Lake Alexander is a man-made lake that provides safe swimming throughout the year, and is a popular picnic and barbecue stop. Lake Alexander is part of Darwin’s East Point Reserve, and is set on a peninsular of land overlooking Beagle Gulf.
During the dry season, set off and explore the many walking and cycling paths, or enjoy a relaxing picnic on the lawns (picnic tables are also available). A rest on a picnic rug is just the thing after a busy day exploring downtown Darwin. Bring your hamper, as most areas have free barbecue facilities. There’s also a great playground to keep the kids entertained. Since it’s dangerous to swim in open seawater in the summer months, Lake Alexander offers all the fun without the stingers. Nearby Fannie Bay is the source of the seawater for this deep and clear lake, which is divided into swimming and sports areas. Bring the family – swimmers are protected from kayaks, sailboats, and other water sports.
Officially opened in 1991, Lake Alexander was named in honour of Alec Fong Lim who was Lord Mayor of Darwin from 1984 to 1990.