When I started to think about what to write about Darwin and my favorite bits, I realised it revolved around food! So this blog is about eating your way around Darwin. In my old job as a rep for CSL Behring I covered NT as part of my territory and had some great nights out, with colleagues and customers.
We stayed at the Hidden Valley Holiday Park which was only 10minutes drive out of town and an easy drive in.
Let’s go all out …….
Pee Wee’s at the point is a must do destination restaurant, I just didn’t take Rich, but one day I will. We did walk past it as the East Point has some lovely walks with views across the bay and WWII ruins. While at an anesthetist conference my work colleague and friend Jason and I headed out there and had a superb meal and drink with beautiful views across the bay and city.
Where the locals hangout ……
The sailing club is the place to be! You don’t have to be a local, non members are welcome! This was the my favourite hangout with customers, when I was up in the Territory, as they would take me out here. The food is great and the tables right on the beach with great sunsets.
This in my opinion is much better than the centre of Darwin which is a slightly tired looking high street (Everyone was in the huge out of town shopping Mall)
There is a small water park here with safe swimming in the harbour and a huge inflatable park. Stokes pier is worth a walk along and you can feed the fish at the end. There are some lovely chilled relaxed restaurants along the front catering for everyone, over the years I think I have been to most of them, except the Irish bar and they are all great. My favourite is the Oyster Bar and Rich and I had an excellent lunch at wharf one with a small plate sharing meal of slow cooked meats (something I love to order when traveling as we cannot cook it)
The Lonely planet came up trumps here recommending this cafe over looking the water, which is part of a museum with free exhibits. We had the lunch special, but the homemade cake cabinet did nearly tempt us! We had a quick look around the museum which has an aboriginal art exhibit and the permanant Cyclone Tracy exhibit. There is a dark room you can go in which simulates the noise of the cyclone. Nobody expected Tracy to hit so hard as it did on Christmas Eve 1977!
Don’t miss the Mindil Beach Markets…..
Darwin is all about the night markets at Mindil beach. They are on every Thursday and Sunday and most of Darwin flock here. We grabbed some great street food and sat on the beach to watch the sunset. Its a stunning large sandy beach that’s also perfect for relaxing on.