EAT AND ENJOY AT STOKES HILL WHARF DARWIN
(By: John Westbury)
There are several places to eat in Darwin, but Stokes Hill Wharf is a MUST!
Stokes Hill Wharf, the winner of a Brolga Award dates back to the early 1800’s when the first European settlers arrived. They laid cables from Java to Darwin establishing the overland telegraph. This paid off with the rewards of the gold rush and pastoral industry that determined the fate of Darwin.
This famous wharf bore the full front of a Japanese invasion in 1942 with several ships and planes sunk and many waterside workers and military personnel killed. Darwin managed to survive and get on with life only to be hit by Cyclone Tracy in 1974 when yet again the wharf suffered damage.
But, they don’t give up in Darwin, and today the wharf is a major part of the Territory’s economy. It has a world-class cruise ship berth and also receives many visits from Australian and overseas naval vessels.
The best part about Stokes Hill Wharf is the huge range of eateries where you will enjoy many national and international dishes and a great variety of wines. You can choose your delight and then eat outside in the warm sun or by beautiful moonlight on a balmy night or enjoy a spectacular sunset.
Night time is most popular with travelers who just love to eat under a million stars in the sky while watching barramundi, batfish, dolphins and hundreds of other fish that gather around the lights of the aquatic reserve.
There is also a beautiful dessert shop and a licensed takeaway bar within the food area making this a popular outdoor venue with tropical sea breezes for all travelers.
If seafood is your wish we suggest you dine at the award winning a la carte seafood restaurant at the end of the wharf, which has an extensive menu and huge variety of wines.
There is also live entertainment on Wednesday and Sundays, and, believe it or not the wharf is also popular for viewing tropical storms during the wet season.