16 Jan

Waterfront restaurants operating as normal

The Corporation has been advised that all businesses affected by the water and gas shutdown are now operating as normal.

03 Jan

New weekly ‘fun day’ extravaganzas not to be missed this month!

New to the School Holiday calendar are three separate fun day extravaganzas designed especially for children to enjoy an array of free activities, once a week from 9am to 12pm at Darwin Waterfront.

Commencing Tuesday 8 January 2019 Splash and Play will feature AFL Aus Kick Clinics, giant bubble fun, surf lifesaving, waterslides plus the unique opportunity to try Pico Sailing  – a small dinghy with a main sail (and jib) that can be crewed by one or two children at the Recreation Lagoon.

Craft and Play Fun Day on Wednesday 16 January 2019 suit the more creative or artistic. The pop-up activity stations scattered amongst the parklands will include scratch art, cookie decorating, playdough, dancing and instruments, LEGO play, and the popular mega-sized Giant Jenga game.

On the final fun day Splash and Play on Thursday 24 January 2019, children can craft fish and coral to create a giant art installation, splash in the water with Nippers Lifesaving and cruise on the blue lagoon waterslide, giant slip and slide or the big splash slippery dip. AFL Aus Kick Footy Clinics along with giant bubble fun will also return to the lawns.

All activities are suited to primary aged school children and will run concurrently on each fun day between 9am and midday, for children to pick and choose or have a go at all whilst down at the Waterfront.

Darwin Waterfront Membership holders can also continue to enjoy unlimited free entry to the Wave Lagoon and locker use, plus other incentives such as 10% off at food and beverage outlets or 30% off of Big Buoy Floating Waterpark. To purchase membership visit the Wave Lagoon Kiosk or visit

The free festive parking period continues at the Waterfront until Friday 18 January 2019 for all Corporation managed on-street and off-street carparks, except the Kitchener Drive Multi-Storey Carpark which offers 2 hours free every day, year round.

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

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

28 Dec

Changes to the Free Waterfront Shuttle for NYE

The Free Waterfront Shuttle will not operate along the normal precinct route between 4pm and 10pm on Monday 31 December 2018.

The service will only operate and stop at the following locations:

  • Stokes Hill Wharf
  • Indo Pacific Marine, and
  • The loading zone behind the Wave Lagoon Kiosk.

The change in service is due to the large NYE event held at the Darwin Waterfront.

This service will focus on ensuring patrons can get to and from Stokes Hill Wharf during the evening.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

27 Dec

Darwin Waterfront is set to sparkle this New Year’s Eve

Darwin’s free and most iconic end-of-year celebration is set to be bigger and better this New Year’s Eve with a vibrant line-up of free family entertainment on again from 4pm at Darwin Waterfront.

This year’s celebration will include a headline national act, tribute stage show, local artists, children’s entertainment, food stalls and two fireworks displays, all set amongst the endless Waterfront dining options.

Australian music sensation, Justice Crew, will explode onto the main stage to perform live. All six members of the energetic pop group will entertain with their well know repertoire of hit singles and chart topping favourites. Party goers can dance into the heart of the evening to number one platinum favourites like ‘Boom Boom’ and ‘Que Sera’ along with smash debut singles ‘Best Night’ and ‘Everybody’.

The evening will continue to dazzle when the Australian Ultimate Kylie Minogue Tribute act welcomes the New Year with an enchanting stage show performance. The effervescent entourage of five will keep the beat alive with best hits through to the 2019 midnight countdown.

The littlest spectators will be able to celebrate early, with three Despicable Me 3 80’s Dance Parties, roving glitter artists, balloon twisters and dance competitions throughout.

Hosted by Amy Hetherington, the evening will also include acoustic performances by known local artists Bridey Rose, Max Fredericks and Bobby Christian. DJ Emily Rose and DJ Sonix will be sure to keep the crowd in spirit along the way with all of their party vibes.

The skies will ignite twice in one night, with two spectacular fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight.

Pack a picnic dinner, blanket and chairs and relax on the lawns to soak in the evening’s festivities. There’ll be food and drink stalls and restaurants are taking dinner reservations. Eskies are welcome, but no glass or alcohol is permitted.

Free parking will be available at the Kitchener Drive multi-storey car park and the Darwin Convention Centre’s basement parking from 3pm on 31 December 2018 to 1am on 1 January 2019. The free holiday parking incentive for on-street and off-street parking at the Waterfront will remain in place until Friday 18 January.  To avoid delays, park in the city and take the short stroll across the sky bridge and down the glass lift into the heart of the celebrations.

A free public bus service will operate from Darwin Waterfront to Darwin City Interchange from 9:30pm to 10:00pm on New Year’s Eve and 12:15am to 1:00am New Year’s Day.

Undercover marquees will be in place just in case there is any rain on the evening. Pack a poncho and your umbrella so you’re set for any weather —the show will certainly go on!

New Year’s Day festivities will continue at the Waterfront from 2pm to 6pm with a free live concert by Melanie Gray Duo who will perform Australian favourites with a modern twist.

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

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


06 Dec

32 days of free parking joy at the Waterfront this Christmas

Darwin Waterfront patrons will have a lot to smile about with 32 days of free parking on offer over the festive season.

The free parking incentive by Darwin Waterfront Corporation will commence on Monday 17 December 2018, and run through to Friday 18 January 2019 inclusive. Free parking applies to over 500 car parking spaces located both on-road and off-street at the Waterfront.

“This decision underpins our focus on supporting all of our local Waterfront businesses, and we hope it will also provide some extra relief over the Christmas season”. Samuel Burke, General Manager, Darwin Waterfront Corporation said.

“The Waterfront precinct is a vibrant destination this Christmas, with all day dining options, tours & attractions, retail outlets and a jam-packed program of festive events”.

“The Christmas spirit is alive and well at the Waterfront, with our exciting new Christmas lighting display every evening and Santa visits commencing this Friday until 14 December.”

Parking time limits will remain to ensure there is availability of spaces for people to visit. The free parking incentive excludes the Kitchener Drive Multi-Storey Car Park which already offers the first 2 hours free to patrons year round, or 3 free hours for Darwin Waterfront Members.

Rangers will remain on duty to regulate road safety, manage time limits and access violations in accordance with the Australian Road Rules, and continue to maintain the safety and security of the Waterfront.

To add to the Christmas cheer, three lucky children will win their ultimate wish list from Santa to the value of $1,000 each, just by spending $20 at the Waterfront before 16 December.

The Corporation advises that entries are coming in thick and fast with specific requests for bikes, tablets, PlayStation consoles, netball hoops, LEGO, trampolines, swing sets and more.

A winner will soon be drawn from each age category of 0-5yrs, 6-10yrs and 11-15yrs, and Santa himself will deliver the wrapped wishes to the three lucky kids on Sunday 23 December 2018, at the Waterfront.

The Corporation and Waterfront traders wish everyone a safe and happy festive season. Please enjoy the free parking, competitions, light displays and New Year events on offer at Darwin Waterfront.

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

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

01 Dec

Christmas wishes to Santa at the Waterfront

Christmas is fast approaching and the jolly man in red will have more than one surprise in store when he visits the Darwin Waterfront precinct this year!

Santa Claus will be launching his very own ‘Wishes to Santa at the Waterfront’ promotion on 1 December. Three lucky children will have their ultimate Christmas wish list granted by the man himself, valued at up to $1,000 each.

For a chance to win, entrants are to spend $20 or more at any of the Waterfront and Stokes Hill Wharf businesses during the promotion period and collect a ‘Wishes to Santa at the Waterfront’ entry form.

Santa will be visiting the precinct each evening between 5pm to 7pm from Friday 7 to Friday 14 December to personally collect wish list entry forms, and also check his Mail Box at the Waterfront for posted entries until the eve of Sunday 16 December.

Winners will be announced the following Sunday 23 December, just in time for Christmas.

In addition to the promotion, the Parklands will be sprinkled with Christmas magic from 7pm to 10pm, launched officially by Santa himself on Saturday 1 December to coincide with the promotion.

This year’s spectacular display will allow you to discover a miniature tinsel town as you make your way past the twelve ‘Twinkle Palms’, into the ‘Christmas Cove’ and through to a wonderland filled with festive cheer.

Whilst the Gingerbread Man is out getting last minute items for Christmas, children can have a stroll through his impressive 4m high house illuminated in traditional gold, red and green.

The Parklands will be aglow with coloured shoots of light striking through the trees so why not make a booking at your favourite Waterfront dinner location to take in the festive ambience. You may even want to treat yourself to an ice cream from Trampoline Gelato, or sip on a dessert smoothie from Thirsty Zac.

For more information follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook or terms and conditions on the ‘Wishes to Santa at the Waterfront’ promotion visit

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

Media photo opportunity: Photos/vision can be arranged at the launch of the Christmas lights display on Saturday 1 December 2018 at 7pm.

26 Nov

New Year’s Day at the Darwin Waterfront



Spend New Year’s Day with your friends and family, soaking up the New Year energy with a free live concert by Melanie Gray Duo,
on the lawns at the Darwin Waterfront from 2pm to 6pm.

Enjoy a picnic or swim by the tranquil tropical harbour side while basking in the sounds of local singer/songwriter Mel Gray, performing a modern spin on Australiana lyrical favourites.

Please remember, no glass or alcohol is permitted on the lawns.

20 Nov

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Darwin Waterfront

The Darwin Waterfront presents a magnificent line up of free entertainment for the whole family, set amongst the harbour-side jewel this New Year’s Eve. 

The evening’s events will showcase two spectacular fireworks displays at both 9pm and midnight.

Family fun will commence from 5pm, with three Despicable Me 80’s Dance Party shows, face glitters, balloon twisting and roving entertainment to wow the little ones and young families.

From 9:30pm, headline act, Justice Crew, will explode onto the main stage to perform all of their chart topping favourites and more including ‘Boom Boom’, ‘Everybody’, ‘Best Night’ and ‘Que Sera’.

Taking us through to the countdown is the Australian Ultimate Kylie Minogue Tribute show, with an exhilarating and vibrant, stage show performance.

MC Amy Hetherington will play host to the festivities throughout, supported by DJ Emily Rose and DJ Sonix, along with acoustics by local artists Bridey Rose, Max Fredericks and Bob Christian.

Pack a picnic dinner, blanket and chairs and relax on the lawns for all of the celebrations or grab a bite to eat from one of the food stalls serving delicious offerings. Eskies are welcome, but no glass or alcohol is permitted.

The festivities will continue on New Year’s Day with a free live concert from Melanie Gray Duo who will perform Australian favourites inspired with a modern twist from 2pm to 6pm.

Click here for the full program.

19 Nov

Christmas at the Darwin Waterfront

The magic of Christmas comes to life every night during December from 7pm to 10pm at the Darwin Waterfront.

Enter through the ‘Twinkle Palms’ to discover a Christmas lighting display amongst the Parklands, similar to a mini ‘Tinsel Town’.

Take a stroll through the gingerbread man’s house, standing at almost 4 metres tall and Illuminated in traditional gold, red and green.

Wander around the 5 metre pines and firs draped with tiny lights and embellished with baubles and garland.

Be sure to stop at Santa’s sleigh to watch the reindeer grazing or even make a special wish at the giant star of lights, encased with 1000 globes.

Santa himself will make an appearance on 1 December from 5pm to 8pm to officially launch Christmas at the Waterfront and the Wishes to Santa at the Waterfront promotion.

You can also catch the jolly man in red every evening between 7 and 14 December from 5pm to 7pm as part of the Wishes to Santa at the Waterfront promotion, so be sure to pay him a visit.


15 Nov

Free Waterfront Shuttle – Returns today

The Corporation wishes to advise that the Free Waterfront Shuttle will be back in operation as of the lunchtime service today (15.11.2018).

More information regarding the service can be found here.

12 Nov

Free Waterfront Shuttle – Currently not in service

The Free Waterfront Shuttle is currently not in service (effective immediately).

The service will return to operation as soon as possible.

The Corporation apologises in advance for any inconvenience.

10 Nov

Maintenance works at Waterfront Playground

Due to maintenance works being undertaken at Waterfront Park the playground will be closed until 12pm midday on Tuesday 13 November 2018.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

16 Oct

Variety NT Santa Fun Run


The jolliest jog of the year is back to kick off the festive cheer at 8am on Sunday 25 November from the Darwin Convention Centre.
Be a clause for a cause and join the fun run around the Darwin Waterfront precinct raising funds towards the Variety NT Starfish Swim group.
To register visit

08 Oct

Notification of Access Restrictions – Hughes Ave


The Darwin Waterfront Corporation advises that on-road bicycle access is now restricted along Hughes Avenue (one-way from the Esplanade/Harry Chan Ave) following a serious single person bicycle incident that occurred at the pedestrian crossing at midnight on Friday 5 October 2018.

Alternative access for cyclists from the City – Esplanade/Harry Chan Avenue
as of 8 October 2018:

• Walking your bike via the Skybridge and lifts arriving at Darwin Waterfront parklands

• Via McMinns Street arriving at Stokes Hill Road/Kitchener Drive roundabout

Note: Bicycle access from Kitchener Drive up Hughes Avenue is permitted.

New dedicated bicycle lanes will be constructed along Hughes Avenue as part of the SkyWalk for the Darwin Luxury Hotel development.

For more information contact the Corporation on 08 8999 5155.

02 Oct

Beat the Heat – Aqua Fitness


Take a splash each Sunday morning in the Wave Lagoon with our aqua fitness class. A dedicated instructor will guide you through a body conditioning, pool based aerobic

8:30am to 9:15am.

$12 for adults | $8 for children (under 15) includes all day entry to the Wave Lagoon.

Program is suitable for all fitness levels including beginners.

28 Sep

Free Waterfront Shuttle – Returns to service

The FREE Waterfront Shuttle has resumed service today 28 September 2018.

Lunch Service – 11.30am to 2pm

Evening Service – 4pm to 9pm


For more information contact 8999 5155.

14 Sep

Beat the Heat – Aqua Fitness


Take a splash each Sunday morning with our aqua fitness class. A dedicated instructor will guide you through a body conditioning, pool based aerobic
program using foam pool noodles.

8:30am to 9:15am.

$12 for adults | $8 for children (under 15) includes all day entry to the Wave Lagoon.

Program is suitable for all fitness levels including beginners.

12 Sep

Waterfront shuttle bus on Wed 12 Sep

The Darwin Waterfront wish to advise that the Waterfront shuttle will not operate during lunch on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Service will commence from 4pm.

We apologise of any inconvenience this may cause.

29 Aug

Notification of interruption of the free waterfront shuttle bus

Lunch service will commence at 12.30pm (instead of 11.30am) on Friday 7 September.

This service links Stokes Hill Wharf, the Cruise Ship Terminal, residential apartments, hotels and various other Darwin Waterfront precinct locations.

Shuttle Stops:

Stop #1   Stokes Hill Wharf 
Stop #2   Darwin Convention Centre Rear Car Park
Stop #3   Vibe & Adina Hotels
Stop #4   Waterfront Parklands & Recreation (near Coffee Club)
Stop #5   Wharf Two Residential (Anchorage Court)
Stop #6   Cruise Ship Terminal 
Stop #7   Deckchair Cinema –between 4pm to 9pm only
Stop #8   Indo Pacific Marine

01 Aug

Pesona Indonesia – Saturday 4 August

An abundance of Indonesian culture and tradition will transform the Darwin Waterfront into a cultural utopia at Pesona Indonesia this Saturday 4 August from 4pm to 9pm.

Authentic food offerings, vibrant cultural displays, dance rituals, parades and music are just some of the entertainment included in the free annual festivities.

Indulge in Indonesian cuisine along the market style food strip. Flavours will include rich curries, charcoal barbeque satays, gado gado, spicy noodles, nasi goreng and hot soups along with a range of traditional sweet delights and tastings.

A unique line up of dance performances will grace the main stage from both Indonesian based and local groups. Galaxy Productions, direct from Jakarta, will open the celebrations with a traditional number reflective of their colourful and diverse culture. Music and dance will also feature from the Ambon Island group, Tor Tor dance, Young Diwa and the Bali Community.

For the first time a Ku De Ta themed, Bali style beer garden will be hosted by The Precinct Tavern alongside the festivities. You’ll be able to enjoy a cold Bintang while lounging in the tropical outdoor setting, scattered with coloured umbrellas and bean bags amongst the palms. 

“A number of our local Indonesian Community Associations take turns in coordinating the annual event. This year it comes as a great honour for the Indonesia Australia Community Darwin, now in their second year of establishment, to host these for the first time.”
Rita Bowman, Event Organiser from Indonesia Australia Community Darwin said.

“Indonesia is closer to Darwin than any of the other Australian capital cities, so it’s only natural that we have inherited some of the rich culture and similar laid-back lifestyle”.

“We are Australia’s gateway to Indonesia which makes it even more important for us to instil a sense of tradition and heritage within our local community”.

“Pesona Indonesia gives the Indonesian community the opportunity to share all of their diverse rituals from various parts of our closest neighbour, Indonesia”.

For more information visit or follow the event via the Darwin Waterfront Facebook Page.


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