Frequently Asked Questions

Are there toilet facilities on board?

‘Charles Darwin’ – Yes, toilets are available on the Captain’s Deck & Bridge Deck

‘Tumlaren’ – Yes, available on the main deck level

Can you smoke on board?

There are no designated smoking areas on both vessels.

Can we BYO drinks and food?

Darwin Harbour Cruise’s vessels both contain licensed bars and kitchens, therefore BYO alcohol or food is not permitted on our scheduled cruises. We accept cash, Visa or MasterCard (Amex is unavailable)

‘Charles Darwin’ offers a cruise snack menu for our Sunset cruise passengers.

‘Tumlaren’ – When exclusively chartering the vessel, BYO food and/or beverages is permitted at a charge of $100.00, which includes a large esky, 3 x 12kg bags of ice, acrylic glassware and a water station. BYO catering must be ‘ready to eat’ for example cheese platters, sushi platters, chips and dips etc. No cooking facilities are available.

Where do I park?

Complimentary parking is available at Stokes Hill Wharf. We recommend getting down to the Wharf early to ensure you get a spot.

Where do we board?

Our cruises depart from DOCK 3, located at the very end of Stokes Hill Wharf, City Side. Our crew members will meet guests under the large white umbrellas and will commence boarding 20 minutes prior to the cruise departure time.

How long does the cruise go for?

Both our Sunset Cruises are 2.5 hours

Are the vessels wheelchair accessible?

‘Charles Darwin’ has the capability to have wheelchairs on board however this is determined on a case by case basis, please contact our office to discuss further. Passengers must have some mobility and/or the presence of a carer who can assist them. Please note that the toilets on the vessel are not wheelchair accessible they are located down approximately ten steps from the Captain’s Deck. Please advise at time of booking if you have wheelchair bound passengers travelling. We are not able to accommodate electric wheelchairs.

‘Tumlaren’ does not have the capability to have wheelchairs on board.

What do I need to bring?

Hat, money (cash or credit card) and don’t forget your camera! Please also bring your ticket, voucher or booking confirmation.

Does your menu cater for dietary requirements?

The Charles Darwin’ Dinner Cruise is a three course dinner served buffet style, our dishes cater for vegetarians and gluten free guests.

What will we see?

Darwin Harbour Cruises has an experienced team member aboard who provides knowledgeable commentary of Darwin History, Cyclone Tracey and the bombing of Darwin. In the past we have seen crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs, however we do not 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.

Can I take a pram on board the boat?

Small strollers are permitted on both our vessels, please advise our reservation team at time of booking. Children under 4 year’s old travel free of charge.

Do you offer transfers?

Darwin Harbour Cruise’s has a transfer service available from inner city hotels, this service is an additional $9.00 per person each way ($18.00 per person return) Transfers are subject to availability and must be pre booked.

What will the weather be like? Does it get cold?

The top end weather is beautiful year round, regardless if it rains! The temperature drops to a chilly 25 degrees on the harbour, if you are prone to the cold, please bring a light cardigan. The ‘Charles Darwin’ contains two air-conditioned levels, which are a great option in the hotter months.

Where does the cruise go?

Both our vessels stay within Darwin harbour, generally we will leave Stokes Hill Wharf, travel along the Esplanade cruising along at 4 knots past the Larrakeyah Naval barracks, Cullen Bay and Fannie Bay. Darwin Harbour Cruise’s experienced skippers reserve the right to change the route subject to tidal conditions, guest’s safety and comfort. Tidal conditions determine how close to the coast we can operate.

Do you provide sea sickness tablets?

No, if you are prone to sea sickness we would recommend trying a herbal ginger tablet prior to boarding the cruise. Darwin harbour waters are generally calm, however we can encounter some rough conditions.