What we love about our Darwin lifestyle

Darwin sunsets

One of the things that’s most attractive about the Top End, is our casual and relaxed lifestyle.

Territorians are a friendly mob.  We’re casual, welcoming, very social and have been known to enjoy a cold beer on a hot summers day – rumour has it!

We love our Darwin lifestyle!

What we love most about Darwin

Magical Sunsets

The bright golden sun setting over the ocean.  I’ve seen sunsets all around the world, but they’re never finer than sinking down over the Arafura Sea.  People gather on down along the beachfront at Mindil Beach, the Sailing Club, the Trailer Boat Club or the Ski Club just to watch the sun slide into the sea.

Locals say:  when the dragonflies are seen
‘the dry’ is on it’s way!

The ‘dry season’

In the Northern Territory, we have just 2 seasons a year.  Wet & Dry!  The ‘wet’ is hot, steamy and humid, with tropical monsoon rains bucketing down frequently (sometimes daily).

The ‘dry’ however, is the most perfect balmy weather you can ever imagine and we wait impatiently for it to come.  Temperatures are in the mid 20’s and nights come with a pleasant sea breeze.  It’s the time of the year when Darwin locals are their most social.

Dragonfly heralds the dry season

The Markets

We love our markets!  Saturdays’ Parap Markets with Mary’s famous laksa, street food breakfasts on Sunday morning at Nightcliff,  fresh organic garden markets at Rapid Creek, and the fabulous Mindil markets on Thursdays and Sunday nights .. we love them all.

Street stalls with amazing choices of exotic food, choose from Malay, Indian, Paella, Indonesian, Greek, Indonesian and many more .. fresh seafood, music, and the buzz of the crowd, the markets are often a meeting place and popular with locals and visitors.

The exotic food choices in Darwin

Thailicious, Little Miss Korea, Hanumans, Michelli’s Pizza, Yots Greek Taverna, The Darwin Hotel, the Boat Shed, PeeWee’s on the Point.  So many choices, so many flavours!   Darwin is proudly a city of many cultures which ensures the quality of restaurants in Darwin is fantastic!


Litchfield National Park

A short drive from the city centre and full of surprises, waterfalls and swimming holes (some are crocodile free), acres of giant termite mounds which is an amazing sight to see. Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole are popular swimming spots that draw a crowd on hot summer days.

Litchfield is full of surprises – take a tour to see the Termite Mounds and see the Lost City.

Litchfield National Park

Festivals & Events

Our festivals and crazy fun events which run from May to September the weather is perfect for festivals, sporting events, live events and cultural experiences.  It’s when the fun begins!

The Beer Can Regatta with crazy floating crafts built from empty beer cans is a must see event!  The event is run by the Lions Service Club and raises money for Darwin Charities.

Darwin's Beercan Regatta

The Territory is famous for it’s Fishing.  Fishing here is great!  Various fishing competitions run throughout the ‘dry season’ and all with significant prizes for anglers and fun seekers.

  • Million Dollar Barra  
  • Top End Barra Competition
  • Reel Womens Barra Classic
  • Dundee Easter Family Fishing Competition
  • Darwin Trailer Boat Club Blue Water Classic

Thanks to Neville Brooks for his photo with a Barramundi below.

Neville Brooks with a BarraSailing: Sailing season kicks off in August with the Darwin to Ambon yacht race – a race from Darwin to Indonesia for local and visiting yachties alike.

Car Racing:  Car racing fans love the V8 Supercars, Top End Mud Racing and many more events. For horse racing enthusiasts the Cup Carnival is the place to be ‘seen’.

Cyclists:  Cyclists travel to the Top End to participate in the annual Top End Grande Fondo endurance ride and every year the football season packs out the stadiums with dedicated footy fans.


The Deckchair Cinema

The magic of being outdoors in a venue with funky nhance the feeling the uniqueness of this experience.  Under open skies, the Deckchair Cinema runs a mix of art house and mainstream movies.  Local restaurants Hanuman and Japanese Oka Teppanyaki operate pop-up food stalls on alternate nights of the week.  Maintaining a local focus, the Deckchair Cinema stocks locally made popcorn, ice-cream, chocolate and chocolate fudge crocodiles.  Beer & Wine is available from the licensed bar.

Deckchair Cinema


As a multi-cultural city we are proud to showcase our melting pot of cultures.  Popular events such as the Darwin Festival, the Seabreeze Festival, the Glenti (the Greek festival), the Italian Festival, the Cyprus Food and Wine Festival, the Indian Festival and the Barunga Festival just to name a few.

There’s always a something happening in and around Darwin so make Darwin your next travel destination, join in and enjoy this unique experience.  You’ll never forget it!

Darwin really does have a relaxed lifestyle and it’s no wonder we love living here!
If there’s something you think I’ve missed in this lead up, please drop me a note below so that I can include it.

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