Where is it safe to swim in Darwin City?

Darwin is Australia's beautiful tropical capital. It's warm all year round, which is great for swimmers - as long as you know the right places to swim. 


View of Darwin Waterfront, which is a popular area for locals and tourists in Northern Territory of Australia.

When many people think about Darwin, the first thing that usually comes to mind are the crocodiles. Yes, Darwin does have crocodiles. Some are wild and others are in some terrific attractions such as Crocosaurus Cove in the CBD. As long as you know where NOT to swim, there are plenty of safe places to cool off.


Darwin is a great, compact, little city. This makes getting around by car very easy. Thanks to the humidity and rain in the Wet Season, and warm day time temperatures during the Dry Season, you can comfortably swim all year round.

Because of this heat, you should factor some down time or swimming into your itinerary. It will be a welcome relief, especially if you're travelling with kids. You can read some tips on How to Do Darwin Well here. 

There are some terrific local places to swim that are safe and unforgettable. 

The Waterfront Precinct

Darwin's Waterfront Precinct offers a range of restaurants, pubs and cafes to eat and drink, and it also boasts a Wave Lagoon and an artificial beach area.

There's a small fee to enter the Wave Lagoon, but swimming in the beach area is free. 

The multi-story car park has free parking for the first 2 hours. Even after 2 hours, the parking fees are low. To park for 4 hours will only cost you $4.

If you're staying in the city, there's a pedestrian bridge and elevator making this area very accessible. This area is only about 5 minutes walk from the CBD and Darwin Mall, but it feels like you're on an island resort.

Darwin Waterfront

Get down early to see the Sunrise over the Darwin Waterfront Precinct and you almost have the place to yourself.

Bring your towel and a book, and pull up a spot on the grass under a shady tree. There are plenty of lounge chairs scattered about which are available for everyone to use. 

The Waterfront Precinct often host events on their grassed area, many of which are kid and family friendly. 

A FREE aqua exercise program is held in the Wave Pool every Sunday morning from 8.30am, and there are also Scuba try-outs held in the Wave pool from time to time.  

The Darwin Waterfront Precinct

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Lake Alexander, East Point Reserve

Less than 10 minutes drive from the CBD is Lake Alexander on East Point Reserve. As you enter East Point, the lake is on the right-hand side, with Darwin Harbour on your left.

Lake Alexander is a favourite for paddle boarders, swimmers, kayakers, joggers, early morning walkers, and those who enjoy yoga. Families come down to picnic on the weekends, and you'll see the odd kid's birthday party taking place.

There is plenty of shade, grassed and sandy areas, as well as a large kids playground area around the lake. 

During the Dry Season, chances are you'll be witness to some magnificent sunsets, but make sure you bring your insect repellent if you plan on visiting early in the morning or late afternoon.

If you're interested in Paddle Boarding lessons, then take a look at Fun Supply's website. They hire out equipment, as well as provide lessons.

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Berry Springs Nature Reserve

Berry Springs Nature Reserve is the one the locals will forget to tell you about. Many visitors focus on the big parks such as Kakadu or Litchfield National Park, but Berry Springs is a local hidden gem. 

Read about Berry Springs here

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About the Author

I'm Sharon McKenzie, and I’ve always loved spending time at the beach and in the water. I'm a very keen snorkeler, Scuba Diver, and Stand-up Paddle Boarder, and being lucky enough to live in the tropics means I get to do this for most of the year. 

Hopefully, you’ll find some really useful information so that your beach and holiday adventures stay fun, safe and enjoyable.

You can read read more about Sharon on the About Us page.

Sharon McKenzie - Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Snorkeling