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Mindil Beach

On this local stretch of surf you'll find markets and music, beach walks and food-stalls – a place where Aborigine, Asian, Australian and Med-cuisines meet.

Mindil Beach is Darwin's favourite sunset beach. Literally around the corner from the centre of town, its short, sandy strand is perfectly set up for watching the tropical sun slide down into the turquoise Timor Sea. Every evening you'll find a crowd drawn here for sun-down – and also for the weekly beach market that unfolds its wares, as dusk draws in. It's an often eye-opening experience. The Mindil Beach crowd reflects the very diverse culture of this Australian town, which is only a few hundred kilometres from Indonesia, and surrounded by the vast wilderness of the Outback.

And the wild array of foodstuffs on offer gives you a clue to the ingredients of Darwin's melting pot. You'll find plenty of traditional Aussie grub, of course – barbies, spit-roasts, shrimp and chips. And plenty of the even-more-traditional Oz bush food – it could be a lizard, it could be a camel, it could be a crocodile. Then there's the Asian influence – Indonesian satays, Malay laksa, Thai tom yum soup and Chinese noodles. Not forgetting the occasional Greek or Italian dish.

The original Australians come to market too – Aborigines selling traditional handicrafts, decorative paintings and (of course) didgeridoos. Darwin is the Australian city with the biggest Aborigine population. They'll often start up a camp-fire dance as the stars come out, filling Mindil Beach with the deep resonance of their didges, and bringing a very spiritual feel to what was just a market moments before.

The breaking glassy-green waves here may tempt you in for a swim – but be careful. While rare here, giant sea-crocodiles have been known to cruise the surf at Mindil. And between October and May, the rainy season brings in the often deadly box jelly-fish. That's Darwin for you – beautiful, revealing and with the edge of danger you'd expect from living on the wild side of Oz.


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Mindil Beach Casino and Resort - formerly SKYCITY Darwin NZ$307
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 away from Mindil Beach and SKYCITY Casino. George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens and Cullen Bay Marina are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    H on Smith Hotel NZ$81
    H on Smith Hotel

    H on Smith Hotel

    81 Smith Street, Darwin, NT
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Esplanade, Darwin Entertainment Centre and Crocosaurus Cove. The USS Peary Memorial and Bicentennial Park are also within 10 minutes.

      Palms City Resort NZ$96
      Palms City Resort

      Palms City Resort

      64 Esplanade, Darwin, NT
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Darwin City Centre, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of The Esplanade and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.

        Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel NZ$92
        Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel

        Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel

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

          This aparthotel is located in Darwin (Darwin City Centre), close to Smith Street Mall, Darwin Waterfront and Cullen Bay Marina. Also nearby are Brown's Mart Theatre and Maningrida Arts & Culture.

          Cullen Bay Resort NZ$78
          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 1 mi (2 km) of Darwin Harbour and Cullen Bay Marina. Darwin Waterfront is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

            Argus Hotel Darwin NZ$100
            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 NZ$146
              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.

                Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin NZ$126
                Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin

                Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin

                6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Darwin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Street Mall, Maningrida Arts & Culture and Darwin Waterfront. Crocosaurus Cove and Wave Lagoon are also within 1 mi (2 km).