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People enjoying the sunset on a cruise in Darwin

Sailing & cruisingaround Darwin

With an endless ocean right on the city’s doorstep, sailing or cruising around Darwin is a peaceful way to take it all in. Further afield, witness incredible biodiversity and wildlife on the rivers and billabongs, or take a relaxing cruise through heritage-listed national parks.

Blessed with an attractive harbour and strong ocean breezes, the Top End surrounding Darwin has all the ingredients of the perfect sailing destination. Whether you set off on a day tour aboard a luxury catamaran or take a longer voyage out to the Tiwi Islands, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a sailing adventure here.


Sailing the Darwin Harbour at sunset is a highlight. It doesn’t get much more tranquil than kicking back with a few beers on the water as the stars come out on a balmy Territory evening. Catamarans are the most popular way of getting out on the water, and can range from luxury models to the basic variety without all the mod cons.

Sailing tours last from a few hours to adventurous overnight and multi-day trips. Fishing trips are also popular and a great chance to reel in barramundi and gold band snapper. For those interested in sailing itself, the first port of call should be the Darwin Sailing Club, where novices can learn the tricks of the trade. Here you’ll get a list of great sailing destinations in the immediate Darwin Harbour region and beyond.

Sailing & cruising around Darwin


Tiwi Islands

For those seeking adventure mixed with style and culture, a catamaran trip to the Tiwi Islands is a great opportunity for something a bit different. Four-day trips onboard ultra-comfy cataramans decked out with air conditioned ensuite rooms, as well as fishing equipment, will ensure you enjoy the tropics of the Arafura Sea in luxury. Trips ashore to the Tiwi Islands provide a memorable opportunity to learn about Tiwi culture, and also include art gallery visits and bush tucker demonstrations.



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