Fun for Free
There are markets held every week of the year in the suburbs of Parap (Saturdays), Nightcliff (Sundays), Rapid Creek (Sundays) and they're all great places to stock up on fruit and vegetables (hairy melon, durian, pomelo and rambutans as well as apples and oranges) or indulge in some very authentic bun cha, satays, sushi, almond croissant, noodles ... the options are endless. Plus there's all the arts and craft stalls, clothing, plants, flowers .... even more options! If you want to go 'down the track' (that means drive down the Stuart Highway), try the Coolalinga Markets on Saturdays and maybe take one of their camel rides.
From April to October, try:
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets - Thursdays and Sundays. Known all over the world and one of the top attractions in Darwin. Free entertainment from bands and buskers, food, arts, crafts, gifts and of course, a guaranteed amazing sunset.
Discover your Darwin journey at Mindil Market: its not only crocodiles - Amy
Malak Markets - Saturdays. The fresh, whole watermelons from the farmers market are the best plus the crostini are amazing.
Territorians love trying different foods and are strong supporters of the multicultural festivals held throughout the year which showcase the food and culture of people from all over the world who have settled in the NT. Chinese, Filipino, Greek, Indian, Indonesian, Italian, Nepalese and Thai festivals celebrate the dance, music and food of the Darwin community. Want to get involved with the Darwin community from your home community? Want to volunteer at the festivals? Find contact details here for over 100 multicultural communities in the Northern Territory.
The Darwin Festival annually celebrates art, culture and food of the region and indigenous Australia. Then there's the Seabreeze Festival on the Nightcliff Foreshore and the Harmony Soiree at the Waterfront.
Most festivals are free to enter (or a 'gold coin' donation - $1 and $2 coins are 'gold' so it's just a donation of $1 or $2) so you can go along and soak up the atmosphere.
More for free
Casuarina Beach, Nightcliff foreshore and the Esplanade are great for walking, biking and a picnic watching the sunset. The Botanic Gardens have tropical plants from across the region. Darwin Waterfront hosts regular free concerts, movies and has a popular swimming lagoon and park. Try the free beginners Tai Chi on a Saturday morning. The Museum and Gallery of the NT is also free with year round exhibitions.
Art galore! Darwin also boasts a lot of arts and crafts that are truly unique and innovative such as there works of art that I found in one of the stalls at the Mindil beach market, which were made from old newspapers and book pages. - Mark
And then there's Lake Alexander, Litchfield National Park, Berry Springs, Charles Darwin National Park, Fogg Dam, Finniss River and Windows on the Wetlands.