Paradise comes at a price. The answer to Darwin’s tropical weather is the city’s Waterfront, which features plenty of ways for any Territorian or visitor to cool off and relax.The Waterfront, which is handily connected to the CBD by a sky bridge, has a vibrant, fun atmosphere.No wonder a tourist posts on Tripadvisor: “Great place to chill out with plenty of bars and cafes. Adds to the character of a beautiful small city.”
The Waterfront features a large Recreation Lagoon and Wave Lagoon– and has an arc of great shops, restaurants and bars. Several bars rest just metres from the cool waters, offering high-quality food and ice-cold drinks to beat back the heat. Trampoline makes gelato just like the Italians, on site, fresh daily. For an amazing gelato, sorbet or shakes, visit Trampoline Gelato. They have heaps of flavours to choose from, so there’s something for everyone on a hot day. Feeling thirsty? Thirsty Zac has all you need to quench your thirst. Who needs hot drinks when you live in Darwin? All their drinks are served icy cold. Grab a cold refreshing juice, smoothie or bubble tea seven days a week. The Waterfront’s saltwater Recreation Lagoon, separated from Darwin Harbour, is a perfect and safe place to wade through Darwin’s tropical waters.
Cool sea water is pumped into the lagoon, giving residents an authentic, but safe, ocean experience. The shores of the lagoon are only a stone’s throw from the Waterfront’s worldly range of restaurants, which serve a wide variety of quality food. A day at the beach and an inner-city dinner are resting right next to each other. If the heat is too much, find a shady spot along the lawns and take in the gentle Arafura Sea breeze. Sitting on the water just off shore is the Big Buoy Water Park, a floating playground for kids to enjoy. Open Tuesday to Sunday during the dry season and Tuesday to Friday in the wet season, the floating castle is only $16.50 an hour. Just across the water is Stokes Hill Wharf. Offering a relaxed atmosphere with sweeping views of Darwin’s breezy harbour, Stokes Hill’s two seafood gallerias give a well-deserved break from the blazing heat. The alfresco dining offers a taste of the Asian-style north Australian cuisine Darwin has cultivated.
The Waterfront’s crowning jewel is Darwin’s famous Wave Lagoon, colloquially called the Wave Pool, filled with crystal clear water and with artificial waves that reach 1.7 metres in height. Offering wave boards and inflatable tubes, the pool’s goal is fun for a tropical day. The pool is perfect for a hot day out with the family, a lazy day with mates, or an outdoor party on a particularly ice-cream melting day. The Waterfront is a mecca for people wanting to chill out on a hot day. If the heat is keeping you indoors, or the humidity is too much, you need a day out – the Waterfront is the perfect place to enjoy good food, have fun with the kids, relax and, most importantly, cool down.