Bremer Island – Located just off the coast of Arnhem Land, Bremer Island is about getting away from it all, with several beaches to choose from. Very Robinson Crusoe and if you are lucky you may get to see turtles nesting on the beach.
Casuarina Beach– The longest of Darwin’s beaches, Casuarina is postcard pretty –especially at sunset. Most people tend to gravitate towards the Dripstone cliffs or the new dripstone picnic area. North of the picnic area is a 7km stretch designated as a nudist beach so best to avoid that end if you area if you are more prone to a one piece!
Mindil Beach – Close to the CBD, Mindil beach offers lots of action with a side of sand. The Mindil Beach Sunset markets run from May to October every year selling arts & crafts, souvenirs and food from around the world. The Darwin beer-can regatta is also held at the beach every year which is a fun, family friendly day out.
Watering Holes/Safe Swimming in Darwin – As swimming in the seas in Darwin does come with some safety issues (box jellyfish in the wet season and the occasional crocodile) many locals prefer the natural swimming holes. Try the Howard Springs (Off Gun Point Rd, Howard Springs NT), which is 30km from the centre of Darwin and is a great spot for swimming and snorkeling or the Mataranka Hot Springs in the Elsey National Park to relax in the 34 degree heat of the thermal pools.
TIP! Swimming in the Northern Territory is not recommended during the wet season due to the box jellyfish – if you do get stung, vinegar (which you should pack in the beach bag) can nullify the sting.