The Best Places To Enjoy The Sunset In Darwin, Northern Territory

I never get tired of the breathtaking sunsets that Darwin is renowned for. It doesn’t matter how many times I visit the city, I always enjoy watching the vibrant spectacle of the sun disappearing into the Timor Sea each evening.

There is no shortage of viewpoints to take in Darwin’s sunsets, but here are some of my favourites and the ones I’d recommend to you when you visit the Northern Territory.

Mindil Beach

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets Darwin

To put it very simply, there is a reason that Mindil Beach is famous for its sunset markets.

The beach itself is a stunning location to take in the sunset. Still, it steps up another level on Thursdays and Sundays during the dry season (April to October) when the Mindil Beach Sunset Market adds to the experience with its vibrant atmosphere.

One of my favourite things to do in Darwin (as it is for so many other tourists and locals) is grab a bite to eat from one of the amazing food stalls and sit on the beach to watch the sky turn these amazing orange hues as the sun dips below the horizon.

Alternatively, and way more expensively is enjoying a drink and meal at the Infinity Bar at the Mindil Beach Casino Resort.

Darwin Harbour

Stokes Hill Wharf - Darwin

Be it out on the water on one of the sunset cruises or just relaxing at one of the casual restaurants on Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin Harbour is a great spot to sit back and watch the sky change colours while enjoying a meal and a cool, refreshing beverage.

A lot of people flock to the sunset cruises and get out onto the water. But I find them to be a little expensive and quite busy for what you get.

Personally, I much prefer the much more relaxed (and cheaper) restaurants on Stokes Hill Wharf. There are a couple of good options, serving a variety of food options, but it’s just a more chilled-out option.

Nightcliff Foreshore

The Nightcliff Foreshore, in particular the Nightcliff Jetty is another fantastic location to enjoy Darwin’s sunsets.

If The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets sound a little too busy for you, the Nightcliff Jetty on other nights is a very good alternative, especially if you like the food trucks. On other nights, a few of the food trucks will set up in the carpark near the jetty, serving the same great food with the same great sunset, just without the crowds (well, at least to a lesser extent).

Alternatively, if you’d like to be a little more active while enjoying the sunset, there is an amazing walking and cycling path along the coastline.

East Point Reserve

The Best Places To Enjoy The Sunset In Darwin, Northern Territory

Another good spot to take in Darwin’s famous sunsets is East Point Reserve. Away from the tourist crowds, East Point Reserve is mostly locals enjoying their evening walks along the coastline and cliff tops along some of the many walking trails throughout the reserve.

While it’s not a tourist hotspot, I would argue that the sunset views around Dudley Point Lookout, in particular, are just as good, if not better, than any of the previously mentioned locations around Darwin if you want to get creative with your sunset photos.

If you are planning on having a relaxed picnic or barbeque, the one thing to keep in mind is that the gates to the reserve close (and are locked) at 9:30pm, so you need to make sure you leave before that.

Darwin Ski Club

Darwin, NT, Australia

Without a doubt, the most chilled-out way to enjoy Darwin’s famous sunsets is with a cool, refreshing beverage (or two) and a pub-style meal. And the best way to do that, in my opinion, is at the Darwin Ski Club.

Located right next to the water in Fannie Bay, the Darwin Ski Club is a bit of a hidden gem and is a must-visit for me every time I’m in Darwin.

With a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere and reasonably priced food and drinks, it’s just a really good spot to catch up with friends for dinner, all while letting the sunset do stunning things over the water.

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