We love sailing, and we love Darwin!
Sail Darwin offers genuine sailing aboard a 50ft luxury catamaran, from 3 hour daytime, sunset, and overnight cruises on our beautiful harbour, or extended sailing cruises from 4 – 14 days to the Tiwi Islands, The Kimberley coastline, East Timor, The Spice Islands and beyond.
Our aim is to leave guests with an exceptional “real sailing” experience and memories to take home, in comfort and safety aboard Sundancer NT.
A sunset sail on Darwin harbour is a must for every visitor to Darwin – join us for our signature Champagne Sunset Sail. This is a great opportunity to get out on the harbour, watch amazing sunsets, enjoy fabulous food and just to experience that feeling of freedom being on the water brings.
Enjoy free champagne and a delicious dinner aboard, plus the chance to spot dolphins surfing the bow, turtles, and dugongs. And of course some of the most spectacular sunset skies you’ll ever see. Enthusiastic sailors are welcome to assist the crew in settings the sails, taking the helm, and learning the ropes under the patient and watchful eye of our captain David.
Sundancer is 15m x 8m catamaran specifically designed for cruising in tropical conditions. Fully airconditioned through-out, Sundancer NT has 4 double cabins and 4 single beds and can comfortably accommodate 10 guests for extended periods, or up to 28 guests for harbour cruises.
Join us for a 4-day cruise to the Tiwi Islands, where you can experience the delight and colour of a modern-day Aboriginal community and the opportunity to purchase some sensational artwork direct from the artists; or for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, come aboard for a 2 week private charter to the vast, remote, and stunningly beautiful Kimberley coastline.
Darwin, in Australia’s tropical north, is the capital city of the Northern Territory and gateway to stunning “big nature” experiences – Litchfield National Park with it’s crystal clear rock pools, cascades, and thundering waterfalls is just over an hour’s drive, Kakadu World Heritage area – amazing country, rock art, Aboriginal culture, and some of the best scenery in the world is just over 2 hours drive. And of course Darwin harbour, twice as big as Sydney harbour, fancy drifting across its watery reaches while the sun slips into the sea as a palette of unimaginable colours unfolds itself across the horizon… Darwin sunsets are truly something to behold. As locals, we feel blessed everyday to have these treasures on our doorstep.
Weather-wise, the temperature rarely gets below 15 and never gets above 35. We have approximately 12 hours of sunlight every day, and we have a wet season (from about November – March) and a dry season (from about April – October). Not unsurprisingly, it rains in the wet and it doesn’t in the dry!
You really should come visit in the wet season, most locals will tell you it’s their favourite time of year. Don’t be put off by the thought of rain – our rain is warm, welcome, sweet, clean and nothing like the cold southern rains.And it doesn’t rain all day. Mostly we get afternoon storms and overnight showers, but not every day, and not all day. Everything becomes lush and green overnight, the storms are sensational, the waterfalls are roaring, the fish are jumping, and the rivers are high. Sure it’s hot, but would you rather hot, or winter? (and anyway, there’s always aircond or a pool to cool off in).
Clothing – do not bring anything with long sleeves or anything synthetic! Absolutely do not bring a suit or a tie or a jacket – no-one wears them here, and you’ll stand out like a sore thumb if you do. Loose cool cotton clothing and open footwear is all you’ll need, and maybe one set of going-out clothes. Travel light, travel often!
We love being on the briny blue with its vastness and unending movement, its familiar but other-worldly strangeness, its colors, its relentless beauty, it’s promised destinations. To spend time surrounded by the sea is to spend time revisiting who and what we are as people, and how we are connected – to each other, to the elements, the earth, the planets and stars. Sailing out of sight of land brings a feeling both of being completely insignificant, and completely connected and free. It’s a bit like camping, a step away from our crazy chaotic lives and into a primordial reminder of who we are and where we came from.
And why sailing, not motoring? Apart from the power of the wind being free, it’s a combination of all things – boat, waves, wind, sails, our movements together as one. There’s nothing more exhilarating than hearing the sails fill with wind, the sound of cutting the motors and seeing the wake of the boat behind you. Sealife agrees – dolphins, whales, turtles, dugongs… they will all come to say hello to a sail-powered vessel.