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Darwin, Northern Territory

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12°27.769′S, 130°50.506′E
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Darwin is situated in the Northern Territory, on the Timor Sea. The town proper is built on a low bluff overlooking Darwin harbour, flanked by Frances Bay to the east and Cullen Bay to the west. The remainder of the city is flat and low-lying, and coastal areas are home to recreational reserves, extensive beaches, and excellent fishing.

Cruising the region

The NT has large tidal variations, so take this into account when anchoring or planning a passage.

Local Weather

Darwin has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry season runs from May to September (the southern hemisphere winter), during which nearly every day is warm and sunny, and afternoon humidity averages around 30%. There is very little rainfall between May and September. In the coolest months of June and July, the daily minimum temperature may dip as low as 14°C (56°F), but very rarely lower, and frost has never been recorded.

The wet season is associated with tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. The majority of rainfall occurs between December and March (the southern hemisphere summer), when thunderstorms are common and afternoon relative humidity averages over 70% during the wettest months. It does not rain every day during the wet season, but most days are warm to hot with plentiful cloud cover; January averages under 6 hours of bright sunshine daily. The hottest month is November, just before the onset of the main rainy season.

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See also Northern Territory


Australian Hydrographic Service
AUS24 Darwin & Wickham Point
AUS26 Approaches to Port Darwin
AUS722 Australia North Coast - Northern Territory - Beagle Gulf and Clarence Strait

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Approach and Navigation


Check-in facilities (for Customs and Immigration)

Customs contact details
Customs House,
21 Lindsay Street,
Darwin NT 0800
Office hours: 08 8980 6532
After hours: 0419 788 865
Facsimile: 08 8980 6530
Quarantine contact details
1 Pederson Road
Marrara DARWIN NT 0812
Office hours: 08 8920 7000
After hours: 0409 678 675 (on call officer)
Customs will contact AQIS of arrival on behalf of the vessel
Boarding station for arrival

Anchorage: Quarantine Buoy 12°28.5'S 130°49.95'E, inside Fannie Bay or on the Northern side of sandbar outside of Cullen Bay / Emery Point. May shelter in Doctor's Gully if adverse sea conditions.

Clearance: Cullen Bay pontoon outside of lock 12°27.112'S 130°49.233'E. Contact Cullen Bay Lockmaster (CH 11) or Customs prior to coming alongside pontoon.

Port draughts: Deep water port subject to large tidal variations.

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