01 Dec

A Waterfront Christmas wonderland

29 November 2017

The tropical Darwin Waterfront harbour side will glisten with Christmas cheer every night in December from 7pm to 10pm.

A festive display of lights will be officially turned on this Thursday (30 November 2017 at 7pm).

Follow the trail of luminescent trees through the twinkle palms and woodlands walk. Take a photo by the giant candy canes, get snowed on at Santa’s Snow Station and make a wish at the Christmas tree of lights.

The Christmas fun will continue through the day on Sundays 10 & 17 December 2017 from 11am and 2pm where kids can meet Santa in the Wave Lagoon. There’ll be Christmas tunes, dance competitions, circus fun, games and prizes plus a few treats! Standard Wave Lagoon entry fees apply.

From 1 to 21 December 2017, children aged 14 years and under, can enter the Darwin Waterfront and CBD’s Christmas colouring-in competition or complete the Christmas trail question for a chance to win a Darwin Waterfront Membership (family pass) or boutique dollars. Entry forms for the Christmas trail and colouring-in competition can be downloaded from the website or collected at the Waterfront or Smith Street Mall.

Get a Christmas gift which will treat the whole family or a Waterfront-lover with year-round Waterfront fun and benefits. A Darwin Waterfront Membership offers 12 months of unlimited access to the Wave Lagoon, 30% off Big Buoy Water Park and a minimum 10% off at over 30 businesses. The Membership is priced at $125 for a family, $50 for an adult, $30 for a child and $20 for seniors.

For more info about Christmas at the Waterfront visit or follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook.


Media contact: Paola McCarthy, mobile: 0437 621 433

24 Nov

Join the Santa Fun Run for a good clause

24 November 2017

Don your Santa Suits and be a clause for a cause this Sunday at Variety NT’s Santa Fun Run.

You can run, walk, roll, skip or sleigh along the 2km Santa Fun Run route this Sunday 26 November 2017. The event starts at the Darwin Convention Centre and finishes in the Darwin Waterfront parklands. Registrations open from 7am, and the race starts at 8am.

Welcome in the silly season and raise much needed funds for Variety NT – a children’s charity committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. All money raised from the event stays in the NT to support local kids and families.

“It’s a great way to get into the spirit of the Christmas and kick off the celebrations for the festive season,” Donna Kingston, Community Engagement Coordinator from Variety NT said.

“This year we have a new line-up of entertainment and activities including stilt walkers, a winter snow dome, a kids DJ, Christmas story telling with elves, inflatables in the Recreation Lagoon, selfie photo booth and face painting.”

“There’ll be free Lo Castro ice-cream and the Sunday Territorian newspaper at the end of the event.”

“Santa will arrive in a fire engine and have plenty of treats for the kids!”

“We are expecting around 400 Santas to flock to the Waterfront this Sunday and create a jolly sea of red and white.”

Santa suits are provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own creative Christmas flare to their Christmas outfits; and there are great prizes up for grabs for those that do.

Prizes up for grabs on the day include:

  • Two nights’ accommodation at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront including breakfast.
  • Outback Floatplane Adventures Ultimate Tour (including floatplane water landing) for one adult.
  • Overnight deluxe hotel accommodation for two at SKYCITY Darwin including a buffet breakfast and bottle of bubbly.
  • Breakout NT vouchers.
  • Wave Lagoon family passes.
  • Crocodylus Park admission for two adults.
  • Crocosaurus Cove Darwin family passes.
  • Darwin Trailer Boat Club bistro voucher for two adults.

Cost to participate is $30 per adult, $10 per child or $70 for a family.

For more information or register for the event visit


Media Contact: Paola McCarthy, mobile: 0437 621 433

23 Nov

Kitchener Drive Multi-Storey Car Park now offers the convenience of ‘ticketless parking’

23 November 2017

The Territory’s first completely ticketless car park has now commenced operating at the Darwin Waterfront.

The new parking technology at the multi-storey on Kitchener Drive provides an easier, quicker, more streamlined and convenient parking for patrons without the need to collect any paper ticket.
Parking fees remain unchanged and users can still enjoy the first two hours free.

Using number plate recognition from multiple high definition cameras, the system allows customers who have spent less than two hours parked to drive directly out of the car park, and the exit gates will automatically open.

Customers who have stayed longer than two hours can pay conveniently by credit card at the exit gate.

Cash payments will still need to be made at the pay station where the vehicle’s registration will need to be entered. There are no more fees for lost or damaged tickets.

Three hours free parking will soon be offered to Darwin Waterfront Members. A Darwin Waterfront Membership entitles pass holders to exclusive deals including car parking and a minimum 10% off at over 30 Waterfront businesses every day until 6 pm.

Kitchener Drive Multi-Storey Car Park charges:
Park up to 2 hours – FREE
Up to 3 hours – $2
Up to 4 hours – $4
Up to 5 hours – $9
Up to 6 hours – $13
Up to 7 hours – $15
Up to 8 hours – $17
Up to 9 hours – $19
Up to 10 hours – $21
Up to 11 hours – $23
Up to 16 hours – $33
Up to 24 hours – $33

Media Contact: Paola McCarthy, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

17 Nov

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Darwin Waterfront

17 November 2017

The Darwin Waterfront will be centre-stage this New Year’s Eve, with three headline national acts, local artists, children’s entertainment, food stalls and fireworks displays.

The Choirboys’ Mark Gable, Taxi Ride’s Jason Singh and Australian singer-songwriter Dean Ray – will perform hit singles from over four decades of rock music. The free live concert will please all ages. New Year’s Eve party-goers will revel in the well-loved tunes of ‘Run to Paradise’, ‘Creepin’ Up Slowly’ and ‘Call It A Day’.

Local artists Josh Wyatt and Max Fredricks will be supporting acts, along with the incredible DJ duo Hello Bass & Von Lit who will MC and keep the crowd entertained throughout the evening.

Singer-songwriter, Craig Phillips from Toowoomba, Queensland, will welcome in the New Year after the headline acts with classic alternative and country rock cover songs. Craig’s musicianship style has been inspired by the likes of Eddie Vedder and Kings of Leon.

“The Darwin Waterfront is a world-class location and this popular New Year’s Eve event has grown to attract national media attention, profiling Darwin along with the likes of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Glenelg and Brisbane River,” Local Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby said.

“Free events for locals, such as this, play an important role in enhancing the Territory’s unique lifestyle and fostering vibrant communities.

“New Year’s Eve is an important event for our small businesses and restaurants – with thousands of people flocking into the CBD and Waterfront areas each year to view the fireworks and enjoy free live music and entertainment.

“To support the New Year’s Eve Celebrations the Territory Labor Government is again providing free bus services to the city, and NT Police will be vigilantly patrolling the streets to ensure we welcome in a safe 2018.”

Early in the evening, free children’s entertainment including two Nick Jr.’s PAW Patrol ‘Ready for Action’ shows and a meet & greet, face glitters, balloon twisting and roving entertainment will wow the little ones and young families.

Two spectacular ten-minute fireworks displays will light the skies at 9pm and midnight.

Pack a picnic dinner, blanket and chairs and relax on the lawns for an evening of entertainment. There’ll be food and drink stalls and restaurants are taking dinner reservations for the evening. Eskies are welcome, but no glass or alcohol is permitted.

Be sure to bring a poncho in case it rains – the show will definitely go on! There’ll be undercover marquees for party-goers to retreat to should it get a little wet.

Free parking will be available from 4pm to midnight on 31 December 2017 in on-street and off-street parking bays at the Waterfront, including the Kitchener Drive multi-storey car park and the Darwin Convention Centre’s basement parking.

To avoid delays, park in the city and catch the free bus (from the Darwin city interchange) or take the short stroll across the sky bridge and down the glass lift into the heart of the celebrations.

The festivities will continue on New Year’s Day with a free live concert from ‘The Fame Junkies’ band who will perform classics from the 60’s to today’s latest chart topping hits from 12noon to 4pm.

The popular New Year’s Eve event has been made possible with the investment of Toga, Darwin Waterfront Corporation and local Waterfront retailers.

For more information, visit  or the like ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook.


Media contact: Paola McCarthy 0437 621 433


20 Sep

Free Darwin Waterfront Shuttle Bus

20 September 2017

A free Darwin Waterfront shuttle bus will commence operations today.

The bus will operate at peak lunch and dinner times; from 11.30 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm.

The new service will improve connectivity around the precinct, linking Stokes Hill Wharf, the Cruise Ship Terminal, residential apartments, hotels and various other precinct attractions.

“As the Darwin Waterfront Precinct continues to grow, it’s important that we make it as easy as possible for people to move around the area and access all the services available,” Samuel Burke, General Manager of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation said.

“Improving connectivity is an important priority for the Waterfront and broader Darwin CBD, the Corporation has found efficiencies within its existing operational budget to provide this new service in response to the needs of our visitors and stakeholders.”

“The Darwin Waterfront has previously trialled a ‘park and ride’ service to Stokes Hill Wharf which carried over 23,000 passengers from July to December 2016.”

“Given the success and uptake of this service in the past, we are excited to provide an all-encompassing route which will properly connect the Waterfront precinct during peak times in comfort and ensure we remain one of the best places for locals and tourist to visit and enjoy all year.”

Eight bus stops are clearly identified with yellow signage at locations around the precinct.

Everyone is welcome to use the service. The rules to ride are the same as the rules on public transport.

“The NT Government is committed to a vibrant CBD and is continuing to listen to the needs of businesses and patrons who have requested better connectivity in and around the Waterfront precinct,” Local Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby said.

“Initiatives such as this make a visit to the Waterfront much more comfortable and easy, particularly in the hotter and wetter months of the year.” 

“The ‘park and ride’ concept is one which has been successfully used around the world and allows connectivity over large areas, as well as transport convenience for visitors including cruise ship passengers.”

“Residents, hotel guests and those in short-stay apartments can now catch the bus to the wharf or Deckchair Cinema and return home safe as well as continue to catch public bus routes into the CBD and beyond. For those in the CBD, it’s a five-minute walk over the sky bridge and you can catch the new shuttle at the pick-up point on Kitchener Drive (near the Coffee Club).”

To find view the bus schedule and for more information about the Darwin Waterfront visit 


Media contact: Paola McCarthy, Events and Marketing Manager, 0437 621 433

04 Aug

Pesona Indonesia – Saturday 5 August

4 August 2017

Experience Indonesia’s rich culture through food, entertainment and music this Saturday at Pesona Indonesia at the Darwin Waterfront from 4 pm to 8.30 pm.

“Pesona” meaning “enchantment” is sure to do just that as it showcases Indonesia’s rich and thriving culture through food, music and entertainment.

Explore the diverse and delicious Indonesian cuisine with authentic flavours of food on offer including mie goreng, noodle dishes, curries, rendang, satays, gado gado and spring rolls. Quench your thirst with a fresh coconut drink and finish with a sweet bite to eat with traditional desserts, such as es cendol, es buah, lapis surabaya.

Almost one hundred performers will take the stage to showcase traditional and modern entertainment from angklung and bamboo percussions to kulintang and wooden xylophone and the Ambon group band. The night will feature East Nusa Tenggara folk dances from Indonesian.

This is the fourth year that Pesona Indonesia has been held as its own standalone event, and has become a fixture of Darwin’s successful cultural events calendar.

The festival is scheduled annually on the Saturday of the Picnic Day long weekend, as the date is close to Indonesia’s Independence Day on 17 August.

“The Northern Territory and Indonesia’s strong ties, connection and relationship between the two countries make us proud to be both Australian and Indonesian,” Lydia Gawa, Event Organiser, from Balai Indonesia Inc said.

“Indonesia’s strong influence on the Darwin’s culture is unquestionable, and with our similar laid back lifestyle and climate it’s no wonder that we have a natural connection.”

“Traditional Indonesian food has become a stable for many Darwin locals who regularly enjoy satays and laksas more so than our southern counterparts.”

“Pesona Indonesia gives Darwin locals and visitors an opportunity to experience the Indonesian culture without having to get on a plane overseas; instead we’re bringing it to your doorstep.”

“The event bridges cultural understanding, while also about instilling a sense of cultural pride within our younger generations.”

For more information visit

Media contact: Paola McCarthy, Events and Marketing Manager, 0437 621 433

27 Jul

A new playground for the Darwin Waterfront

27 July 2017

A playground will be added to the growing list of exciting offers and things to do at the Darwin Waterfront.

The Corporation has procured a playground to fit within the unique seaside precinct.

The ‘seafront’ playground is a customised rope play piece combined with boardwalk structures and includes a slide, a rope course, tunnels, a mini climbing wall, a pod swing and a balance trail.

The rope games are mounted on undulating shapes; children can slide, climb, crawl and swing their way around the play equipment and experience the feeling of braving the waters of a rough sea.

The playground will be situated between the Coffee Club and Trampoline Gelato under the natural shade of rain trees, close to an existing footpath linking businesses and other attractions. Structural elements of the playground will be used for subtle lighting at night, ensuring an artistic feel.

“The Corporation has received feedback from visiting locals, tourist, businesses and residents that support the inclusion of a children’s playground within this lifestyle precinct,” General Manager of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation, Samuel Burke said.

“The play equipment caters for children between two to eight years of age and provides another offer for parents of young children to enjoy when they come to the Darwin Waterfront. We expect that it will extend the length of stay for our existing visitors and hopefully attract more families to this iconic Darwin precinct.”

The play equipment compliments the existing water recreation facilities, free WiFi and numerous surrounding businesses including restaurants, cafes, takeaways and retail.

Works by Local company, NT Sports & Playground Surfacing, commenced this week and the playground is anticipated to be completed and ready for use by mid-August 2017.


Media Contact: Paola McCarthy, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

24 Jun

School holiday fun at the Darwin Waterfront

24 June 2017

Get the kids out of the house and down to the Darwin Waterfront these school holidays with a four week program of free activities every weekday from 10 am.

The free school holiday program starts on Monday 26 June 2017 and will run until Friday 21 July 2017. Activities include come n try soccer, Aus Kick, archery, bubble sport, circus workshops, waterslides and a silent disco.

In celebration of NAIDOC Week there will also be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag painting, and sand art for kids using Aboriginal artwork designs.

In addition, as part of the Trucking Australia 2017 Conference, the Australian Trucking Association is opening their Volvo Safety Truck from 10 am each weekday for the duration of the school holiday period. The truck will be parked at the front of the Darwin Convention Centre, and is free for families to visit and learn about road safety.

All activities are targeted toward primary school children aged from 5 to 12 years. The activities are free and no bookings required.

Patrons are reminded to be sun-smart and bring sunscreen, a hat and plenty of drinking water.

Families can and enjoy the magic of a moon-lit cinema with free movie nights on the first three weekends including:

•        Saturday 24 June 2017 – Trolls (PG)

•        Sunday 2 July 2017 – Moana (PG) (a NAIDOC Week initiative)

•        Saturday 8 July 2017 – The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

Movies commence upon dark, patrons are advised to arrive at 6.30 pm for a 7 pm start.

The Wave Lagoon is another great option for all ages and open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. The newly released Wave Lagoon Annual Pass provides a family of two adults and three kids with unlimited all day entry and a minimum 10% off at over 30 businesses until 6 pm for the special introductory rate of $125 per family.

Families can also enjoy the free Recreation Lagoon, which is fully patrolled by lifeguards from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

Big Buoy Water Park in the Recreation Lagoon will be open every day. One hour sessions are $15 or 30% off this standard rate if you hold a Wave Lagoon Annual Pass. The new water park which opened last month includes a climbing cube, multiple slides, launching pillow and more. Adult supervision is required for children under 11 years of age. For more information or to book ahead visit

For more information, or to download your free school holiday calendar, visit or the Darwin Waterfront Facebook page.



Media Contact: Paola McCarthy, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

16 Jun

Over 60 additional car parks for Stokes Hill Wharf

16 June 2017

Improvements will be made at Stokes Hill Wharf’s car park to increase car parking from 88 to 150 spaces for patrons to continue enjoy this iconic tourist and dining attraction.

Large buses and coaches will continue to be able to access the wharf following the improvements.

Works will commence next Tuesday 20 June and finish Friday 23 June during which time the wharf car park will be closed but all businesses will remain open.

Contractors will work for extended periods to complete all required works within a short four day period to ensure disruption is as brief as possible during the peak season.

A free shuttle bus will operate between Indo Pacific Marine and the wharf from 9.45 am to 10 pm daily; and free all day parking will be provided at all Stokes Hill Road off-street parking during the works.

Following the improvements parking at the wharf will remain free, but limited to a maximum of 3 hours and further limited to 2 hours (between 4 pm to 9 pm), including public holidays.

To facilitate harbour cruise passengers and longer-stay customers, paid parking along Stokes Hill Road (off the wharf) will cease an hour earlier at 4 pm, to provide additional free parking options.

The Corporation will also introduce a daily free Waterfront Shuttle to regularly connect visitors between the hotels, Waterfront precinct businesses, residents and Stokes Hill Wharf.

“Last year the Corporation redesigned access to the wharf as a trial to allow for large coach buses and larger car parking spaces. This was successful with the likes of the Big Bus Darwin (Double Decker Bus) now servicing this iconic attraction, carrying 40 000 visitors per annum,” General Manager, Samuel Burke said.

“The wharf is incredibly popular with tourists and locals, the feedback received is that more carparks are critical for local retailers and some parking time limitations are needed to ensure availability of car parks during peak times.”

“We have listened and responded with a new car park design to meet the changing needs of our stakeholders including food retailers, harbour cruises, tour operators and attractions who operate from the wharf.”

The Corporation is committed to retaining the Waterfront’s position as the destination of choice for visitors and will continue to work with all stakeholders to make it the best place in Darwin to meet, dine, enjoy, stay and experience.

Media Contact: Paola McCarthy, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433 

16 Jun

Driverless bus trial

Jump on board!

Stage 2 of the Northern Territory Government’s Driverless Bus Trial has commenced within the Darwin Waterfront parklands.

The second stage travels within a pedestrian environment around the Darwin Waterfront Precinct in the comfort of an air-conditioned, 12 passenger, zero-emission driverless vehicle.

The daily service operates continuously between 12pm and 2pm at Darwin Waterfront linking the glass observation lifts, Recreation Lagoon beach area and shops including Trampoline Gelato and Crepe Escape/Oyster Bar.

You are welcome to jump on board to experience this technology, learn how the vehicle uses various sensors to scan its environment as the vehicle positions itself using sensors, navigates on the predefined route network and stops at the stations defined.

A fully trained operator is on board the vehicle during the trial to monitor conditions and to ensure passenger safety at all times.

This trial is just a glimpse into the possibilities of future passenger transport and we welcome you to provide your feedback after your journey via the online survey.

Thank you for taking part, please enjoy your time at the Darwin Waterfront.

About the trial

In December 2016, the Northern Territory Government announced that a glimpse into the potential future of transport will be commencing in Darwin.

Stage 1 of the trial allowed members of the public to experience a ride on the EasyMile EZ10 autonomous vehicle linking Indo Pacific Marine to Stokes Hill Wharf. The location was chosen along a public road environment where demand exists for a transport solution to help ferry visitors between locations for dining, retail, recreation and business.

Stage 2 now explores the capability of this technology operating within a pedestrian environment linking the glass observation lifts, Recreation Lagoon beach area and shops.

Known as the ‘Driverless Bus’ this fully electric vehicle can also accommodate people with reduced mobility including wheelchairs and prams. Once only thought of in the imaginations of movie producers, this cutting edge technology is real and provides a potential future transport solution.

The Territory Government has joined Singapore, Dubai/UAE, France, Netherlands, California and Japan to actively develop and assess autonomous transport solutions. This is an opportunity to learn more about automated vehicles and see first-hand how they can be utilised to provide a transport solution, as well as consider the potential for this technology.

Ultimately, the vision is for this technology to connect our beautiful tropical city a convenient and economical way.

The government wants feedback from passengers about their experience riding the bus. All passengers who ride the bus will be asked to complete a survey to help provide information to assist in assessing the success and outcomes of the trial. This will help inform future decisions about how the technology might be considered and used.

More information about the project visit

15 May

Free monthly movies under the stars in the Dry

12 May 2017

Experience the magic of a moonlit cinema with free monthly movies in the Dry Season at the Darwin Waterfront.

The first outdoor movie, Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG), will air tomorrow evening (Saturday 13 May) on the lawns next to the Recreation Lagoon. Movies commence upon dark, patrons are advised to arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

The Darwin Waterfront’s 2017 movie program includes:

  • Saturday 13 May – Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG)
  • Saturday 24 June – Trolls (PG)
  • Saturday 8 July – Secret Life of Pets (G)
  • Saturday 26 August – The Good Dinosaur (PG)
  • Saturday 30 September – The BFG (PG)
  • Saturday 7 October – Finding Dory (G)

Make yourself comfortable and bring a rug, pillow or deck chairs.  Pack a picnic or enjoy takeaway options from the Darwin Waterfront’s local restaurants or cafes. Please remember no glass or alcohol is permitted within the parklands.

For more information about upcoming events visit or ‘like’ Darwin Waterfront on Facebook.




Media Contact: Paola McCarthy, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

05 May

Catch a wave and a great deal

5 May 2017

The Wave Lagoon and local businesses have teamed up to deliver great value for Darwin Waterfront customers.

Starting this Sunday 7 May 2017, visitors will be able to purchase a Wave Lagoon Annual Pass and receive FREE Darwin Waterfront Membership.

“Not only does the loyalty card offer unlimited access into the Wave Lagoon all year round, but also a minimum 10% off at over 30 participating Waterfront businesses until 6pm 7 days a week,” Paul Kirby, Local Member for Port Darwin said.

The new initiative has been facilitated by the Darwin Waterfront Corporation, a statutory authority which was established by the NT Government to develop, manage and service the Waterfront precinct for the benefit of the community.

“This is a terrific example of a government corporation working directly with businesses to deliver value for locals while activating the Waterfront and bringing more people to the CBD more often – it’s a real win-win,” Paul Kirby said.

“We understand that cost of living is a key concern for many Territorians, particularly families and seniors living in the Top End. This initiative not only provides locals with more affordable days out, but it also drives business and activates the Waterfront area.”

“This is a fantastic example of stakeholders working in collaboration to attract more locals and visitors in a way that works for everyone,” Sam Burke, General Manager, Darwin Waterfront Corporation said.

“The Waterfront Precinct is the jewel in Darwin’s crown and this initiative makes it affordable for locals to enjoy the destination on a regular basis.”

“Take the example of a senior with young grandchildren. A seniors’ annual pass is an affordable $20 per annum and children under 3 years are free. This means grandparents can take their toddler grandchildren into the Wave Lagoon and its wading pool for 12 months of the year at the once off price of $20. They can then go and enjoy a coffee or lunch at a discount.”

“Families also receive great value with a once-off payment of $125 per annum for unlimited access for two adults and three children (under 15 years), which we hope will also encourage them to use the Wave Lagoon all year round and for shorter and more frequent visits.”

“The passes are a great gift idea for a birthday or special occasion, and will be on sale at this Sunday’s Saltwater Craft Fair.”

The introductory prices for the Wave Lagoon Annual Passes which provide unlimited access for 12 months are:

• Family (max 2 adults 3 children) – $125 per annum

• Adult – $50 per annum

• Child – $35 per annum

• Seniors – $20 per annum

• Under 3 – Free

The free Darwin Waterfront Membership includes a minimum 10% off at over 30 businesses participating range from restaurants including Crustaceans, Chow, the Coffee Club and Trampoline Gelato to harbour cruise operators, the Adina and Vibe Hotels and attractions such as Big Buoy Water Park and the WWII Oil Tunnels.

Locals are encouraged to get in quick to pick up an annual pass at the special introductory prices. The will be available for sale as of this Sunday 7 May 2017 from the Wave Lagoon kiosk, open 10am to 6pm, 7 days.

For conditions or more information visit or find ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook.

Media contact: Paola McCarthy 0437 621 433

04 May

Mother’s Day Saltwater Craft Fair

4 May 2017
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and the Saltwater Craft Fair offers hundreds of gift ideas to make mum’s day special.
“Mums deserve the absolute best, and that’s exactly what you will find this Sunday’s market with over 60 of the Territory’s best artisans and craftspeople selling their wares on the day,” Shae Fisher, General Manager of Tactile Arts said.
“At the craft fair you’re guaranteed quality products and gifts which your mum will cherish for years to come.”
“All the items on sale have been made from the hands of Territory artists who have taken their time and care in each item sold to ensure you’re buying a truly superior product.”
“The items are often as unique as the individual who made them.”
“The extensive range of products on offer at this year’s fair includes silver, glass and woven jewellery, ceramic plates, platters, tea cups, home décor, colourful printed fabrics, silk, cushion covers, cards and organic beauty products.”
“There’s something truly wonderful about buying an item directly from a local artist; it’s a completely different experience to purchasing a mass-produced product which was made on the other side of the world.”
“Different to other craft markets, the Saltwater Craft Fair has become renowned for selling some of the best contemporary handmade wares in the Territory.”
“Make a day of it at the Darwin Waterfront with plenty of places to enjoy breakfast or lunch, or simply bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the live music by the Recreation Lagoon until 4pm.”
The Mother’s Day Saltwater Craft is on Sunday 7 May 2017 from 9am to 2pm.
Two hours free parking is available at the Kitchener Drive multi-storey car park or patrons can park for free on road on the weekend.
For more information visit

Media Contact: Paola McCarthy, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

28 Apr

The Recreation Lagoon has reopened

28 April 2017

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation has reopened the Recreation Lagoon for swimming.

During the ten days of closure the Corporation has:

  • Carried out daily drag netting of the inner-Recreation Lagoon using Surf Life Saving NT personnel;
  • Performed nightly spotlighting inspections;
  • Replaced the stinger-net in the inner-Recreation Lagoon; and
  • Consulted with jellyfish experts.

During this time there has been no further evidence of dangerous jellyfish in the Recreation Lagoon.

The Corporation has now revised procedures for future pump maintenance to minimise the risk of jellyfish entering the Recreation Lagoon.

“The Darwin Waterfront Corporation apologises for the inconvenience caused by the closure, however safety is always our number one priority,” General Manager, Darwin Waterfront Corporation, Samuel Burke said.

“We are pleased to be able to reopen for the May Day long weekend, and the start of the Dry Season where we have a jam-packed events program for the public to enjoy.”

“Visitors can be confident that the Recreation Lagoon remains one of the safest places in the Top End to swim.”

Swimmers are encouraged to enjoy the Recreation Lagoon and to remember that it is an active marine ecosystem and not a pool. Some marine stings will always be possible. Swimmers who encounter any type of marine sting should immediately report to lifeguards on duty for treatment and assessment.


Media contact: Paola Ciarla, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433


24 Apr

ANZAC Day 2017 Opening Hours

2017 ANZAC Day opening hours at the Darwin Waterfront

2017 ANZAC Day opening hours at the Darwin Waterfront

19 Apr

Recreation Lagoon temporary closure

19 April 2017

During routine water pump maintenance yesterday, unfiltered sea-water was inadvertently pumped into the Darwin Waterfront’s Recreation Lagoon. During water testing shortly after, two jellyfish specimens were found and the Recreation Lagoon is now closed.

The specimens are very young, measuring about 2mm long, and posed no risk to humans. Box jellyfish become a threat at around 8 to 10 cm.

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation is working with world leading jellyfish expert Dr Lisa Gershwin at CSIRO, and with the Northern Territory Museum here in Darwin.

The Recreation Lagoon will remain closed for the next 10 days while spotlighting, drag netting and water treatment is undertaken by the Corporation in consultation with its contracted experts.

The Corporation is reviewing procedures to ensure future pump changes do not allow untreated sea-water into the Recreation Lagoon and apologises for the inconvenience to swimmers during the closure period.

“Box jellyfish are not lethal until they are about 8 to 10 cm in size, this gives the Corporation plenty of time to activate its safety measures and remove the threat. The Corporation has well established and effective jellyfish mitigation measures that draw on the latest jellyfish biological and ecological science” said Dr Gershwin.

“Public safety is the Corporation’s number-one priority. The good news about this incursion is that our jellyfish safety protocols worked effectively and as designed to immediately notify us of the presence of the jellyfish” said Darwin Waterfront Corporation General Manager Sam Burke.

“We will continue to work proactively with experts like Dr Gershwin and our lifeguards to ensure the Recreation Lagoon remains one of the safest places in the Top End to swim.”



Media contact: Paola Ciarla, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

13 Apr

Darwin Waterfront’s Easter Celebrations

13 April 2017

The Darwin Waterfront’s egg-xcellent Easter Celebrations will take place on Saturday 15 April 2017 from 9am to 1pm.

The fun-filled eggs-travaganza will be jam-packed with an egg-citing line up of free activities for the kids including face-painting, a kids DJ, balloon twisting, circus workshop, two jumping castles, two large waterslides and Easter arts and craft.

Back by popular demand, Mr and Mrs Easter Bunny are bringing their Bunny Burrow to the Darwin Waterfront where they will be available to meet kids for a professional photo. All photos will be shared on Darwin Waterfront’s Facebook page after the event. All children who enter the Bunny Burrow will leave with a chocolate egg and balloon.

There are plenty of giveaways and prizes to be won on the day.

Participate in the Darwin Waterfront’s Easter Egg Hunt for the chance to win Nautilus Aviation helicopter scenic flight, a necklace and earrings set from The Pearl Galleria, vouchers from Trampoline Gelato, Thirsty Zac and a family Wave Lagoon pass.

Children (up to 14 years) can enter the colouring-in competition for a change to win an overnight accommodation voucher at the Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront. Other prizes include vouchers for Wharf One Food & Wine, Trampoline, Thirsty Zac, a Family Wave Lagoon Pass as well as a colouring-in book from Shine Gifts.

A variety of food will be available from local cafes and restaurants around the precinct, and a sausage sizzle fundraiser will also be operating during the event.

The Wave Lagoon will be open early (at 9am) on Easter Saturday and is open every other day from 10am to 6pm over the Easter long weekend (including Good Friday).

Media contact: Paola Ciarla 0437 621 433

Easter colouring-in competition

13 Apr

Thirsty? Zac is.

12 April 2017

Darwin’s first local start-up bubble-tea, smoothie and juice bar, Thirsty Zac, will open its doors at the Darwin Waterfront (next to Fiddler’s Green) in May 2017.

The newly established business is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Zac and Diana. Zac was born and bred in Darwin and he knows exactly how thirsty Darwinites can get in the Top End’s climate. Diana was born in South Korea and has made Darwin her home after falling in love with the people and lifestyle.

“We know how thirsty Darwinites are, so we’ve developed a specialised range of beverages to satisfy the driest of thirsts,” business owner Zac said.

“At Thirsty Zac there are plenty of thirst-quenchers to choose from with; nine bubble iced teas, five smoothies and four different fresh juices on offer.”

“The bubble iced tea will be brewed freshly and served in yummy flavours with fun toppings such as tapioca pearls or coconut jelly.”

“For a healthy nutritional hit – our smoothies are made with various fresh fruits, Greek yogurt and sweetened with Australian honey. You can add ‘kickers’ to your smoothies which include vegan protein, immune-boosters and pro-biotic. If you need dairy free we can also change the base ingredient into coconut, soy or almond milk or even coconut water with coconut yogurt.”

“Juices are all made to order and served freshly with no other ingredients, only fruit and/or veggies.”

“We’ll also serve cold brew coffee on ice or milk, special seasonal juices and smoothies, smoothie bowls, cookies, macarons, and cakes.”

For more information find ‘Thirsty Zac’ on Facebook and Instagram.


 Media contact: Paola Ciarla, Events & Marketing Manager, 0437 621 433.

01 Mar

Recreation Lagoon Closure 7 to 10 March 2017

Recreation Lagoon Closure

Both the inner and outer areas of the Recreation Lagoon will be closed from 7 to 10 of March 2017 while maintenance and cleaning works to the sea water intake/delivery pipes are underway.

Swimming in the Recreation Lagoon will not be permitted during this time.

Big Buoy Water Park will be closed for a six week period from 27 February 2017 to prepare for new equipment to arrive for the dry season, however the Wave Lagoon will remain open during these works.

The Recreation Lagoon will reopen on Saturday 11 March 2017.

For more information please contact the Darwin Waterfront Corporation from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.30pm on 8999 5155 or email



15 Feb

Embracing Technology: A preview to the future of transport

15 February 2017

The Northern Territory Government announced late last year that a glimpse into the potential future of transport will be commencing in Darwin.

Members of the public are invited to experience this first hand starting today. Running three trips an hour, the EasyMile EZ10 autonomous vehicle will operate twice daily from Indo Pacific Marine to Stokes Hill Wharf.

The hours of operation are:

  • 12pm to 1pm
  • 5 pm to 8pm

This location has been chosen where demand exists for a transport solution to help ferry visitors between locations for dining, retail, recreation and business.

Known as the ‘Driverless Bus’ this fully electric vehicle can also accommodate people with reduced mobility including wheelchairs and prams.

Once only thought of in the imaginations of movie producers, this cutting edge technology is real and provides a potential future transport solution.

The Territory government joins Singapore, Dubai/UAE, France, Netherlands, California and Japan to actively develop and assess autonomous transport solutions.

This is an opportunity to learn more about automated vehicles and see first-hand how they can be utilised to provide a transport solution, as well as consider the potential for this technology.

Get on board today! It is free to ride the Driverless Bus but you must book online – go to to book your ticket.


The vehicle creates zero carbon emissions when operating and can operate between 8 and 12 hours before it requires recharging.

To ensure the safety of passengers a fully trained operator will be on board the vehicle during the trial to monitor conditions and the vehicle will not exceed 20kmph during the trial.

The Government wants feedback from passengers about their experience riding the bus. All passengers who ride the bus will be asked to complete a survey to help provide information to assist in assessing the success and outcomes of the trial. This will help inform future decisions about how the technology might be considered and used.

Those who complete the survey will have the opportunity to win a prize at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct.

The survey can be filled out at


Darwin Waterfront Media contact: Alana Madden 0417 169 553