Athlete FAQs

Transport and Accommodation

An accredited shuttle bus will provide a pick-up and drop-off service from the Darwin Central Business District (CBD) to sport competition venues. We encourage athletes and team officials to either stay within walking distance of their competition venue or within the Darwin CBD, in order to access the accredited shuttle bus service. There will be no bookable transport system.

Athletes and team officials are responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation to and from Darwin. The Arafura Games team can assist with suitable locations and provide contact details if required. Please email us at or call us on +61 8 8999 5256 (ACST).

Darwin Convention Centre and Darwin CBD sports

Badminton, Boxing, Muaythai, Sepak Takraw and Weightlifting all take place at the Darwin Convention Centre. The Mitchell Street Mile will be centre stage in the Darwin CBD on Mitchell Street.

Marrara Sports Complex

Athletics, Basketball 5v5, Table Tennis, Para Tennis, Indoor and Beach Volleyball and ParaVolley all take place within the Marrara Sporting Complex, which is approximately a 15-minute drive from the Darwin CBD. You can access the accredited shuttle bus service to these competition venues from the Darwin CBD. If you stay in the wider Darwin region you will need to organise private transport or use public transport.

Swimming, Sailing and Triathlon

Swimming takes place in Parap. Next door, in Fannie Bay, you will find Sailing and Triathlon.  An accredited shuttle bus service will take athletes and team officials from the Darwin CBD to these competition venues. There is also suitable accommodation within walking distance of the venues.  Contact the Sport Manager for more information.

To view Darwin accommodation click on the link below and select Darwin CBD or Darwin Region.

We recommend you use Google Maps to view walking and driving distances from your competition venue to your preferred accommodation. Addresses and maps of the precincts and venues are available on the Arafura Games website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What impact is COVID-19 having on the Arafura Games?

  • Planning continues for the Arafura Games, which is scheduled to take place from 14-22 May, 2021.
  • The welfare of attendees is paramount and we will continue to monitor the situation in relation to COVID-19 by following the best public health advice from Australia’s Department of Health and Northern Territory Health.

Transport – What is the best way for me to get around Darwin?

  • An accredited shuttle bus service will be offered to all competition venues from the CBD. Timetables will be available closer to the event on the Arafura Games website.

Visas – I am an international athlete. What type of visa will I need?

Catering – Will food be provided for me during the Arafura Games?

  • Meals or dedicated catering will not be provided to athletes or team officials.
  • Water for athletes will be provided at all competition
  • Per diems will not be given to participating countries/Team Managers/Chef de Mission.
  • Food and drink will be available to purchase at each precinct.

Flights – Will there be support or assistance for me to travel to Darwin?

  • Athletes and teams are responsible for booking all travel and flights to and from Darwin.
  • Support will be provided at Darwin Airport to welcome you, and assist with transport and general event information.

Technical Officials – I am a referee/umpire/judge/official for my sport. How can I get involved?

  • Technical Officials will be managed by the Sport Manager. You will find their details on the sport-specific page of the Arafura Games
  • International Federation rules and regulations apply to the Arafura Games unless otherwise stated. Technical officials will be selected by the Sport Manager and be advised accordingly.

Sport Entries – How do I register to compete/participate and will it cost me anything?

  • Athletes must contact the Sport Manager to discuss their eligibility. Guidelines can found on each sport-specific webpage.

What is Accreditation?

  • All athletes and team officials will receive accreditation. Accreditations will be accepted on the basis that all athletes qualify under their sport-specific rules and regulations. Accreditation must be visibly worn to access competition venues and the accredited shuttle bus service.

Where do I get more information?

  • The Sport Handbook will be available on the Arafura Games website in October 2020. The Handbook will contain sport-specific details, schedules and meetings, as well as operational information including maps, transport information, local shops and services, and any Games specific details. We will also provide details of things to do in Darwin and the wider NT.

 Contact Information

General Enquiries –

Registration & Accommodation -

For sport-specific inquiries and to register your expression of interest, contact:


Sport Manager: Leanne Chin

Sport Manager: Richard Welsh
Ph: +61 (0) 409 820 248

Sport Manager: Peter Roberts
Phone: +61 3 9397 4722

Sport Manager: John Mitchell

Sport Manager: Josh O’Brien
Phone: +61 (0) 455 498 965

Sport Manager: Charissa Tynan
Phone: +66 2258 2711

Sport Manager: Claire Hall

Sport Managers: Alex Newman and Daniel Ellen-Barwell

Sport Manager: Thomas Noblett
Phone: +61 (0) 439 028 403

Sport Manager: Graham Symons
Phone: +61 (0) 401 118 206 

Sport Manager: Erin Bormann
Phone: +61 8 8981 5609

Sport Manager: Jacqui Cleghorn
Phone: +61 (0) 402 565 198

Sport Manager: Anne Chadwick
Phone: +61 (0) 499 555 691

Sport Manager: Ian Moir
Phone: +61 (0) 417 744 981

Page last updated : 15.05.2020