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Darwin Swimming Lagoons & Wave Pool

Embrace the endless summer at Darwin’s Swimming Lagoons – Wave Lagoon and Recreation Lagoon.

Darwin Swimming Lagoons


Giving locals and visitors a fantastic opportunity to swim and surf safely, minus the threat of crocodiles and box jellyfish, Wave Lagoon is a relaxing and child friendly place to cool off on Darwin city’s foreshore.


The artificially created waves in the lagoon don’t get too rough – however the waves can get up to 1.7 metres at times. The waves run on a cycle with a 10 minute break in between so you can always be guaranteed to get some waves and it is just like being at an actual beach.


The Wave Lagoon covers an area of 4,000 square metres, and its depth varies from 2 metres at its deepest point with a slope to a depth of zero at the wet edge. The water is chlorinated salt and the lagoon has a concrete bottom.


Lifeguards are on hand to ensure safety for all visitors.


No surfboards are allowed, however boogie boards and pool noodles are permitted. The Wave Lagoon offers donuts and other water play equipment for all to use.


For those not a fan of waves, never fear, visitors can enjoy a still water (recreational) lagoon.


The recreational swimming lagoon is protected by a seawall, which provides a permanent body of water providing for swimming and other water-based activities. Water is pumped in from the sea and the water quality is maintained through mechanical flushing and mixing. Mesh screens are in place to prevent marine stingers entering the Lagoon, and there is a stinger net providing more protection on the beach side.


General Information and Getting to the Wave Lagoon


Visitors to Wave Lagoon must wear wrist bands at all times and there is no smoking allowed in the Lagoon grounds.


Other rules apply to ensure the safety and comfort of visitors. Please check the Wave Lagoon website for all rules and terms and conditions of entry.


The Wave Lagoon is open daily, 10am – 6pm and entry fees vary ($7 all day entry for adults as at October 2017), please check their website for current admission charges.


Image Credit: Tourism NT

Darwin Waterfront - Wave Pool