Darwin and surrounds boasts a thriving market scene throughout the year, a hugely popular attraction for locals and visitors alike.
Operating year round across the weekend at Coolalinga, Nightcliff, Parap Shopping Village and Rapid Creek, you won’t be disappointed as you discover the sights, tastes, sounds and above all, the hustle, bustle and friendly atmosphere that make the Top End’s market scene such a unique attraction.
During the dry season the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are held on Thursday and Sunday evenings from May to October, and the Palmerston and Rural markets every Friday evening from April to October.
Off Gilruth Avenue, Darwin
May to October - Thursdays from 5pm to 10pm and Sundays from 4pm to 9pm.
Market patrons can enjoy the tastes of five continents, over 50 different food stalls, more than 1200 different menu items, browse through handmade craft including crocodile products, idigenous art and handcrafted jewellery. Settle down on the grass area with the locals and soak up the ambiant music and the tropical atmosphere as the sun sets over Mindil Beach.
Palmerston and Rural Markets
Goyder Square, Palmerston
April to October – Fridays from 5pm to 9pm
Every Friday evening the markets provide live entertainment, ranging from multicultural dancers, country and western bands, mainstream bands and a DJ who entertains the kids with their favourite music. Over 200 stalls selling everything from hot and cold food, drinks, desserts, fresh fruit and vegetables, art, handicrafts, novelty items, jewellery, plants and body massages. The relaxed atmosphere of the Palmerston and Rural Markets ensures an enjoyable evening for the whole family.
Berry Springs Markets
Cox Peninsula Road, Berry Springs
Last Sunday of every month from 8am to 12pm year round
Join the locals for breakfast or maybe grab an early lunch. The Berry Springs Market has stalls ranging from fresh locally grown produce , to arts and crafts, plants, second hand goods, and local handmade market products.
Coolalinga Rural Market
Fred’s Pass Reserve, corner of Bees Creek Road and the Stuart Highway
Saturdays from 8am to 1pm year round
Take a leisurely drive 28 kilometres out of Darwin on the Stuart Highway to Fred’s Pass Reserve and check out the varied selection of more than 100 market stalls offering fresh produce and local craft items.
Nightcliff Village Sunday Market
Progress Drive, Nightcliff
Sundays from 8am to 2pm year round
Set in the attractive Nightcliff Shopping Village, the markets are the ideal place for a lazy Sunday coffee or a refreshing tropical fruit salad. A wander around Nightcliff Markets will likely unearth a bargain or a unique gift with stalls displaying a wide variety of crafts, plants and recyclable goods. There is massage, reflexology and card-reading and plenty of shade and space to sit and enjoy entertainment from local artists performing on the central stage.
Parap Shopping Village, Parap
Saturdays from 8am to 2pm year round
A favourite place to shop among locals and visitors alike. Browse through stalls of local produce, arts and crafts, and enjoy entertainment and delicious cuisine from around the world. This Saturday morning market has become an institution and ritual among locals who just couldn’t survive a weekend without their Saturday morning laksa, satay prawns or fresh tropical smoothie.
Rapid Creek Big Flea Market
Trower Road, Rapid Creek
Sundays from 7am to 1pm year round
Darwin’s oldest market is situated only 20 minutes from the city in the Rapid Creek Business Village. Come on down for a massage, followed with a relaxing Sunday brunch, before browsing the stalls for fresh organic produce, Asian fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, exotic plants, flowers and fresh seafood.