Dar­win.

Qantas - - TRAVEL INSIDER. - SAM MCCUE

01.Spice up break­fast

Start your week­end like a lo­cal with a bowl of curry laksa from Parap Vil­lage mar­kets (para­pvil­lage­mar­kets.com.au). For ex­tra cred, ar­gue the mer­its of Yati’s laksa over Mary’s and vice versa. This arty en­clave of gal­leries, spe­cialty shops and a fine deli (parapfine­foods.com.au) comes alive Satur­days from 8am to 2pm. Pre­fer your spice with a side of glo­ri­ous sun­set? Head for Mindil Beach Sun­set Mar­ket (mindil.com.au) on Thurs­days and Sun­days from April to Oc­to­ber.

02.Gorge on har­bour views

Oh, stop it, Dar­win Har­bour, you’re show­ing off. Pee Wee’s at the Point (pee­wees.com.au) is front-row for the great­est show in town: the city lights twin­kling across the bay as the sky morphs to lilac, pink and fi­nally black. Book a ta­ble in the re­cently ex­panded in­te­rior or by the water next to the poin­ciana trees, weather per­mit­ting, . The sig­na­ture NT assi­ette in­cludes smoked croc­o­dile bran­dade and pearl meat sashimi. Fol­low that with wild-caught salt­wa­ter bar­ra­mundi and you’ll truly taste the Ter­ri­tory.

03.Catch a movie un­der the stars

Dar­win’s Deckchair (deckchair cin­ema.com) is its art­house movie house – mi­nus a roof, floor and walls – from April to Novem­ber. In­stead, there’s a canopy of stars, waves lapping the shore­line and some­times a cheeky possum or two. Ar­rive early to watch the sun­set and have a meal on the sea­side deck. A sec­ond movie is screened on Fri­day and Satur­day nights.

04. Roam the painted streets

The formerly drab CBD will be ablaze with gi­ant art­works thanks to the an­nual Dar­win Street Art Fes­ti­val. Dur­ing the 10-day event, laneways morph into in­ter­ac­tive open-air art stu­dios, with lo­cal, in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional artists work­ing on vi­brant mu­rals. Eight art­works were cre­ated in 2017 (the fes­ti­val’s launch year), 16 last year and 2019 prom­ises to be the fes­ti­val’s big­gest yet. This year’s event will be held in early Sep­tem­ber (dar­win­stree­tart fes­ti­val.com.au).

05.Back a trop­i­cal win­ner

Win­ter in south­ern Aus­tralia is party time in Dar­win – in par­tic­u­lar the Dar­win Cup Car­ni­val (dar­win­tur­f­club.org.au). The dry sea­son brings per­fect weather for horse rac­ing, don­ning your glad rags, hav­ing a flut­ter and cut­ting a rug. The first race kicks off in early July but the main events are the out­door Dar­win Turf Club Gala Ball on 3 Au­gust and the Dar­win Cup on 5 Au­gust.

The Multi Di­men­sional Man by Pe­ter “CTO” Seaton at the Dar­win Street Art Fes­ti­val in 2018

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