Darwin Waterfront

The Top 5 Darwin Waterfront Accommodation for your next staycation

Are you looking to have your next staycation in Darwin? Have you considered staying around Darwin’s Waterfront? We have researched the top 5 Darwin Waterfront Accommodation for your next fun and well-earned staycation.

We will be covering the following accommodation in Darwin:

  • Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites
  • Waterfront Darwin Tropical Gem
  • Vibe Hotel
  • Adina Apartment Hotel
  • Darwin Waterfront Apartments

We will also highlight top attractions in Darwin and its surrounds as well as top restaurants around the Waterfront for you to enjoy!

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Family fun at the Darwin City Lagoon
Family fun at the Darwin Wave Lagoon – image credit Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

best Places to Stay in Darwin’s Waterfront

Some of the best Darwin hotels are:

Vibe Hotel Waterfront Darwin

The Vibe Hotel offers 121 guest rooms in the heart of the Darwin Waterfront. Close by are excellent restaurants, cafes, shopping experiences, craft beer at the Precinct Tavern, II Lido Restaurant, Wharf One, Hot Tamale and the Oyster Bar.

Address: 7 Kitchener Drive Darwin City

The hotel offers free wifi, Curve Restaurant and Bar, a gym and a swimming pool.

Room options:

King, Twin, Single Guest Room – city view, safe, work desk, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, spacious bathroom and 32″ LCD TV

King, Queen, Twin Guest Room With View – water view, safe, work desk, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, spacious bathroom and 32″ LCD TV

Book your room at the Vibe Waterfront Darwin hotel here

Adina Apartment Hotel

Located in the same location as the Vibe Waterfront Darwin Hotel at 7 Kitchener Drive Darwin City. The Adina Apartment Hotel is well-positioned to enjoy the facilities of the Waterfront which includes, restaurants, bars, shopping and more.

The Adina Apartment Hotel offers guests a bar, gym and swimming pool.

Room Options:

Premier Studio King or Twin Rooms – 35 sq m, city views, kitchenette, work desk, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi, 32″ LCD TV

Premier Studio King or Twin Rooms with View35 sq m, wave pool views, kitchenette, work desk, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi, 32″ LCD TV

Premier 1 Bedroom King, Twin, Queen Rooms – 45 sq m, city views, fully-equipped kitchen, work desk, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi, 32″ LCD TV

Premier 1 Bedroom King, Twin, Queen Rooms with View – 45 sq m, wave pool views, kitchenette, work desk, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi, 32″ LCD TV

Book your room at the Adina Apartment Hotel here

Three of the best Darwin Apartments at the Waterfront:

Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites

Room options:

1 Bedroom Apartment with views (sleeps 3)

1 Bedroom Apartment with water views (sleeps 2)

2 Bedroom Apartment with free car package (sleeps 4)

2 Bedroom Apartment with free car package (sleeps 5)

2 Bedroom Apartment with Views (sleeps 5)

3 Bedroom Apartment with Views (sleeps 7)

All rooms are based on a 7-night minimum booking.

All 1 bedroom apartments include large balconies, views, workstation, LCD TV, BBQ, free wifi, dining, kitchen, lounge and laundry facilities.

Two-bedroom apartments include master with ensuite, fully equipped kitchen, laundry, large balcony, BBQ, free welcome package, hi-speed wifi internet

3 Bedroom apartments include master with ensuite, fully equipped kitchen and laundry, high-speed NB wireless wifi internet, large balcony, BBQ and free welcome breakfast package.

The free car package offered includes:

  • Already waiting for you at the apartment
  • Only selected 1 & 2 bedroom apartments
  • 100 Km’s/ day mileage. Drive to Litchfield Park
  • Limited to sealed bitumen roads
  • Drivers must be 25+ years
  • Bond on Car / Insurance excess $750
  • Current or recent model Toyota Corolla
  • Terms and Conditions apply*

Book your accommodation here for the Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites

Waterfront Darwin Tropical Gem

Located at 7 Anchorage Court Darwin.

One-bedroom apartments include:

  • Patio
  • Garden views
  • Free parking
  • Free wifi
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Washing machine
  • Children’s playground
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • BBQ
  • Mini-market on site

Book your accommodation here

Darwin Waterfront Apartments

The Darwin Waterfront Apartments are located at 19 Kitchener Drive Darwin Waterfront. One, two and three-bedroom apartments are available with either lagoon or harbour views.

1 Bedroom Harbour View Apartment (sleeps 2) – located on the Penthouse Level 8 of Wharf 2 Complex. King size bed, coffee machine, free wifi, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry, walk-in shower and gas BBQ.

2 Bedroom Lagoon Views Apartment (sleeps 4) – 135 sq m. Located on the 3rd floor of Wharf One Building 3. Master bedroom with ensuite, flat screen TV, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry, BBQ and outdoor setting on balcony, secure parking for 2 cars, free wifi.

2 Bedroom Wharf & Harbour View Apartment (sleeps 4) – 135 sq m, 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, Master bedroom has ensuite, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry, BBQ and outdoor setting on the balcony, large plasma screen TV, NBN internet, security parking for 2 cars located in Wharf 1 Building 3.

3 Bedroom Harbour & Precinct View Apartment (sleeps 6) – Master bedroom and ensuite, fully-equipped kitchen, BBQ and outdoor setting on Balcony, 270 degrees views from the Balcony, large plasma TV screen, laundry, free wifi and secure parking for 2 cars.

Top Things to do in Darwin

What can you do in Darwin? We share with you the top 10 things to do in Darwin.

There are plenty of Darwin activities to suit all members of your family, couples and solo travellers.

Darwin Waterfront’s Saltwater Lagoon – open daily, patrolled by lifeguards from 9 am to 6 pm, free entry. Swim at the Wave Lagoon.

Darwin's Wave Lagoon
Wave Lagoon – image credit NT/Summersite

Take the family to Darwin’s Aqua Park

Take a Sunset Cruise from Stokes Hill Wharf departing at 6 pm every day from February to December. Returning back to the wharf at 8.30 pm.

Darwin Harbour Sunset Cruise
Darwin Harbour Sunset Cruise – image credit Experience Oz

Enjoy Darwin’s sunset from your 19-metre schooner. Food and beverages can be purchased on board. Learn about Darwin’s history during your 2.5 – hour cruise.

Book your Sunset Cruise here

General Admission Tickets to Crocosaurus Cove

Full day entry to Crocosaurus Cove, hold a baby crocodile, big croc feeding and presentation, fish feeding, meet the reptiles, reptile feeding and presentation, turtle feed and presentation, nocturnal reptile feeding, fishing for crocs and more.

Crocosaurus Cove
Crocosaurus Cove – image credit Experience Oz

Purchase your general tickets for admission to Crocosaurus Cove here

Litchfield National Park Day Tour

Litchfield National Park
Visit Litchfield National Park on a Day Tour – image credit Experience Oz

Depart Darwin at 7.15 am for a full day tour visiting 3 waterfalls (Florence, Tolmer and Wangi), visit the historic town of Batchelor, buffet lunch at Litchfield Cafe and see unusual rock formations.

Book here

3 Hour Weekday or Saturday Gourmet Lunch Tour

Your 3-hour gourmet walking lunch tour includes enjoying local Aboriginal bush food, local restaurant fare and admiring the best of local street art.

Gourmet Lunch Tour
Enjoy local delights on your gourmet 3 hour walking tour – image credit Experience Oz

Book here

3 Hour Dinner Gourmet Tour

A 3-hour walking tour to 3 of Darwin’s top restaurants. Each restaurant visited provides a degustation tasting menu of local ingredients focusing on Aboriginal bush foods. During your walk see the historical and cultural landmarks of Darwin and local street art.

Dinner gourmet tours
3-hour dinner gourmet tour – image credit Tourism Australia/Nicholas Kavo

Book here

Kakadu National Park Day Tour

A popular one day tour visiting:

  • Kakadu National Park
  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
  • Nourlangie rock art site
Rock Art Kakadu National Park
Rock Art – image credit Experience Oz
  • Aboriginal Rock Art
  • Delicious lunch
  • Warradjan Cultural Centre

Book here

Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour

Depart by ferry from the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal to Bathurst Island.

Tiwi Islands Day Tour
Tiwi Islands Day Tour – image credit Experience Oz

Your day tour includes visits to a local museum, church, morning tea with damper with the Tiwi Island ladies, watch totem pole dancing and a smoking ceremony and learn about bush food and bush medicine.

Book your Tiwi Islands Experience here

Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls Day Tour


  • Nitmiluk National Park
  • Edith Falls
  • Aboriginal Rock Art
Katherine Gorge Tour
Katherine Gorge Tour – image credit Experience Oz
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Delicious Lunch
  • Adelaide River War Memorial

Book here for your Day Tour

Darwin Waterfront Restaurants

Head to the Darwin Waterfront for excellent dining options.

Wharf One Lunch
Wharf One Lunch – credit Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

Wharf One Food and Wine

Address: 19 Kitchener Drive, Building 3, Darwin City

Casual dining specialising in wood grill cooking and local seasonal produce

The Precinct Tavern

Address: 7 Kitchener Drive Darwin City

A choice of 3 bars, 46 craft beers, ciders, wines, cocktails, outdoor seating, live music, sporting events and more

Crustaceans Steak and Seafood Restaurant

Address: 45 Stokes Hill Road Darwin

For the best fish, oysters and steak in a relaxed setting with outdoor seating available on the harbourfront terrace.

iL Lido Bar Pizza

Address: 19 Kitchener Drive Darwin City

Mouth-watering pizzas, burgers, cocktails, drinks and more

Hot Tamale

Address: F2/19 Kitchener Drive Darwin City

Tacos and tequila plus more Mexican delights in this award-winning restaurant

Oyster Bar

Address: 19 Kitchener Drive Darwin City

Oyster Bar Darwin
Oyster Bar – image credit Tourism NT/Christopher Nayna

Fresh chilled or grilled oysters, seafood, platters, Australian wines and beers

Frequently Asked Questions on Visiting Darwin

When is the dry season in Darwin?

The dry season for Darwin and the Northern Territory is from May to October.

How far is Kakadu National Park from Darwin?

3.5 hours from Darwin is Kakadu National Park.

How far is Litchfield National Park?

Litchfield Park is 2 hours from Darwin.

What is the flight time from Sydney to Darwin?

Darwin is 4000 km away from Sydney and 4 hours flying time. Indonesia is closer to Darwin than Sydney is. For latest airfare deals click here.

What bus service is available for travel to Darwin and the Northern Territory?

Greyhound Australia has regular bus services. Click here for bus times and prices.

When is the wet season in the Northern Territory?

The wet season runs from October to April. You can expect thunderstorms, monsoonal rains and high humidity.

When is the best time to visit Darwin and the Northern Territory:

May to October are the best months to visit the Territory.

When is the Mindil Beach Markets open?

Thursday and Sunday Nights from 4 pm to 9 pm from April to October.

Where are the best places to see the Darwin Sunsets?

  • East Point Reserve, Fanny Bay
  • Bicentennial Park
  • Casaurina Parade Nightcliff

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