The Darwin Waterfront currently suffers from poor connectivity, limited access to the water and an overall lack of amenity. The master plan addresses these challenges, creating three distinct precincts, Waterfront Pools (Adult and Children’s) including an immersive wet play splashpad and dry play playground, Tropical Lagoon with coral reefs for snorkeling, clean beaches, stand up paddle boarding, educational experiences and more as well as a full surf facility, with barreling waves, rockpools, dining and café options, with all elements focused on aquatic activities, commercial opportunities and enhanced public amenity.

The design draws inspiration from the distinctive plateaus, caves and waterholes of the Territory’s landscape to create an immersive visitor experience. Extensive public and hospitality facilities, safe swimming and all-age activities will attract residents and visitors alike.

The reimagined precinct will anchor a residential precinct to the north and a hotel and conference precinct, with a proposed superyacht marina, to the south. Extensive parklands throughout provide cross-site connectivity and enable increased access to the water.

LocationDarwin, Northern Territory / Larrakia
ClientDarwin Waterfront Corporation
Value$250m
Services ProvidedMaster planning and early Concept Design, with landscape architects Place Design Group
Date CompletedMaster plan and aquatic precinct concept design completed 2021
Project FeaturesSurf Facility
Tropical lagoon with coral reefs
Educational Experiences
Waterfront Pools with Adult and Children’s pool and splashpad
Immersive Playground Experience
Hospitality, retail and public amenities with rooftop parklands
Extensive landscaped areas
Performance and event space
Commercial development opportunities
Mixed use precinct

Liquid Blu’s considered proposal for the Darwin Waterfront will deliver long-term lifestyle, tourism and economic benefits to the Northern Territory and drive regional development.

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