Wednesday March 19, 2014
Darwin is extremely multicultural, home to more than 50 different nationalities living together. This wide diversity is reflected in the city's markets, restaurants, shops and cultural events. Darwin's tropical climate means warm temperatures throughout the year and a host of outdoor activities during the dry season (May-Sep). These include the deckchair cinema, outdoor markets and many festivals.
Open Air Markets and Festivals
Locals and visitors flock to Darwin's outdoor markets for delicious food, one-of-a-kind gifts, and plenty of free music and other live performances. One of the most popular destinations is the Mindil beach market. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun go down and stock up for an evening picnic. It has over 250 stalls, with everything from hand-made jewelry, to tarot readings and exotic food from around the world.
Darwin is small city (pop. 136,000+) with a big love for festivals. The Territory’s warm winter days and cool nights are the perfect backdrop for celebrations that range from the outrageous to the spiritual. The fun starts in May with the Northern Territories largest music festival, the Bass in the Grass. As the season progresses, festivalgoers get to cheer on boats made of beer cans, at the Beer Can Regatta, and enjoy a fortnight of Fringe Festival mayhem. Then in August it's 18 days of pure inspiration, as the George Brown Botanic Gardens becomes an international stage for artists from across the globe.
Darwin is steeped in both traditional and contemporary arts. Galleries and museums showcase Aboriginal art, culture and heritage, as well as emerging and established artists of many styles. The Parap precinct, just five minutes from Darwin's center, is an art hub with a rich array of galleries.
Darwin also boosts a revitalized waterfront, lined with inviting shops and restaurants, swimmable lagoons, a wharf that allows fishing, and open parklands. If that’s not enough, the area's crocodile parks provide intimate (but safe!) encounters with the world's largest reptiles.
Darwin, Northern Territory is just one of the many destinations we visit on our Australian Safaris. To find out more, please contact us.