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WorldIndian OceanAustraliaNorthern TerritoryDarwin
Port of Entry
12°27.769'S, 130°50.506'E Chart icon.png
lat=-12.462817 | lon=130.841767 | zoom=11 | y

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.

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


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


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.

Weather forecast sources:

See also Northern Territory




See Australia.


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Darwin is a port of entry for Australia. For details see Entrance: Australia.

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
VHF channel 16
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

Quarantine Buoy/wiki/Darwin#Quarantine_BuoyBuoy icon Quarantine Buoy [[Darwin#Quarantine Buoy|Quarantine Buoy]] 12°28.500'S, 130°49.950'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.
Cullen Bay pontoon/wiki/Darwin#Cullen_Bay_pontoonBerth icon Cullen Bay pontoon [[Darwin#Cullen Bay pontoon|Cullen Bay pontoon]] 12°27.106'S, °'E outside of lock. Contact Cullen Bay Lockmaster (CH 11) or Customs prior to coming alongside pontoon.
'Port draughts
Deep water port subject to large tidal variations.


Frances Bay Fishing Boat Harbour

Frances Bay Fishing Boat Harbour/wiki/Darwin#Frances_Bay_Fishing_Boat_Harbour
Harbour icon Frances Bay Fishing Boat Harbour [[Darwin#Frances Bay Fishing Boat Harbour|Frances Bay Fishing Boat Harbour]] (Duck Pond) 12°27.332'S, 130°50.876'E
Port of Entry

This is mainly for fishing boats but yachts can be accommodated ii concrete quays. Water, electricity, toilets, showers.

XX@XXX; Tel: +61 8 8942 1453; Fax: +XX XX XXXX-XXXX; VHF channel 68 & 11

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Darwin Sailing Club

Darwin Sailing Club/wiki/Darwin#Darwin_Sailing_Club
Berth icon Darwin Sailing Club [[Darwin#Darwin Sailing Club|Darwin Sailing Club]] 12°25.633'S, 130°49.143'E

Visiting sailors may become temporary members for a small fee. The club has comprehensive facilities, washing machines and dryers, and a very good restaurant serving lunches and dinners.

[email protected]; Tel: +61 08 8981 1700; VHF channel XX
Address: PO Box 117, Parap NT 0804, Australia

Bayview Waters Marina

Bayview Waters Marina/wiki/Darwin#Bayview_Waters_Marina
Berth icon Bayview Waters Marina [[Darwin#Bayview Waters Marina|Bayview Waters Marina]] 12°26.514'S, 130°51.577'E

Access is via a lock (open 07:00 to 18:00 local time). All facilities. No fuel berth. Quarantine certificate required before entry.

For the latest prices see Price Listing.

[email protected]; Tel: +61889 813 788; Fax: +61889 813 733; VHF channel 68
Lockmaster: [email protected]; Tel: +6141 8910 888 (07:00 to 18:00, 7 days a week)
Address: 26A/90 Frances Bay Drive, Tipperary Waters NT 0820, Australia

Tipperary Waters Marina

Tipperary Waters Marina/wiki/Darwin#Tipperary_Waters_Marina
Berth icon Tipperary Waters Marina [[Darwin#Tipperary Waters Marina|Tipperary Waters Marina]] 12°26.514'S, 130°51.577'E

Marina Facilities: laundromat, bar/restaurant, supermarket, fast food outlet. Chandlery and sail maker 2 min. away. Live-aboard surcharge charged/day/power connection.

[email protected]; Tel: +61 08 8942 2231; VHF channel 8
Lockmaster: Tel: +6407 075 0778, "Tipperary Lockmaster"
Address: GPO Box 4764, Darwin, NT 0801, Australia


Fannie Bay

Fannie Bay/wiki/Darwin#Fannie_Bay
Anchorage icon Fannie Bay [[Darwin#Fannie Bay|Fannie Bay]] 12°25.633'S, 130°49.143'E
In front of the Darwin Sailing Club. You can leave your dinghy in the club.

E of Darwin Wharf

E of Darwin Wharf/wiki/Darwin#E_of_Darwin_Wharf
Anchorage icon E of Darwin Wharf [[Darwin#E of Darwin Wharf|E of Darwin Wharf]] 12°29.161'S, 130°52.765'E
It his is exposed to the south east winds that prevail in July and August, and there are no facilities.


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