COME SEE Mindil Beach Sunset Market, Darwin. Australia.

COME SEE MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKET, DARWIN.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT
April – October
TIME SUGGESTED
1 hour +
WALKING DISTANCE
500m one way

THE EXPERIENCE

The Mindil Beach Markets are one of Darwin’s most visited attractions so don’t get all excited thinking you’ve found a cute place to enjoy the serenity alone. What it does provide is plenty of opportunity to eat, be entertained and people watch. You can pick up your authentic Crocodile coin purse or get involved with Mick’s showcase as he cracks his whips like Travis Barker hits his snare drum in his Soulja Boy remix. But if those things don’t tickle your fancy, you can always grab a bite from the food truck lane-way and enjoy the company of some friends like we did.

But come 6.15pm (or 6.00pm if your an avid photographer) you’ll want to wrap dinner up and head directly for the shore to get a spot amongst the crowd and witness the infamous Mindil Sunset. There were already plenty of people scattered like glitter across the shore when we arrived so we decided to hang back and photograph the spectacle of it all. I framed up a beautiful shot that I wish we were in so Zade and I agreed to return on a quieter evening.

For a market that started 31 years ago and operates twice a week (from the last Thursday and Sunday in April til the last Thursday and Sunday in October), we were surprised at how many people were there during our visit. I remember thinking how do they consistently sustain the numbers? That was before we witnessed the palm tree lined foreshore and gazed upon the outline of the sun as it met with the horizon! Yes, we stared directly into it and were not blinded! Tis’ the beauty of a Territory sunset. Something you should definitely experience at least once in your life.



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