Mindil Beach
Mindil Beach
4.5
Thursday
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
About
Situated just 5 minutes from Darwin City, Mindil Beach is a local’s favourite for watching tropical sunsets over the ocean. With a palm filled, grassy reserve, Mindil Beach is popular for markets and events. The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets take place here every Thursday and Sunday evening throughout the dry season (April to October). Follow the surrounding walking paths, which take you from Mindil Beach to Fannie Bay and East Point Reserve.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Top ways to experience Mindil Beach and nearby attractions

See what other travelers are saying
  • Back Packer
    Kuwait City, Kuwait4 contributions
    Must do
    This is the most visited event in darwin annually for a reason. from the variety of amazing food, ranging from thai, malaysian, american, mexican, and of course australian, and then some; Including some unique options like croc, and kangaroo, you can find just about anything you would want to eat here at the markets. There are plenty of booths selling local jerky, clothing, goods and services, for example, you can get a quick massage, or buy some locally made jerky, maybe get your palm read by a psychic, or just walk around and enoy the family friendly atmoshphere. You can find authentic aboriginal art, boomerangs, didgeridoos, croc leather goods, and jewelry. This is a must do for a visiting tourist or backpacker. and then after you bought yourself a crocodile vest, had some laksa and a kangaroo burger, seen a whip demonstration, listened to some digeredoo music, and had some mini pancakes for dessert, you can sit down on the beach and watch an amazing sunset over the ocean with music and firedancers performing all around you. Do yourself a favor and do this if your in the area during the dry season.
    Visited September 2022
    Written September 18, 2022
  • Mazram
    Sydney, Australia84 contributions
    Beautiful Sunset with great food
    We attended on the night of the Mindil beach markets which had food from every corner of the world. After looking at all the options, we decided on Sri Lanka beef curry dishes. As we live on the Australian east coast we do not experience sunsets over the ocean but only sunrises. See the sunset over the ocean was quite extraordinary with the many colours as the sun disappeared over the horizon.
    Visited August 2022
    Written August 21, 2022
  • Shayne
    Brisbane, Australia30 contributions
    Must do. Enjoy the sunset.
    Like so many, we visited the Mindil Beach Markets then headed onto the beach to watch the sunset. It was incredible and made me realise how seldom we slow like to take pleasure in the simple things - like a glorious sunset over the water. The kids loved finding heaps of hermit crabs and when the sun did finally set there was a gentle round of applause from the crowd. Magic.
    Visited September 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written September 22, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
3,933 reviews
Excellent
2,121
Very good
1,314
Average
412
Poor
67
Terrible
19

Kerrie O
New South Wales, Australia128 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Food from every country available here. Prices reasonable to bit expensive e.g.. 4 BBQ prawns for $7.00 and not big ones either. Also some flea market style stalls with range items from cheap to locally made jewellery, whips, didgeridoos etc. Nice to wander through and see what taste tempted us. Seating at premium too. Worth a look whilst you are in Darwin
Written 8 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MadamJosephine
Melbourne, Australia1,269 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Whilst there is a huge array of food trucks, no alcohol is served, so you have to bring your own if you want to enjoy a beer or wine as you eat your food on the beach watching the sunset.
Written 6 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

kwchong2023
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
The Thursday Mindil Beach Sunset Market is a must-visit destination. My wife and I were there early and browsed through all the food-stalls. There were so many varieties. With so much options, it was hard to make a decision. We had an early dinner and then headed to the beach to watch the sunset. The sunset was spectacular. The beach was full of people, enjoying the view of the orange sky as the sun went down. When the sun went below the horizon, everyone applauded. Obviously, everyone had a good time. Highly recommended.
Written 2 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

939keith
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were advised to go but felt uncomfortable with lack of security as local were loud aggressive and in a few cases drunk spoiling for us what should have been an enjoyable night at the market followed by relaxing watching the sun go down over the ocean
Written 21 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Capitaine B
Western Australia, Australia5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo

Mindil beach is the only beach in the world where there are hundreds of people
(on markets day) on the beach to watch sunset but absolutely NOBODY going in the water, despite the water temperature being 27c ! Despite being in the middle of the dry season where the risks of crocodiles and jelly fish is low.
I went in and out the water for several dips. I could feel hundreds of people people taking me photos of me "before" and "after"... meaning when I went in and then coming out. People somehow expecting body parts would be missing when coming out ! Haha
Absolutely ultimate exhibitionistic experience !
Written 15 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

OnAir595607
Mackay, Australia2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
A great multicultural experience of food. It can be overwhelming the best way is to share different foods with someone that way you cane taste more types of food.
Written 7 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Geoff F
Brisbane, Australia19 contributions
Jul 2023
Take the time to visit Mindil Beach to enjoy a spwectacular sunset. If you go on Thursdays and Sundays there is an extensive food market to wander through and get someting tasty to enjoy during the sunset.
Written 4 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tina T
9 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
The Mindil Sunset is hit and miss. We went 2 times to get a good one. We also went to check the markets out but didn’t meet our expectations with variety of food or items to purchase
Written 4 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alyson C
Sydney, Australia46 contributions
Aug 2023
We enjoyed the markets on a Sunday evening. Lots of food stands and some other unique shopping stands.
The sunset was well worth the trip. There were many people on the beach enjoying the view.
Written 4 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michael-4551
Caloundra, Australia5,458 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Visited on Sunday 30th April. It is a great spot to see the sun set over the water, not something you usually get to experience when living on the east coast of Australia.
Written 16 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 3,776
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

MINDIL BEACH: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Mindil Beach

Mindil Beach is open:
  • Sun - Sun 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking Mindil Beach tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 1 Mindil Beach tours on Tripadvisor