Set sail at the iconic Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

Expertly designed boats made out of cans – and the teams trying to sail them – will provide hours of entertainment at the iconic Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta on Sunday, 16 July.

Making the most of our Dry Season weather, tropical landscape and Top End backdrop, the Regatta puts our lifestyle under the sun on display, and sits on the Territory events calendar as a must for all locals and visitors.

Established in 1974, thousands of people flock to the Regatta at Darwin’s Mindil Beach to watch teams compete for the best boat design and the fastest boat, before the Battle for Mindil takes place at the end of the day. Boats can be made out of cans, plastic bottles and milk cartons, and there is a special category for children.

Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta secretary Delma Swan said on the beach, revellers could participate in a range of activities including a tug-of-war, thong throwing, iron man and woman, and a children’s sandcastle competition. Budding fashion designers can take part in ‘Fashions on the Beach’, where competitors will show off their outfits made out of cans or cartons.

“There’s something for everyone at this family friendly event, from watching the races to thong throwing and a treasure hunt for the children, and we have a couple of surprise events added to the program. Come on down and be a part of an exciting event that is a must-do on the Darwin calendar.”

The annual event raises funds for various Territory charities and not-for-profit organisations. This year it will support CareFlight.

Entry to the Regatta is by gold coin. The event will run from 10am to 5pm. To find out more head to