Double dose of football
There will be plenty of action both on and off field in August as two of the three national football codes will be played in Darwin at the top level.
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels play their Round 22 match against the Penrith Panthers
8 August 2015
For more information visit http://www.sportandrecreation.nt.gov.au/events/nrl-match-parramatta-eels-v-penrith-panthers#!
Adelaide United will play a pre-season match against Melbourne City.
22 August 2015
For more information visit http://www.a-league.com.au/
The Darwin Festival began in 1978 with a street parade and floral festival as a way of rebuilding community moral following the devastation of Cyclone Tracey in 1974. It was held on the first anniversary of the granting of self-government for the Northern Territory. Today the festival showcases local and international artists of all genres and is now spread over 18 days packed full of multi-cultural music, performing arts, dance, fine dining and family events.
The atmosphere will be buzzing as visitors flock to events or dine at one of the long communal tables each night in Festival Park. While retaining the laid-back community feel of its origins, the Darwin Festival is living proof that the city is also a vibrant international tourist destination.
6 – 23 August 2015
For more information visit the event website http://www.darwinfestival.org.au/
Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race
Come along to the foreshore and watch the spectacular start of the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race with all its color and fanfare. This ocean racing competition began in 1976 following several shorter races between Darwin and other Indonesian destinations. Darwin was an ideal starting point with its excellent harbor facilities and famous hospitality.
The race grew in popularity as crews from around the globe jumped at the chance to explore Darwin and all the fascinating islands of Indonesia. Today many crews take on the challenge as part of longer ocean racing adventures. The start of the race attracts film crews and many spectator boats so the harbor is a truly a magnificent sight.
22 August 2015
For more information visit the event website http://www.darwinambonrace.com.au/
Territory Rel Week
The Darwin Parachute Club will stage the 33rd Annual Rel Week in September. Turn your eyes to the skies to see the parachutes descend like giant raindrops as participants make over 2,500 freefall jumps from 14,000 feet. Join in the party spirit and look out for local events. The more daring can learn to skydive solo or in tandem so they can tick this exhilarating experience off their bucket list.
5 – 12 September 2015
For more information visit the event website http://www.skydiveterritory.com.au/index.php/rel-week
World Solar Challenge – Darwin to Adelaide
Witness cutting edge solar-power cars and their teams from around the world as they depart Darwin on their 3,000 km race across the continent to Adelaide.
Teams are challenged to design the most energy efficient cars possible as they must stop at 5pm each night and set up camp where ever they happen to be on the road. All teams must be fully self-sufficient and meet strict design standards. The 4 racing classes – Challenger, Cruiser, Adventure and Evolution cover entry level cars though to dual-occupant and concept vehicles.
Be there at the start of the race and feel the anticipation in the air as the teams set their hopes on surviving the desert crossing and being the first across the line in Adelaide.
18 October 2015
For more information visit the event website http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/about_wsc_2015/overview
Hottest 7's in the World
If you think that nothing much happens in Darwin during the wet season, think again!
In January, Darwin plays host to the fast and furious game of Rugby 7’s and with a prize pool of $65,000 it is now the richest tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.
Local, interstate and international teams compete at different levels. They flock to Darwin from Japan, New Zealand, Kenya, England and more as the appeal of the game spreads each year. Since 2007 there has also been a women’s competition and with the inclusion of the code in the 2016 Olympic Games, the game is truly ‘hot’.
Enjoy the carnival atmosphere and bring the family to cheer your team on to victory.
23 - 24 Jan 2016
For more information visit the event website http://www.hottest7s.com/about/welcome
Tiwi Islands Annual Football Grand Final and Art Sale
Celebrate two of the most outstanding features of Tiwi island culture – traditional art and AFL football – over one highly entertaining weekend. The islands have their own distinctive cultural traditions and are home to some of the most talented stars of the Australian Football League including Michael Long and Cyril Rioli.
Take a ferry or hire your own boat for the short trip across the water from Darwin. On Melville and Bathurst islands you’ll encounter pristine tropical waterways and a vibrant indigenous community. Join in the lead-up activities over the weekend and get to know the local artists.
The art sale is held on the Sunday morning at the Tiwi Design Art Centre where you can browse the exhibitions and purchase some exquisite art pieces at local prices. The art sale finishes when the action on the sportsground starts and thousands converge to watch one of the most popular sporting events not only in the Territory but in Australia. This is the grass-roots of AFL culture with many of the players choosing to play bare-foot and the tackles fast and furious.
18 – 20 March 2016
For more information visit http://www.tourismtopend.com.au/the-tiwi-islands
Dundee Easter Family Fishing Competition
If you love the challenge of reeling in heavy fish in sparkling blue waters then come along to Dundee over the Easter Long Weekend and aim to bring home the heaviest mackerel, jewfish, salmon, golden snapper, queenfish or barramundi. The Dundee Social and Recreation Club run the event and will be awarding prizes for the heaviest catch in each category.
There’ll be plenty of entertainment over the weekend, including live bands, so the whole family will want to be there. Dundee is around a 3 ½ hour drive from Darwin west along the Fog Bay Road.
Public boat ramp, Dundee Beach
3-5 April 2016
See more events in Dundee on the social club website http://www.dundeesrc.org.au/fishing.html
Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree
Harmony Day is celebrated across Australia and is coming into its 16th year. It embraces our cultural diversity through joyous community events and promotes inclusion, respect and a sense of belonging for all.
With over people from over 70 ethnic backgrounds calling Darwin home the variety of food, music, art and more from around the globe will be superb.
Darwin Waterfront Precinct
30 May 2016 Date TBC
Find out more about Harmony Day here http://www.harmony.gov.au/
For nail-biting night of action-packed entertainment you can’t go past this Professional Bull Riders (PBR) showcase event. Be enthralled as Australia’s best bull riders and wildest bulls fight for supremacy. Performed with concert-sound music and shown on giant screens, you’ll experience every sight, sound and smell along with the riders.
25 June 2016
Find out all about PBR at http://www.pbraustralia.com.au/
Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta
This colorful regatta was first held over 40 years ago as a way to clean up beer cans (and other rubbish) from the waters in and around Darwin. Rafts are made with varying degrees of success from beer cans ingeniously assembled together. Some are up to 12 m in length.
Entry is by donation and proceeds have raised over $150,000 in 6 years alone. Join the activities along Mindil Beach and cheer your favorite craft home.
17 July 2016
For more information visit http://www.beercanregatta.org.au/
Darwin Cup Carnival
There’ll be thunder in the air and an electric atmosphere as the pounding hooves power towards the finish line during the Darwin Cup Carnival races. Join 20,000 other fans over this jam packed 8 day carnival for all the fun and festivities. You might even be lucky enough to back a winner!
Bring a picnic or buy a ticket for an exclusive marques. Featuring a gala ball, ladies’ day, fashion on the field events, live music and more culminating with the Carlton Mid Darwin Cup there will be something here for all ages to enjoy.
25 July – 1 August 2016
For more information visit the event website http://www.darwinturfclub.org.au/