Darwin Blog

About Miranda

I am a 35 year old woman who has lived in Darwin since 1986.  I completed my schooling, attended university, work in Darwin and consider myself a Territorian.

Whilst many criticise the availability of good shopping in the tropical north, this blog will put those myths to bed.

 Not only do I love shopping, but I love eating.  No doubt over time this blog will feature many items about eating out in Darwin.

I am also an etiquette fusspot and proud to admit that I have actually been to etiquette classes and own a number of books on the topic!

It is my intention that this blog will provide an insight about what it is like to live in Darwin, some of the great places to shop and eat, as well as guide some of the wayward residents in matters of good manners!


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Hi Miranda, I came across your blog via the Newcomers Network. I’ve been living in Darwin for 3 years and wouldn’t be anywhere else. You’ve got some fantastic entries and I’m enjoying reading your blog! Cheers, Vicky 🙂

Comment by Tors

Hello Miranda,

I found you blog through a good search for Ikea and Darwin. Anyway I was hoping to give my sister who lives there a gift voucher for Christmas. Are there any furniture shops you would be able to recommend?

Regards, Chris

Comment by Chris

Hello Chris

Unfortunately there is no Ikea in Darwin, yet!

Depending on what type of furniture your sister likes, Pebbles Plus at Coconut Grove has a brand new shipment of Chinese elmwood furniture (smells gorgeous, like camphor)in red, brown and black and I am sure they would be happy to do a voucher. It is well priced and excellent quality and to put my money where my mouth is – I have just purchased a red elmwood buffet for the back of my modular lounge.

I would also suggest Pina at Winnellie. We do have a Freedom, but it is a bit hit and miss there and 99% of the time you have to wait six to 12 weeks for large items of furniture because guess what – they don’t have any stock on the premises and they don’t let you buy off the floor, even if you offer cash!

The other furniture retailers are Le Cornu, Carla Furnishers and Jape – all of whom would do gift vouchers – I personally don’t really like the stock they have.

Outdoor wise there is also the Outdoor Furniture Shop – but I think there are some serious waiting times to be had if purchasing from them.

All these retailers are listed on the online Yellow Pages.

Comment by Miranda

just want to say “hi” from Bali. Love to have friend from Darwin 😉

Comment by Wayan Suri

Found your blog while googling tai chi. How was it? Is it still happening? Living way out at Humpty Doo its great to have a reference on whats good in Darwin town. Love it.

Comment by Michele

The tai chi was only an eight week course, I think from memory. It was good, certainly challenging and the monk that taught us was quite amusing in that serious kind of Asian way!
Not sure if tai chi is for me – I think I prefer chi kung.
I always like to try something once.

Comment by Miranda

Hi there
I love your shop/restaurant reviews, I do some myself in my own blog. But to top them off, I either E-mail or FAX them my findings…
Your posts are sharp and with a good sense of sarcasm. I referred to your last two in my blog, hope its ok.
I would like to exchange blogroll links, let me know what you think.

Comment by john

Hi Miranda, I really like your blog and was wondering if you’d be interested in participating in an email interview about Darwin?
The interview would be for my View of a Local series in which locals share a few tips with travellers about their hometown. Please send me an email if you’re interested.

Comment by Anni


I grew up in the Territory and left in 97 to move to Brisbane and now live in Germany (long way form where I started). I was looking online for the Alfreds website to track down some seedless salty plums and came across your site! I laughed when I read the mouth watering comment and then MY mouth started watering. Mum still lives in Darwin and is coming over in to see me in a few months and guess what I am going to ask her to bring? That and some Territory Jerky.. Funny what you miss. Wonder if she can freeze some Pauls Iced Coffee too… I think that will be just about her 20k baggage limit…

Comment by Rhonda

Hi Miranda, My apologies for the day i had my “nasty pants” on. It’s always a good challenge to put a smile on your face 24/7, i wonder if anyone can do it? I also wonder who’s permission did you acquire to show the “Company Logo’s”? I wish for you to take it off this blog as i have not given any permission and will take further action if required. I invite you to come and chat over a coffee if you’d like to discuss anything futher.
Thanking You, Mr Gavin.

Comment by Mr Gavin

Miranda, you are obviously not aware you need permission to link your blog to a buisness name. What do you mean about businesses duplicating stock? Please name the brands that you have found duplicates of in Darwin City or keep it to yourself.

Comment by Michelle

Hi Miranda, A friend mentioned your blog and I thought I’d say hello. I think your stories and thoughts are great and would like to further your reach through our site. We love that someone else is trying to do what we are doing. Providing honest information from a personal point of view. Let’s get more of Darwin online. If your interested in talking further please contact either myself or Lucy at info@xpose.net.au or via the site xposedarwin.com

Comment by jxpiro

Hi Miranda,

Interesting stuff. Can I ask that you consider reviewing our site. Our site ntstandby allows the visitor to Darwin to book their Darwin harbour cruises, fishing trips, accommodation, Kakadu/Litchfield trips live online.

Comment by Dino

Dear Miranda

I came across your blog and your mention of my 2007 NATSIAA entry – “Darwin Boy”… Many Thanks… It made my day that you loved the photograph so much.

All the best,
Gary Lee

Comment by Gary Lee

Love that you are showcasing the awsome lifestyle we have here in the NT! I am a Katherine local and can assist you with some of Katherine’s ‘best kept secrets’ if you’re interested 🙂

Comment by Kat

outdoor furnitures should have a protective clear coat so that they would last longer**’

Comment by Detox Diet :

Hi Miranda
I came across your blog while looking up beads in Darwin.
There is a shortage of bead shops in Darwin, and as someone who makes jewellery I am always looking for something different. I have now realised that I probably have a better selection than anything that can be found locally. So I think I need to open up a Bead Shop!

Comment by Jenni

Hi Miranda, I am also a long term Territorian since 1975, and have been working in East Timor since 1999. Would you be interested in including East Timor in your blog, its a great undiscovered and under developed tourist destination just 1 hour from Darwin with Daily flights, there is fantastic scuba diving which is sadly missing in Darwin, great food, amazing scenery and friendly people and the security situation is very safe and the UN closed the peace keeping mission in 2012. It’s the perfect short break from Darwin. If you are interested I can send you lots more information and you can have a look at our Tourism Association facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Timorlestetourism. A page similar to the one you have for Bali would be great, as most Territorians know about the conflict in Timor but not all great things that have developed over the past 10 years of independence.

Comment by Kym Miller

It’s not my first time to pay a quick visit this web page, i am browsing this site dailly and get good facts from here all the time.

Comment by kids costumes

If you are looking for any small tables then look for some
nest of tables, I purchased an acrylic set from my local ikea and they’re definitely useful

Comment by Alejandro

I check out and avoid from the regular website marketing ideas you see
companies making use of nowadays, I just check
out and publish good content and share it on Twitter and I get a relatively good response – no point doing questionable things

Comment by www.foi.net

Hi Miranda,
Came across your blog looking for information on what professional women wear in the dry and wet seasons there. I know it is hot but can you wear a lined linen jacket or does it need to be unlined. is it ever cool enough to wear ankle boots. Do you wear jeans or are they too hot? What about scarves?
Do you reply to my email address or do I need to look for answers on your blog and if so how? I cant see your ansers to people. Sorry – new to this
Many Thanks

Comment by Arielle

Got a new nest of tables as a cool small set for the sofa,
they’re very practical as well as quite stylish

Comment by Ericka

Hi Miranda, need to ask your advice about gifts from darwin. whats your email address?

Comment by sarah

I like what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work and coverage!
Keep up the very good works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to blogroll.

Comment by Octavia

This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.
I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post.
Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

Comment by Louella

Awesome blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little
lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform
like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options
out there that I’m completely confused .. Any recommendations?
Appreciate it!

Comment by blogs

Hi Miranda

I am not good with social media and it took me a while to find you. Would you please remove The House of Pearl from your page. Thank you.

Comment by Lucy

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