|Mindil Beach, deserted at 5pm|
Arriving about 5pm I wandered up to look at the beach before venturing into the market. It is a beautiful beach but was completely deserted. You can't swim there because salt water crocodiles lurk unseen in the sea just waiting their chance and lethal box jelly fish are also present during the dry season. The market stretches out behind the sand dunes along the beach. There are around 140 stalls selling jewellery, clothing, arts and crafts, many with a Northern Territory flavour such as crocodile skin products and didgeridoos. Some stalls promote tourism activities and they make for great entertainment. It was fun to watch a champion whip cracker and to stroke a baby
|Baby crocodile, note the black tape on its jaws|
|An hour later the beach fills up with sunset viewers|
|emdee performing at the market|
didgeridoo player and a drummer who have a very modern take on the traditional Aboriginal instruments. They have played their unique music at the market for around 17 years and are tremendous crowd pleasers. I studied ethnic music at university, and have always loved it, so I was entranced and watched them for a long time as darkness slowly descended and the lights came on throughout the market. Some local Aborigines danced to the music adding even more colour to a great performance.
You can watch emdee perform here: https://youtu.be/bn8-6PJVYk8
I agree that Mindil Beach Market is a "must see". The atmosphere is happy and relaxed, everyone is friendly, the food is superb...it's a heap of fun!