Club Facilities

Licensed Bar

The covered, open air bar is like no other – one of Darwin’s last old-style, iconic watering holes. Drinks at club prices (and discounted for members), a friendly, relaxed, conversation-encouraging atmosphere with ambient backdrop over the harbour. Live music three times a week minimum with lots of special events. This facility is available to all members and their guests and visitors.  A reminder that guests/visitors can visit three times per year before they are required to join as members.  Social membership only $25.

Open hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 3pm open
Thursday – Sunday: 12pm open
Public holidays: 2pm open

Bar closing time is typically between 10pm and 11pm

Rachael's Seafood Shack and Bistro

DBCYA is pleased to announce Rachael is our new in-house caterer, trading from the DBCYA Galley.  Rachael’s reputation for delicious food and dedicated customer service precedes her and she brings her popular seafood dishes plus some special new small and large plates especially for the Dinah members and guests.

Opening Menu

Check out the specials board for a continually changing range of bargain deals.

Open hours:
Monday – Thursday: 3pm – 9pm
Friday – Sunday: 12pm – 9pm


Ablution block

Code-access shower facilities (for senior members only).

The laundry houses three coin operated washing and two coin operated drying machines for senior members ($4 per load).  An ironing board and clothes line is available.

Also contained in the laundry is a large collection of second hand books for members and visiting yachtsmen to swap and refresh their reading material. This collection has organically developed over time from travelers all around the world.

Hard Stand Boat Park

DBCYA Boat park

DBCYA provides a Hard Stand facility called ‘the Boat Park’ for long term repairs and refurbishment of mono and multi-hulls. Bookings are required through the General Manager, rates start at $105 per week. Site allocation is subject to availability and is on a first booked, first allocated basis. Contracts are issued for up to a 12 month period, renewable by agreement of both parties if further time is required to complete works.

Hard Stand facilities are also available on the Concrete Wharf for short term mono-hull stays (three months or less) and longer term for multi-hull vessels too big for the Boat Park.

An expression of Interest form to secure a booking is available via

Careening Poles

DBCYA Careening Poles

Four careening poles are available for senior members and are a popular choice for short stay repairs and maintenance. Bookings are required through the bar, rates apply (daily rate $30). A catchment pit facility is provided when removing contaminants such as antifoul, paint encrusted barnacles etc (note a $200 refundable contaminant removal deposit applies).  This is a DIY facility – the user is required to follow the club’s catchment procedure for their contaminant removal – instructions supplied upon booking.


DBCYA Pontoon

A floating pontoon provides year round access for senior and visiting members to come ashore by dinghy. Tides still need to be negotiated and access is limited at lower tide levels. The tides in Darwin vary from less than 1 metre up to 8 metres. The seat upon the pontoon was created and bestowed by Rex Maxwell and is accessible via “Stait Bridge”.

Recent land reclamation works by our adjacent neighbour extending past our existing wharf edge mean that the Club now has a more sheltered pontoon, protected from the worst of the waves and wind.

Maximum stay duration at any one time is 48 hours.  All members using this facility need to obtain an authorization sticker from the bar (issued to financial senior members and bona-fide visiting yachts people only)

Concrete Wharf

DBCYA Concrete Wharf

The Concrete Wharf alongside the channel provides short term (up to three months) hard stand facilities for mono-hulls of most sizes for minor or urgent repairs. There are limited sites for long term multi-hull repairs. See the Hard Stand Boat Park section on this page for information on longer term mono-hull hard standing.

Bookings required, rates start at $110 per week. Expression of Interest form available via

A 500kg capacity davit crane facility is available for lifting dinghies onto the wharf. Facilities for senior members only


DBCYA Workshop

The DBCYA workshop comprises a basic collection of tools and equipment donated by other members over the years and is handy for simple DYI yacht equipment and tender repairs and modifications. All users must provide their own PPE protection, particularly eye protection when using the equipment and use of the facility is at the user’s risk. Facility for senior members only.

Dinghy Storage

dingy storage

Senior members can utilise the dinghy storage racks at the club for a small fee.  T&Cs apply, see the General Manager for details. A copy of the Dinghy storage rental agreement and T&Cs for further information and for booking a site is available via

View the DBCYA Pontoon Access and Dinghy Storage policy for more information on dinghy storage at DBCYA.


Quiz Night

The Club ofers live entertainment three nights per week and runs regular member activities such as pop-up quiz nights, theme occasions and such. Notification of events are posted on the club blackboard and through facebook and the newsletter. A members badge draw is conducted each Wednesday night at 7:45pm. Members must be present to claim the prize. See entertainment for all the details.



Buslink operates a regular service to the city & districts – the nearest collection/drop off point is a five minute walk away. Dinah Beach is a two minute drive or ten minute walk to the CBD.  Taxis and mini-buses will collect from the premises.