22 Jul

Free Waterfront Shuttle – not in service today

We regret to advise that the Free Waterfront Shuttle will not be in service today (22.07.19).

The service will return to operation as soon as possible.

The Corporation apologises in advance for any inconvenience.

05 Jul

Waves back on for school holidays

The Wave Lagoon (with waves) will be open this weekend and entry will be free of charge. Normal fees will apply as of Monday (08/07/2019).

The pool will be closed again after the school holidays (from Tues 23/07/2019) to allow additional patch works to be undertaken.

Work is continuing on options for a full refurbishment and re-lining.

Follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook for further updates.

05 Jul

Darwin Waterfront charges clean transport future

Tesla vehicle charging stations are now available free of charge within the Darwin Waterfront’s Kitchener Drive Multi-storey Car Park.

The Darwin Waterfront has now been officially added to the international Tesla Destination Charging network.

The new charging Tesla Wall Connectors help Tesla drivers have a seamless experience when they park. The ongoing expansions of the network will ensure that Tesla owners in the Darwin area are able to easily charge their vehicles when they’re not charging at home.

“Early adoption of technology links with the Enabling Smarter Communities direction in the NT Government’s Digital Territory Strategy,Local Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby said.

“This is an excellent example of how a government organisation has harnessed smart city technology and is supporting a clean transport solution.”

“Technological changes to public assets such as this will transform the way we live and provides an additional resource to support owners of electronic vehicles.”

“As electric vehicles become more accessible, the availability of charging stations will improve services for owners.”

The Kitchener Drive Multi-storey Car Park is located near some of Darwin’s most popular areas including the swimming lagoons, restaurants, Stokes Hill Wharf and is only a 5 minute walk to Darwin’s CBD and Smith Street Mall area.

The car park remains free to park up to two hours a day, or three hours a day for Darwin Waterfront Members.

Visit to learn more about Tesla’s Destination Charging network.


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

28 Jun

Darwin Waterfront celebrates Territory Day

28 June 2019

The Darwin Waterfront will celebrate Territory Day this Monday, 1 July, from 5pm to 8pm.

Families can nestle in for an evening of free live entertainment including performances by acoustic musicians, roving glitter artists, balloon twisters and a pyro musical fireworks spectacular.

Surrounding restaurants are open for a front row seat of the display, so be sure to make a reservation. The Waterfront’s newest establishment, Snapper Rocks will also provide patrons with a premium experience and view of the skies when they ignite.

A career built in Los Angeles and most popular for cover video of John Mayer’s ‘Queen of California’, Jon Levy will open the festivities followed by prolific singer-songwriter Rachel Rachel and the exceptional Territory favourite, Max Fredericks.

At 8pm rays of choreographed sparkles will paint the night’s sky with ground shots and aerial bursts of fireworks displayed over the Recreation Lagoon to officially celebrate Territory Day.

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation will restrict personal fireworks at and around the event in the interests of safety for event goers.

Picnics and eskys are welcome however glass and alcohol is not permitted.

Free on street parking will be available from 5pm in marked bays and in the Mavie street overflow car park via Frances Bay Drive or Stokes Hill Road. It is also free for the first two hours per day in the Kitchener Drive Multi-Level Carpark.

For more information regarding firework friendly zones or restriction zones visit 

Media contact: Chloe Koukouvas, Events and Marketing Coordinator, 0457 964 832

17 Jun

Temporary partial closure of the Wave Lagoon

The waves at the Darwin Waterfront Wave Lagoon are not in operation due to widespread tile failures. Tile failures have impacted the Wave Lagoon to varying degrees for the last 10 years.  A number of large aquatic facilities around the country with tiled pools have had similar experiences.

The Corporation is looking at immediate options to recommence waves at the Lagoon in a safe way while longer-term plans are finalised.

Longer-term re-lining options are being considered by the Corporation, including alternatives to tiles which can significantly reduce shut-down times.

The Corporation will also look to make other improvements while the facility is closed; including a new kiosk and amenities building, upgraded wave generators and improvements to the kiddies play area.

Timelines will be known once a re-line product is confirmed and contractor engaged. Dependent on lining product, a shutdown of between 2-8 months is expected and all refurbishments are planned to be completed by mid-2020.

The Wave Lagoon shallows and kiddies area remains open and is free to use.

The Corporation apologies for any inconvenience and thanks the public for its patience.

Further updates will be provided on the Darwin Waterfront Facebook page and website.

14 Jun

Beach volleyball at the Waterfront

Now you can play beach volleyball at the Darwin Waterfront’s Recreation Lagoon.

“Following the creation of a new beach area for the Arafura Games, the Darwin Waterfront Corporation has installed a full-size volleyball court at the Recreation Lagoon, creating a new, free outdoor activity to enjoy this Dry Season,”  Samuel Burke, General Manager at the Darwin Waterfront Corporation said.

“The facility is free to use 7 days a week with a volleyball available from the lifeguards on duty from 9am to 6pm daily, or players can bring their own ball.”

“This is a simple, low-cost way for government to provide a free facility for locals and visitors which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle.”

“The Darwin Waterfront is already a place where people choose to spend their time walking, swimming and doing other exercise so the facility is yet another option to get active in one of Darwin’s most beautiful outdoor areas.”

The facility will be in place for the duration of the Dry Season.

For more information on the Darwin Waterfront events and activities, follow the ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook or visit the website



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

12 Jun

No Aqua Fitness

Due to ongoing, unplanned maintenance in the Wave Lagoon, Aqua Fitness class will not be held of a Sunday over the coming weeks. Aqua Fitness will recommence in the Wave Lagoon as soon as maintenance has been completed.
A partial section of the Wave Lagoon along with the children’s wading pools will continue to operate daily from 10am to 6pm, with free entry to the public.
Other free weekly activations patrons can enjoy include:
    • Yoga Asana every Saturday from 8am to 9am
    • Sundays Live at the Lagoon every Sunday from 12noon to 4pm
    • Live music at Stokes Hill Wharf every Wednesday and Sunday from 6pm to 9pm.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please continue follow Darwin Waterfront on Facebook visit for further updates.
07 Jun

Partial Wave Lagoon reopening today

A partial section of the Wave Lagoon along with the children’s wading pools will re-open today from 11am, free to the public.This also includes free use of the sun lounges and umbrellas.

Due to ongoing, unplanned maintenance of the Wave Lagoon, waves will not be in operation during this time.

Please continue to follow Darwin Waterfront on Facebook or visit for further updates.

10 May

Spoil mum this Sunday at the Saltwater Craft Fair

10 May 2019

Let mum pick her own gift this Sunday at the Tactile Arts Saltwater Craft Fair, from 9am to 2pm.

The lush green lawns of the Darwin Waterfront will be transformed into an arts and crafts paradise.

“Mum’s will be spoilt for choice with hundreds of locally handcrafted wares from over 70 stalls,” Tessa Duke, General Manager of Tactile Arts said.

“You will find ceramics, jewellery, hand printed fabrics, gifts, homewares and much, much more.”

“Some of the standouts include Shona Johnson whose brand Salvation Jewellery has become an Instagram sensation selling a range of funky, colourful statement earrings in every form imaginable. Young entrepreneur Stevi Thomas who recently launched her brand STEVI, featuring a range of contemporary resin homewares and jewellery, all handmade in the NT”

“Another creative Darwinite, Mischa Gorman of Twisted Pots is on a mission to make the world a greener place with her range of indoor plants that can be grown hanging or freestanding in their own container made of twisted coir and plant fibres.”

“Make sure to pick up a ticket for the famous handmade raffles when you visit the Tactile Arts stall on the day, where you can also have beautiful gift wrapping by gold coin donation to make it an extra special gift for mum.”

There will be live music playing throughout the day and plenty of options for breakfast or lunch, this is the perfect way to spend your Mothers’ Day. 

For more information like ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook.


Media Contact: Chloe Koukouvas, Senior Events Coordinator – Darwin Waterfront Corporation, mobile: 0457 964 832

26 Apr

Thailand Grand Festival at the Darwin Waterfront

The Darwin Waterfront will be bursting with Thai culture tomorrow evening from 4pm to 10pm with the Thailand Grand Festival.

The event will feature Thai food, cultural shows, dance performances, parades, music, Thai massages, children’s entertainment and more.

A spectacular Thai parade will open the event with a rainbow of traditional costumes and dance. The procession will start in Mitchell Street and lead into Raintree Park and then regroup at the Darwin Waterfront. For the first time, this year’s parade will include traditional long drum performances (ram klong-yao).

The Grand Festival is planned around the timing of Thailand’s Songkran festival, which is one of Thailand’s biggest celebrations for the Thai New Year.

“A big part of the Songkran festival is throwing water, which symbolises cleansing and renewal as we welcome in the Thai New Year with a fresh start,” Tou Saramat Ruchkaew, President of the NT Thai Association said.

“There will be a traditional water pouring ceremony onto Buddha, and water pistols and water bottles will be sold at the event so that everyone can get involved and throw water which will bring blessings and good luck.”

“The festival is our opportunity to share our vibrant and unique culture with the Darwin community. It also helps to keep our traditions alive, particularly with our younger generations.”

A 24 strong troupe of international Thai dancers, along with national and local performers, will showcase the best of Thai entertainment throughout the evening.

Festival-goers can indulge in the authentic Thai cuisine along the Bangkok style ‘eat street’ with offerings including delicious paw paw salads, laksas, fresh fruit juices, pad thai, satay dishes, curry rice and noodle dishes, a seafood barbeque and Thai desserts from local stall holders and Thai restaurants.

There will be a lucky draw on the night, with the first prize winner receiving return airfares for two people from Darwin to Thailand thanks to SilkAir. The second prize winners will receive a two night stay at Hilton Darwin. To buy a ticket contact NT Thai Association on Facebook page.

This event receives funding from the Northern Territory Government’s Community Benefit Fund (Major Community Events Grants) which funds a range of community initiatives including tourist-attracting festivals in Central Australia and the Top End that support the NT economy.

For more information follow ‘Thailand Grand Festival NT’ on Facebook.

Media contact:

Nong Kamontip, NT Thai Association, mobile: 0490 821 771

Britta Decker, Agentur Events, mobile: 0417 875 901

Paola McCarthy, Events and Marketing Manager, Darwin Waterfront Corporation, mobile: 0437 621 433

26 Apr

Stokes Hill Wharf Dry Season Parking

A 3 hour parking limit will be introduced at Stokes Hill Wharf from 4pm daily this Dry Season.

The new time limits are being introduced to assist with parking availability for dinner trade.

Longer-term parking is available at the entrance of the wharf (on Stokes Hill Road) and is free from 4pm.

A free Waterfront Shuttle will remain in operation from 4pm to 9pm.

Parking will remain free on the wharf.

17 Apr

Darwin Waterfront’s Easter Eggs-travaganza

Hop to the Darwin Waterfront this Easter Saturday, 20 April 2019 from 9am to 1pm, and make all your child’s Easter dreams come true!

Meet Mr & Mrs Easter Bunny in their majestic Bunny Burrow, have your photo taken and get a chocolate egg and balloon! Photos will be taken by a professional photographer and shared on the Darwin Waterfront Facebook page after the event.

Kids can burn-off all that extra Easter excitement with two jumping castles, two water slides, giant inflatables in the Recreation Lagoon, an inflatable obstacle course in the parklands, a kids’ DJ, giant garden games and come ‘n’ try hockey with Hockey NT.

Hyper the Clown and Jemma the Jester will work their balloon twisting Easter magic and make everything from bunnies, animals and flowers.

Yenz Entertainment will bring along her team of festival glitter artists to sprinkle about some magic and get the kids crafting at the sand art station. Kids can also get creative with The Burning Circus and make their own paper plate bunny.

Fairy Jill’s Enchanted Entertainment will have a free circus workshop with diabolos, juggling, spinning plates, poi and balance toys as well as a giant bubble play.

Families can find their way through the Easter egg trail at the event and collect a stamp and a few chocolate treats at each stop to go into the draw to win one of two Darwin Harbour experiences with Darwin Airboat Tours and Cape Adieu.

There’s more chances to win with the colouring-in competition, open to children (up to 14 years). Prizes include an overnight stay at The Vibe hotel, vouchers for the Oyster Bar Darwin, Trampoline Gelato, Curve Cafe and Bar, Thirsty Zac and the Darwin Waterfront Wave Lagoon.

Precinct restaurants and cafe will have a variety of food options available on the day. There will also be snack stalls operating on the lawns along with a sausage sizzle fundraiser.

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

For more information follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook or visit


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

15 Apr

Surf and Sail in the Recreation Lagoon

Join in the free school holiday fun this Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18 April from 10am to 12noon with the Surf and Sail program in the Recreation Lagoon at the Darwin Waterfront.
Children will have the opportunity to navigate a pico sailing boat throughout the morning or paddle about with the SLSNT nippers program.
Be sure to pack a water bottle, sunscreen and hat and keep sun smart throughout the activities.
For more information visit the Surf Life Saving Northern Territory Facebook page.
10 Apr

Zen-in your weekends with free yoga

10 April 2019

Zen-in your weekends with free yoga classes every Saturday in the Dry from 8am at the Darwin Waterfront.

A qualified yoga instructor from Australian School of Meditation & Yoga Darwin will step outside of their studio and into the tranquil Waterfront parklands to deliver guided classes.

 “Leave the hecticness of life behind for an hour and take the time to nourish your body and mind,” Kalindi, Yoga Instructor from Australian School of Meditation & Yoga Darwin said.

“Yoga is great for improving your fitness, lean muscle, flexibility and energy levels.”

“In yoga practice, not only do we exercise our body but we also exercise our mind, which is equally as important.”

“In the classes we guide participants through the poses, give lots of options and teach the benefits of resting the mind while working the body.”

“The focus on breathing is used to assist in quietening the mind and boosting the gray matter of the brain which can helped to relieve stress, anxiety and even insomnia.”

“Today more than ever, our minds are continually overstimulated with the demands of technology, work and family life. The practice of meditation can improve focus, self awareness and even our interpersonal relationships.” 

The classes are designed for all ages and fitness levels with options for beginners and the more advanced yogis.

“All you need to bring is a mat, water and an open mind!”

No bookings are required.

For more information on upcoming events follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook or visit


Where: Darwin Waterfront Parklands

When: 8am, every Saturday in the Dry Season (now until end of October 2019)

Cost: Free



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

25 Feb

Free Waterfront Shuttle – Not in service today

We regret to advise that the Free Waterfront Shuttle will not operate at Darwin Waterfront today (25.02.2019).

The service will resume as per normal on Tuesday 26 February 2019.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

21 Feb

No Aqua Fitness

There will be no Aqua Fitness this Sunday 24 February.
Aqua Fitness will return on Sunday 3 March from 8:30am.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

08 Feb

Recreation Lagoon reopened to swimmers

The Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon and beach area has reopened for swimming this afternoon.

Regular testing of the water quality has confirmed the water conditions have returned to a high standard. The break in the recent overcast conditions and rain activity is likely to have contributed to the improved conditions.

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation is committed to maintaining the highest environmental practices and will continue to monitor the water quality on a regular basis.

Visit or follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook for the latest advice.


Media contact: Chloe Koukouvas, Senior Events Coordinator, 0457 964 832

04 Feb

Free Waterfront Shuttle – Returns at 4pm today

The Corporation wishes to advise that the Free Waterfront Shuttle will be back in operation as of the evening service today (04.02.2019).

More information regarding the service can be found here.

01 Feb

Recreation Lagoon temporarily closed to swimmers

1 February 2019

The Darwin Waterfront’s Recreation Lagoon and beach area has been temporarily closed to swimmers due to recent weather conditions.

Whilst undertaking regular water quality monitoring the Corporation has identified a decline in the water quality in the lagoon.

The recent overcast conditions and rain activity is likely to have had an impact on the water quality.

The Corporation will continue to undertake testing and monitor conditions in the Recreation Lagoon to ensure it can be reopened to users once the water quality has returned to a high standard.

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation is committed to maintaining the highest environmental practices to protect the users of the lagoon and the marine environment.

Regular tests are undertaken in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Standards and Department of Health Guidelines.

The Recreation Lagoon’s flushing system continuously pumps fresh sea water resulting in the water being turned over approximately every seven days which will help to improve water quality quickly.

The public will be advised when the Recreation Lagoon is reopened. Until then please heed all signs while ongoing testing is undertaken.

The Wave Lagoon remains open every day from 10am to 6pm, and standard entry fees apply.

Visit or follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook for the latest advice.


Media contact: Chloe Koukouvas, Senior Events Coordinator 0457 964 832

25 Jan

Back to 1869 Family Fun Day

A ‘Family Fun back to 1869 Event’ will be held at Darwin Waterfront on Saturday 2 February between 9am-1pm as part of the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of Darwin.

Join us for some good old fashioned fun and merriment, there will be children’s entertainment & activities, games, balloon twisting, a raffle, stalls, music & live entertainment and so much more!