Darwin Harbour

The Darwin Harbour Region is home to more than half of the Territory’s population. The Harbour and its waterways are of social, economic, environmental and  cultural importance for local communities, governments and industries. It is  around 7 times larger than Sydney Harbour and is mostly lined with mangrove  forest, providing a rich habitat for a diversity of marine life. The Harbour  also supports the Territory’s largest concentration of commerce and industry.

Darwin Harbour Region Boundary Map
The catchment area covers 3227 square kilometres (land and water) with the land  area occupying 2417 square kilometres of these. It extends from Charles Point  to Gunn Point including estuarine areas, tributaries and catchment areas of Cox  Peninsula, Woods inlet, West Arm, Middle Arm, Eat Arm and the Howard River  including Port Darwin and Shoal bay. Darwin Harbour is relatively shallow  at about 50m in the deepest areas, with a considerable area becoming shallow and  drying at low tide. Tidal movement reaches a considerable 8m.

Each year  the Northern Territory Government produces Report Cards  which provide a snapshot of water quality and the health  of aquatic ecosystems across the Harbour and its catchment.

The Darwin Harbour Strategy is a guide for the responsible stewardship  and sustainable development of the Darwin Harbour region. The Strategy's  purpose is to provide policy and decision makers within government, industry ,  commerce and the community with guidance for the integrated management of the  Darwin Harbour region’s diverse environmental, social, cultural and economic  values and uses.

Darwin Harbour publications provide for further reading.