Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
As the sun heads towards the horizon on Thursday and Sunday, half of Darwin descends on Mindil Beach, with tables, chairs, rugs, grog...
Darwin Sailing Club
A good place to meet local yachties, as well as an excellent place to watch the sunset over a beer. Although you can't charter boats...
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 (and refreshingly run-down) water-ski club on Vestey's Beach....
Cornucopia Museum Café
Appended to the museum and gallery, this café makes for a good stop while you're in the 'hood. Maybe share a trio of dips, commenting on...
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.