Club Facilities

Licensed Bar

Our rustic and uncomplicated open-air facility is like no other – one of Darwin’s last old-style, iconic watering holes. Available to all members and their guests and visitors with drinks at club prices (discounted for members) plus 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. No gambling facilities whatsoever.

Open hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 3pm open
Friday and Saturday: 12pm open
Public holidays: 3pm open

Bar closing time is typically between 10pm and 11pm

The Galley open 7 nights

Come for a delicious serve of fresh local-caught seafood from the fishing boats just down the road, or pick from a great selection of Aussie bistro favourites.


Check out the specials board for the value meals of the day..

Friday: FIsh, Chips and Salad deal – just $15

Sunday: Family Sunday Roast – see the specials board for more

Open hours:
Monday – Sunday: Dinner seven days 5pm – 9pm


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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 (four months or less) and longer term for multi-hull vessels too big for the Boat Park.Rates start at $120 per week.

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 annually (or after four months for short term mono hull occupancy on the wharf)

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

Careening Poles

DBCYA has recently upgraded its careening poles basin facility. Four careening pole sites are available for senior members and are a popular choice for short stay repairs and maintenance. Bookings are required through the bar (or the General Manager during the day). Site rental is $30 per 24 hours. Users must supply their public liability insurance CoC (third party risk minimum, $10,000,000 cover minimum). If uninsured users will be covered by the Club’s blanket policy and pay an insurance levy of $30 for up to 7 days in any one visit). 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. Weight restrictions apply.

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


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.