The opening night of Mindil Beach Sunset Markets 2018 Season is fast approaching! Slappa’s Thongs can’t wait to be back where it all began for us 8 years ago and we thought we’d share some interesting history and facts about the iconic markets that have long been the heart of Darwin’s dry season .
Where it all began
During the mid 80s, six entrepreneurs shared their vision to bring a taste of Asia’s night markets to the tropical town of Darwin
In 1987 their vision became a reality as the first stalls set up shop in Darwin Mall. It wasn’t long before the city’s mainstream retailers began voicing their objections so the market moved to its new home under the coconut palms of Mindil Beach Reserve; and so the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Market was officially born!
A modern day market
Today, Mindil Beach Sunset Market supports over 300 small businesses, provides employment for more than 1000 locals and contributes more than $15 million to the Northern Territory economy annually. Committed to preserving the natural environment, plastics bags are banned, and extensive recycling and environmental sustainability measures are in place across all aspects of the markets.
Their motto is to LIVE THE LIFESTYLE. To give each and every visitor a taste of the carefree, relaxed, creative lifestyle that typifies Darwin – especially once the sun sets in the dry season and everyone comes out to play.
Mindil Beach Sunset Market is a truly iconic and unforgettable experience. As Darwin’s number one, most visited attraction it has won numerous awards for tourism, multiculturalism and was officially accorded national icon status by the National Trust in 2000.
Slappa’s at Mindil Beach
Mindil Beach Markets was the perfect place to launch Slappa’s Thongs back in June 2010. Coming into our 8th year our customers keep coming back for more and bringing their family and friends with them. We never tire of hearing how our customers have traveled long distances to Darwin to see us and enjoy the market experience.
And the experience only gets better each year; we have watched not just our own business grow but many stall holders around us go from tiny stalls to international brands and products. We get excited every year to see what our “market family” have been up to. We’re blessed to be in such good company with businesses like Embella, Natural Wonders, OM Designs, Louise Denton, Psycus, Mick’s Whips, Ken’s Crepes, Roast Shack, Sprial Spuds, The Potato Man, The Roadkill Café, and Wow! Sushi Burger.
A great place to pick up some food and sit and watch the beautiful sunset, listen or watch talented local, interstate and overseas performers the Mindil Beach Markets run from 26th April to 26th October 2018.
You will find us down the High School End along the main drag near the community strip. We are easily spotted with our bright coloured Thongs, operating out of our very cool VW kombi van.
We hope to see you there!