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“At the End of a Long Day”

Mindil Beach Markets
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Ranked #14 of 81 things to do in Darwin
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Stevo our guide on the Wayoutback Day Tour to Litchfield asked if anyone would prefer to be dropped off at Mindil Night Markets instead of their hotel. Why not have a look at these iconic market. The sun still had an hour in the sky so we wandered around taking in the place which is set up right behind the beachfront and mainly consists of food stalls. With the Bush Barbie still not being fully digested we decided to share a paella. Served in the open air out of the biggest Paella Pan I have seen it was simply delicious. I have certainly tasted a lot worse in Spanish Restaurants. A lot of other people must have a similar view because when we leaving after sunset the chef was just getting another giant paella going in his cooking dish. Talking of sunset when the sun begins it's descent for another day walk up on to the sun dunes and sit down and witness another end of the day. I know it has been happening for millions and millions of years but the beauty of it never fails to amaze. It certainly equalled those on the Greek Isle Santorini. A wonderful end to a long day.

Thank RobGymeaBay
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

The food stalls are the main reason for visiting this market as far as I could tell. Huge array of cuisines from all over the world. Everything we tried was delicious. It was great to grab some food and watch the sunset on the beach whilst eating. The market stalls are ok but there is lots of repeats and is all pretty standard market stuff. Aboriginal art stall was good though and we later learnt very much authentic. Very busy, walking around becomes tiresome quickly. Hilariously rubbish whip display from a guy “country rapping” aka talking slowly in rhyme over country music whilst randomly cracking whips around. One of the funniest things I’d seen in ages, not sure the guy intended it to be comedy though!

Thank Jacqui J
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

If you love markets Then this is a great place to visit.
Great food with so many choices but must admit getting a little expensive.

Thank Mark L
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

We visited these markets on the Sunday when they open at 4:30 PM. They also open on a Thursday. It's great to watch the sunset at the adjoining beach and then go to the market where they have some aboriginal art, lots of good Asian, Indian and some other international foods. Also available are ice creams, lollies, drinks and coffee. There are many other assorted stalls.

There is an indigenous atmosphere with aboriginal women singing along with sticks as well as live music with a guitar and didgeridoos.
The markets are kept clean with frequent rubbish bins which are regularly emptied.

There is ample parking.

We stayed at a hotel on the Esplanade in Darwin and it was approximately a 25 minute walk to the markets. Taxis are available if you don't want to walk.

Thank Michael G
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

went on a thursday evening with a friend for a bite to eat and was surprised how expensive it was for market food better places to eat at cheaper prices in darwin

Thank Andrew F
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