SHOP, DINE AND PLAY
Whether you are staying in Darwin for just a night, a week or longer, we hope you take time to enjoy the local culinary delights and browse the shops and galleries for a unique souvenir. There are plenty of activities, tours and attractions in the city area and beyond to inspire you with unique Top End experiences, unlike any other destination.
Darwin offers some unique opportunities for shopping. Whether you are looking for a piece of original Aboriginal artwork, an exquisite piece of hand-crafted jewellery, unique local produce, summer clothing or a souvenir of your visit, you are sure to find something to appeal in the range and quality of goods available in Darwin’s shops and galleries.
Check out the boutiques in the city centre, the galleries and specialty stores in Parap Village or visit one of the weekly markets. For the serious shopper, Casuarina Square, the largest shopping centre in the Territory, boasts over 200 retail and specialty stores, major department stores and cinema complex and is open daily.
As a city with over 60 nationalities living and working together in harmony, Darwin offers visitors a wide choice of superb international cuisine from authentic Italian pasta, hot Indian curries and flavoursome Thai cuisine, to the perfect Aussie steak. Or sample specialities of the NT including kangaroo, buffalo, crocodile, camel, as well as the fresh local seafood.
The range of places to dine in Darwin is extensive with many offering alfresco dining and stunning water views. We invite you to discover the excellent selection of restaurants, bars and cafes on offer.
The city centre is full of dining options from fine dining, themed venues and pubs, to cool cafes, casual eateries and takeaway shops. Many venues provide entertainment for a lively atmosphere.
Close by, the Darwin Waterfront Precinct offers a wide choice of alfresco restaurants, cafes and bars to suit all budgets while enjoying the stunning harbour views.
Stokes Hill Wharf is close to the Convention Centre and a popular place to enjoy a bite to eat while enjoying live music and watching the activity on the harbour.
For a relaxed waterfront dining experience and sunset views, visit Cullen Bay or one of the venues along Fannie Bay, just outside the city centre.
For a gastronomic expedition around the world, make sure you visit one of Darwin’s famous markets. The food stalls of Mindil Beach Sunset Market, Parap Village Saturday Markets and Nightcliffe Sunday Markets are renowned for their delicious multicultural and tropical fare along with true Territory atmosphere.
Things to do and see
Darwin is known for its warm tropical weather year-round, rich indigenous culture, national parks and relaxed lifestyle. The stunning harbour city is complemented by brilliant sunsets, fantastic fishing and a colourful calendar of festival and events. It is also the perfect base from which to explore the natural treasures of World Heritage-listed Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks as well as the Tiwi Islands. Whether you have a spare day, weekend or week, we hope you can enjoy the diverse adventures, activities and experiences that Darwin and the Top End has to offer.
Here are a few ideas to get you excited about things to do in the NT:
- World class fishing
- Adventures and Tours
- Arts and Culture
- World War II Tourism
- Suggested itineraries
Planning your visit to Darwin
Tourism Top End Visitor Information Centre is a one-stop shop for visitor information, maps, accommodation and tour bookings for Darwin and the Top End. It’s friendly and helpful consultants can provide free travel advice, ideas and itineraries to best suit your interests, timeframe and budget. It is located on the corner of Bennett and Smith Streets in the City Centre and opens 7 days a week.