Stokes Hill Wharf's history began in 1885, where the old railway jetty was built in the same general position as today's Stokes Hill Wharf. The railway connecting Palmerston (the previous name for Darwin) to Pine Creek ran onto the wharf. A small steam engine, known as the "Sandfly", was used to shunt rail stock the length of the jetty. The restored "Sandfly" can be found today at 1934 Qantas Hangar.
In 1942, Stokes Hill Wharf was Darwin's only wharf. Today, Stokes Hill Wharf is a home to the Bombing of Darwin tourist attraction and Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Darwin Tourist Facility. RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility features cutting-edge technology, including virtual reality and holographic experiences that are the first of its kind in Australia, focusing on the history of WWII. Entry fees apply.
Darwin Bombing in 1942
Japanese bombing aircraft that used in WW II
Beside many historic sites, Stokes Hill Wharf also offers a relaxed friendly atmosphere with seaside alfresco eateries and casual restaurant dining. With all year-round panoramic views and sensational sunsets, your dining experience will be truly unforgettable. You can choose one of their Asian food stalls, burger places, or seafood places offering fish and chips and oysters. Enjoy free live entertainment on Wednesday and Sundays during the Dry Season. There is a small playground where children can play while waiting fot their food order.
Seating area at Stokes HIll Wharf
Captain Jolly Rogers Playground
Stokes Hill Wharf is a spot for recreational fishing too. You can catch a fish from some designated locations along the Stokes Hill Wharf, such as from the fishing platform off the pier. The Wharf remains as a working wharf for smaller marine industry users.
You can catch the free Waterfront shuttle bus to go to Stokes Hill Wharf. Sit out on the water, watch the sunset and enjoy the cool ocean breeze - these are some of many things you can enjoy at the Stokes Hill Wharf.