Darwin is a great place to invest in aboriginal art and craft since most of the work on sale in Darwin's many galleries and souvenir shops is produced by local artists. One thing that many tourists may want to be mindful of is that some local artists receive a very small percentage of the high sale prices. Galleries and stores that practice more equitable exchanges will advertise as such in their windows and brochures.
Fresh produce is an excellent buy too. Honey and jams made from local wildflowers are delicious and unique but taking them back home may depend on various quarantine laws. The markets at Rapid Creek or Mindil Beach are perfect places to pick up something special.
Contemporary fashions can be bought at any of Darwin's shopping malls and boutiques. These range from the latest collections of cutting-edge local fashion designers right through to international major name brands.
This is Darwin's largest shopping mall. There is a multiplex cinema here, and hundreds of retail shops in an air-conditioned zone. The Casuarina Square complex even operates complimentary shuttle buses between the mall and Darwin's major hotels. Free entertainment and performance events are held in the main plaza of Casuarina Square.
Rapid Creek Flea Market
Just outside the center of Darwin is the city's oldest market. Here, visitors can take in a massage, browse organic produce, flowers and unique bric-a-brac. The market is open every Sunday from 07:00 to 13:00 and the public bus network operates regular routes between downtown and the market during market day.