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Wave Lagoon update

The waves at the Darwin Waterfront Wave Lagoon are not in operation due to widespread tile failures. Tile failures have impacted the Wave Lagoon to varying degrees for the last 10 years.  A number of large aquatic facilities around the country with tiled pools have had similar experiences.

The Corporation is looking at immediate options to recommence waves at the Lagoon in a safe way while longer-term plans are finalised.

Longer-term re-lining options are being considered by the Corporation, including alternatives to tiles which can significantly reduce shut-down times.

The Corporation will also look to make other improvements while the facility is closed; including a new kiosk and amenities building, upgraded wave generators and improvements to the kiddies play area.

Timelines will be known once a re-line product is confirmed and contractor engaged. Dependent on lining product, a shutdown of between 2 to 8 months is expected and all refurbishments are planned to be completed by mid-2020.

Wave Lagoon Annual Pass memberships will be placed on hold for the duration of the shut down.

The Wave Lagoon shallows and kiddies area remain open and are free to use.

The Corporation apologies for any inconvenience and thanks the public for its patience.

Further updates will be provided on and the 'Darwin Waterfront' Facebook page.


Media Contact: Paola McCarthy, Events and Marketing Manager, 0437 621 433