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Located at the Waterfront Precinct, Darwin's unique, open-air cinema shows a variety of films to cater to all tastes. Relax in canvas deckchairs under the starry skies with a drink from the bar. You can bring your own snacks or enjoy a meal from one of the food vendors. Open 7 nights a week during the dry season (April-November).
MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKETS
The world-famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are renowned for their huge range and quality of art and craftwork. Visitors to the market get a taste of tropical life as stallholders converge on Mindil Beach to sell handmade wares, crocodile and kangaroo products, indigenous and bush art, clothing, sculpture, pottery, puppets, soaps and didgeridoos. Multi-cultural food stalls tempt market-goers with dishes that can be enjoyed in the relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere as you watch the sun set over Mindil Beach. Open Thursdays from 5 pm-10 pm and Sundays from 4 pm-9 pm.
STOKES HILL WHARF AND DARWIN WATERFRONT PRECINCT
This precinct has many historical and modern attractions and offers a variety of eating options, ranging from alfresco eateries to top-class seafood restaurants. The history of the Wharf dates back to the early 1800s with the arrival of European settlers. On February 19, 1942, the Japanese bombed Darwin, with the Wharf bearing the full force of the invasion. Today, you can catch a cruise to explore the harbor, relax and enjoy the seasonal live entertainment, drop a line from the fishing platforms, take a fishing tour or swim in the wave lagoon or recreational lagoon.
AUSTRALIAN AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE
Open daily, this center features an impressive collection of aviation history from the aviation pioneers and record breakers to the Territory's frontier role in WWII. There is a massive B52 Bomber, on permanent loan from the US Air Force, a Sabre jet, a Spitfire replica and a Huey Cobra helicopter. The Bombing of Darwin exhibition is a must-see!
USS PEARY MEMORIAL
Bombed and sunk on February 19, 1942, the USS Peary still lies on the floor of Darwin Harbor. Located on the cliffs of the Darwin Esplanade, a salvaged gun from USS Peary points seaward to the location where the Peary was found by divers searching Darwin Harbor after the war and stands as a tribute to the 91 sailors who went down with her on that fateful day. Also honored here is Lt. Robert Buel, a US Air force pilot who lost his life on February 15, 1942 in a heroic attack on Japanese aircraft on a bombing raid over Darwin city.