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Darwin Harbour Sunset Cruise with Optional Buffet Dinner provided by Darwin Harbour Cruises

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Darwin Harbour Sunset Cruise with Optional Buffet Dinner

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Updated 07/28/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Travel in luxury on a Darwin Harbour cruise in a 3-deck catamaran with air-conditioned indoor seating, an outdoor top deck, and optional dinner service. Your crew gives commentary packed with humor and local history while you take in views traveling from Stokes Hill Wharf to Fannie Bay and back.
You'll start at
Stokes Hill Road
Stokes Hill Rd, Darwin City NT 0800, AustraliaDock 3, Stokes Hill Wharf
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    Darwin Harbour Cruises
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    Your cruise will depart from DOCK 3, located at the very end of Stokes Hill Wharf, city side. Crew members will meet you under the large white umbrellas and will commence boarding 20-minutes prior to the cruise departure time. Generally you will leave Stokes Hill Wharf, travel along the Esplanade cruising along at 4 knots past the Larrakeyah Naval barracks, Cullen Bay and Fannie Bay. Your experienced skipper reserve the right to change the route subject to tidal conditions, guest’s safety and comfort. Tidal conditions determine how close to the coast the 'Charles Darwin' can operate. Hear knowledgeable commentary from the crew on Darwin History, Cyclone Tracey and the bombing of Darwin. In the past there have been sightings of crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs, however there is no guarantee you will see wildlife on your cruise. You will experience a Sunset on Darwin Harbour followed by Darwin’s skyline lit up at night. The Vessel - Charles Darwin The ‘Charles Darwin’ is a steel-hulled tri-level catamaran originally named Shangri-La Princess. Built in Adelaide in 1990 for the Stannard family, a well-known name in the boating industry. ‘Charles Darwin’ was built for use on the Gold Coast “Broadwater” taking passengers from Surfer’s Paradise to the Shangri-La resort on Stradbroke Island. After many years’ service, two further owners and two name changes, she became part of Darwin Harbour Cruises family in April 2010. After extensive re-build and refurbishment in Brisbane, she sailed for Darwin as the ‘Charles Darwin’ in August 2010.
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You'll end at
Stokes Hill Road
Stokes Hill Rd, Darwin City NT 0800, AustraliaDock 3, Stokes Hill Wharf
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  • See the Darwin sunset while cruising round trip from Stokes Hill Wharf to Fannie Bay
  • Travel on the Charles Darwin, a deluxe 3-deck catamaran 
  • Opt for an onboard buffet dinner 
  • Listen to stories about Darwin from the boat’s crew while you sail
What to Expect
Your cruise starts from the dock; boarding begins 20 minutes prior to the cruise departure time. Your 3-deck catamaran tour boat, the Charles Darwin, has air-conditioned seats inside and outdoor seating on the top deck.  Depart Stokes Hill Wharf and travel along the Esplanade past Larrakeyah Naval Barracks, Cullen Bay, and Fannie Bay. Your captain may change the route according to weather and tidal conditions. While you cruise around Darwin Harbour, listen to onboard commentary from the crew about the history of Darwin, including stories about Cyclone Tracey and the bombing of the city. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, dolphins, turtles, and dugongs. Purchase drinks and snacks on board or opt for a buffet dinner. See the sunset, and then Darwin’s illuminated skyline. Your sunset cruise ends with a drop-off at the original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Stokes Hill Road, Stokes Hill Rd, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Live commentary on board
  • Buffet Dinner (if option selected)
  • Sunset Harbour Cruise
  • Drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible on a case by case basis, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required.
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Sheryllemark wrote a review Mar 2020
25 contributions1 helpful vote
Fabulous cruise, knowledgeable commentary by Paul the engineer. Highly recommend and a must for any visitors to Darwin.
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Steph_Jade_92 wrote a review Mar 2020
Darwin, Australia61 contributions7 helpful votes
Food was so good, mango chicken i could eat all the time. Food was well spaced with time on the boat. Boat was clean and staff were friendly. Great views of darwin
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Threegreens wrote a review Mar 2020
Bicester, United Kingdom118 contributions84 helpful votes
At the time of this cruise the weather was overcast and threatening rain. As soon as the large (3 deck) boat left Stokes Hill Wharf, the clouds thinned ot and the sunset appeared - just as advertized. There were just 12 of us passengers on board this family- run boat - probably
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Lyn E wrote a review Mar 2020
Narangba, Australia35 contributions7 helpful votes
Friendly crew, good commentary, excellent food including fresh prawns, oysters and baked fish topped off with a spectacular sunset!! Highly recommended.
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Rachel S wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We had the dinner and cruise last night and loved it. Seats were comfortable, lots and lots of clean glass to look at the sights, air conditioning, great food, great wine selection and really great hospitality. The sunset was also beautiful.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Rachel B, General Manager at Darwin Harbour Sunset Cruise with Optional Buffet Dinner
Responded Dec 18, 2019
Good Morning, Thanks for the great review! The Charles Darwin is a very comfortable vessel to enjoy Darwin's amazing Sunsets. I will pass on your lovely comments to our hard working crew. Hopefully we will see you next time you are in Darwin for Sunset Dinner Cruise. Kind regards, Rachel
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About the operator

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By: Darwin Harbour Cruises
Darwin Harbour Cruises
It is surely a cruise to unwind, relax and enjoy the food and the amazing views of Darwin's coast and its sunset.
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Pleasant cruise of Darwin Harbour
For someone who's new to Darwin, the sunset cruise is a great way to view the spectacular view of Darwin Harbour. T
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Darwin harbour dinner tour
The trip was ok but the dinner was very disappointing. Just chicken and pork skewed and 2 salads with ice cream. Th
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Had a great time, we recommend that everybody does this cruise! We had the dinner which was nice, the only downfall
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Excellent food, great service, beautiful cruise. Prawns for entre were delicious, lovely reef fish and chicken ske
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Special night out
This was a great experience to share in a group with another family and couple, the kids all had a great time toget
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Excellent experience!
All family members had a great time. The food was delicious and the sunset was fantastic. The boat was clean and
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Great with company
Relaxing cruise - not too many sights but get a feel for size of harbour. Don’t bother with platters
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Thanks for your great hospitality and the food was delicious and the sunset was great and the staff were friendly.
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Perfect for Celebrations
I spent my 21st Birthday there and unexpectedly gave me a birthday cake. The staff are very friendly and accomodati
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Gorgeous Evening Out :)
My Husband and i have been on a few sunset cruises in Darwin,, first time on this boat... we thoroughly enjoyed our
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Informative. Beautiful views
Stormy night that cleared for sunset. Informative and knowledgable guide. Staff friendly and helpful. Buffet was
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One Night in Darwin
I wanted this to be the highlight of our short stay, but the weather wasn't co-operating. Great staff, good food a
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Good time
My husband and I enjoyed the river cruise. The commentator did well describing some of the history of the harbor a
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Sunset cruise
Really enjoyed this cruise. Sunset over the water, great commentary about the local area, dinner and wine with frie
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Key Details
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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