• What to do for Australia Day in Darwin

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    Events & Activities for Australia Day in Darwin

    Barbi. Mates. Family. Beaches. Legendary backyard cricket. Can you get more Australian than that?

    From ute runs to fun runs, Darwin’s got Australia Day sorted! Here are the events and details you need to know.

    Event: Ute Run

    Where: Hidden Valley Raceway to Darwin Showgrounds

    When: 10:30am departure at Hidden Valley Raceway

    Cost: Free

    The streets of Darwin will be filled with a sea of patriotic blue utes showcasing their Aussie pride. Everyone is welcome to join the event which includes a BBQ, raffles, games and activities for all ages. Now in its 15th year, all proceeds made on the day will go to Variety NT.

    Event: Mindil Beach Markets

    Where: Mindil Beach

    When: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

    Cost: Free entry

    The Famous Mindil Beach Markets is only open on Thursdays & Sundays. Luckily for us, Australia Day falls on a Thursday. Celebrate the best of Australia (and Darwin) with great food, music and a fantastic display of market stalls. You can then sit back, relax and enjoy a beautiful sunset with family and friends.

    Event: Fun Run 2017

    Where: Starts at the Darwin Convention Centre & ends at the Darwin Waterside Parklands

    When: 7:00am sharp (race start) – 10:00am

    Distance: 2.5km or 5km

    Cost: Free – Register here.

    Start the day bright and early with a fun run around Darwin! You can run or walk, it doesn’t matter as long as you showcase your Aussie pride. Remember! Don’t be afraid to dress up and show off your true Aussie colours.

    Event: Leanyer Recreation Park

    Where: Vanderlin Drive, Leanyer

    When: 9:00am – 6:00pm

    Cost: Free

    Enjoy the slides with the whole family and relax by the waterpark. With BBQ facilities, play equipment and plenty of open space for the kids, Leanyer Recreation Park will ensure a great day of fun. There is also a bike track that goes around the whole park and for those a little more adventurous, the skate park is open.

    Event: Free Entry to Public Pools

    Where: Casuarina, Nightcliff Swimming Pools

    When: 8:00am – 7:30pm

    Cost: Free for Australia Day

    Pack some snags & salads in your esky and enjoy the day by the pool. Free for Australia Day, facilities include 3 swimming pools, play equipment and plenty of open spaces for that ultimate cricket match.

    For more details on each of these events, visit Australiaday.org.au

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