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A Perfect Day in Darwin

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Let the birds and tropical breeze wake you for a languorous day in the Northern Territory capital. Good coffee is never far off so hit your nearest java joint for a brew and brekky and ease into the markets, museums, and walks that follow. From the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory to the monsoon vines, mangroves, boabs, and cycads of the Botanic Gardens, a perfect day in Darwin packs it in, but at a relaxed, warm-weather pace.
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2/13 Travers St, Coconut Grove NT 0810, Australia
One of the best sunsets you can experience with the most beautiful views is in Darwin, Northern Territory. I went on a Sunday night so I also got to taste of the different flavors from around the world at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (Thursday...
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Gardens Rd, Darwin NT, Australia

As you wander through the 42 hectares (104 acres) of gardens, you'll see a magnificent range of native northern Australian and international flora. The plants are displayed in various environments, such as monsoon forest, coastal dunes, mangroves...

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19 Conacher St, Darwin City NT 0820, Australia

Set in a tropical garden in the suburb of Fannie Bay, this superb museum and gallery is the best place to learn all about the art, history and culture of the Top End (the nickname for this northernmost section of the Northern Territory). The...

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32 Smith St, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia

At Read Back you get two for one: a secondhand book shop and an Aboriginal art gallery. The ground floor is packed with shelves holding pre-loved books, CDs and videos, while the gallery upstairs displays works by Aboriginal artists...

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800/6 Dashwood Pl, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia
Just off the most touristy stretch of Mitchell Street, Nirvana has managed to maintain a local's vibe, despite some trashy neighbors. Homey dishes reflect Thai, Malaysian and Indian influences, and cocktails like the Zen Monk and Scurvy Killer are...
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Gardens Rd, The Gardens NT 0820, Australia
Housed in the heritage-listed Wesleyan Church building—an architectural feat that has withstood World War II, cyclones, neglect and abuse—Eva's Cafe is an inviting hideaway that features tropical decor that mirrors its Botanic Gardens locale. The...
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3/3 Vickers St, Parap NT 0804, Australia
This Saturday institution in Darwin's thriving Parap district is a feast for the senses. Whether you're after a morning fill of Vietnamese coffee, tropical fruit and laksa or a local memento—from sarongs to handmade wooden jewelry—this market is...
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4/1 Vickers St, Parap NT 0820, Australia
A favorite brew stop in the trendy Parap neighborhood, Laneway Specialty Coffee burst on to the scene in 2014 with a mission to enhance the flat coffee culture in Darwin. It seems the owners have been successful; the airy cafe draws a crowd every...