Beat the Darwin build up!

Welcome to Dalirrgang, the Darwin build up season!!

The best thing about this time of year is that it forces you to slow down for a second – but if you’re sick of talking about the heat, or sick of sitting in your aircon on a holiday, read below!

Beating the build-up

We’ve asked the locals, and we’ve compiled a list of the best build-up activities.

Darwin Build up beaters…

Swim – wherever you can!!

Parap Pool, Nightcliff Pool, Casuarina water park, make friends with people with pools… wherever is quickest and closest! Also check out the Infinity pool at Mindil Beach Casino Resort – Cocktails poolside is always a winner!

Litchfield Day Trips

The aircon in the car will get you to the water, just take a hat and a noodle, because you won’t want to get out!!

Poolside Reading

Lay by / in the pool and get stuck into that book you haven’t picked up all year!

Treat yourself to a massage

Amalfi Bodyteca will have you feeling better in no time!

Shop Local

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping by using this time to browse in all our local stores and boutiques in their lovely air conditioning – you’re getting organised AND shopping local!


Ten Pin Bowling, Laser Skirmish, Arcade Games… it’s air conditioned & an active activity! And for even more chilled fun – go across the road to the Ice Skating Rink!

Darwin Waterfront

Lay by the water and grab some takeaway food and a frozen marg from Hot Tamale or a mango daiquiri from Snapper Rocks, or go for the coconut crush and some rice paper rolls from Chow if you’re looking for something fresh & non-alcoholic!

We also recommend having a splash in the Wave Pool – it’s super fun!

Aqua Park

Speaking of fun… get yourself out on the Waterfront Aqua Park! Honestly – it’s fun for all ages and you’ll probably fall into the water a lot, which is the perfect Darwin build up heat management technique!


Visit the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT and have a bite to eat at Saltwater @ Bundilla. Having said that – how many museums here have you never been to? There is the Military Museum, Darwin Aviation Museum, RFDS museum…

Go on a Laksa tasting tour, or join in the Mango Madness

November means the Darwin Laksa Festival – or get outdoors and eat a laksa from the markets! Sounds weird, but getting sweaty from a hot laksa will actually lower your body temperature… Seems legit!! November also means Mango Madness Festival, and right now it’s the Darwin Mango Cup – it’s all happening!

Get outdoors fishing & 4WDing

Load up the max trax and head to Dundee or Gunn Point and enjoy the adventure from your aircon – it’s even more incentive to try not to get bogged!!

The build up is also one of the best times to go fishing – and while you’re definitely still out in the weather, you’ll have an ocean breeze! Head out on a charter, or find a friend with a boat, and pack a cold esky!

Hit the water

If you’re on a 00seven JetSki tour in this weather you’re already winning – but we recommend wearing your bathers and spraying up as much water as you can… just don’t fall off!

Learn a new skill!

You can get involved in pottery classes in Parap through Aussie Potz, join a painting class at the Artful Room in Nightcliff, hit up the girls at Sister Buffalo and join in one of their sewing workshops, or organise a pasta cooking party at Stonehouse!

Reorganise your wardrobe

Do a build up wardrobe clean out, and have a clothes swap day with your friends – put on a shared lunch in the aircon, everyone wins! Then take the rest to a charity or donate to a cause… OR go second-hand clothes shopping to replenish your wardrobe!!

Go on a craft crawl

Do a gin tasting @ Willing Distillery or Charlie’s of Darwin, or go on a craft brewery crawl through One Mile Brewery in Winnellie and Beaver Brewery in Coconut Grove.

Eat all of the ice cream!

You could hit up Trampoline at the waterfront, Johnn Johnn’s in Palmerston, or Cold Rock and La Granita in the city – there’s no better time for an ice cream date!

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