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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

16 Feb

Mauboy to headline Queen’s Baton Relay Celebrations in Darwin

14 February 2018

Jessica Mauboy will be the headline act for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) shared celebration at the Darwin Waterfront on Friday 2 March 2018.

Mauboy will join other Territory artists including Caiti Baker, Natalie Pellegrino and Melanie Grey in the free community celebrations to mark the end of the Territory’s part of the QBR as it makes its way to the GC2018 Opening Ceremony in the Gold Coast.

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, said she was delighted with the uptake and participation of the diverse local Territory champions, from the bush to the city and all walks of life, who have been selected to carry the baton in Uluru, Alice Springs, Litchfield, Palmerston and finally to Darwin where the highlight celebration will take place at the Waterfront.

“The event puts Darwin in the national and international spotlight and is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our Territory talent and culture.”

“The Baton Relay throughout the Territory is a great way for Territorians to celebrate the 2018 Commonwealth Games while recognising the achievements of our own local heroes.”

Jessica Mauboy was born and raised in Darwin, where she grew up in a multicultural family – her father Ferdi is of Indonesian descent and her mother Therese is an Indigenous Australian.

“It’s a pleasure to be able to come home and perform for this exceptional celebration of sport, people and cultures,” Territory singer-songwriter, Jessica Mauboy said.

“The Territory is a truly unique place, our multiculturalism, community spirit and pride is second to none. I can’t wait to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with my friends and family in my hometown.”

The event will kick off early from 4pm with free children’s entertainment including GC2018 mascot Borobi performing on stage and roving entertainment including a circus show, giant bubbles, balloon twisting and face glitters.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive at 4.30pm until 5pm, with live music and entertainment to follow until 9pm.

The night will end with the Australian Bruno Mars Show tribute show and a spectacular fireworks finale at 8.45pm.

The event has been delivered in conjunction with City of Darwin and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC).

“I invite everyone to join in this wonderful community event. I’d also love to see people get out on the streets and show support for the relay runners as they carry the baton through Darwin to the Waterfront,” Lord Mayor City of Darwin, Kon Vatskalis said

For full details of the event visit waterfront.nt.gov.au or ‘like’ Darwin Waterfront on Facebook.

To follow the Queen’s Baton’s journey to the Gold Coast visit https://www.gc2018.com/qbr

 

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

 

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30 Jan

Recreation Lagoon temporarily closed to swimmers

30 January 2018

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

The lagoon is being closed as a precautionary measure after the Darwin Waterfront Corporation received one test result today which indicates a decline in water quality.

The recent extreme heavy rainfall and dense cloud cover is likely to have impacted the water quality conditions in the Recreation 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.

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

19 Jan

Stokes Hill Wharf – Dock 1 Refurbishment Works

Stokes Hill Wharf – Dock 1 Refurbishment Works

(also known as the Small Ships Landing/Public Pontoon)

Dock 1 at Stokes Hill Wharf is currently closed for the following works to be carried out until March 2018 (weather permitting):

  • Maintenance & repairs to structure steel work, including gangway.
  • Some repainting.
  • Permanent removal of dilapidated stairs (currently closed for safety reasons)
  • Minor repairs and maintenance to pontoon
  • Pitch and driving of a permanent pile (see below for more information)

Unfortunately it is not possible to retain access for mariners whilst the above work is undertaken.

Further updates will be provided via this page – including when the facility is expected to be reopened.

Notification of installation of permanent pile at Dock 1 on Thursday 1 February 2018:

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation wishes to advise that marine works (piling) will occur at Dock 1 pontoon on Thursday 1 February 2018 to provide additional stability to the pontoon facility.

Installation of a new pile will involve driving (hammering) at the end of the pontoon generating considerable noise between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation apologises in advance for any inconvenience.

For further information contact Alana Madden at Darwin Waterfront Corporation on 08 8999 5155.

15 Jan

More restaurants open at the Darwin Waterfront

15 January 2018

Three exciting new restaurants will soon open at the Darwin Waterfront, further expanding the food and dining offers available within the precinct.

New restaurants; BBQ Tonight and Lime Café are scheduled to open at the Darwin Waterfront by the end of January 2018. These venues will be located either side of the Coffee Club; completing the food and dining strip adjacent to Chow, Fiddler’s Green and Thirsty Zac.

BBQ Tonight will bring Darwinites a true taste of Pakistani and South East Asian cuisines, specialising in charcoal grilled foods packed with flavours.  

Lime Café will offer European/Mediterranean cuisine from an inspired à la carte dine-in menu, along with display cabinets full of freshly made takeaway food including; sandwiches, wraps, muffins, cakes, treats and chocolates.

A third a new feature venue will open its doors by mid-2018 in the large tenancy next to Curve Cafe. The yet to be named restaurant will be opened by a highly respected local Darwin restauranteur and nationally awarded bartender, David Robinson, who owns and runs Hot Tamale and The Coffee Club at the Darwin Waterfront.

“I have always been extremely interested in this site, with its sweeping views of the Waterfront and natural light.  It’s just a beautiful location and is driving the inspiration for the venue.  While it is still early in the process, we are creating an inviting relaxed space, perfect for our tropical lifestyle, that was really about where we are at it life at the moment,”  David Robinson, restaurant owner said.

Further to the three new restaurants; The Precinct Tavern is also investing in a new deck expansion outside the existing venue to expand al fresco dining options.

“It’s positive to see this level of private investment from businesses continue at the Darwin Waterfront,” Samuel Burke, General Manager of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation said.

“The Darwin Waterfront is now enjoying close to 95% retail occupancy – the highest it has been since opening eight years ago.”

“There’s no doubt that the high public amenity, coupled with an exciting year-round events program has made the Darwin Waterfront a destination of choice for locals, visitors and investors.”

“The Darwin Waterfront prides itself as a safe family friendly precinct, and will continue to ensure that it remains the jewel in Darwin’s crown for locals and visitors to enjoy for years to come.”

 

12 Jan

Darwin Waterfront’s Biggest Australia Day Celebrations

Friday 12 January 2018

The Darwin Waterfront’s biggest Australia Day Celebrations will be held on Friday 26 January 2018.

For the first time, a 12 hour line up of activities and entertainment will take place on the lawns from 7am to 7pm.

The day will kick-off with the traditional Australia Day Fun Run in the morning, followed by children’s activities and live music on the lawns.

After the fun run, Ali Mills, a Darwin-based Larrakia woman, renown for her Kriol version of Waltzing Matilda will perform her Gurindji-Kungarakan language (written by her grandfather / great uncle Val McGuinness). Ali will also perform some of her other iconic songs to celebrate Australian and Darwin’s culture including The Arafura Pearls.

There will be plenty of free family fun in the morning until 12noon with waterslides, face glitters, sand art, flag painting, free floating inflatables in the Recreation Lagoon and beach volleyball.

Lions Club of Darwin Nightcliff will also hold a sausage sizzle fundraiser 10am.

Aussie rock legend Angry Anderson, supported by The Coffin Fitz, will perform a free live concert commencing from 12noon. The three-hour show will feature Australian classics such as Bad Boy For Love, We Can’t Be Beaten and Rock n Roll Outlaw. Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson is a well-loved Australian music icon, public speaker, charity worker, motorcycle enthusiast and proud Australian. He holds a Member of the Order of Australia and has been inducted to the star-studded ‘Elvis Wall of Fame’.  Angry was the lead vocalist with the hard rock band Rose Tattoo an inductee of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.

Live music will be played throughout the day featuring local Territory artists including Scott Murphy, Serena Perch and Stevie Jean.

The Wave Lagoon will open early at 8am, and normal admission fees apply. $18 provides a family of five (two adults and three children) all day entry until 6pm. Big Buoy inflatable water park will also be open from 10am to 6pm and is $15 per hourly session.

Stay for lunch or pack a picnic and enjoy the scenic views of the beach and Recreation Lagoon. The Recreation Lagoon will be fully patrolled by lifeguards from 7am until 7pm on Australia Day.

For more information on the program of events visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or like the ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook.

To register for the Australia Day Fun Run race visit http://nt.australiaday.org.au/events-nt/fun-run/

04 Jan

Free fun for kids these school holidays

4 January 2018

A jam-packed three weeks of free school holiday activities will be held every weekday at the Darwin Waterfront from Monday 8 January until Thursday 25 January 2018. All activities start at 10am and are programed for two hours.

Join Hyper the Clown every Monday for interactive and fun workshops including a magic workshop, a balloon twisting workshop and a kids disco.

Get wet on the giant slip and slide and double track racer waterslides on Tuesdays.

Wednesdays are for getting active with free bubble sports on 10 & 17 January and AFL AusKick and hockey clinics on 24 January.

For the first time there will be sailing sessions every Thursday. Qualified instructors will assist children to navigate using two small sailing boats which hold two to three people each around the outer Recreation Lagoon. Sailing places are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis with approximate 15 minute trips offered over the two hours. A Nippers program will be run by Surf Life Saving NT in conjunction with the sailing program.

Finally, there’s something for the creative kids, with sand art on Fridays 12 & 19 January. Yenz Entertainment Crew will have over ten different sand art cards to choose from.

All activities are targeted towards primary school aged children from 5 to 12 years. The diverse program enables children to learn new skills and get hands-on while building their self-confidence in a relaxed environment.

The school holiday breaks are a great time for parents and children to get out of the house and reconnect. Parental supervision is required for the Nippers program and encouraged for all other activities.

Patrons are reminded to be sun-smart and bring sunscreen, a hat and plenty of drinking water.

An undercover waterproof pavilion will be used for workshops as well as provide a shady spot for family and friends to rest over the school holiday period.

After the school holiday fun, families can stay a little longer and enjoy a picnic or lunch at a nearby café or restaurant and a swim.

The Wave Lagoon is open every day from 10am to 6pm. $18 gets a family of two adults and three kids all day entry, single entry is $5 for children and seniors, or $7 for adults.  Alternatively, families can purchase a Darwin Waterfront Membership which includes unlimited entry into the Wave Lagoon and a minimum 10% off at over 30 businesses until 6pm daily for one year, cost is $125.

Families can also enjoy the free Recreation Lagoon, which is fully patrolled by lifeguards from 9am to 6pm daily.

On Friday 26 January, the free fun for families will continue with the Australia Day Celebrations at the Darwin Waterfront. More information on the Australia Day event and activities will be provided soon.

For more information, or to download your free school holiday calendar, visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or the Darwin Waterfront Facebook page.

 

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

 

Darwin Waterfront School Holidays Calendar

18 Dec

The free waterfront shuttle will not operate for the evening service on 31.12.2017.

NYE Shuttle to and from Stokes Hill Wharf

A 21 seater coaster bus (operated by Grand Touring) will provide a free public shuttle service as per the following:

Sunday 31 December 2017

Between 4pm and 10pm

Drop off/Pick Up Stops

  1. Indo Pacific Marine
  2. Stokes Hill Wharf and
  3. The loading zone behind the Wave Lagoon Kiosk on Stokes Hill Road (near the Stokes Hill Road Roundabout)

 

13 Dec

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Darwin Waterfront

17 November 2017

The Darwin Waterfront will be centre-stage this New Year’s Eve, with three headline national acts, local artists, children’s entertainment, food stalls and fireworks displays.

The Choirboys’ Mark Gable, Taxi Ride’s Jason Singh and Australian singer-songwriter Dean Ray – will perform hit singles from over four decades of rock music. The free live concert will please all ages. New Year’s Eve party-goers will revel in the well-loved tunes of ‘Run to Paradise’, ‘Creepin’ Up Slowly’ and ‘Call It A Day’.

Local artists Josh Wyatt and Max Fredricks will be supporting acts, along with the incredible DJ duo Hello Bass & Von Lit who will MC and keep the crowd entertained throughout the evening.

Singer-songwriter, Craig Phillips from Toowoomba, Queensland, will welcome in the New Year after the headline acts with classic alternative and country rock cover songs. Craig’s musicianship style has been inspired by the likes of Eddie Vedder and Kings of Leon.

“The Darwin Waterfront is a world-class location and this popular New Year’s Eve event has grown to attract national media attention, profiling Darwin along with the likes of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Glenelg and Brisbane River,” Local Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby said.

“Free events for locals, such as this, play an important role in enhancing the Territory’s unique lifestyle and fostering vibrant communities.

“New Year’s Eve is an important event for our small businesses and restaurants – with thousands of people flocking into the CBD and Waterfront areas each year to view the fireworks and enjoy free live music and entertainment.

“To support the New Year’s Eve Celebrations the Territory Labor Government is again providing free bus services to the city, and NT Police will be vigilantly patrolling the streets to ensure we welcome in a safe 2018.”

Early in the evening, free children’s entertainment including two Nick Jr.’s PAW Patrol ‘Ready for Action’ shows and a meet & greet, face glitters, balloon twisting and roving entertainment will wow the little ones and young families.

Two spectacular ten-minute fireworks displays will light the skies at 9pm and midnight.

Pack a picnic dinner, blanket and chairs and relax on the lawns for an evening of entertainment. There’ll be food and drink stalls and restaurants are taking dinner reservations for the evening. Eskies are welcome, but no glass or alcohol is permitted.

Be sure to bring a poncho in case it rains – the show will definitely go on! There’ll be undercover marquees for party-goers to retreat to should it get a little wet.

Free parking will be available from 4pm to midnight on 31 December 2017 in on-street and off-street parking bays at the Waterfront, including the Kitchener Drive multi-storey car park and the Darwin Convention Centre’s basement parking.

To avoid delays, park in the city and catch the free bus (from the Darwin city interchange) or take the short stroll across the sky bridge and down the glass lift into the heart of the celebrations.

The festivities will continue on New Year’s Day with a free live concert from ‘The Fame Junkies’ band who will perform classics from the 60’s to today’s latest chart topping hits from 12noon to 4pm.

The popular New Year’s Eve event has been made possible with the investment of Toga, Darwin Waterfront Corporation and local Waterfront retailers.

 

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