Darwin's tropical and mulitcultural lifestyle is reflected in the wide range of culinary delights on offer. The beautful, balmy nights make alfresco dining the perfect choice.
There's plenty to see in and around Darwin itself, and if you have time to take a tour, you can explore places such as the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park.
From 5 star dining to local delights at one of Darwin's markets, there's a wide range of food on offer in Darwin and surrounds.
il lido is an exciting new Italian restaurant in Darwin. A dress circle location on the Darwin Waterfront and sweeping views over the convention centre, wave pool, lagoon, Stokes Hill wharf and to the harbour beyond. With a fresh and bright tropical feel, il lido is a divine dinner destination. Il lido's unique glass kitchen serves as a great point of conversation as indoor diners view firsthand the creation of wonderful Italian dishes by master chefs. The impressive indoor wine cellar provides a unique point of difference and flair to the restaurant surroundings.
Char at Admiralty House is well known as Darwin's premier steak restaurant. This historical building sits in lush tropical gardens on The Esplanade, overlooking Darwin Harbour. The executive chef and management team work closely to deliver a menu that highlights the local flavours of the NT - from prime grade beef to the wide array of locally grown tropical fruit and vegetables and a selection of fresh seafood straight off the boat.
Nestled amongst the trees, Pee Wees provides spectacular, unobstructed views over Darwin Harbour and Fannie Bay and is also one of Darwin's most stylish waterfront dining venues. The menu, location and alfresco seating all make Pee Wee's one of the city's most popular restaurants.
Hanuman is an inspired, exotic and divine dining experience. Capture the true flavours of Darwin's multicultural community and tropical location with dinner or lunch at Hanuman. The award-winning team, headed up by renowned chef Jimmy Shu, presents the finest South East Asian cuisine that showcases classic dishes using fresh produce and authentic ingredients.
SKYCITY Darwin is located in a magnificent beachfront location and offers a range of fine dining options such as EVOO, Dragon Court and il Piatto.
SKYCITY Darwin's premier dining restaurant is Evoo, offering a delicious combination of Australian and Mediterranean cuisine in an intimate setting with magnificent ocean views. Evoo Restaurant is licensed with an extensive Australian and French wine list as well as a cellar list of Australian vintage wines
Dragon Court Restaurant prides itself on a true Asian experience of the highest quality. Impeccable service, elegant decor and an extensive wine list are some of the features that complement the unequalled cuisine.
The restaurants location, on the Mindil Beach side of the casino, provides a stunning view of the ocean and is perfect for enjoying one of il Piatto's signature Italian dishes, a glass of wine and the magnificent Darwin sunsets. il Piatto's innovative design also encompasses a show kitchen allowing patrons to observe the usually secret workings of the chefs.
The Darwin Sailing Club is positioned in one of the most beautiful settings in Darwin. Located on the beautiful Fannie Bay, the Club overlooks Mandorah and offers excellent sunset views. The in-house Bistro provides a fine selection of Asian and Australian dishes. The friendly atmosphere ensures an enjoyable afternoon overlooking the bay or a great evening socialising. With a relaxed atmosphere and a children's playground, the tropical feel of this venue typifies the atmosphere that Darwin is famous for.
You'll feel like you've been invited around by Greek friends when you go to Yots. Sit inside in the cool, or outside next to the boardwalk overlooking the yachts.
Buzz Cafe is fully licensed and located at Cullen Bay, Darwin and is the ultimate in al fresco dining with modern Australian cuisine. Individually hand painted tables are shaped to ensure waterfront views for everyone, and there are many unique features to Buzz Cafe, which are hidden within the restaurant and include a variety of materials used for the decor.
(Thursday and Sunday from April to October) Thrill to the exotic sights, sounds and smells of Darwin's famous Mindil Beach Markets. Watching the fabulous Darwin sunset, you'll feel you can reach out and touch the huge ball of fire sinking into the Arafura Sea, a warm breeze blowing gently through the palm trees. Once the sun has disappeared, it's time to venture into the markets. Wander through the myriad of food stalls – Thai, Chinese, Swiss, Filipino, Laotian, Indian, Aussie, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Greek, Mexican and more – how do you choose! Watch as your choice of fruits are blended into delicious concoctions before your eyes from masses of fresh mangoes, pineapples, bananas, limes and melons.
Be entertained by the whip crackers, didgeridoo players, Aboriginal dancing, local artists and buskers. Shop for typical Top End souvenirs – "Crocodile Dundee" hats, crocodile leather items, barramundi skin products – as well as jewellery, hammocks and many other arts and crafts. Or just relax with a drink and take it all in. A wonderful memory of tropical Darwin.
Just two hours drive from Darwin is Litchfield National Park. 146 square kilometres in size, Litchfield is home to weathered sandstone escarpments, patches of monsoon rainforest, perennial spring-fed streams, permanent crystal-clear water holes, spectacular waterfalls, intriguing 'magnetic' termite mounds and historic ruins. Litchfield's main attractions, including permanent spring fed waterfalls (Florence, Tolmer and Wangi; cascades at Buley Rockhole) and magnetic termite mounds are not to be missed.
Named Nitmiluk by the Aboriginal people, the National Park incorporates 13 gorges, with sandstone walls towering 60 metres high, and covers an awesome 3,000 kilometres of magnificent escarpment country. Katherine Gorge is the jewel in Nitmiluk's crown and one of the Territory's top attractions. Enjoy a cruise between sheer cliffs, admiring ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, breathtaking waterfalls and crystal clear rock pools hidden in the gorge's nooks and crannies.
The World Heritage listed and internationally recognised Kakadu National Park is one of the nation's most prized cultural and ecological treasures. Kakadu is an area of great beauty with cascading waterfalls, tropical rainforests, towering escarpments, and an abundance of rare and unusual wildlife. The name Kakadu is from the Gagudji speaking people who for thousands of years have been living in harmony with the many treasures of Kakadu. Magnificent natural galleries of Aboriginal rock art reveal mouth sprayed hand stencils and depictions of creation beings and hunting scenes. Kakadu is truly one of the world's natural wonders and is not to be missed.
This is an area so special that entry restrictions apply. The pristine wilderness of Arnhem Land, free from 21st Century development, is a protected home for wildlife. Aboriginal culture is easily accessed through the Yolngu people who inhabit Arnhem Land. Along the spectacular sandstone escarpment, the history of the land is recorded in ochre and charcoal on the walls of caves and shelters in probably the world's largest and most ancient gallery. With flood plains, billabongs, sheer red rock escarpments and clusters of rainforest, Arnhem Land is a place where time has stood still in an environment unchanged for millenia
Tourism Top End run the local Visitor Information Centre in Darwin. An abundance of information is available, from maps and dining options to discovery walks and a calendar of events. Tourism Top End can assist you in making bookings for a varity of tours around the Northern Territory.
Tourism Top End are located on the corner of Smith & Bennett Street, Darwin City
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am- 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm
Public Holidays 10am-3pm
T: 1300 138 886 or +61 8 8980 6000
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