Reserve comprises sandy beaches fringed by casuarina trees and sandstone cliffs. The Reserve protects areas of cultural significance, including Old Man Rock, a registered Aboriginal sacred site. The Reserve also features a large grassy area with barbeques and tables.
  • Aquascene, 28 Doctors Gully Rd,  +61 8 8981 7837. You feed the fish by hand and they're not little fishies, so luckily they don't bite hard! Feeding is dependent on the tide, so check the website or call for the schedule. entry fee applies.
  • Crocodylus Park, 5 min drive. Only from the airport, the park is home to more than a thousand crocodiles. It also houses exotic birds, primates, big cats and lizards. Children under 4 years have free entry.
  • Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise to get up close and personal to the crocs. Stop at the Humpty Doo hotel on the way to the Adelaide River and sample the cold beer on offer.
  • Batchelor Butterfly and Petting Farm, 8 Meneling Rd, Batchelor,  +61 8 8976 0199. The Northern Territory's only butterfly farm is in the heart of Batchelor, gateway to the Litchfield National Park. You can view rare and beautiful butterflies and a diverse range of birds, and there is also a petting farm with lots of rabbits, guinea pings, turtles, fish, peacocks and native galah birds. A secure play area for children is provided. There is also a cafe and licensed restaurant on premises. $10, $5 child, $8 senior.
  • Territory Wildlife Park +61 8 8988 7200. The Territory Wildlife Park is a popular attraction, home to monsoon and paperbark forests and a wetlands walk. You can stand nose-to-nose with a 3.7 metre saltwater crocodile on a walk through the aquarium tunnel. Twice-daily birds of prey show or animal encounters presentation.

Cultural

  • Deckchair Cinema, Jervois Rd off Kitchener Dr, Wharf Precinct,  +61 8 89810700. Gates open 6:30PM, films nightly from 7:30PM Apr-Nov. Relax outdoors in the deckchairs on Darwin Harbour and enjoy a movie under the stars. Deckchair Cinema screens quality Australian, family, foreign and popular films every night of the dry season. There is also a licenced kiosk. $13.
  • Darwin Festival. The Darwin Festival program provides a feast of local, national and international performances to excite, inspire and entertain. The festival includes everything from free outdoor events to theatre, dance, music, cabaret, films, workshops and comedy, not to mention the sensational cuisine. Running for 18 nights, the Darwin Festival reflects the indigenous, Asian and Pacific cultures of the region. August.
  • Aboriginal Art Awards. The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award is the premier national indigenous event on the arts calendar. The Award attracts a broad range of artistic talent and showcases up-to-date developments in contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Aug–Oct.
  • Heineken Hottest 7’s in the world. This Rugby 7’s competition is held over two days with local teams competing against the best from overseas, interstate and intrastate. It ranks as the leading prize money 7’s event in Australia with $60,000 up for grabs.
  • BASSINTHEGRASS. Every year, thousands of Darwin locals and visitors flock to the Darwin Amphitheatre to rock to their favourite Australian and International bands. Previous line-ups include Powderfinger, Hilltop Hoods, Wolfmother, Gyroscope, Jet and Eskimo Joe, just to name a few. This is a sell out event every year, so make sure you get your tickets early. The event is normally held in May.
  • Darwin Cup Carnival. Share in the excitement of Darwin’s premier horse racing calendar. The Darwin Cup Carnival features Ladies Day, where the ladies can show off their finery and enjoy a sumptuous luncheon and a glass of bubbly and culminates in the Darwin Cup race. The picturesque Fannie Bay Racecourse track is one of only a few dirt tracks in operation on the circuit, and the Darwin Cup Day witnesses 19,000 people bursting the rails. 4 Jul–3 Aug (2009).
  • Arafura Games. The Arafura Games, held in Darwin, is a sporting event for developing athletes across the Asia Pacific region and beyond. It provides the experience necessary to succeed in competition of the highest level. This biennial event is a major highlight on the sporting calendar and is recognised throughout the Asia Pacific region as a week-long celebration of sporting competition, cultural diversity and friendship.
  • Darwin Entertainment Centre +61 8 8980 3366. Boasting a recent facelift, the Darwin Entertainment Centre has an unmistakable presence on Mitchell Street. Complete with playhouse, studio theatre and exhibition gallery, the centre hosts concerts, dances and performances from Australia and overseas.
  • Nightlife. Darwin’s youthful population adds energy and zest to the city’s vibrant night life. After dark there’s plenty of culture, music and entertainment to keep you busy.

Food

Darwin’s downtown dining hub encompasses Mitchell and Knuckey Streets and is brimming with restaurants, cafes and pubs. Dinner in Darwin can be classy or casual, but always relaxed. For breakfast, Café Uno serves a tasty toasted avocado, tomato and cheese croissant, and coffee lovers should head to Café 21 in the mall. For something a little different, try the coconut loaf with lemon curd at Roma Bar or French toast with maple syrup and bacon at Ducks Nuts Bar and Grill.

Darwin CBD

Lunch options in the Central Business District are endless. Jump on the sushi train at Go Sushi, people-watch over a Caesar salad at Wisdom Bar & Café or try the crispy roast duck at Roast and Noodle. Enjoy Yum Cha at Tasty House, sample the variety of Tapas at Moorish Café or create your own stir-fry at Magic Wok. There is an array of pubs that serve up fish and chips, burgers and parmas, try Kitty O’Shea’s, Shennanigans or the Fox Ale House. For a juicy steak and fine wine visit Char Restaurant @ Admiralty, head to Hanuman for consistently great curry, get your Italian from Giuseppe’s or try mod oz fare matched with a colourful cocktail at Monsoons.

Budget

  • Amma's Cafe, Vic Arcade, 27 Smith Street Mall. fantastic Sri Lankan food
  • Shennanigan's. At Mitchell St and Peel St, for pub-style food and live music
  • Hanuman Restaurant, 93 Mitchell St,  +61 8 8941 3500. Th-Su 9AM-4PM (for breakfast & lunch), Fr Sa 6PM-late (for dinner). Thai, Indian and Malaysian dishes with local ingredients. $22-89.
  • The Tap. In the middle of Mitchell St. Sit down and relax and watch the world walk by.
  • Ducks Nuts, Mitchell St.
  • Wisdom, Mitchell St. Try the 50 beers on their "Enlightenment through beer" wall, and join a list of esteemed tourists and locals alike.
  • Kozy Cafe, Mitchell St.
  • Energy2Go, for healthy fast food
  • Tim's Surf & Turf located on Litchfield St has good value meals which will no dint your wallet.

Mid-range

  • Lewinsky's, 28 Mitchell St,  +61 8 8941 8666. Specialise in seafood. Wine collection designed to suit a range of tastes and budgets. Award winning, fully licensed restaurant also offers private dining rooms. Recently opened the Showcase wine bar.
  • East West Restaurant, 43 Knuckey St,  +61 8 8941 6911. The menu is influenced both by the exotic, aromatic spices of Asia infused with salty, bitter and sweet flavours, whilst western influences are seen in variations of grills, pastas, salad mixes and gourmet sauces. Extensive wine and cocktail list and your choice of al fresco or airconditioned dining.
  • Char Restaurant at Admiralty, 70 The Esplanade,  +61 8 8981 4544. Local produce, international and local wines with innovative cuisine and good service.

Splurge

  • Essence Restaurant, 1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Marrara (within the Darwin Airport Resort),  +61 8 8920 3333. Influences of both the Asia and Pacific regions. Incorporating Australian 'bush foods' with modern Western ingredients. Fully licensed and offers an extensive wine list.
  • Evoo Restaurant, Skycity Darwin, Gilruth Ave,  +61 8 8943 8940. Australian and Mediterranean cuisine in an intimate setting with ocean views. Licensed with an extensive Australian and French wine list, as well as a cellar list of Australian vintage wines.
  • Dragon Court Restaurant, Skycity Darwin, Gilruth Ave (Skycity Darwin),  +61 8 8943 8888. Chinese dining prepared by Chinese chefs. Good service, elegant decor, a fully licensed bar and an extensive wine list.
  • Redsalt Bar and Grill, Crowne Plaza Darwin, 32 Mitchell St (Lobby level),  +61 8 8982 4992. Fully licensed contemporary restaurant, in light and airy surroundings. Informal, relaxed dining . The Australian cuisine menu features premium steak dishes and seafood including barramundi, as well as a range of vegetarian dishes. Groups are welcomed and reservations are recommend.

Stokes Hill Wharf

Stokes Hill Wharf Watch the barges, sail boats and tinnies out on the harbour or peer over the edge to see moon fish getting their feed from chips dropped by diners. Most of the food served here is picnic style take away. Stir-fried noodles, beer battered barramundi, crumbed calamariand other choices are presented on plastic plates. Make sure you visit the ice cream shop and refresh your palate with a scoop of butterscotch or mint choc chip. There is also a more upmarket seafood restaurant on site.

Parap

Well-known for its markets, but also has a diversity of lesser-known restaurants. Try sizzling Mongolian beef at The Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant or steaming hot tamales from Prickles then move on to coffee and cake at The Cyclone Café or Paraparazzi. If you want to stock up on gourmet goodies, head to Parap Fine Foods, they’ve got a great deli and stock French home-style bread.

Budget

  • Parap Markets, Parap Shopping Village, Parap Place, Parap,  +61 8 8942 0805. Sa 8AM-2PM. A mixture of Asian cuisine and the aroma of fresh coffee. Great place to shop and a favourite among locals and visitors. 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.

Mid-range

  • Saffrron Restaurant, Shop 14, 34 Parap Rd, Parap (Cnr of Gregory St and Vimy Ln),  +61 8 8981 2383. A self-serve, fully licensed restaurant with relaxed, casual dining in a tropical atmosphere. Indian cuisine including traditional Tandoori, North and South Indian dishes.

Splurge

Fannie Bay

Best known for its views and pricey real estate, the assortment of dining in Fannie Bay is considerably less expensive than the housing. You can drink a glass of sparkling with breakfast at Cornucopia Museum Café, but be sure to book, as it is always busy. Across the road is the Darwin Ski Club, where the food is pub-style with harbour views. Try The Cool Spot Cafe, a trendy hangout that offers great light meals and snacks. The seafood dishes are a highlight at Pee Wee’s at The Point, especially the soft shell mud crab.

Budget

Mid-range

  • Cornucopia Museum Cafe, Conacher St, Fannie Bay,  +61 8 8981 1002. Fully licensed cafe is located adjacent to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Fannie Bay, harbour side overlooking the tropical museum gardens and the Timor Sea.

Splurge

  • Pee Wee's at the Point, Alec Fong Lim Dr, East Point Reserve, Fannie Bay,  +61 8 8981 6868. Amongst tropical palms with a quiet natural ambiance. Fresh local produce and ingredients including local saltwater barramundi, tiger prawns, tropical fruit and locally grown Asian vegetables. Dine al fresco on the patio and take in the sunset views across Fannie Bay or inside in the fully licensed restaurant.

Cullen Bay

Offers an abundance of seafood choices and expansive harbour views, but you’ll also find Italian, Thai, Greek and French cuisine. Freshly shucked oysters are a specialty at Yots Greek Taverna, try the barramundi at La Beach, succulent battered bug tails from the takeaway fish and chip shop or settle with a glass of sparkling at Buzz Café. There is a large variety of restaurants along the boardwalk overlooking the marina, so you won’t be starved for choice.

Budget

Mid-range

  • Buzz Cafe, 48 Marina Blvd, Cullen Bay,  +61 8 8941 1141. Fully licensed and located at Cullen Bay, offers al fresco dining with modern Australian cuisine. Individually hand painted tables are shaped to ensure waterfront views for everyone. Restaurant has some eclectic design features.

Splurge

Drinks

Darwin has numerous clubs and bars. Also you can check out some local music at Brown’s Mart.

  • Endless Summer Party Cruise, 3/29 Stuart Hwy, Stuart Park,  +61 8 8941 2434. Games, prize giveaways and heaps of fun. There are bar facilities available, drink specials, a disc jockey and MC to entertain you through out the night. You’ll then board the party bus and head off into Darwin city for an after-party club tour. $65.
  • Humpty Doo Tavern, Humpty Doo Shopping Centre (Cnr of Freds Pass Rd and Challenor Circuit, Humpty Doo),  +61 8 8988 2550. On the edge of the agricultural area surrounding Darwin, 47 km and approximately a 30-min drive from the city. The township of Humpty Doo has attracted people who want to live beyond the city limits, but within easy commuting distance. A favourite stop for both locals and travellers on their way to Kakadu or visiting Fogg Dam, popular for bird watching. Mangrove Jack’s Bar provides airconditioned comfort, or you can enjoy a light ale in the tropical outdoor beer garden. There’s live entertainment, and lunch and dinner is served daily.
  • Sirocco Restaurant and Bar, 116 The Esplanade (Holiday Inn Esplanade),  +61 8 8980 0800. Relax and enjoy a pre-dinner drink or refreshing cocktail at the fully licensed restaurant and bar, a tranquil spot overlooking an azure blue pool.
  • Top End Hotel, Mitchell St.
  • Turtles Bar and Bistro, 342 Casuarina Dr, Rapid Creek (Within the Beachfront Hotel),  +61 8 8985 3000. From Th-Su. Live entertainment including local bands and entertainers. Savour one of the cold tap beers as the sun sets, relaxing at the bar inside or kick back on the deck.
  • Victoria Hotel, In the Smith Street Mall

Shopping

Automatic Teller Machines are available extensively. Foreign exchange is available at most banks.

Markets

Visiting the local markets is a must-do Darwin experience.

  • The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are immensely popular, are by far the largest in the NT and runs from May to October on Thursday and Sunday. They cause the largest traffic snarls and most parking hassle you are likely to encounter in Darwin. Bring a bottle of wine and blanket, find a spot on the sand and watch a famous Darwin sunset. For a sweet fix, try chocolate-filled churros, or a flame-grilled Malaysian satay stick for something savoury. Vegetarians should try the Lucky Cow’s felafel wrap. There are many stalls, heaps of food choices, and even avid market haters will like these markets.
  • Enjoy exotic cuisine, local art, craft and live music. No visit to the Saturday morning Parap Village Markets is complete without a bowl of Mary’s famous laksa, a curry-filled roti wrap or freshly blended fruit juice.
  • On Sunday visit the Nightcliff Markets, start with a visit to the crepe stand for a strawberry and nutella breakfast, while listening to the beat of live music. There are some interesting stalls offering eco-friendly soaps, hemp products and locally designed clothing.
  • Rapid Creek Sunday Market is great for locally grown fruit and vegetables, particularly Asian herbs. Here you can get a Thai massage, or pick up homemade mango chutney and jams. It operates all year round on Sunday morning.
  • Big Flea Market Rapid Creek, Rapid Creek Shopping Centre, Trower Rd, Rapid Creek (. Buses from Darwin city and Casuarina stop by the market on a regular basis),  +61 8 8948-4866. Su 7AM-1PM. Relax and enjoy a stress-relieving massage or cool tropical juice. Darwin's oldest market is situated only 20min from Darwin city, in the Rapid Creek Business Village.Good location for a relaxing Sunday brunch or browsing the stalls for fresh organic produce. Asian fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, exotic plants, flowers and seafood are available. You’ll also find a range of local handmade crafts. Free entry.

Shopping

Start at Smith Street Mall in the city centre then branch out into the surrounding streets. Travellers will find a range of shopping experiences including local galleries specialising in Aboriginal art or speciality shops selling world-class pearls and crocodile-skin products.

  • Tiwi Art Network (3 / 3 Vickers St, Parap).
  • Nomad Art (1/3 Vickers St, Parap). Specialists in Aboriginal art from the Northern Territory, with an emphasis on works on paper. Nomad Art also run a gallery in Manuka, Canberra.
  • Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery (1F, Cnr Mitchell and Knuckey Sts).
  • Top End Gold Honey - local honey from around the Northern Territory. The flavours vary according to the seasons with a unique taste at every time of year.
  • Casuarina Square, 247 Trower Rd, Casuarina,  +61 8 8920 2345. Casuarina Square is the largest shopping complex in Darwin, offering a wide range of specialty stores, a food court and a seven screen cinema complex. Browse the stores, treat yourself to a movie or sit down and relax with a coffee. There is a public bus station at the centre, which also runs its own free shuttle from leading hotels between April and September. Casuarina Square is a popular spot for locals and travellers looking to enjoy retail and entertainment. Free entry.
  • Kunwinjku Aboriginal Art (Artist Leslie Nawirridj). Leslie is a traditional owner of Mand-dedj-ka-djang outstation on the Liverpool River. He paints in the way of his ancestors whose original work is the rock art of Western Arnhem Land. Leslie has perfected the technique called rarrk, or fine-line cross-hatching, to present the traditional "x-ray" style of painting. You can find him at the markets at Mindil Beach, on Thursdays, and Parap with his original paintings and prints.

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