With vibrant hues, clean air and the sun dipping over the ocean, Darwin offers some of Australia’s most beautiful sunsets. As the days get warmer and the sun sinks a little slower, you have just that bit longer to enjoy them. Here are the top three spots to drink it all in.
Darwinians know their sunsets are great and have created a number of events to coincide with them, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets being one example. Held every Thursday and Sunday from the end of April to the end of October, the markets provide a perfect vantage point for watching the sun disappear over the ocean with a delicious meal in hand. The array of food here is astounding and you can find yourself tucking into anything from a laksa to souvlaki or freshly shucked oysters. The markets are BYO and locals in the know pack an esky along with a picnic blanket or fold-up chairs. Once the sun has set you can take a stroll around the hundreds of stalls, maybe picking up some dessert, handmade jewellery or even lying down for a massage.
If packing an esky seems like too much effort, the Darwin Ski Club might be the place for you. Yes, it’s a waterskiing club, but it’s so beautifully situated on Fannie Bay that this quickly becomes a secondary fact. The outdoor Bali Bar is the place to be, with seating on the grass just in front of the water putting patrons in prime position for breathtaking sunset views. The bar’s fully licensed and you can order food from the attached bistro, which offers an eclectic but reasonably priced menu.
While Darwin might be a little slower to jump on trends than its southern city counterparts, food trucks are alive and well in this neck of the woods. You can find a great little selection along the foreshore in Nightcliff, including Jetty and the Fish and Cucina Sotto le Stelle. The latter has quite a fancy menu as far as food trucks go, but the relaxed outdoor setting will leave you feeling right at home. The meals here are to die for and you might find yourself with a handmade pea and mint pappardelle with lamb ragu or a squid ink, garlic and blue swimmer crab risotto. If you don’t get too distracted by the food, you’ll also find that you are, once again, in prime position to watch the day come to an end.