Club Facilities

Licensed Bar

One of Darwin’s last iconic unpretentious watering holes with relaxed open-air dining. Members, bona-fide guests and visitors can enjoy club priced drinks plus a friendly, conversation-focused atmosphere with the inner harbour as ambient backdrop. There’s live music on Sunday, Wednesdays and Fridays plus lots of special events. Guests can visit three times per year before joining as members – social membership just $30. No gambling facilities whatsoever.

We have recently upgraded our lawn area. There’s a larger functional space and we’ve added more seating options to maximise your relaxation and enjoyment. You can even bring your (leashed) pooches for a visit on the lawn now.

Open hours:
Monday – Thursday: from 3pm
Friday – Sunday: from 1pm
Public holidays: same as above

Bar closing time is typically 10pm to 11pm


Come for a delicious serve of fresh local-caught seafood from the nearby fishing fleets or pick from a great selection of Aussie bistro favourites.

Ton’s Bistro @ Dinah – Dry Season Menu

Open hours:
5pm – 9pm seven days

Takeaways available call 8927 3527


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

The laundry houses three coin operated washing and two coin operated drying machines for full 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 provides Full members a Hard Stand facility called ‘the Boat Park’ for long term repairs and refurbishment of mono-hulls. Bookings are required through the General Manager and rates start at $115 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 and longer term for multi-hull vessels – see ‘Wharf’ section below for more information.

Occupants can reside on their vessel for the purpose of conducting works. Occupancy is not permitted solely for the purposes of residency however.

Third party risk Insurance levy (for vessels not already covered) and electricity (individually metered) usage rates apply. Rental fees increase incrementally upon anniversary of occupation.

An expression of Interest form to secure a booking and more information is available via or 0499 346 242.

Careening Poles

Four careening pole sites are available for Full members and are a popular choice for short stay repairs and maintenance. Bookings are required in advance through the General Manager or bar. Site rental is $30 per 24 hours. Users are to supply their public liability insurance CoC (third party risk minimum, $10,000,000 cover minimum), otherwise additional fees apply to be covered by the Club’s blanket policy. This is a DIY facility – the user is required to follow all operaing instructions, esp when removing contaminants such as antifoul, paint encrusted barnacles etc (note a $200 refundable environment levy deposit applies).  Weight restrictions apply.

There is also a careening berth against the wharf (preferred site for internal works) and a sandy beach site for multi-hulls and self supporting keel vessels.


DBCYA Pontoon

A floating pontoon provides year round access for Full and Visiting yachtsperson members to come ashore by dinghy. Tides still need to be negotiated and access is unavailable at 2.5m or less. 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 the pontoon is accessible via the “Stait Bridge”.

Maximum stay duration at any one time is 48 hours. No vessels over 14ft long.  All members using this facility need to obtain an authorization sticker from the bar or General Manager (issued to financial Full members and visiting yachts people only).

Pontoon Terms of Use

Moorings in Sadgroves Creek 

DBCYA does not own or rent any moorings. All moorings are privately owned or NT Government owned.

Information on how to rent a mooring

Darwin Buoy Mooring Standards – Aug 2020

Concrete Wharf

DBCYA Concrete Wharf

The Concrete Wharf alongside the channel is another hard stand facility that provides:

  • short term (up to four months) hard stand facilities for mono-hulls and powered cruisers (size limits apply) for minor or urgent repairs
  • longer term sites for multi-hulls.

Bookings required, rates start at $130 per week. Expression of Interest form available via .

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

Dinghy Storage

dingy storage

DBCYA provides four horizontal and vertical storage racks for senior members on a first in best dressed basis.  One dinghy per member.

All dinghies/tenders must have the owner’s DBCYA membership number and a current year authorisation sticker on display.

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.