Our first stop in Darwin after we checked into our hotel was the Darwin Wave Lagoon! As most people know, the beaches and a large majority of waterways are off limits for swimming and water sports most of the year. Darwin itself has a number of man-made attractions to allow the locals and tourists to swim because Darwin is hot hot hot!
The Wave Lagoon is open 10am-6pm daily and was definitely a highlight of our time in Darwin. It’s been a long, cold, wet winter down in NSW so we were stoked to have some warm weather and sunshine for swimming! It was so nice to be able to swim knowing we were safe from stingers and crocs!
The wave lagoon is a calm, refreshing place where waves roll out every 20 minutes. Dan went out the back where it’s 2 metres deep and loved when the waves started rolling in! I stayed in the shallows with Addie, and she also loved the waves when we spent time jumping them at waist height!
The lagoon slopes from 2m depth at the deepest part to a nice shallow edge which is perfect for paddling. There is also a shallow water playground for kids with fountains and other features for little kids to enjoy.
The lagoon staff provide loungers, umbrellas, pool noodles and boogie boards for guests to use. It’s such a great place and the facilities are excellent, as well as there being lifeguards on duty at all times.
It was reasonably busy during our stay but there was still plenty of loungers and pool noodles, as well as space as it didn’t feel crowded at all.
We all loved the wave lagoon and definitely recommend it for anyone visiting Darwin! It’s super affordable at $8 per adult and Addie was free as she is under 3. There are family passes available too and passes for locals too!