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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 Freds Pass, 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.

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

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, indigenous 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 March to December

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.

Fred Pass Rural Markets

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 market stalls offering fresh produce, food stalls 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 Village Saturday Markets

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

Saturdays and 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.

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