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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 www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook for the latest advice.

ENDS

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 www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook for the latest advice.

 

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

29 Jan

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.

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!

22 Jan

Dock 1 Temporary Closure – Stokes Hill Wharf

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation wishes to advise that the Dock 1 (Small Ships Landing) facility at Stokes Hill Wharf has sustained damage to the pontoon which requires urgent remediation.

Dock 1 has been closed for all users, effective immediately, whilst scoping works are being carried out and it is likely the pontoon will be removed in the coming days for repair.

Should you require vessel access via Stokes Hill Wharf in the meantime, please contact the Corporation on 088999 5155 or via email at darwinwaterfront@nt.gov.au to discuss your options.

The Corporation apologises in advance for any inconvenience.

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 www.waterfront.nt.gov.au.

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 www.waterfront.nt.gov.au 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 waterfront.nt.gov.au 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 waterfront.nt.gov.au.

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.

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 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

 

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
program.

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.

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