Mindil Beach

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Mindil Beach which includes street performance, performance art and night scenes

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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Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
4 out of 5
6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT
The price is NZ$215 per night from 11 Oct. to 11 Oct.
Located in Darwin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Street Mall, Maningrida Arts & Culture and Darwin Waterfront. Wave Lagoon ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,176 reviews)
"Service was great, all staff were super helpful with all our questions and requests. The room was clean and pool area well-maintained. Parking was easy and free, and the location was perfect for a couple of days in the city. We would stay again"

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2021

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
4 out of 5
Gilruth Avenue, The Gardens, NT
The price is NZ$402 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Located in The Gardens, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mindil Beach, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens and SKYCITY Casino. Museum and Art Gallery ...
4.2/5Very Good! (982 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay at Mindil Beach Casino Resort but there were a few things that surprized us and not in a good way. When we arrived we thought we had booked into the Resort and discovered that we had a hotel room which was very outdated and needed renovating. The air conditioner could not be altered ..."

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2021

Mindil Beach Casino Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade
DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade
4 out of 5
116 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT
The price is NZ$219 per night from 2 Oct. to 2 Oct.
Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is steps away from The Esplanade, The USS Peary Memorial and Darwin Harbour. Bicentennial Park and Darwin Entertainment ...
4/5Very Good! (839 reviews)
"Lovely relaxing stay in a great location!"

Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade
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Frontier Darwin Hotel
Frontier Darwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
3 Buffalo Court, Darwin, NT
The price is NZ$95 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Frontier Darwin Hotel
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
4 out of 5
Gilruth Avenue, The Gardens, NT
The price is NZ$402 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade
DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade
4 out of 5
116 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT
The price is NZ$219 per night from 2 Oct. to 2 Oct.
DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
4 out of 5
6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT
The price is NZ$215 per night from 11 Oct. to 11 Oct.
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel
Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel
4 out of 5
31 Woods Street, Darwin, NT
The price is NZ$206 per night from 2 Oct. to 2 Oct.
Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel
Argus Hotel Darwin
Argus Hotel Darwin
3.5 out of 5
13 Shepherd Street, Darwin, NT
The price is NZ$182 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Argus Hotel Darwin
Cullen Bay Resort
Cullen Bay Resort
3.5 out of 5
26-32 Marina Boulevard, Cullen Bay, Larrakeyah, NT
The price is NZ$205 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Cullen Bay Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin
DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin
4 out of 5
122 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT
The price is NZ$191 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
4 out of 5
7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin, NT
The price is NZ$206 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
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