Holidays in Darwin Waterfront

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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.

211 Cheap Hotels Near Darwin Waterfront

H on Smith Hotel
H on Smith Hotel
4 out of 5
81 Smith Street, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$259 per night from 15 Sep. to 16 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Darwin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (997 reviews)
"The rooms are comfortable and clean. It was a little frustrating to be told at 8.15pm that the coffee machine was finished for the day."

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2022

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Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
4 out of 5
6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$332 per night from 18 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Darwin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,287 reviews)
"Great stay. Rooftop bar was really enjoyable after each days work."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Argus Hotel Darwin
Argus Hotel Darwin
3.5 out of 5
13 Shepherd Street, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$266 per night from 12 Sep. to 13 Sep.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Darwin. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (831 reviews)
"We were happy with the location close to the city, will sty there on our next visit A separate toaster labelled for Gluten Free (Coeliacs) is required at breakfast so that toast is not contaminated"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2022

Argus Hotel Darwin
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Darwin City Hotel
Darwin City Hotel
4 out of 5
59 Smith Street, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$209 per night from 16 Sep. to 17 Sep.
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Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
4 out of 5
6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$332 per night from 18 Sep. to 19 Sep.
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Argus Hotel Darwin
3.5 out of 5
13 Shepherd Street, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$266 per night from 12 Sep. to 13 Sep.
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H on Smith Hotel
H on Smith Hotel
4 out of 5
81 Smith Street, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$259 per night from 15 Sep. to 16 Sep.
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Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
4 out of 5
7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$399 per night from 27 Aug. to 28 Aug.
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Mindil Beach Casino Resort
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
4 out of 5
Gilruth Avenue, The Gardens, NT, 0820
The price is AU$399 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
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Palms City Resort
Palms City Resort
3.5 out of 5
64 Esplanade, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$289 per night from 18 Sep. to 19 Sep.
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DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin
DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin
4 out of 5
122 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$348 per night from 18 Sep. to 19 Sep.
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Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel
Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel
4 out of 5
31 Woods Street, Darwin, NT, 0800
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