Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
Food is the main attraction here − from Thai, Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and Malaysian to Brazilian, Greek, Portuguese and more − all...
Darwin Sailing Club
A good place to meet local yachties, and an excellent place to watch the sunset over a beer. Although you can't charter boats here,...
George Brown Botanic Gardens
Named after the gardens' curator from 1971 to 1990, these 42-hectare gardens showcase plants from the Top End and around the world −...
Darwin Ski Club
Leave Mitchell St behind and head for a sublime sunset at this laid-back water-ski club on Vestey's Beach. The view through the palm...
Appended to the museum and gallery, this cafe makes for a good stop while you're in the 'hood. The outdoor eating area is breezy and...
Conacher St · interesting places nearby
Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory information
This superb museum and gallery boasts beautifully presented galleries of Top End–centric exhibits. The Aboriginal art collection is a highlight, with carvings from the Tiwi Islands, bark paintings from Arnhem Land and dot paintings from the desert. An entire room is devoted to Cyclone Tracy , in a display that graphically illustrates life before and after the disaster. You can stand in a darkened room and listen to the whirring sound of Tracy at full throttle − a sound you won't forget in a hurry.
The cavernous Maritime Gallery houses an assortment of weird and wonderful crafts from the nearby islands and Indonesia, as well as a pearling lugger and a Vietnamese refugee boat.
Pride of place among the stuffed animals undoubtedly goes to Sweetheart: a 5m-long, 780kg saltwater crocodile. It became a Top End personality after attacking several fishing dinghies on the Finniss River, south of Darwin.
The museum has a good bookshop, and the Cornucopia Cafe is a great lunch spot with views over the sea.