Darwin markets are pretty unique. If you travel interstate or overseas the markets elsewhere are just not the same. During the dry season the outdoors lifestyle is in full swing. Many families visit various markets with their interstate guests, or just as a family outing. Nothing beats taking a picnic rug, chairs or just sitting on the sand at Mindil beach. Soaking up the atmosphere. There are still a few markets that occur all through the year including the wet season. Please see our Market page for a full list of when and where each market is held. Here are two of our favourite Dry season markets!
Darwin Markets – Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
Mindil Markets are unique in that they are set overlooking the picturesque Mindil Beach. The market employs over 1,000 locals with 300 stalls. Mindil markets are an important part of the local economy. These markets were originally set up in the Darwin Mall in the 1980’s before moving to the current location of Mindil Beach.
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets pride themselves on preserving the natural environment. They have put a ban on plastic bags from the markets! They take this very seriously and sustainability measures are in place in all areas of the market.
Here is a snapshot of some of our favourite stallholders:
Ajanta Cave specialises in bohemian and Indian homewares and textiles. Some of their wonderful goodies include: leather bound journals, mandala throws, sarongs, woven mats and chopping boards. Perfect gift ideas for anyone.
Shayote specialises in jewellery, art, home wares and mystical needs. They have a strong focus of ethical and sustainable practices, fitting in with the vibe of the Mindil Markets perfectly. Shayote infuses every piece of jewellery with love and intention. It creates a spiritual meaning through material form. You can find their studio on 15 acres of rare Sandsheet Country in Humpty Doo. Which has also been pledged to Greening Australia for their Land for Wildlife programme.
Territory Tails is owned by a local artist and author named Sandra Kendell. She works with oils, watercolour, mixed media and words. Sandra creates the most wonderful children’s picture books and postcards. Sandra has published five picture books which have received excellent reviews. Her books and artworks make wonderful gifts for the little ones in your life!
Darwin Markets – Malak Marketplace
Malak Marketplace is an up and coming organic farmers market the first of its kind in Darwin. You will find Malak Marketplace in Malak. In Chambers Crescent car park.
Besides great organic fresh produce you will also find artisan and handmade stalls. There really is something for the whole family.
Some of the standout stall holders are:
Minni Munchkins is run by two Mums with five crazy munchkins between them. With their minimal spare time these two Mums got creative! They have a passion for making quality, stylish and affordable goods. Some of their range include dribble bibs, burp cloths, silicone jewellery and top knot headbands – just to name a few.
Vanessence Care is a hobby herbalist. She offers bush inspired herbal medicinal and health products.
Mindil photo credit – Danielle Andreoli
Malak photo credit – Amy Milford