Explore Darwin's historic Wharf Precinct, site of the city's pearling industry and the Bombing of Darwin, and now a relaxing place to dine and unwind.

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Darwin's Wharf has had a colourful, busy and sometimes tragic history. Its beginnings reflect the times and the uncertainty surrounding the future of the township in the late 1800's. The ethnic population also has its beginnings linked to the Wharf. From 1884 the pearling industry was based in Frances Bay and, like the gold rush 10 years before, encouraged more Asian immigration to Darwin.

The wharf area today still has many of its historical landmarks standing. The fascinating background of Darwin's Oil Fuel installations, Traveller's Walk, The Steam Pump House, the little known Civil Aviation Terminal and Stokes Hill Power Station all have their own stories to tell. Then there is the tragedy that happened at 9.58am on February 19, 1942 - the destruction of the area by Japanese bombing which claimed the lives of many service personnel and waterside workers.

Today, the Precinct has many historical and modern attractions to interest residents and visitors to Darwin. Why not dine al fresco and take in the cooling sea breezes, reminiscent of being on the beach. You can drop a line from the fishing platforms - a popular fishing spot.

Opening times:
Daily 24 hours. Check opening times for shops, restaurants and attractions.
Entry cost:
Free entry
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