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Darwin Waterfront

Explore Darwin’s scenic waterfront, where you can swim in the wave pool, see turtles up close and dine in restaurants overlooking the sea. 

Head to the Darwin Waterfront and enjoy the music, food and atmosphere of this lively precinct. Just a short walk from the CBD, this picturesque oceanfront esplanade is very popular with locals. Enjoy sweeping views of the harbour, escape the summer heat at its swimming areas or try some seaside dining. 

During Darwin’s steamy summers and dry winters, head to the waterfront Wave Lagoon to keep cool. This pool charges a small entry fee but is safe all year and has shallow areas for children. Find your own space in the 4,000-square-metre (43,000-square-foot) lagoon. Alternatively, join the crowds at the wave section, where you can surf up to 10 different types of waves. Nearby, a seawater Recreation Lagoon and beach area are free to use. Find a spot on the sand and work on your tan. 

Dry off and visit the Indo Pacific Marine exhibit, where you can learn about the balanced ecosystem of coral reefs. Delight in close-up views of sea horses and clownfish grazing the floors of their enclosures. At certain times of the month, you can take a cruise to a secluded beach nearby to watch turtles laying their eggs. 

Take a fishing trip to Darwin’s sheltered reefs and explore the ocean floor. Charter boats can be booked at hotels along the promenade. If you are looking for an adrenalin rush, take a jet boat tour around the headland. For something more laid-back, board the restored Streeter sailboat for a sunset cruise.

Back on dry land, head to one of the world-renowned restaurants along the promenade for some fresh seafood. Take a seat at the Deckchair Cinema, an outdoor movie theatre just next to the Esplanade. This cinema shows a range of Australian, popular and foreign films. Movies screen in the evenings between April and November. 

The Darwin Waterfront is situated on the southern tip of Darwin’s peninsula. Get there by bus or car and use the metered parking available.

Darwin Waterfront Hotels

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Oaks Élan Darwin

Oaks Élan Darwin

31 Woods Street, Darwin, NT
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.0 out of 5 (247 reviews)

    Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Smith Street Mall and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

    Oaks Élan DarwinAU$129

    28 Jul - 29 Jul

    Oaks Élan DarwinAU$129
    Rydges Darwin Central

    Rydges Darwin Central

    21 Knuckey Street, Darwin, NT
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.5 out of 5 (862 reviews)

      Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Street Mall and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

      Rydges Darwin CentralAU$130

      28 Jul - 29 Jul

      Rydges Darwin CentralAU$130
      Darwin City Hotel

      Darwin City Hotel

      59 Smith Street, Darwin, NT
        3.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.3 out of 5 (46 reviews)

        Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Crocosaurus Cove, The Esplanade, and Parliament House. Bicentennial Park and Government ...

        Darwin City HotelAU$146

        29 Jul - 30 Jul

        Darwin City HotelAU$146
        Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

        Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

        7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin, NT
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.4 out of 5 (776 reviews)

          Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Esplanade and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

          Vibe Hotel Darwin WaterfrontAU$179

          28 Jul - 29 Jul

          Vibe Hotel Darwin WaterfrontAU$179
          Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront

          Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront

          7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin, NT
            4.5 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.4 out of 5 (614 reviews)

            Located in Darwin City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Esplanade and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) ...

            Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin WaterfrontAU$179

            27 Jul - 28 Jul

            Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin WaterfrontAU$179
            Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin

            Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin

            6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.1 out of 5 (256 reviews)

              Located in Darwin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Street Mall, Maningrida Arts & Culture, and Darwin Waterfront. Crocosaurus ...

              Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter DarwinAU$192

              21 Jul - 22 Jul

              Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter DarwinAU$192
              Argus Hotel Darwin

              Argus Hotel Darwin

              13 Shepherd Street, Darwin, NT
                3.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.3 out of 5 (221 reviews)

                Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.6 ...

                Argus Hotel DarwinAU$134

                1 Aug - 2 Aug

                Argus Hotel DarwinAU$134
                Mantra Pandanas

                Mantra Pandanas

                43 Knuckey Street, Darwin, NT
                  4.5 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.5 out of 5 (940 reviews)

                  Located in Darwin City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Street Mall and Darwin Waterfront. Cullen Bay Marina is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...

                  Mantra PandanasAU$145

                  21 Jul - 22 Jul

                  Mantra PandanasAU$145