There’s a cracking swell pumping at Darwin’s Wave Lagoon where the roar of the ocean almost drowns out the delighted screams of kids surfing boogie boards. OK, so we don’t actually have surf up here, and you shouldn’t technically swim in our ocean due to our exotic inhabitants, which make the Territory so ruggedly romantic. But there are plenty of options in which to cool down, whether it’s in a man-made pool, natural swimming hole or even a bar or two.
Yes, we love our watering holes up here, and ever since the Wave Lagoon and adjacent swimming lagoon were built at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct, swimming has become part of the vernacular.
For those who like a bit of chop with their morning swim, the Wave Lagoon is the perfect place, with the ocean here resembling Surfers Paradise beach when an onshore northerly sweeps into town. Float in a translucent blue ring like a giant jellyfish, lay on one of the delectable deck chairs, or wander among the silver jabiru art installations perched on the lush lawn.
For a calmer dip, the nearby swimming lagoon with its jumping castle is a divine destination in which to enjoy Darwin’s tropical weather. On a beautiful day you’ll find plenty of lounge lizards of the human variety lazing on the grass.