Vestey’s Beach integrated project

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. View the site map (best viewed in
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Project proponent: City of Darwin

Sector: Tourism

Investment type: Recreational facility and commercial development with option for ongoing management of facilities

Project status: Conceptual project

Project description

Vestey’s Beach Integrated Precinct is a unique public space enhancement project on Council-owned (City of Darwin) land adjacent to Darwin Harbour’s Fannie Bay. The City of Darwin is pursuing private investment for the development of a substantive recreational facility, such as a man-made surf facility, on the 200 000m2 site. There is an existing artificial lagoon on the site, measuring approximately 400 x 200m, which is well positioned for such a development. 

Alongside the man-made surf facility, City of Darwin would like investors to consider: 

  • development of a surf-club house style hospitality (with additional small outdoor eateries and cafés)
  • development of park lands, playgrounds and open green space
  • potential for resort style accommodation
  • ongoing management of the facilities.

The site has a range of existing infrastructure including accessible toilets, cycle/walking paths, picnic facilities, playgrounds and car parks.

Why the Territory

The Northern Territory is a well-established tourism destination offering a range of unique natural and cultural experiences to national and international leisure visitors. Additionally, its diverse economy draws significant corporate travel visitation, and the growing sectors of cruise ships and business events are also driving the visitor economy.  

In the year ending December 2019, total visitation to the Northern Territory grew 10.5% to 2 million. The Northern Territory’s Tourism Industry Strategy 2030 sets an ambitious target for the visitor economy of between 2.51 million and 3.03 million visitors by 2030. 
 
In addition to tourists, City of Darwin aims for the development to also meet the needs and wants of residents in the Darwin municipality and wider Darwin region. A new and innovative recreational facility such as a man-made surfing facility, provides a new and unique recreational space to attract and retain residents in the region seeking a greater range of facilities for recreation, community gathering and networking and leisure spaces. 
 
A surf facility has a great market potential in Darwin. The few water-based facilities available and limited ocean-related recreational activities make Darwin a great location for a first ever man-made surf facility. Furthermore, Darwin is a tropical city with an average daily temperature of 29.5°C and consistent maximum daily temperatures ranging between 30 – 34°C. 
 
The global surf industry economy is valued at approximately US$130 billion. With 6 million surfers based in Asia and 6.5 million in Oceania, Darwin’s climate and location as Australia’s closest capital city to growing Asian markets, make it the perfect destination to leverage the growing surf 
economy. 
 
A postcard-perfect coastal city, Darwin boasts magnificent sunsets, breath-taking ocean views and golden beaches. You can view a 360-degree panoramic of Darwin City by downloading the City of Darwin Virtual Reality App

Contact details

Joshua Sattler, General Manager
Innovation Growth and Development Services
City of Darwin

Phone: +61 8 8930 0444
joshua.sattler@darwin.nt.gov.au
www.darwin.nt.gov.au