Having lived in Darwin for 10 years I've compiled a list of typical Darwin experiences that we recommend.
The Mindal Beach markets is a Darwin institution. They operate on Thursdays and Sundays from April to October. Thursdays are very popular (up to 10,000 people) whereas Sundays are a little quieter, a few fewer stalls / entertainment but a lot less crowded and the sunsets are equally magnificent. The food stalls reflect Darwins multicultural population, so bringing a blanket and sometimes a bottle and enjoy the delight of a Darwin sunset.
The Parap Markets are a personal favorite, held Saturdays from 7 til 2 all year round. See where the locals buy their fruit and veg, nice place for brunch, lots of art and crafts stalls too. Similarly the Nightcliff markets operate on Sundays 7 til 2 all year round.
For weird and wonderful fruit and veg sold by an eclectic mix of local market gardeners, visit the Rapid Creek Markets. A steamy Sunday institution (7 til 2).
NT Museum and Art Gallery
An excellent local museum. It features include a Cyclone Tracey exhibit, extensive Nature and Science collection and the notorious croc 'Sweetheart'. For many months a year it houses the Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards. The cafe Cornucopia is also a great place for brunch and offers lovely views over the Arafura Sea.
Darwin Harbor Cruises
We always recommend a darwin harbor cruise (for sunset or dinner) while you are in Darwin, a great way to start or end your visit to the Top End. There is a variety of boats offering sunset or dinner cruises.
Darwin Deckchair Cinema
This outdoor cinema is a short walk from the Darwin city center, the Deckchair Cinema is one of Darwins delights. It operates from April to November featuring Australian and world movies. Decent snacks are available, a licensed bar as well as a curry or similar on the week ends.
The western coastline of Darwin is prime for a afternoon sunset walk. From Mindal Beach to East Point a walking track offers a lovely meander along Darwins coastline. The Trailer Boat Club and Darwin Sailing Club provide the ideal location for a sundowner and a meal.
For a remote beach and sunset walk Casuarina Beach is a delight. Unspoilt and enjoyed only by fellow strollers (or runners) and their furry friends.
Stokes Hill Wharf
For a casual dining experience try the Wharf. Barramundi and chips are a staple, but Thai, snitzels, burgers etc are also available. Casual, outdoors, uncomplicated and reasonably priced. Large fish and dolphins often frequent the harbor below looking for a stray chip. Nice place for kids (but the lack of fencing is a worry for toddlers).
If you are inclined, a days barramundi fishing is a very Territorian experience. Loads of crocodiles, birdlife and wildlife as well as the barramundi. Generally a maximum of four in a boat. Offshore bluewater fishing is also excellent. Darwin Fishing in the harbor is also available.