How to make your BASSINTHEGRASS weekend the BEST WEEKEND EVER!

Regardless of whether you’ve already got your BASSINTHEGRASS tickets or you’re still trying to convince your mates (send them this article!) – we’ve got all the local’s tips for how best to spend your weekend – and maybe even the week after!

We’ve got you covered for drinks, brunch, activities, outfits, and of course – fun!

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A group of friends enjoying the Mindil Beach Casino INFINITY pool


The day before the festival is for last minute shopping, relaxing by the pool with cocktails, and spending a night out for dinner and exploring the town with your mates!


  • Skin When you’re getting coffee at Sweet Brew – head upstairs for chic basics for both men and women, super cool sunnies, and on-trend jewellery.
  • Vintage BoutiqueHead into the air raid arcade for Vintage Boutique – Darwin’s newest & coolest recycled clothing store for both men and women. Check out our other favourites here!
  • House of Darwin – When in Darwin… get some of the super cool threads from Darwin’s own clothing house X social enterprise – the store is also in the Air Raid Arcade!
  • Stomp If it’s a bag or statement earrings you’re looking for, Stomp in the CBD have literally one of everything in every colour!
  • Splash – The best selection of swimwear we’ve ever seen – which is no surprise because we all live in them here!
  • Lulu & Daw Duck into the Star Arcade for a fantastic selection of summer festival-worthy outfits, including some local indigenous labels, and get some funky earrings to match!
  • Embella Also just down the Star Arcade, Embella stock the most lovely linen dresses, tops, and shorts to complete any breathable festival outfit !!


There’s nothing better than being in an infinity pool, in a tropical destination with a cocktail in hand! Head down to the INFINITY @ Mindil Beach Casino Resort for the best Friday afternoon holiday vibes.


If your vibe is waterfront dining, try out;

  • Hot Tamale – great Mexican, bottomless Sangria on Sunday’s!
  • De La Plage – A surf club turned cafe, and they do Fish & Chips Friday, or Food Trucks Sunday
  • The Ski Club, The Trailer Boat Club, and The Sailing Club are all beachfront surf club type venues, with a Darwin ambience!

If you want delicious (but not too fancy) in Darwin City;

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Snapper Rocks
  • Little Miss Korea – They do $1 dumplings on Monday nights if you want to stay past the weekend!
  • Alfonsinos – The best pizza on Mitchell St
  • Good Thanks – An absolute vibe for burgers & beers
  • Snapper Rocks – Australian cuisine with Local ingredients and great waterfront location
  • Charlie’s of Darwin – Serves food till 10.30/11pm, an absolute hot tip!


Fuel up for festival fun with market breakfast, and visit some popular watering holes before heading into BASS!


Head down to the Parap Markets for the best pre-festival breakfast… a laksa! Trust us, you have to eat a Darwin market Laksa at some point, and a Saturday morning laksa is ICONIC Darwin!

Darwin Laksa’s are serious business!


  • Lola’s Pergola – A funky circus-themed bar overlooking the Cullen Bay marina
  • The Precinct – Great waterfront pub & sports bar
  • Beachfront Hotel – Overlooking Nightcliff beach
  • One Mile – A funky industrial brewery and pizza place in Winnellie, open weekends
  • Stonehouse – Darwin’s CBD wine bar
  • Charlies of Darwin – A speakeasy vibe, behind a graffiti door with it’s own distillery
  • Willing Distillery – A new addition, with a bar and cellar door/distillery!
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One Mile Brewery

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If you’re staying in the city & surrounds, we suggesting hitting up;

  • Ruby Gs CBD (Mitchell St)
  • Rays (Smith St)
  • Rabbit Hole (The Mall)
  • Sweet Brew (Stuart Park)
  • Laneway (Parap)
  • Eva’s (Botanic Gardens)
  • Eb & Flow (Cullen Bay) (Also a vegan cafe!)

And in the suburbs…

  • Ruby Gs (Coconut Grove)
  • Besser Brew Bar (Winnellie)
  • De La Plage (Casuarina Beach)
  • Foreshore Cafe (Nightcliff)
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Foreshore Cafe Nightcliff

And a BONUS… check out the best smoothie bowls in Darwin for the perfect hit of health post-festival!


Buy your ticket package through Travello and get access to THE BASS BOAT! You can back up the good vibes with another ultimate Darwin experience – a boat party!! It includes food, drinks and entertainment as you cruise the Darwin Harbour – the perfect way to back it up and continue the best weekend ever!


There is nothing better than closing out the weekend at the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Markets – delicious food, entertainment, local arts and crafts… and a clap for sunset!



If you’re staying in the City or surrounding suburbs, the below cafes will satisfy your coffee craving – our tip? If you’re feeling the heat, ask for it on ice!

  • Postie (City)
  • Kopi Stop (City)
  • Trader Bar (City)
  • Laneway (Parap)
  • Mad About Coffee (Parap)

If you’re staying in Nightcliff, Northern Suburbs or Palmerston;

  • Ruby G’s (Coconut Grove)
  • De La Plage (Casuarina)
  • Cafe Central (Rapid Creek)
  • Lucky Bat (Nightcliff)
  • Hideout (Palmerston)
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Trader Bar Coffee



  • The Waterfront Lagoon – Simply Lay down by the swimming lagoon, or embrace your inner child and get out onto the aqua park!
  • The Deckchair Cinema – Outdoor movies with friends are a vibe!
  • The Galleries – Check out some of the fantastic Aboriginal Art galleries we have around the city.
  • The Museum & Art Gallery of the NT – More art, and then some history, culture… and life size crocodiles! What more do you need!
  • The Harbour – 00Seven Jetskis are an awesome way to see the city from the harbour, with no prior jetski experience required, or Sail Darwin does an epic cruise with canapes and champagne included…
  • The Botanic Gardens – Plenty of places to lay on the grass, have a picnic, or just walk through some tropical plants and trees you might not be used to!


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Darwin Street Art
  • INFINITY @ Mindil Beach Casino – There’s nothing better than being in an infinity pool, in a tropical destination with a cocktail in hand!
  • East Point & Nightcliff foreshore walks – Grass, beaches, palm trees… need we say more?
  • Crocosaurus Cove – Swim in the Cage of Death with crocs – if you’re game!
  • Jumping Crocs on the Adelaide River – Because everyone loves a crocodile Instagram!
  • Darwin Street Art there’s actually an app you can download, and it brings the walls to life through Augmented Reality… a BRILLIANT one to screen record and put on your stories!


  • Litchfield National Park – Jump in the car and head out the Stuart Highway for a dip in some of the best waterfalls in the country! Definitely head to Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole & check them out, but if it’s busy, try Cascades or Greenant Creek for a quieter dip! The Litchfield Hotel is a groovy little place to stop for lunch, or pack a picnic for extra swim time!
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Wangi Falls, Litchfield
  • A road trip out the Arnhem Highway – You need a couple of days to get any further out to Kakadu, but if you’re keen on a little day trip, you can stop in at the famous Humpty Doo, Join a cultural tour at Pudakul, check out Fogg Dam, or jump abord a Corrobboree Billabong cruise on some beautiful NT wetlands. OR after a look at the Jumping Crocs, head to Purple Mango Brewery for pizza and mango beers, or stop in at the newly renovated Bark Hut for a pub meal!
  • Barramundi Adventures & Berry Springs – Catch a famous Barra at Barramundi Adventures, before checking out the beautiful oasis that is Berry Springs (check the access report!) and grabbing a meal at the Berry Springs Tavern.
  • Crab Claw Island & Dundee Beach – Explore some remote NT coastline before heading back via lunch overlooking an island that isn’t an island – the Crab Claw Island Resort.
  • See it all from the air – If you’ve got bucket lists to tick off, why not go all out and go on a Heli-pub crawl!!

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