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22 Oct

Free Waterfront Shuttle – Currently not in service

The Free Waterfront Shuttle is currently not in service (effective immediately) whilst routine maintenance is being undertaken.

The service will return to operation as soon as the works are complete.

The Corporation apologises in advance for any inconvenience.

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 variety.org.au

08 Oct

Notification of Access Restrictions – Hughes Ave

NO BICYCLE ACCESS DOWN HUGHES AVENUE

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 – *NEW TIME

Every Sunday in the Wave Lagoon 

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 and foam dumbbells.

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 *NEW TIME

 

Every Sunday in the Wave Lagoon – commencing 23 September 2018

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 and foam dumbbells.

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 waterfront.nt.gov.au/events or follow the event via the Darwin Waterfront Facebook Page.

 

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

 

03 Jul

It’s non-stop fun at the Waterfront these school holidays

The Darwin Waterfront will kick off an exciting 3 week program of free school holiday activities from Monday 2 July through to Friday 20 July.

Whether its creativity, sport or pure fun on the agenda we have a calendar full of enjoyment for the kids with something different each weekday from 10am to 12noon.

There will be plenty of active play with Come and Try Hockey or Aus Kick Australian Football clinics that include inflatable fields and targets, modified drills and mini games. The world cup fever also continues with a MiniRoos soccer workshop on the lawns.

Kids will be creatively engaged with a Brick, Build and Play activity where they can rummage and build a masterpiece through mountains of brick LEGO, and Circus Workshops will return to entertain and share some tricks with juggling balls, hula hoops, balancing sticks, clubs and more.

Each daily event is aimed to suit primary ages between 5 to 12 years, although younger and older are always welcome and no bookings are required.

Darwin Waterfront Annual Members will not only enjoy the free activities but also take advantage of 3 free hours in the car park per day, unlimited Wave Lagoon entry, free locker use, 30% off the inflatable water park, a minimum of 10% off at over 30 businesses until 6pm and more.

Starting at $50 for adults and $125 for a family this is a great option for those eager to enjoy Waterfront experiences, restaurants, cafes and facilities and discounts all year round.

Weekend fun also continues at Darwin Waterfront with a line-up of free events including the inaugural free Territory Day Fireworks and entertainment on the lawns from 5pm to 8pm on 1 July.

The monthly movie is a treat for a ‘kids night out’ on Saturday 7 July, screening the popular animated Disney adventure film Moana (PG) from 7pm on the lawns.

For more information on more free events, membership, or the school holiday calendar visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or the Darwin Waterfront Facebook page.

03 May

Mother’s Day Saltwater Craft Fair on Saturday 5 May

To mark our very first event for the dry season, the Mother’s Day Saltwater Craft Fair returns for another year on Saturday 5 May. An array of handmade and homemade wares will be available to peruse through the pop-up market style event on the lawns of the Darwin Waterfront.

There will be hundreds of special gifts from over 50 stall holders available to purchase, made by some of the Territory’s best artisan and craftspeople.

Some of the treasures for choice will include a colourful array of printed fabrics, silk scarves and cushion covers of all shapes and sizes. There will also be ornate silver pieces, glass and woven jewellery, ceramic plates, platters and ornamental tea cups that make a beautiful personalised gift.

 “The event really is such a lovely affair that gives people the opportunity to choose a quality special gift that is not only made locally but could one day be an heirloom or antique piece of memorabilia”, Melanie Favola, Deputy Chair,Tactile Arts said.

“It’s the perfect way to kick start the long weekend and welcome the beautiful dry season weather that has started creeping in”.

This year the craft fair will run from 9am to 3pm in the parklands to give people the day to explore the intricate pieces on offer. Enjoy the tranquil outdoor atmosphere while strolling through the trail of colourful stalls and listening to the tunes from two of our very own talented local musicians.

Pack a picnic for the day, or visit one of the surrounding restaurants for breakfast, brunch or an afternoon graze.

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 waterfront.nt.gov.au.

ENDS

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

25 Apr

The Sixteenth Largest Superyacht in the world visits Darwin today

Darwin will see the return of the exclusive Mega Yacht Octopus when it arrives to Darwin Harbour, expected to be viewed from Stokes Hill Wharf today, until Saturday 28 April 2018.

Owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, this 126 metre long vessel sits in 16th position when it comes to the largest Superyachts in the world.

“Octopus is part of a growing number of Superyachts that are now choosing to frequent the shores of the Northern Territory” Founder of North Australia Yacht Support (NAYS), Ms Ayla Wharton said.

With estimated value of $200 million US, this vessel is fully equipped with a glass-bottom pool, two helicopters, two submarines, a movie theatre, basketball court, recording studio, and accommodations for 26 guests in 41 suites.

Octopus has estimated running costs of $380,000 US per week, and with no information as to who may be on board when it arrives from Cairns, the permanent crew of 60 is hoped to explore the highlights of Darwin whilst in town.

“The increasing attraction of the NT is the remote northern location together with the growing interest of the Kimberley Region and proximity to South-East Asia cruising grounds”.

In 2016, the super yacht industry was worth nearly $2 billion to the Australian economy, contributing an estimated $190 million to tourism alone.

NAYS focus towards offering specialised yacht support, advice and technical assistance to this industry across Northern Australia and into South East Asia.

“Darwin’s growing port offers all primary yacht services as well as a spectacular platform to explore the Top End and the Outback of ‘Real’ Australia” added Ms Wharton.

The best vantage point to admire the Octopus at anchor will be Stokes Hill Wharf which is open for lunch and dinner and home to the iconic RFDS Bombing of Darwin Tourist Facility.

Live entertainment by Tabu Ska will play from 6pm this evening so be sure to come down and enjoy vistas of this impressive
multi-million dollar vessel while it’s here.

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

29 Mar

Hughes Avenue Road Closure

A reluctant decision has been made to close Hughes Avenue until further notice due to the high risk that a large rain tree could fall onto the road or Skybirdge at any time. The teetering tree comes as a result of the affects of Cyclone Marcus.

In the interim timely arrangements are being made to manage the safe removal of the tree. The safety of pedestrians and motorists is a priority, and the public are being urged to use alternate routes to and from the Darwin City and the Darwin Waterfront.

Further updates on the progress will continue to be provided via the Darwin Waterfront Facebook page and via the website waterfront.nt.gov.au

20 Mar

Darwin Waterfront is back to business as usual

The Darwin Waterfront precinct is now operating as per normal hours as of Tuesday 20 March 2018.

Please refer to the latest update below:

Wave Lagoon – Open. Operating from 10am to 6pm daily.

Inner and Outer Recreation Lagoon – Open with lifeguards on duty from 9am to 6pm daily.

Waterfront retailers and restaurants – Open. Businesses have resumed as normal. Please contact them directly for hours of operation.

Kitchener Drive Multi Storey Car Park – Open.

Stokes Hill Wharf – Open. Businesses have resumed as normal. Please contact them directly for hours of operation.

Please note works are still being undertaken to remove a significant number of trees that have fallen throughout the precinct. Areas have been cordoned off for safety reasons until cleared. Please heed advice from all contractors on site as public safety is our number one priority.

19 Mar

Precinct clean up after Cyclone Marcus

The clean up after Cyclone Marcus is well underway at the Darwin Waterfront.

Please refer to the latest update below:

Waterfront retailers and restaurants – A majority of businesses have returned to business as usual.  Please contact them directly for hours of operation.

Stokes Hill Wharf – Open. All businesses have returned to business as usual. Please contact them directly for hours of operation.

Kitchener Drive Multi Storey Car Park – Open.

Wave Lagoon – Currently closed until further notice. Expected to open later in the week.

Inner Recreation Lagoon – Open with lifeguards on duty from 9am to 6pm daily.

Outer Recreation Lagoon – Currently closed for swimming until further notice.

Please note that a significant number of trees have fallen throughout the precinct and areas have been cordoned off for safety reasons until cleared. Please heed advice from all contractors on site as public safety is our number one priority.

We thank you for your patience until the Waterfront precinct is cleared and returned to normal.

18 Mar

Precinct update 3 for Tropical Cyclone Marcus

Please refer to the latest precinct update below as a result of Tropical Cyclone Marcus:

Wave Lagoon – Closed Sunday 18 March 2018. Aqua Zumba class has been cancelled.

Inner Recreation Lagoon – Open and patrolled by lifeguards on Sunday 18 March 2018

Outer Recreation Lagoon – Closed for use Sunday 18 March 2018

Waterfront retailers and restaurants –
Please contact businesses direct for operating hours

Kitchener Drive Car Park – Remains open

Stokes Hill Wharf – Open Sunday 18 March 2018

Please continue to follow our Facebook page for the latest advice and further information regarding precinct operations.

17 Mar

Precinct update 2 for Tropical Cyclone Marcus

Some areas of the Waterfront precinct have been affected and may be unsafe as a result of Cyclone Marcus earlier today.

The Corporation advises that until the ‘all clear’ has been issued and hazards have been appropriately cordened off, please stay safe and away from affected areas.

If you observe any serious hazards in your area that could be life threatening, please report it by calling 000 immediately.

A significant number of trees have fallen throughout the precinct and will take some time to clear. We thank you for your patience during this time.

16 Mar

Precinct update for tropical cyclone warning

Due to the current cyclone warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for Darwin, please refer to the latest precinct update below:

Wave Lagoon – Open today until 6pm. Closed tomorrow 17 March 2018

Recreation Lagoon – Lifeguards will not be on duty tomorrow 17 March 2018

Waterfront retailers and restaurants – Open today.  Please contact businesses direct for operating hours for 17 March 2018

Beginners Tai Chi – Class has been cancelled for Saturday 17 March

Kitchener Drive Car Park – Remains open

Stokes Hill Wharf – Open today. Wharf closed tomorrow 17 March 2018

Please continue to follow our website or Darwin Waterfront Facebook Page for the latest advice and further information regarding precinct operations.

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20 Feb

Recreation Lagoon reopens to swimmers

The Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon and beach area has reopened for swimming today, 20 February 2018.

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation received results today which confirm the Recreation Lagoon’s improved water quality.

The Corporation will continue to monitor the lagoon regularly in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Standards and Department of Health Guidelines.

The Corporation takes the issue of water quality very seriously, and has in place various management strategies to ensure the water quality is maintained at a high standard.

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

For more information call 08 8999 5155 or email darwinwaterfront@nt.gov.au

16 Feb

Recreation Lagoon temporarily closed to swimmers

16 February 2018

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

“Water quality can be affected at times when there is dense cloud cover and/or heavy rain,” Darwin Waterfront Corporation General Manager, Sam Burke said.

“It appears that Darwin’s current monsoonal conditions have caused a temporary decline in the lagoon’s water quality.”

“The Corporation undertakes regular water quality monitoring which allows us to quickly identify any impact the weather may have on the water quality within the lagoon.”

“Daily testing will be undertaken in order to monitor conditions and the lagoon will reopen when water quality is 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 www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook for the latest advice.

ENDS

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

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