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What’s On: Darwin In July

Darwin Waterfront. Image: Daniela Constantinescu

While the rest of Australia shivers in their winter woollies, Darwin remains tropical. July is just another month of singlets, shorts and sunbathing.

Sunshine aside, there’s another bonus happening: the end of financial year! So, celebrate your hard work by checking out our list of fabulous outdoor activities and indoor events. The sunshine beckons you.

Vitamin D, anyone?

Free Movie Under The Stars

Now isn’t this cute? Whether you have kids to entertain, or whether you yourself are young at heart, grab a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy a free outdoor movie session at the Darwin Waterfront. This month’s flick is Moana, a fabulous movie that tells the story of family and love.

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Darwin Waterfront July 7 Free

Darwin Cup Carnival

We can’t let Melbourne have all the fun! Darwinites, zip up your frocks, pop on those bowties, and slip into your fancy shoes. Get ready for a day filled with plastic champagne flutes, hot bartenders and the occasional middle-aged drunk lady.

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Fannie Bay Racecourse July 7 - August 6 Varies

Territory Day

It’s been 40 years since the Northern Territory was granted self-government, and every year they’ve celebrated their own day with stalls, live entertainment and a fireworks spectacular. Darwin has their own celebrations at Mindil Beach, but if you feel like getting out of the city, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs will also host events for the day.

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Mindil Beach, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs Sunday July 1, 2018

Ocean Film Festival

Immerse yourself under the sea with this very specific film festival. It’s all about video cameras and the ocean, below and above the surface. Take a dive and see what’s making waves in the oceanic film industry (puns definitely intended). As well as Darwin, Alice Springs will also host this festival on July 13. See link for details.

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Deckchair Cinema July 10 24.50+

Health and Wellness Festival

Do you regularly sit cross-legged, with your hands calmly outstretched to either side, humming? Even if you don’t, it can’t hurt to visit the Health and Wellness Festival for a day of healthiness. Feel less guilty for not following up on your New Years Eve resolution!

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Darwin Waterfront July 14 Free Entry

John Farnham - One Tropical Day

Ask anyone who a top Australian singer is and they’d likely tell you John Farnham. His career peaked in the 80s, and since then he has held onto it well. With anthem hits like You’re the Voice, Age of Reason and That’s Freedom, it’ll surely be a great night.

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Darwin Amphitheatre, George Brown Botanic Gardens July 14 98.80 standard entry

Katherine Show

Feel like a road trip? Head 260 kilometres south of Darwin for an agricultural show that’ll warm your boots. Featuring all sorts of competitions and exhibitions for both animals and plants, along with a carnival and fireworks display. You’ll find it easier to smile than frown.

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Katherine Showgrounds July 20-21 20 adult day pass

Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

While a beer or two sounds like a perfect afternoon, a few hundred could win you prize money. Build a floatable water vessel out of empty cans or bottles, and you can win some cash. This event was designed to help clean up litter around Darwin, and is a great family day out. Our only recommendation: build your vessel when sober.

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Mindil Beach, Darwin July 22 50 registration, free to watch

Royal Darwin Show

We can never escape the country, no matter how close we move to the city. The Royal Darwin Show makes sure of that, with the help of local farmers, businesses and, of course, the pyrotechnics and ride operators. Come and see what’s hot and what’s what.

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Winnellie Showgrounds July 26-28 20 adult, concessions available
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