Recreation and Sport Facilities

The municipality of Darwin is home to a range of sporting and recreation facilities to suit all ages and levels of fitness.

Council’s recreation facilities include seventeen ovals, including the premier Gardens Oval Complex. There is a network of cycle paths to support an active lifestyle for the whole community, and a Velodrome for training and competitive cyclists. Outdoor exercise equipment has been installed in various prime locations in Darwin to encourage healthy activity by everyone.

City of Darwin has three public swimming pools in the municipality, located at Parap, Nightcliff and Casuarina. Council's pools cater for recreational and lap swimmers and include well-maintained grounds with a number of additional facilities. 

The City of Darwin maintains and administers these facilities, and also conducts a number of recreation activities, independently and in conjunction with external stakeholders, to provide additional services to the community.

Darwin has extensive parks and gardens throughout the municipality, with 118 playgrounds, ranging from small local parks to the all-inclusive Regional Playgrounds found at East Point Reserve, Anula Oval and Jingili Water Gardens.  These playgrounds are free to access and provide varying levels of activity challenge.

The City of Darwin has two Liberty Swings available for use by people with mobility limitations. The Swings are located in two of the city’s regional playgrounds.

The Variety Liberty Swing, a joint initiative with Variety NT, is located adjacent to a large inclusive playground in the Water Gardens, Freshwater Road, Jingili.

The Lake Alexander Liberty Swing, partly funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs, is located adjacent to the Lake Alexander Regional Playground, East Point Reserve, Darwin.

Also at the Water Gardens is a junior level skate park which provides hours of fun for children and young people on their skateboards.

Public tennis courts are located in Parap, Nightcliff and Rapid Creek. They can be used free of charge and you don't need to make a booking. They are only available for daytime use.