Some frequently asked questions...............
Q: When are the markets open?
A: The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets run from the last Thursday in April until the last Thursday in October. The markets are open every Thursday from 5pm - 10pm and every Sunday from 4pm - 9pm.
Q Can I smoke at the Market ?
No, subject to the Tobacco Control Act there is no smoking permitted at the market. There are buffer areas which you are permitted to smoke but no eating.
Q: How do I get to the market?
A: The market is located at Mindil Beach and within a 15 - 20 minute walk from the city. Shuttle buses pick up on a regular basis from major hotels. A taxi from the city will cost approx. $10. Public buses connect the markets to the city and the northern suburbs.
Q: Is there parking available at the market?
A: Yes, there is ample parking at the markets.
Q: How can I find a particular stall holder or information on how I can contact them?
A: On the actual market day the Market Information Booth located in the center of the markets (on junction of food and craft lane) should be able to help you with your enquiry. The Website has a list of all permanent stalls operating and the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. The office (08) 8981 3454 also has information about all stalls.
Q: Can I buy alcohol at the markets?
A: No, Mindil Market is BYO (bring your own) . No alcohol is sold but you may bring some down with you.
Q: Do you have chairs and tables?
A: Yes there are tables and chairs available throughout the grassed areas. But you are welcome to bring a blanket or your own chair.
Q: Can I bring my dog or pet to the market?
A: Due to food and hygiene we do not permit animals in the market.
Q: Are there facilities for people with different abilities?
A: Disabled parking is available and whilst access around the market is no problem, there is no direct wheelchair access to the beach.
Q: What do I do if I require first aid?
A: We have St John Ambulance volunteers at the markets. The Information Booth also has a first aid kit.
Q: What do I do if I wish to complain about something or share my experience of the market?
A: We would love to hear from you whatever the situation. The preferred method of communication is via email firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively the information booth at the market has a suggestion/feedback box.
Q: Does the market operate if it is raining?
A: Unfortunately due to health and safety the market does not operate when raining. If a market is cancelled press releases are send to all media. If it starts raining after the start of the market, announcements will be made to that effect.
Q: What do I do if I become separated from my kids?
A: All staff at the markets are connected by two-way radios. The first thing to do is seek help from our staff, our security staff, or come to the Information Booth. Found children are kept at the Information Booth and cared for until reunited with parents.
Q: What if I lose or find something?
A: We have a lost and found register at the Information Booth. For information on lost and found items outside market hours please call 08 8981 3454. We also suggest you contact Darwin City Council on 08 8930 0300.
Q: How many stalls are there?
A: There are approximately 60 food stalls and 200 arts, craft and service stalls at the Thursday markets.
Q: When is the best time of the year to come?
A: The market only operates in the Dry season, so anytime is beautiful.
Q: What time is the sunset?
A: Sunset during the dry season is approximately 6.30pm.
Q: Is the market actually on the beach?
A: No, the market is set up on the service road that runs parallel the beach. Between the beach and the stalls is a grassed area where people set up chairs and their tables and soak up the atmosphere.
Q: What kind of food is sold there?
A: There are delicacies from a variety of countries, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Filipino and Malaysian just to name a few. Please see the Information Booth if you have any particular dietary needs, we have Halal & vegetarian stalls.
Q: What kind of craft is sold?
A: There is a variety of self made jewellery, clothing and craft. A lot of products use locally sourced materials.
Q: Are the Thursday and the Sunday markets the same?
A: The Thursday market is the big one with Sunday being renowned for being more laid back, family oriented afternoon.
Q: What kind of entertainment is there for kids?
A: The markets have a variety of things to keep the kids amused. Laughing clowns, jumping castles as well as children's entertainment. Other than that there's always the beach.