Northern Territory — Shopping and Leisure
There isn’t too much in the way of high-end shopping in the Northern Territory. However, visitors can still enjoy a few shopping opportunities when holidaying in various cities and towns throughout the territory. Darwin is certainly at the heart of the Northern Territory’s shopping culture. There are several places to visit that will provide hours of shopping entertainment.
Darwin’s market scene is phenomenal. Most of the markets in the city operate during the dry season only, as this is when most of the tourists visit the Northern Territory capital. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets not only provides a huge range of items, but it also is a great spot for sunset gazing. In addition to Mindil Beach, there are several other market places worth visiting. These include Nightcliff Markets, Rapid Creek Sunday Market, and Big Flea Market Rapid Creek.
Darwin’s modern shopping scene is dominated by Smith Street Mall. Visitors cannot only find local and international retail brands, but also Aboriginal art galleries and local produce stores. The largest shopping complex in the city is definitely Casuarina Square, which boasts more than 180 retail and non-retail stores.
Aboriginal art is a unique and popular part of the shopping scene in the Northern Territory. There are many stores found in the towns and cities of the territory, offering traditional and modern Indigenous art. Darwin’s Nomad Art, Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery and Kunwinjku Aborginal Art are just some of the establishments selling indigenous artwork. Aboriginal Art World in Alice Springs is another nation-wide indigenous art store worth visiting. It contains Aboriginal masterpieces from as far away as Cape York and the Kimberley.