10 reasons to visit Darwin Waterfront, NT

We loved our time at Darwin Waterfront – the newest precinct on the ocean in Northern Territory’s capital. And believe me, you’ll want to get wet in this Top End climate. 

Here’s what we got up to! 

Bounce on waves

Kids will love the Wave Lagoon more for some action. There is a fee for entry at the kiosk, you can save with senior concession family prices – plus under 3s are free. There is a shallow area for littlies and tubes are supplied. You can even join an Aqua Fit class!

Bring your camera

There are fun spots you’ll want to photograph in this lovely location…

Back in wartime

WWII Oil Tunnels entry is right there! Darwin was attacked by 188 Japanese aircraft on February 19, 1942 and this “top secret” attraction had an important role. 

Walk the Rainbow Steps

Up this colourful staircase, are more Darwin attractions and the CBD – with even more pubs and restaurants to enjoy. It really is a great location. 

Sip and Sup

With over 20 eateries, we were spoilt with choice and those waterfront views! I’ll give a shout out to Chow! and their Asian fusion deliciousness. Cocktails were very welcome at the Oyster Bar, too! 

‘Lie like a loungeroom lizard’

After lunch, bring your book, and laze back in a deck chair at the Recreation Lagoon. A great spot for people watching, too! The kids will love a swim, and it is free (but note: water temperatures are warm as, bro). 

Even the cloudy days were wonderful. There in the wet season, we welcomed the loud, angry storms making an appearance most nights. Over in an instant, they cooled us all down. 

Reason for the Season

Read up the signage whilst you are there – and beautiful blooms and tropical trees! The season will be displayed, too. We visited in “knock ‘em down” Mayilema Season. Something we experienced that trip, when soaking in the Litchfield waterfalls

Stroll along the paths

Soak up those views! There’s a playground for kids, public art, a nail salon, fashion and beautiful images in the art gallery. Look out for live music and yoga, as well as special events. 

Darwin Waterfront NT

Stokes Hill Wharf

Walk out for a ferris wheel, mini-golf, harbour cruise and live music on Wednesdays and Sundays during April to September. You can fish, watch trawlers, or those special NT sunsets over Darwin Harbour. The award winning Royal Flying Doctor Service attraction is onsite. 

Stokes Hill Wharf Darwin Waterfront NT

Seafood and eat it

Side Trip: The fish markets aren’t far from here, too! Just 1 km away – they are worth a look. Especially if you want to buy some local fish or seafood to bring back to the caravan park!

Fish Market at Darwin Waterfront NT

If you like this article – read up on Darwin’s FREE waterslides. Our kids loved them!

Darwin Waterfront NT

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