Take Five: J-MILLA's Guide To The NT

Written by Clodagh Mangan on 3rd April, 2024
Take Five: J-MILLA's Guide To The NT

Aboriginal rapper and musician, J-MILLA is a rising force in the Australian hip-hop scene. Born and raised in Darwin, he is a proud member of the Marranungu people - the traditional landowners of Litchfield National Park in the NT - and has woven his rich culture into his music. Having started writing songs at the ripe age of 11, he has since developed lyrical content that ranges from societal commentary on racial discrimination and Indigenous incarceration, to club bangers that'll have you grooving on the dance floor. Although he now resides in Adelaide, Darwin will always be where his heart is and we are stoked to have J-MILLA take us through his top spots to visit in the NT!

Catch J-MILLA take the stage in his hometown at BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival on Sat 18 May 2024 at Mindil Beach, NT. Score your tickets below!

Words by J-Milla

I chose this topic because I was born and raised in Darwin and since I will be performing at BASSINTHEGRASS 2024 in my hometown, I wanted to give the outsiders my top NT guide. We have so much to offer here and being able to share my top 5 is a blessing. So enjoy!!

Top Activities To Do When Going Home

1. Seeing family and reconnecting the roots (that's my dad and bro in the photo)
2. Getting out to our country in Litchfield Region
3. Taking my babies to Lake Leanyer Water Park
4. Catching up with old mates
5. Eating a pizza at Lola Pergola

The best waterholes in NT

Being a traditional landowner of Litchfield gives me the opportunity to travel to all different waterholes in the dry season. I have curated my top 5 swimming spots in NT where I will swim and croc safe lol
1. Litchfield National Park
2. Buley Rockhole
3. Wangi Falls
4. Edith Falls
5. Katherine Hot Springs 

My Favourite Markets

You can't go wrong with a good feed BUDDAAAHH and some good vibes that come with it. I love taking my family to my top favorite markets.
1. Mindil Beach
2. Parap
3. Nightcliff 

My favorite NT pubs

I always need a good chicken parmi when I am on tour and craving that pub meal. My top 5 favorite pub meals would have to be
1. Lola's Pergola
2. Darwin Sailing Club
3. Pine Creek Tavern
4. Foreshore Caf
5. Daly Waters Pub

If I could travel anywhere in the NT I would be going to

1. Litchfield national park
2. Drive from Darwin to Uluru along the Stuart Highway
3. Visit Kakadu National park
4. Visit the Crocs at Cahils Crossing
5. Visit Groote