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Mindil Beach

Explore one of Australia’s best beaches by day or visit by evening to enjoy Asian food, a massage, live music and indigenous crafts at Darwin’s sunset markets.

Mindil Beach is one of Australia’s best beaches. Many visitors are surprised to find such a pretty tropical beach so close to a regional capital city. Some locals swim at Mindil during the dry season, but the possible threat of crocodiles and jellyfish makes this unwise for visitors to try. Better swimming is over at at Casuarina, which is patrolled by surf life savers, or alternatively at the Wave Lagoon water park and the free Leanyer Recreation Park. Still, at any time of day, a walk along the splendid Mindil Beach is not to be missed.

The Northern Territory is known for the blazing colour of its sunsets, and it’s at this hour of the day that Mindil Beach really shines. Every Thursday and Sunday from late April to the end of October, people flock to the city’s iconic beachside market at sunset. Try Asian noodles or seafood from one of the food stalls, listen to live music, relax during a massage or simply watch the sunset. Pick up fashion items made from crocodile skin or paintings and crafts by Aboriginal artists. The illuminated market stalls provide a picturesque setting for a tropical night out.

The Mindil Beach Sunset Market is inspired by the night markets of Asia. The Darwin version includes similar food stalls, but has an indigenous focus. Browse handmade items, jewellery, Aboriginal paintings, musical instruments and sculptures.

For dinner, sample an array of international cuisine from Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia and, of course, from the Aussie outback. This is your chance to taste kangaroo sausages! If you arrive early, take your meal to the beach in time to watch the sunset.

After dark, enjoy displays of fire twirling, acrobatics, dance or live local music. There’s plenty for kids to do, too, from a petting zoo to jumping castles and family-friendly musical acts.

Mindil Beach is just over 2 kilometres (1 mile) from the centre of Darwin, and getting there is easy on foot or by bus. Plastic bags are banned, as part of an initiative to save marine turtles that visit Darwin’s beaches.

Mindil Beach Hotels

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Argus Hotel Darwin

Argus Hotel Darwin

13 Shepherd Street, Darwin, NT
    3.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.3 out of 5 (209 reviews)

    Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.5 ...

    Argus Hotel DarwinAU$149

    30 May - 31 May

    Argus Hotel DarwinAU$149
    H Hotel

    H Hotel

    81 Smith Street, Darwin, NT
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.5 out of 5 (584 reviews)

      Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Darwin Entertainment Centre and Crocosaurus Cove. The Esplanade and Bicentennial Park ...

      H HotelAU$171

      30 May - 31 May

      H HotelAU$171
      Mindil Beach Casino and Resort - formerly SKYCITY Darwin

      Mindil Beach Casino and Resort - formerly SKYCITY Darwin

      Gilruth Avenue, The Gardens, NT
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.3 out of 5 (801 reviews)

        Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is steps from Mindil Beach and SKYCITY Casino. George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens and Cullen Bay Marina are also within ...

        Mindil Beach Casino and Resort - formerly SKYCITY DarwinAU$208

        24 May - 25 May

        Mindil Beach Casino and Resort - formerly SKYCITY DarwinAU$208
        H on Mitchell Apartment Hotel

        H on Mitchell Apartment Hotel

        105 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.2 out of 5 (164 reviews)

          Located in the heart of Darwin, this aparthotel is steps from Darwin Entertainment Centre.

          H on Mitchell Apartment HotelAU$136

          25 May - 26 May

          H on Mitchell Apartment HotelAU$136
          Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin

          Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin

          6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.1 out of 5 (236 reviews)

            Located in Darwin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Street Mall, Darwin Waterfront, and Wave Lagoon. Maningrida Arts & Culture ...

            Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter DarwinAU$166

            26 May - 27 May

            Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter DarwinAU$166
            Cullen Bay Resort

            Cullen Bay Resort

            26-32 Marina Boulevard, Cullen Bay, Larrakeyah, NT
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.2 out of 5 (534 reviews)

              Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Darwin Harbour and Cullen Bay Marina. Darwin Waterfront is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) away.

              Cullen Bay ResortAU$114

              26 May - 27 May

              Cullen Bay ResortAU$114
              Mantra on the Esplanade

              Mantra on the Esplanade

              88 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT
                4.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.4 out of 5 (822 reviews)

                Located in Darwin City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Esplanade and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

                Mantra on the EsplanadeAU$190

                30 May - 31 May

                Mantra on the EsplanadeAU$190
                Novotel Darwin CBD

                Novotel Darwin CBD

                100 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.2 out of 5 (885 reviews)

                  Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Esplanade and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

                  Novotel Darwin CBDAU$217

                  30 May - 31 May

                  Novotel Darwin CBDAU$217

                  * Prices reflect the lowest "base rate" found over the next 30 days. Rates are subject to change and may not include taxes and fees, hotel service charges, extra person charges, or incidentals, such as room service. All rates are displayed in USD unless otherwise noted. Converted rates are provided for your convenience. They are based on today's exchange rate, but the hotel will charge you in the local currency.