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Consuming Alcohol in Public Places

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Council encourages the responsible service and consumption of alcohol in our community.

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Approved Exemption Areas 

There are a number of parks and reserves across the municipality where the consumption of alcohol is allowed during specified hours. 

Approved areas and exemption times

Location Monday to Friday Weekends and Public Holidays
East Point Reserve 5.00pm - 9.30pm 12.00pm - 10.30pm
Mindil Beach 5.00pm - 9.30pm 12.00pm - 10.30pm
Nightcliff Foreshore 5.00pm - 9.30pm 12.00pm - 10.30pm

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Consuming alcohol outside set hours at these locations

Special permits may be applied for outside of these hours by contacting our Customer Service team

 08 8930 0556

Alcohol Restricted Areas  

You are not permitted to consume alcohol at anytime in the following locations

  • Bicentennial Park, The Esplanade
  • Vesteys Reserve, Fannie Bay

Alcohol Consumption Regulations 

The regulations around drinking alcohol in public spaces in Darwin and across the NT have some complexities and are not always well understood. 

Did you know?

Drinking in public places in Darwin is generally not allowed within two kilometres of a licensed premises (whether or not it is operating) unless it is a Council area with exemption periods.

If you want to consume alcohol in these areas, you will require a permit (more information below)

Permits for Alcohol Restricted Areas 

The public may apply for a permit to consume alcohol in a Restricted Area for special events or functions.

Download the application form

or contact:

Customer Service
City of Darwin
Harry Chan Ave, Darwin, NT 0800

08 8930 0556


Licensing NT
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice   
Northern Territory Government
Level 3 NAB House, 71 Smith Street, Darwin NT 0800
GPO Box 1154, Darwin NT 0801

08 8999 1800

Fax: (08) 8999 1888

Location Information, Maps and Times 

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