Wave Lagoon

Darwin’s wave lagoon is a safe, stinger and crocodile-free wave and swimming lagoon.

Including the shallow still water area for toddlers, the wave lagoon covers an area of 4,000 square metres.

The lagoon depth varies from 2 metres at its deepest point with a slope to a depth of zero at the wet edge. The water is chlorinated salt and the lagoon has a concrete bottom. The wave lagoon is capable of a range of different waves up to 1.2 metres in height. The different wave types provide a range of experiences for all users and ensure the wave lagoon is suitable for the whole family – from boogie board riders to toddlers. Waves run on a cycle with a ten minute break in between.

wave lagoon

Entrance Fee (as of 1 January 2014):

15yrs and over $7
Under 15yrs $5
Under 2 yrs Free
Seniors Concession $5
Family (max 2 adults & 3 children) $18

Group  & School Bookings (10+ persons):
Save time on arrival and pre-arrange your wrist bands to the Wave Lagoon.

For School Groups – Purchase orders must be accompanied with your booking request. 

There is a discount for large group bookings.

Simply call 08 8985 6588 to book.

Open daily from 10am to 6pm except:
Christmas Day – closed all day

No surf boards allowed.


Like all outdoor activities the Wave and Recreation Lagoons are affected by weather.

From October to May wet season storms can pose a danger. Both lagoons will be evacuated if lightning is close by. If thunder is heard within 30 seconds or less after a lightning flash, lifeguards will evacuate both lagoons.

All swimmers and visitors need to leave the water and lagoon areas to seek shelter. The Wave and Recreation Lagoons will be re-opened once the storm has receded and thunder is heard 30 seconds or more after a flash of lightning.

For everyone’s safety listen to the lifeguard for instructions and obey immediately.

Shade is provided at the Wave and Recreation Lagoon and everyone is encouraged to be sun smart by wearing hats, using sun cream and drinking plenty of water – which are available from various retail outlets around the Precinct including the Wave Lagoon kiosk.

People are welcome to bring their own temporary, light-weight shade tents but nothing can be pegged into the ground without prior permission from the Darwin Waterfront Corporation.