Water activities in the Top End

The Top End is a hub for water sports including sailing, canoeing, water skiing, diving and swimming.

Darwin has clubs that support water sports by organising events, training and being social. Some clubs have places where you can get a drink or something to eat.

Canoeing and kayaking

The waters in the Darwin Harbour region are perfect for exploring by canoe or kayak.

If you're interested in half or full-day canoe trips, travel south to Nitmiluk National Park and paddle the Katherine River.

Sea kayaking

You can see a different side of Darwin Harbour by sea kayak.

Conditions are generally suited to all levels, but if you're not experienced it is best to do your research and ask around before heading out.

Check the weather and the map of crocodile captures.


Canoeing is a great way to keep fit and enjoy the local scenery.

Popular canoeing destinations include Lake Bennett Resort and the Katherine River from the second gorge onwards in Nitmiluk National Park.

Be sure to check if Nitmiluk National Park is open for canoeing.


Darwin Harbour is dotted with sunken ships from World War 2, Cyclone Tracy and confiscated Indonesian fishing vessels. You can scuba dive to explore many of these wrecks.

Jet skiing

Jet skiing is popular at Manton Dam.


The Darwin Sailing Club has spectacular views across Fannie Bay. Food and drink is available at the club.

At the club you can join a sailing trip out on the harbour, take sailing courses for any level, join in on social functions or get tips about cruising further around the coast.

The club has excellent sailing facilities such as boat parking and tractors.

Water skiing

The Darwin Ski Club is a good place to take children as there's a wide lawn and two saltwater pools.

Food and drink is available with live music on the weekends.

The club is home to the Northern Territory Water Ski Association. The club supports all water sports, with a focus on waterskiing and wakeboarding.

It organises regular watersport events.

Wave lagoon

Ride a wave at the Darwin Waterfront Wave Lagoon.

The swell is gentle and there are no surfboards, only boogie boards and water tubes, so there is little danger of wiping out.

Lifeguards are on duty to keep everyone safe.

Water parks

The Darwin region has two free recreational water parks:

Last updated: 02 January 2018

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