Stokes Hill Wharf
Open all day, every day.
The historic Stokes Hill Wharf offers a relaxed friendly atmosphere with a choice of two seaside alfresco eateries or casual restaurant dining, specialising in fresh local seafood and steak.
Take family or friends on a harbour cruise, catch a fish from the fishing platform or simply enjoy year-round panoramic views and sensational sunsets.
The Wharf remains a working wharf for smaller marine industry users and cruising yachts, harbour tours & cruises depart daily, and free live entertainment is available on Wednesdays and Sundays during the Dry Season.
- Incredible India
- Kims Fish & Chips
- Port Side Char Grill
- The Liquor Bar
- Red Dragon
- Café 21
- Wild Burger
- Kims Fish & Chips
- Siam Thai
- The Ice Cream Shop
- Crustaceans on the Wharf
- The Jetty Restaurant
Harbour Touring & Cruising
- Cape Adieu Cruises
- City of Darwin Cruises
- Darwin Harbour Cruises
- Darwin Sunset Sailing
- Sea Darwin
- Spirit of Darwin
- Streeter Cruises
RFDS Tourist Facility & Bombing of Darwin Harbour Attraction – Now Open!
The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility and Bombing of Darwin Attraction showcases two iconic stories in the one location: the RFDS, which began operations in the NT in 1939 and the Bombing of Darwin in 1942. Both of these historic events helped forge the resolve and resilience of the people who live in Australia’s Northern Territory.
It features cutting-edge technology including virtual reality and holographic experiences that are the first of its kind in Australia focusing on the history of WWII. See also:
- A suspended full replica Mitsubishi Zero Japanese war plane of the time;
- A replica bomb (cut away to show the workings);
- A video floor located under the Zero Aircraft showing an aerial view of the harbour. The visitor would stand on the edge of the video floor and experience the “bomb view” and bomb blasting on Darwin along with floor movement and smell;
- A glass wall facing the ocean (harbour projection wall) with imagery projected on to it, giving the visitor a feeling of the harbour in 1942 with the Japanese aircraft flying in bombing the harbour and flying over the facility;
- Mini holograms using ghost host technology to deliver interactivity of Prime Minister John Curtin and an Indigenous person as well as RFDS founder John Flynn and an RFDS nurse;
- A Pilatus PC 12 aircraft, depicting what a fully equipped RFDS flying intensive care unit is like; and
- Touch screen portals that provide an insight into the operations of the RFDS.
For information on opening hours and pricing visit www.rfdsdarwin.com.au.
Limited free parking is available on the Wharf especially at its peak, during the afternoon and evenings.
Patrons can alternatively park at the off street car parks at the entrance to the wharf and enjoy a 500m casual walk past many attractions or catch the free continuous shuttle from 4pm to 10pm daily to and from the wharf, departing from outside Indo Pacific Marine on Stokes Hill Road.
Stokes Hill Road Car Park A (opposite Convention Centre) Parking off-street at Stokes Hill Road Car Park A is charged at a flat rate of $3 for a maximum of 3 hours on weekdays between 8am and 5pm. Free after hours and on weekends.
Stokes Hill Road B (adjacent to Indo Pacific Marine) Parking off-street at Stokes Hill Road Car Park B is charged at a rate of $1 per hour for a maximum of 3 hours on weekdays between 8am and 5pm. Free after hours and on weekends.
Behind the Darwin Convention Centre Parking off-street is charged at a flat rate of $3 for a maximum of 3 hours on weekdays between 8am and 5pm. Free after hours and on weekends.
For other parking options click here
History of the Wharf
In 1885-86 the Railway Jetty was built of timber construction in the same general position as today’s Stokes Hill Wharf but considerably smaller in size. As the railway (Palmerston to Pine Creek) ran onto the wharf it enabled direct transshipment from ship to rail.
The original railway wharf of 1885 didn’t last long, since the timbers were eaten by termites. Consequently it was replaced, on virtually the same Stokes Hill site in 1904, by a new wharf which became known as Town Wharf.
Its poor design, allowing only five railway wagons on the wharf at one time and no access for a locomotive, was criticised continually throughout its life, and much of the high cost of goods in Darwin was attributed to it. Nevertheless it gave the Port of Darwin good service until it was severely damaged in the Japanese bombing raids of 1942. During this period 1903-1942 it was Darwin’s only wharf, and handled all cargo and passengers.
Some repairs and reconstruction were carried out during World War II but the sunken wrecks were not finally removed until 1961.
Stokes Hill Wharf, as we know it today, was commenced in 1953, completed in 1956 and continually modified until 1972. Up until the commissioning of the New Fort Hill Wharf in 1981, it was the main general cargo wharf for the port.
To view a selection of heritage sites within the Darwin Waterfront precinct, please click here to download a copy of the Heritage & Cultural Trail brochure.
We encourage visitors to follow the designated paths and trails while learning about our heritage.