After a long drive from Nitmiluk Gorge, we arrived in Darwin for the last 24 hours of our Northern Territory adventure. Kicking things off with some incredibly good sushi, we then hit the Museum and Art Gallery, a natural history buff’s dream that also boasts some fantastic Australian artwork, and a 5 metre-long stuffed crocodile to boot.
To the surprise of no one, Darwin was hot, and as exploring a new city on foot when it’s 37°C in the shade isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time, we ditched the coastline and headed back into the centre of town to Six Tanks Brewing. This local microbrewery had long been on the cards for our Darwin visit, but we found ourselves sidling up to the air-conditioned bar a few hours earlier than anticipated in an effort to beat the heat. The brewery offers up six of their own excellent beers housed in polished tanks running alongside the bar, as well as 20-odd rotating guest taps that, on our visit, included likes of Modus, Pirate Life, 4 Pines, Bridge Road, and Big Shed.
Six Tanks really embraces their punters by catering to large groups, couples with kids, and enormous family gatherings (not to mention a couple of east-coast ring-ins monopolising the ceiling fan’s trajectory), thanks to their huge amount of space and super casual vibe. The front bar is kitted out with high benches, brightly-coloured stools, and wooden pendant lights, with huge doors opening out onto outdoor seating on the main drag of Darwin, as well as a separate dining area. The kitchen pumps out fare to please carnivores and vegetarians alike, including pizzas from an impressive custom-built wood-fired oven.
It was the dream location while away a hot afternoon and evening before hitting the road to the airport and flying home, from what was an incredible Top End adventure. Note to self: in future, avoid visiting a brewery prior to boarding an interstate red-eye flight.