Non-commercial vessels arriving in Darwin Port

This information is for non-commercial vessels such as yachts and recreational vessels entering the Darwin Port in the Northern Territory (NT).

Cruise and large passenger vessels information can be found on the Coronavirus website.

Before you start an international voyage to Australia, you must fully understand the requirements by law.

Entry requirements include:

  • providing arrival notice to relevant governing agencies
  • biosecurity and pest inspections.

You must follow the entry requirements whether you are a returning resident, migrating to Australia or a visitor.

Arrival notices

Read below for contact details and how much notice you must provide before you arrive.

All vessels arriving in Darwin from overseas must send arrival information to all of the below.

You must notify the marina or mooring provider where you want to berth your vessel.

AgencyEmail / webPhone Notice required
Australian Border Forceabfnc.eoc@abf.gov.au
darwin.shipping@abf.gov.au
0419 788 865 (24hr) Minimum 96 hours
Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment ntcargo@agriculture.gov.au08 8998 4927 (24hr) Minimum 96 hours
NT Fisheries aquaticbiosecurity@nt.gov.au0413 381 094  (business hours Mon - Fri, 24hrs Fri - Mon) Minimum 96 hours
Emergency Operations Centreoperations.eoc@pfes.nt.gov.au08 8985 8950 Minimum 72 hours
NT Health doh.exempt@nt.gov.au
enquiries@health.gov.au 
1800 490 484 (business hours Mon - Fri) 72 hours before entering the Northern Territory waters
Darwin Harbour Controlharbourcontrol@darwinport.com.au0401 110 320Minimum 24 hours
Coast Radio Darwin - VID
CH 16 VHF, 4215, 6215 and 8291 kHz HF for distress, urgency and safety calls 
www.nt.gov.au/marine/marine-radio-and-digital-coverage-coast-radio-darwin Minimum 24 hours

All vessels arriving in Darwin from another state or territory within Australia must send arrival information to the below.

You must notify the marina or mooring provider where you want to berth your vessel.

Agency Email / channelsPhone Notice required
NT Fisheries aquaticbiosecurity@nt.gov.au0413 381 094  (business hours Mon - Fri, 24hrs Fri - Mon) Minimum 96 hours
Emergency Operations Centre operations.eoc@pfes.nt.gov.au08 8985 8950 Minimum 72 hours
NT Health doh.exempt@nt.gov.au1800 490 484 Minimum 72 hours
Darwin Harbour Control darwinport@darwinport.com.au
harbourcontrol@darwinport.com.au
1300 327 946
0401 110 320
Minimum 24 hours 
Coast Radio Darwin - VID CH 16 VHF, 4215, 6215 and 8291 kHz HF for distress, urgency and safety calls   Minimum 24 hours

Message to mariners

Find out what you need to do if you arrive on a vessel on the Coronavirus website.

Inspections and treatments

Your vessel may need to be inspected and treated for marine pests before it can enter a marina in Darwin.

Get information on hull pest inspections for visiting boats.

All inspections done by NT Fisheries are done at anchorage, and not alongside at Cullen Bay.

Entering and leaving  Australia by sea

If you are entering and leaving Australia by sea, go to the Australian Border Force website.

Biosecurity

Private non-commercial vessels and private superyachts and cruisers are subject to biosecurity control.

Find out more on the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.


Last updated: 20 October 2021

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