Caption: Darwin’s Mindil Beach is best known for its sunset markets.

Have dog will travel! That is the motto of almost everyone in the greyhound industry and is the reason why its followers are among the most traveled of any Aussie. Each month Chase will highlight a spot on the map of Australia, usually coinciding with a major greyhound race, and explain why you should stop off and smell the roses. This month we look at  Darwin.

Slow down and take in the tropical views of the Northern Territory’s capital city, Darwin.

The city’s Mindil Beach is best known for its sunset markets and it’s no wonder why. These markets create a magical atmosphere for locals and tourists as they enjoy ocean views while sampling international cuisine and local arts and crafts. Try spicy noodle soup, or the local barramundi or even the local crocodile dish.

Enjoy watching fire twirlers and entertainers as local musicians perform beachside. Follow the surrounding walking paths, which take you from Mindil Beach to Fannie Bay and East Point Reserve. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets take place every Thursday and Sunday evening from April to October.
The Mindil Beach Casino Resort is the best place to stay in Darwin. Set on 30 acres of tropical gardens and surrounded by crystal blue sea, this centrally located resort offers stunning accommodation and dining options, an infinity pool and lagoon with a swim-up bar as well as Darwin’s only Casino.

Home to the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles, Crocosaurus Cove delivers the ultimate urban wildlife experience.
Crocosaurus Cove is also home to the famous Cage of Death, Australia’s only crocodile dive. However, there’s something for the whole family from holding a baby crocodile, snake or lizard, to visiting the aquarium and Turtle Billabong.

Get out in the open air at the Deckchair open air cinema, located on the exquisite Darwin Harbour. Bring a picnic down to the picturesque walkway from the city esplanade and relax and enjoy the fresh air while watching one of the many diverse range of Australian, foreign, classic, and popular family friendly films. The Deckchair Cinema is open seven nights a week from mid April to mid November.

Nature lovers will enjoy a morning at Eva’s Café. Located in the George Brown Botanic Gardens, locals love to sit back and sip their coffee while admiring the local flora and fauna. The café is open for breakfast and lunch, and also offers high tea.

For the best beer and burgers in Darwin head to Six Tanks Brew Pub in the heart of Darwin’s CBD. With 26 taps in total and six tanks on-site, visitors can taste the local and international hand-crafted beers directly from the tanks to the taps. Six Tanks is also home to some of the best chefs in town, so be sure to pair your beer, wine, or cocktail with a wood-fired camembert or a classic chicken ‘parmy’.

In 1942, more than 188 Japanese aircraft attacked Darwin’s harbour and airfield, being the first and largest foreign attack ever mounted on Australia.

Located at East Point, the Darwin Military Museum provides a learning and commemorative war experience about Australia’s rich military history.