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Best Markets in the Northern Territory

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The most ethnically diverse state in the country—Darwinites descend from at least 70 ethnic backgrounds—offers myriad traditions when it comes to food, craft, and culture. Markets are a great way to explore the variety, and the Northern Territory is a leader in open-air bazaars. From the balmy and bohemian Mindil Beach Market in Darwin to the Aboriginal heartland of Alice Springs, here are a half dozen markets to plan your trip around.
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2/13 Travers St, Coconut Grove NT 0810, Australia
Darwin's proximity to Indonesia is evident at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, a gorgeous place to be on a balmy tropical evening in this Northern Territory city. Held every Thursday in the dry season months between May and October, this fabulous...
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Darwin's longest-running market offers a cornucopia of exotic vegetables, spices, flowers, and sub-tropical fruits such as Australian custard apples (pictured). With more than 60 stalls, you'll also find massages, smoothies, seafood, crafts, and...
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36 Todd St, Alice Springs NT 0870, Australia
At least twice per month between March and November, Todd Mall in Alice Springs transforms into a lively Sunday bazaar hawking handcrafted jewelry, local produce, natural soaps, wood carvings, hammocks, and everything in between. In the morning,...
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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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From curries to crepes and sushi to samosas, not to mention strong coffee, fruit smoothies and a variety of local vegetables in between, the Nightcliff Market performs its production every Sunday morning from 6am to 2pm. It has one of the best...
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Goyder Square, The Blvd, Palmerston City NT 0831, Australia
Every Friday evening from late April through October, follow the rainbow lorikeets to the Palmerston and Rural Markets in Goyder Square, roughly 20 minutes east of Darwin. The family-friendly night out is filled with entertainers, arts and crafts,...