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Sea Darwin

Sea Darwin is a multi award winning local company who offers a range of interactive eco cruise and tour experiences.

Experiences range from one to eight hours, and include turtle and history and sunset tours.

Sea Darwin is a Brolga Award winning eco accredited company who provides personalised small group cruise experiences. Whether your interest is the environment, the history, the culture or you just want to get out on the water, Sea Darwin has an experience that will suit you time and budget.

  • Information


    • ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia
    • Respecting Our Culture (ROC) Certified by Ecotourism Australia
  • Tours

    Australias Frontline: WWII Bombing of Darwin Tour

    This complete package includes both land based sights around Darwin city, and sea sites on Darwin Harbour. Using local historians as your guides and real time commentary, you will hear the stories of the Darwin’s front line activity, starting with the WWII history and the Bombing of Darwin and tracing developments up to the modern day. The package includes CBD hotel pickups, the land based excursion and then the 1 hour Australia’s Frontline Bombing of Darwin cruise.

    On this WWII Bombing of Darwin tour you will visit the sites that were hit by the Japanese air raids incl Charles Darwin National Park, the acclaimed Defence of Darwin museum as well as the East Point Military precinct. The WWII Bombing of Darwin tour is complete with the one hour Australia’s Frontline cruise on Darwin Harbour.

    There is also the option to cruise only for 1 hour at 11am each morning

    Bombing of Darwin Cruise

    Hear the stories of that fateful day and see the remnants of the war along the Darwin shoreline with Darwin's only Bombing of Darwin Cruise.

    Board your vessel at 11am at Stokes Hill Wharf, one of Darwin’s iconic locations that was centre stage during the Bombing of Darwin. This hour long cruise takes you on a journey along Darwin’s seascape as you hear the stories and take in Darwin’s WWll history sites. You’ll also be treated to real time commentary by local guides about Darwin Harbour and Darwin’s importance as Australia’s frontline port.

    The cruise covers the historic Stokes Hill and Fort Hill wharf areas, the Pearling Luggers, the wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peary, the old flying boat base at Doctors Gully, HMAS Coonawarra and the Emery Point gun emplacement before arriving at Cullen Bay at noon. At the culmination of the cruise you can choose to disembark at Cullen Bay, or stay aboard for a fast boat journey back to Stokes Hill Wharf arriving back around 12. 15pm.

    Sea Darwin Harbour Highlights

    Cruise departs from Stokes Hill wharf and takes in the unique habitat, history and intrigue of Darwin Harbour. You will experience the sounds and sights of a city harbour abounding with contemporary interest, drenched in history and with an unparalleled tropical marine habitat.

    Cruise highlights include:

    - Historic Stokes Hill and Fort Hill Wharf areas
    - Crocodile trap
    - Mangrove habitat
    - A shipwreck
    - The Darwin Harbour Esplanade area
    - The Fishing port
    - Occasional sightings of marine mammals

    Sunset Fish'n Chips

    Leaving Stokes Hill wharf at 1745 hours a fast boat ride will take you past the sights and sounds of Darwin city seascape to arrive at Cullen Bay Beach where you will pick up your fish'n chips. Eat your dinner accompanied by a glass of champagne, the warm wind, an exquisite tropical sunset and a harbour full of intrigue, as you casually cruise around to find the best position for your Darwin Harbour sunset photo. A perfect end to the day for families and spirited travellers, and those that have an interest in a real Top End experience. A fast boat ride in the calm of the evening will get you back to the hub bub of Stokes Hill Wharf.

    •1. 5 hour Darwin Harbour sunset cruise experience
    •Fish'n Chips - one serve of fresh local wild caught fish and chips
    •Complimentary glass of champagne or bottle of water or soft drink
    •Visit to a site of at least one Darwin Harbour shipwreck
    •Opportunistic mammal and marine life sightings

    Tropical Light: "Unplugged" Twilight Tour

    Board your vessel 15 minutes before sunset to catch the last rays of the setting, tropical summer sun. Expect dark, moody, orange, or yellow illuminated rays in the sky. And then, as twilight awakens, witness the colours stretch across the sky and intensify; a quintessential Darwin experience enjoyed through a unique perspective.

    Journey to the back of the harbour to a thriving landscape of trees in the sea, where birds find sanctuary at the end of the day, and where natures embrace has a backdrop of Darwin city, reflecting twilight’s mood.

    Returning to Kitchener Bay, we swap nature’s light for the conventional variety where you will be greeted with ‘plugged light’ and the stunning view of Bruce Munro’s Tropical Light sculpture ‘Water Towers’ at the Darwin Seawall, where stacked recyclable water bottles are illuminated by optical fibre, like enormous liquid batteries of light.

    Disembark at Stokes Hill Wharf in perfect proximity to walk through the Sea Wall exhibit and into the Darwin Waterfront precinct to stroll through the 3 additional art installations, inspired by nature and the seasons of the Top End.

    Turtle Tracks

    Leaving Stokes Hill Wharf at 4. 00pm on a date especially picked around the lunar cycle, your cobwebs will be blown away as Darwin Harbour is left behind. With the warm breeze on your face and the smell of salt in the air, a fast boat ride will take you past historic Charles Point into Bynoe Harbour, arriving at remote Bare Sand Island, a key Australian nesting ground for Flatback and Olive Ridley turtles.

    Explore the island with Team Turtle, learn about the turtles, the unique war history and Larrakia stories as you experience day turning to night with the backdrop of one of those famous Top End sunsets.

    After twilight fades, Team Turtle will take you for a guided walk to witness the egg laying. For those who take this adventure late in the season you may witness the eruption of hatchlings from their home under the warm sand. A fast boat ride will get you back to Darwin, with memories that will last a life time.

    Cruise price includes dinner, drink and qualified guides.

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