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.

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.

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


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.

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


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 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


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

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.