COME SEE Mindil Beach Sunset Market, Darwin. Australia.

MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKET: THE GUIDE

REGION: Darwin CBD

ACCESSIBILITY: All dry season May – October | Thursday 5pm to 10pm and Sunday 4pm to 9pm

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Best to get there when it opens to find yummy food and spot for sunset.

LOCATION: Dr. Maria Liveris Dr, The Gardens NT | Open in Google Maps

WALKING DISTANCE: 5 mins from carpark

TIME REQUIRED: 1- 2 hrs

TOURIST RATING: Well known

COST: Free


MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKET: THE EXPERIENCE

As told by Jackie Te-Aroha

This is the first time we’re posting about a man made attraction and no we aren’t changing the format. Though we do think it’s necessary to include because its located at what we’re calling one of Darwin’s best sunset spots. And you know how we feel about sunset spots! So lets cut to the chase and get straight into the good stuff. Exhibit A: Fresh Mango during ‘Winter’.

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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.

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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.

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Knowing the locations and images we wanted to create and having just 7-10 minutes of pure golden light to work with we returned with a plan. It felt as if it were only 7 seconds and whilst our schedule fell about 2 minutes behind the optimum lighting conditions we still managed to walk away with a few good shots in the bag!

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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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