Darwin's rich multicultural history makes this steamy city truly unique – where else in Australia would you find a festival dedicated to the perfect bowl of laksa? Follow this guide to the best things to do according to chef and frequent visitor Hayden Quinn.
Best fishing adventure
“Go fishing at Darwin Barramundi Adventures, where you’re guaranteed to catch a barra. All you need to do is turn up and be ready to reel in the catch of your life. Rods and lures are provided. Someone is on hand at all times to help you with casting and to bring in your catch. There is shade, tables and chairs and cold drinks to enjoy while you fish. You can also take your catch home with you to cook for dinner ($MP per kg).”
“Visit Parap Village Markets for fresh produce and the famous Mary’s Laksa every Saturday morning. You won’t miss Mary’s – it’s the stall with the biggest line and is open early so be ready for laksa for breakfast! It’s a must when in Darwin.”
Best dinner spot
“Laksa House (Warung Ibu Amye) is a great, casual dinner spot. The atmosphere make you feel like you’re in Bali and the laksa is amazing. It’s BYO so grab some beers, pull up a plastic chair and enjoy the al fresco dining.”
“If you want the best laksas in the world, you have to make the pilgrimage to Darwin each year at the end of November for the Darwin International Laksa Festival. It’s a celebration of the multicultural city that sits on the doorstep of South-East Asia. For the month leading up to the festival you can vote for your favourite laksa to take out the coveted Golden Bowl.”
“Explore Litchfield National Park during the dry season. I could drive around here for a week but the best thing is you don't need a week as all the top spots are relatively close together and connected by sealed roads. The swimming holes are safe and family-friendly with ample parking and easy access. My favourite spot is “The Cascades”, a little quieter than some of the other spots and more spread out across a number of different pools.”
Watch Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn on Qantas Inflight Entertainment from 1 April 2020.