Beachside Breakfast in Darwin: Saltwater @ Bundilla

What if we told you there was a café that you could get beachside breakfast in Darwin that you might not know about?? Welcome to Saltwater @ Bundilla – We went and checked it out for you…

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The view from the Saltwater Cafe deck

It’s the café that opened earlier this year in place of the original Saltwater Museum café, in the building adjoining the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory – and the first thing we noticed was the view!! It looks out over beautiful lawns, tropical trees and pockets of the Darwin Harbour, what more could you want?


The venue is very relaxed, and it’s quiet out on the deck – which is really quite peaceful. A lovely place for a family catch up or a slow Sunday morning before a Museum visit!

Enter into the café and you’ll find a cute little reading nook with a chesterfield style lounge, a bookshelf, some arm chairs and some local artwork – perfect for a space to read, a quiet venue to do some work from or somewhere to chill out with the kids before or after a visit to the Museum.

The reading nook


Perhaps one of the things we are certainly going to do now is use it as a coffee stop on our beach walks – it looks out over the walking path from Fannie Bay to Mindil Beach, which also goes past the Ski Club & the High School. It’s a good coffee too, a lovely break in the walk!


The breakfast menu is broad and there are a wide range of choices – we went with Peter’s special chilli scrambled eggs, and the eggs benedict – both great sized meals, fresh and flavoursome. Both winners!


Saltwater @ Bundilla is also open for dinner and we found it to be the perfect Sunday sunset venue – fairy lights and all! Like us, many people don’t know it is open in the evenings on weekends – so put it in the diary for a nice quiet Sunday Dinner. The live music from the Ski Club actually carries over at the perfect background volume – free entertainment!

Again they focus on fresh, local produce where they can – and true to the name, a Seafood venue! Their signature dish is the seafood Platter for 2 which is great value at $40! The scallops are fantastic, and absolutely try the Barra Bites – they’re melt in your mouth and delicious, and the tartare sauce is hard to top!!

One of our favourite things is that although it’s relaxed dining, the café is table service too, which is absolutely great on a Sunday afternoon when you just want to chill!

We also discovered that Saltwater do fully catered functions – with room for 200 people seated and 300 people for canape events… so start locking in those Christmas Functions!

Saltwater @ Bundilla is located on 19 Conacher St, adjoining the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT. Open Monday – Sunday 8am – 4pm and Friday – Sunday for sunset dinner dining 5pm – 9pm.

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