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Darwin Wharf Precinct

The Darwin Wharf Precinct, a scenic waterfront area full of options for dining and play, exists thanks to an initiative by the city of Darwin that turned 61 acres of industrial wasteland into a thriving center for the city.

The area includes the Stokes Hill Wharf, a historical site that was constructed in the early 1800s by Darwin’s first European settlers and bore much damage from the 1942 air raid upon the city during World War II. These days, the wharf is home to a much livelier atmosphere. Award-winning dining, entertainment, shopping and outdoor attractions have helped transform the wharf precinct into one of the most celebrated parts of Darwin.

The wharf is connected to Darwin’s Central Business District by a dedicated walkway lined with parks, tropical landscaping and, of course, the waterfront itself. The lifeguard-patrolled swimming lagoons make for a great daytime spot to splash around, and the Indo Pacific Marine lets visitors get up close and personal to the coral ecosystems of the area. 

There is a wealth of shopping and pampering opportunities at the wharf – a surf shop, a boutique gift store, a luxury hair salon and a day spa are just some of the offerings. Visitors shouldn’t pass up a stop at the StormBird Gallery, where stunning nature photography by local Jacci Ingham is on display. Restaurants along the promenade range from a traditional Irish pub and a tapas lounge to a Greek restaurant and an open-til-late gelato shop. Come nightfall, the deckchair cinema serves guests from its kiosk as viewers settle in to watch the nightly film at 7:30 p.m.

Practical Info

The Darwin Wharf Precinct is full of restaurants, shops, arcades, hotels and more, all lined up along ocean in Darwin.

Tours & Tickets

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WWII Historical Tour of Darwin Including Harbor Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

See how the Second World War was experienced in Australia on a WWII historical tour of Darwin. This poignant tour highlights the memorials and sites of the ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.46

Darwin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Tour Darwin at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on hop-off pass. See fabulous views from the open-top double-decker bus and get on and off at 10 ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $29.05

Darwin Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Discover Darwin on this 4-hour afternoon coach tour. Darwin is a unique city situated on the Arafura Sea, rich in past heritage of settlement. The ravages of ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.90

Darwin City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Sunset Cruise

View the sights of Darwin on a guided city tour seeing the sights and attractions of the city. You also have the option to end the day with a sunset fish and ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $62.24

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