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Darwin at Dusk – where to watch the sun go down in the Top End

February 24, 2017 Hotel Deals No Comments Email Email

As one of the few cities in Australia where visitors can watch the sun slip into the sea, Darwin is a magnetic destination that springs to life at sundown. With an insider’s perspective, local hotelier Oaks Hotels & Resorts has rounded up a handful of hot spots for travellers wanting to experience the magic of Darwin at dusk – from harbour cruises to seaside picnics and waterfront restaurants all offering a stellar vantage point.

Kick back and cruise
Darwin Harbour is without a doubt the heart and soul of the city, with its mass of water equating to five times the size of Sydney Harbour. Home to an abundance of marine life, crocodiles, and native seabirds, the Harbour is a mecca for both locals and tourists seeking a cool respite when the sun goes down. For a memorable sunset experience on the water, take to the seas aboard a beautifully restored Pearling Lugger dubbed ‘Streeter’ and watch the sun melt into the horizon from the timber viewing deck. The Spirit of Darwin dinner cruise meanwhile offers guests the chance to get up close and personal with the local batfish population as they emerge for a feeding frenzy after dark. Or, for a more casual take on the dinner cruise, Sea Darwin promises a laid-back Sunset Fish’n’Chips experience, featuring freshly caught seafood and an unbeatable view of the sunset over Fannie Bay.

Meander the markets
As the sun begins to dip, head to Mindil Beach Sunset Market on a Thursday or Sunday evening for the ultimate open-air market experience in the Top End! The buzzing marketplace features a dizzying array of local and international cuisines served street style, with over 1,200 menu options to choose from, from Thai to Brazilian, Greek and even Sri Lankan. With dinner and an esky in hand, trek across the sand dunes, throw down a picnic blanket, and relish having the best seat in the house as you catch the sunset that gave the markets their eponymous name.

Wine and dine
As a city stepped in multiculturalism, Darwin offers an impressive variety of dining venues for visitors to choose from come dinnertime, from Asian eats to European inspired spreads and freshly caught local seafood. Darwin’s Stokes Hill Wharf and Waterfront Precinct, in particular, offer a number of alfresco dining options and casual eateries that, most importantly, boast a prime position for watching the sunset.

Pee Wee’s at the Point is arguably one of Darwin’s best fine dining experiences, with the award-winning restaurant serving up mouthwatering, modern dishes and uninterrupted waterfront views from its enviable location at East Point Nature Reserve.

Darwin’s The Oyster Bar is equally a stellar choice for a sundowner, featuring a signature oyster menu boasting everything from chilled to grilled varieties, a standout Australian wine list, and an Insta-worthy, harbour-side location that will have you #foodstagramming all night long.

From the top
Rising over 27 levels and overlooking the CBD, Darwin Harbour and Frances Bay, Oaks Elan Darwin’s contemporary apartments and spacious, private balconies also present as the perfect vantage point to watch the sun go down. Rates start at just $89* per night (minimum two night stay) and includes accommodation in a contemporary Harbour View Room.  And if you’re up for a tasty bite and tipple in the heart of town once the sun sets, The O.A.K. – located onsite at Oaks Elan Darwin – presents as the perfect option.

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