Australia is filled with picturesque beaches. But unlike most, Mindil Beach is best experienced at night. Located in Darwin, Australia, this beach is more than just sun, sand and sea. Mindil Beach is home to the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Market.
About the market
Mindil Beach Sunset Market began in 1987, when six Australian entrepreneurs sought to replicate the success and beauty of Asian night markets. What began as a few stalls in the Darwin Mall soon grew and moved to the Mindil Beach Reserve, where it is still found to this day.
Today, the Mindil Beach Sunset Market is home to over 300 small businesses and employs over 1000 locals. The market has a strong conservation focus, banning plastic bags and putting recycling and sustainability measures to use.
The market is home to a diverse array of stalls. Food is the main focus, and the market is home to cuisines from across the world. From Sri Lankan to Greek to Malaysian to Portuguese, there’s a food stall for everyone.
But food isn’t the only thing to be found at Mindil Beach Sunset Market. The market is also home to art, jewellery, clothes, homewares and Aboriginal artifacts. With live music and other performers to set the scene, the Sunset Market is not to be missed on your trip to Darwin.
Tips for your visit
Mindil Beach doesn’t just operate at night. During the day, it’s a beautiful beach on the Beagle Gulf and is a perfect place to relax and read a book.
Just a short walk from the beach are the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. These gardens cover over 100 acres and hold a vast array of north Australian and other tropical plant species. It’s a great place to explore the rainforest and wait for the sunset.
At Mindil Beach, you can watch the breathtakingly beautiful sun set over the ocean before you head over to the market. The market opens as the sun is setting, but make sure you’re in place to catch the sight from the beach before heading to the market.
The market only operates in the dry season, so plan your visit between May and October. It takes place two days a week. Thursday is the full market, while Sunday is more laid-back and family-oriented, perfect if you’re travelling with kids.