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Parking Zones & Costs

There are a number of different options when it comes to parking in the city. Whether you want something close to the office, or need to pop into the bank, we have a range of locations at different costs to make parking easier for you.

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Paid parking is required from 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday. During these hours, valid payment options are:

  • PayStay (pay-by-phone)
  • Coins at meter
  • Credit Card (where available)

On-Street Parking Fees 

The CBD has three different on-street parking zones. Our city parking map is a great way to find the location of a zone to suit your needs.

All parking zones are patrolled regularly for vehicles to ensure a valid payment is made.

  Zone A Zone B Zone C 1/4P Free Zone
Fee $2.50 per hour $1.80 per hour $1.30 per hour
$7.50 (max daily charge)
FREE
(time restrictions apply)
Max time allowed Two (2) hours Three (3) hours All day (8.00am - 5.00pm) 15 mins at all times
Weekday parking
payment hours
Mon - Fri
8.00am - 5.00pm 
Mon - Fri
8.00am - 5.00pm 
Mon - Fri
8.00am - 5.00pm 
No payment,
Time restrictions apply at all times
Free parking
(after hours,
weekends & pub hols)
Yes Yes Yes Yes 
Time restrictions apply at all times
Other zones a valid
ticket can be used
Zones A, B and C Zones B and C Zone C only N/A

Multi-Storey Car Park Fees 

We have two convenient multi-storey car parks in the city that provide cover and shade for your car.

  West Lane Car Park Chinatown Car Park
Hourly Fee $2.00 per hour $1.50 per hour
Daily Earlybird Fee*
*earlybird pay before 9.00am
$10.00* $7.00*
Overnight Fee $10.50 $9.00
Operating Hours Mon - Sun
7.00am – 12 midnight

 

Sun – Thurs
7.00am – 8.00pm

Fri – Sat
7.00 am – 10.00pm

Weekday parking payment hours Mon - Fri
8.00am - 5.00pm

Mon - Thurs
5.00pm - 8.00am (overnight fee)

Mon - Fri 
8.00am - 5.00pm

Mon - Thurs 
5.00pm - 8.00am (overnight fee)

Free parking 
(after hours,
weekends & pub hols)
Weekends and public holidays
during opening hours only
Weekends and public holidays
during opening hours only
Change machine
(dispenses $1.00 coins)

Yes, there are 3 available.
Level 1.5, 2.5 and 3.5

Yes, there are 2 available.
Level 1 and 4

Off-Street Parking Fees 

There are eleven off-street city car parks in the CBD, this includes two multi-story car parks. Look for the blue "P" parking symbol to find the most convienient car park for you.

The off-street car parks provide over 2000 spaces in the city and have reasonable fees for all day parking. Your daily off-street parking ticket is only valid for the car park you purchase it from or PayStay Zone. Off-street car park tickets or PayStay sessions cannot be used for On-street parking.

  Fee Overnight Fee Weekday parking payment hours Free parking
(after hours, weekends & public holidays)
96 Mitchell Car Park  $3.20 per day No

Mon – Fri 
8.00am – 5.00pm

Yes
Cavenagh Street Car Park $5.30 per day No Mon – Fri 
8.00am – 5.00pm
Yes
Darwin Oval Car Park  $5.30 per day No Mon – Fri 
8.00am – 5.00pm
Yes
McLachlan Street Car Park  $5.30 per day No Mon – Fri 
8.00am – 5.00pm
Yes
McMinn Street Car Park  $3.20 per day No Mon – Fri 
8.00am – 5.00pm
Yes
Mitchell / Daly Street Car Park  $3.20 per day No Mon – Fri 
8.00am – 5.00pm
Yes
Nichols Place Car Park  $5.30 per day No Mon – Fri 
8.00am – 5.00pm
Yes
Woods / Daly Street Car Park  $3.20 per day No Mon – Fri 
8.00am – 5.00pm
Yes
Stott Lane Car Park  $5.30 per day No Mon – Fri 
8.00am – 5.00pm
Yes

Other Zones and Important Parking Information 

How We Monitor Parking Zones 

You are required display a valid parking ticket on your dashboard when using our Pay and Display parking meters or alternatively use the PayStay app to purchase a parking session.

Our Rangers regularly patrol parking zones for 

  • unpaid parking
  • expired parking
  • illegal parking (eg on yellow lines).

Loading Zones 

Several loading zones are located within the Darwin municipality to assist businesses. They give easy access to business premises and have 15 minute time limits.

Loading zones are for goods vehicles only. Commercial vehicles are trucks, utilities and commercial vans which are primarily designed to transport goods.

Sedans, station wagons and various other similar makes and models do not fall into this category. To use these vehcles in loading zones, please apply for a permit by contacting our Regulatory Services Administration on 

08 8930 0603 or 08 8930 0671

Loading zone permits expire on 31 August each year.

About Time Zone Restrictions 

The parking signs marked 1/4P, 1P, 2P and 3P; refer to 15 minute, 1 hour, 2 hour and 3 hour parking times. They bring us in line with the standards set out by the Australian Road Rules. 1/4P parking is free but 1P, 2P and 3P parking requires drivers to ensure valid payments are made. Parking zones are regularly patrolled by Council Rangers.

ALL parking throughout the CBD on weekends and public holidays is FREE.

Understanding Yellow Street Lines 

Yellow lines mean no stopping and no parking. They are put in places where vehicle, pedestrian or other traffic hazards exist.

If Council Officers observe you stopped in your vehicle on a yellow line, you can face a $50.00 penalty infringement notice.

To enquire about parking matters in the CBD

08 8930 0602

City Parking Map

Get to know the locations of all of our parking zones and locations throughout Darwin city via our handy parking map.

Last modified 
12 Jun 2018

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