Vegetarian Thali
Food Spread

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What’s the food like?

On our food tours, you’ll be served mostly a degustation (tasting) menu with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients as well as the influence of many cultures, including Aboriginal cultures. We cater for dietary preferences including vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten-free.


What drinks are available?

Standard soft drinks, coffee and tea are included in the price of most of our food tours. See tour for details. Alcohol is not included in the price of our tours, but if you’d like to purchase alcohol, you can do so at most of the restaurants on our tour.

 

What are the restaurants like?

Our tours are constantly changing, so there’s lots to try. We focus on the best locally-sourced food, no matter where it can be found. On a typical tour we will take you to a variety of places and they might be a fancy restaurant or a hole-in-the-wall take-away joint. We’re all about finding the tastiest food, no matter where. Most of the venues we visit are air conditioned. Eating areas are non-smoking areas. Smoking areas are usually available nearby. Washrooms are available at several locations. All tours are wheelchair-accessible.

 

What are some of the restaurants we'll visit?
Our tours feature a constantly changing roster of restaurants and bars, which may include: Hanuman, Phat Mango, Little Miss Korea, Aboriginal Bush Traders, Char, Moorish, Roma Bar, Speakers Corner, Wharf One, Pepperberry Restaurant at the Hilton, Snapper Rocks, Chow, Bannsang, and others.

What’s the walk like?

This is a relaxed walking tour on level and paved walkways. We won’t be walking far because the places we visit are relatively close to each other. The average walking distance is 1.2 kilometres, broken into short segments spaced out every 40 minutes or so on our three hour-long food tours. We'll provide transport if the weather is poor.

Where does the tour start?

The restaurant where we meet at the start of the tour is always changing. Commencing five days prior to the start of your tour, we'll email you twice with the name of the first restaurant on your tour. If you haven't heard from us, check your junk mail filter. If you’re not sure where to start, ring us on 0439 230 030, or email info@darwingourmettours.com

What to wear and what to bring?

Please dress smart casual. You may want to wear shorts and a short-sleeved collared shirt in Darwin’s tropical climate, but no singlets or thongs please. Comfortable covered walking shoes are recommended.

Download the app

Get the free ‘Darwin Street Art’ app for Apple or Android devices to see futuristic augmented reality during your walk. Your guide also carries an iPad if you want to view it on a bigger screen.

 

Children aged between 6 and 16 can join tours and must be monitored by an adult. Prices for children are less than they are for adults—see individual tours for details. Children aged under 6 years may not join tours.

Guest numbers
Generally, there is a maximum of 11 guests per tour, but—depending on the day of the week—we can operate up to three simultaneous tours for a total of 33 guests maximum. In other words, three separate tours of 11 guests each, all starting at the same time of day. Just let us know what you have in mind and we’ll do our best to provide it.

 

Tours for between two and six guests

If you book six guests 24 hours in advance, we can guide a private tour for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on any day. We can also conduct unscheduled tours for between two and five people on any date by arrangement. Ask us for pricing and availability.
 

What are the historic and cultural landmarks I’ll see on the tours?

The historic and cultural landmarks we stop to see depend on the tour and the day of the week. Not all tours include all landmarks. Your tour may include one or more of these:

 

Darwin Street Art

Austin Lane and West Lane

An unexpected surprise when wandering Darwin's city streets is the murals that adorn the walls of our laneways. Since 2017, the Darwin Street Art Festival has brought vibrancy and colour to the city's walls, with international, national and local artists contributing to the large-scale art gallery. Many art pieces feature very cool augmented reality. We’ll have photo opportunities in Darwin's celebrated Austin Lane, home to giant street art paintings.

 

The Old Town Hall

11 Smith Street

On Christmas Eve 1974, after almost a century enduring tropical conditions and 64 air raids during World War II, Darwin's Town Hall literally started crumbling during Cyclone Tracy. The heritage building—erected 14 years after European settlers arrived in the region in 1869—was damaged beyond repair by the natural disaster, as was much of the city. We’ll have photo opportunities at this heritage-listed site, a testament to the destructive power of the cyclone that destroyed much of Darwin.

 

Darwin Waterfront

Kitchener Drive

This is a great place to find gourmet food and drink, not to mention that it’s set on a beautiful lagoon on Darwin Harbour. Our tour is constantly changing and we feature different establishments on different days of the week. Weather permitting, we’ll dine outside with a view of the harbour.

Parliament House

Some weekday lunch tours enter the building. This grand building, known locally as The Wedding Cake, opened in 1994. Photo opportunities abound and your guide will point out one or two significant but hidden features. 

 

State Square, Darwin

Overland Telegraph Memorial
Liberty Square
The Overland Telegraph line linked up with a submarine telegraph cable between Darwin and Java in 1872. It connected with the extensive British telegraph network, providing Australia with its first solid communications link with the rest of the world. If you could understand Morse code, that is.

 

Survivor’s Lookout
Esplanade
This high walkway gives spectacular views of Darwin Harbour and the Arafura Sea. Its name came about after survivors of the first WWII air raid on Darwin, in 1942, gathered here to see the devastation below. There were over 40 ships in Darwin Harbour during the attack, and some of the pictures on display are of burning ships seen from this high point.

 

Special Tours

Book a private tour—just tell us what you have in mind.

Tour options can include:

• Ladies-only drinks or food tours

• Aboriginal chefs, native ingredients

• lunch on a sandbar at low tide

• seafood brunch on a prawn trawler

• inspired and unusual dining locations

 

Cancellations, Booking Amendments and Refunds

If you cancel or amend a booking 14 days or more before the start of your tour you will receive a full refund. If you cancel or amend a booking fewer than 14 days before the start of your tour you will be charged 50% of your total cost. If you book a tour but we cancel the tour due to insufficient bookings or for any other reason, you will receive a full refund and the option to book another tour at a discount.

 

Covid cancellations

We’ll give you a full refund if you had to cancel travel because your home was declared a hotspot. Ask about our other Covid-related cancellation policies.