Darwin - information for sailors

Getting to Darwin

If your yacht is not yet in Australia, for information go to the Australian Customs website. Australian Customs and Quarantine regulations require that yachts arriving in Australia must give notice of arrival at least 96 hours before arrival at their first port in Australia.

If you are arriving by plane Jetstar, Virgin & Qantas all have daily domestic flights to Darwin. August is still our peak season so it’s a good idea to book early.

Sailing Clubs, Marinas and Moorings

Bayview Marina
For information email or phone the lockmaster on 0418 910 888 or

Tipperary Waters Marina
For information phone the Lockmaster on 0407 075 077

Cullen Bay Marina
For information phone the Lockmaster 0419 421 363

There are also refuelling facilities.

Dinah Beach Yacht Club
Dinah Beach is the host club for the yacht race. DBCYA is a short walk from the Mooring Basin and the city centre is not much further on. It has a range of facilities for cruising yachties including bar and dining, dinghy pontoon and careening piles, hardstand and laundry and ablution facilities. For more information contact 8981 7816 or

Darwin Sailing Club
The club also has full facilities including careening poles, moorings, laundry and ablution facilities, dinghy trolleys, licenced bar, restaurant & playground.  Visiting yachts are most welcome and visiting yachts and their crews can register at their office for temporary membership. To make a booking contact 8981 1700 or

Yacht Services

Darwin Ship Stores
CHANDLERY – Two stores located at the forefront of Fisherman’s Wharf at Frances Bay and The Slipway in Cullen Bay Marina.

Nautical Supplies
CHANDLERY & SAIL MAKERS – Located in close proximity to Tipperary Waters Marina and Dinah Beach Yacht Club.

Wheelhouse Marine
CHANDLERY & ELECTRONIC REPAIRS – Wheelhouse Marine Pty Ltd operates out of The Yacht Shop NT.

Roadtech Marine
CHANDLERY – Operating out of Winnellie they have stores across Australia.

ELECTRONIC REPAIRS – Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, Frances Bay Drive.

Seafleet Marine
CHANDLERY & SAIL MAKER – Located at 10/23 Tannadice St, Winnellie.

Spot On Marine
SHIP YARD – Fannie Bay

Pearl Marine Engineering
SHIP YARD – Frances Bay Drive

RADO Marine Refrigeration

MARINE ENGINE SPECIALISTS – 416 Stuart Highway, Winnellie. Ph +61 8 89470287 Fax +61 8 89470987 email ">

Fuel and Water

Duty Free Fuel

To purchase Duty Free Fuel, when you arrive in Darwin first take all your yacht papers together with the crew passports the Shipping Section at Australian Customs located at 21 Lindsay Street in Darwin and they will issue you the paperwork and explain the procedure to you.

To purchase Duty Free Fuel before you leave Darwin. Fuel your vessel from Cullen Bay Refuelling Facility and retain your receipt. This can be claimed and paperwork completed along with your outward clearance prior to the race departure. This only applies for amounts of excise duty in excess of AUD $560.

Contact Australian Customs for further details and the necessary paperwork.

Cullen Bay Refuelling Facility

Fuel is available from BP Cullen Bay Refuelling Facility which is located outside the marina, prepaid cards at the office or by arrangement with the Lockmaster on 0419 421 363 or email

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fuel has to be ordered and is delivered by truck to Fisherman’s Wharf. This can be ordered via Baileys Marine Fuels. Contact the fuel depots direct to organise.


Water is available at Cullen Bay, Mooring Basin, Marinas, Boatyards and Fishermans Wharf.

Money Changers and Duty Free

JR Duty Free

JR Duty Free offers the best prices and an extensive range of products with free delivery to your yacht or ship www.jrdutyfree.com.au

Money Changers

Travel Money Oz located in the Mitchell Centre, Darwin City

Travel Money Oz located in Casuarina Shopping Centre

Travelex located in Casuarina Shopping Centre