Darwin beaches water quality

Beach water quality is tested through a laboratory analysis of water samples for the bacteria enterococci. 

This bacteria is often found in the stomach of animals and humans. 

High levels of these bacteria are not harmful to people but usually show a decrease in water quality and the possible presence of other dangerous bacteria, viruses and protozoa.

For more information on beach water quality contact Environmental Health.

Beach water quality status

This table shows the water quality of beaches in the Darwin region.

These test results are updated each month during the swimming season.

BeachWater quality
Casuarina BeachGood water quality
Cullen Bay BeachGood water quality
East Point ReserveGood water quality
Lameroo BeachGood water quality
Lee Point BeachGood water quality
Mandorah BeachGood water quality
Mindil BeachGood water quality
Little Mindil BeachGood water quality
Nightcliff BeachGood water quality
Rapid Creek BeachGood water quality
Vesteys BeachGood water quality
Wagait BeachGood water quality

Swimming season

The swimming season is 1 June to 30 September.

Two water samples are taken every swimming season from Darwin beaches. 

Stinger season

The stinger season is 1 October to 31 May.

You should not swim during this time as there is a high risk of danger from jellyfish in the water.


This information has been compiled by the Department of Health for people wanting to use Northern Territory (NT) beaches for recreational purposes. 

It assesses water quality using criteria from the National Health and Medical Research Council Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Water.

These guidelines aim to protect the health of humans from threats posed by the recreational use of coastal, estuarine and fresh waters. To get the guidelines go to the Australian Government's National Health and Medical Reasearch Council website.

The Department of Health does not make any claim or accept liability for use of beaches in the NT with respect to safety. This includes the risk of attack from marine animals or contact from toxic animals.

You should check for advice from other agencies for stinger and crocodile warnings. Always follow warning signs placed around beach areas.

Last updated: 11 April 2016


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