Mindil Beach
Mindil Beach
4.5
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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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.
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  • Capitaine B
    Western Australia, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ultimate exhibitionistic experience !
    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 !
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 14, 2023
  • kwchong2023
    Sydney, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yummy Food and Spectacular Sunset on Thursday Mindil Beach Sunset Market
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Kerrie O
    New South Wales, Australia137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mindil beach food and craft markets
    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
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Travelgirl0123
    Queensland, Australia125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Markets at sunset
    Mindil Beach and markets are listed as a must do when visiting Darwin. I visited on Sunday, one of 2 market days and so a lot of people in attendance. The beach is small and wide. The sunset was lovely but I had a better view from my accommodation balcony a few kms away. I noted a lot of people left the beach after sunset but you need to stay about 15 to 20 mins to get the beautiful changing colours of the western sky. As for the markets I've seen better. One long side of food vans of different cultures - pricey, tried little samples and then Asian for dinner. Not a lot of tables/chairs to sit and eat. Other side was similar expensive handicraft. Lovely live background music - country and didgeridoo. Had a great foot and shoulder massage which was worth price. If you need somewhere to look at sunset (and a Darwin sunset is wonderful) or really into markets then it's worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Dyan H
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing place to see the sunset
    Head to the beach just before the sunset to see an amazing transformation of the sun. As it lowers it changes to a bright red giving a spectacular glow. It lingers long enough to take plenty of beautiful photos
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 28, 2023
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Anthony459
Canberra, Australia51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Quite frankly it has gone off. The markets on Thursday are not what they used to be, while plenty of interesting and varied food experiences to enjoy, the craft side was limited, poor in range and what was good was expensive.

Would still recommend going for the experience and the sunset view from the beach, but just don't have high expectations, of course it is free with a cheep or free for Aus seniors bus from the city. The best street craft market in Australia is still in Hobart but that's about 4,000kms away, was there a couple of years ago and will be again later in the year.
Written June 13, 2024
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Deborah D
Cessnock, Australia1,634 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Grab your camera and grab a spot to get the best shots of the amazing sunsets on Mindil Beach. Or just grab some food from one of teh market stalls and sit back to watch while you eat. On market days (Sun and Thurs from 5 -9 pm), the place does get crowded, but there are sunsets every day. There is a large parking lot, if you are driving, or take the bus from Darwin. Make sure you know what time the last bus returns or you will have to take a cab. Also, check out what time sunset occurs, so you do not miss it!
Written July 7, 2021
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Euan R
Ettalong Beach, Australia506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Went to the Markets and for the sunset and were very pleased with both. We caught a No. 4 bus to the market, stops right across the road, wandered markets bought some home made vanilla slice with REAL cream,Yummo!, sat on beach to watch sunset, very busy, great spectacle,a must visit
Written June 19, 2022
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MyOwnOpinion21
Melbourne, Australia413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
We're so glad we arranged to catch up with a friend here while we were traveling around Australia.

I'd actually never heard of this market, but was I surprised.
So much to see, do and eat!

We really enjoyed watching the sunset here and the stall holder's were so welcoming and happy.

If you haven't been here yet, put it on your list of things to do, you won't regret it.
Written February 18, 2020
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Katie B
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Our family (kids aged 9 and 13) thoroughly enjoyed the market. We arrived a little before 4pm, I had a Thai massage, then we wandered the stalls and all chose something different from the delish food trucks and sat listening to the live music. We then wandered up to the infinity pool at the casino resort and enjoyed a couple drinks on the deck while the kiddos swam in the pool and we watched the sun set.

Absolutely cracking way to spend the evening, must do! We’d definitely do the same thing again, it was wonderful.
Written May 22, 2021
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Travelgirl0123
Queensland, Australia125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Mindil Beach and markets are listed as a must do when visiting Darwin. I visited on Sunday, one of 2 market days and so a lot of people in attendance. The beach is small and wide. The sunset was lovely but I had a better view from my accommodation balcony a few kms away. I noted a lot of people left the beach after sunset but you need to stay about 15 to 20 mins to get the beautiful changing colours of the western sky. As for the markets I've seen better. One long side of food vans of different cultures - pricey, tried little samples and then Asian for dinner. Not a lot of tables/chairs to sit and eat. Other side was similar expensive handicraft. Lovely live background music - country and didgeridoo. Had a great foot and shoulder massage which was worth price. If you need somewhere to look at sunset (and a Darwin sunset is wonderful) or really into markets then it's worth a visit.
Written September 28, 2023
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Dan W
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Overly rated.. food options good but other stalls tourist orientated.
Best thing was the sun setting but that can be seen from many areas other than Mindil.
Local Aboriginal ladies singing at sunset was lovely x
Written September 24, 2023
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Mark A
Ottawa, Canada89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Despite all the rave reviews this is really not that exciting. Many food stalls, a few vendors of assorted tat. Lots of "musicians", read aboriginals banging sticks to beg for money. I found that part a little depressing actually. I would hope a country as rich as Australia could do better for these people. Those food items we did try were quite good. We actually flew into Darwin early so my wife could experience Mindil Beach and she liked it. Sunset is spectacular as you would expect in the tropics. I think this is a special place in Darwin because there is just not that much to do in Darwin.
Written November 7, 2022
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playsonicnow
Singapore20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We visited on the Saturday market night, busy, busy, busy!
Mainly food stall, so there is lots of delicious food to choose from, remember not to eat before visiting. There are also other stalls including some interesting crafts to be found as well.
For looking at sunsets it may be better to visit on non market nights as the crowds make viewing a little difficult.
Written May 10, 2022
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David B
Bruce, Australia994 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We walked onto the beach with our dogs at about 4.30pm. The sand was clean. The beach was almost empty. There were lifesavers but they were not busy. The surf was up. Not quite Sydney standards though. Maybe 15cm waves. The water was very warm.

The view extends to the horizon so it is a lovely spot to watch the sun set into the sea.
Written August 15, 2020
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