Welcome to the Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

This year the Darwin lions beer can regatta will be held at Mindil beach on the 22nd July 2018, tides are good this year with a high at midday 5 metres an a low of 2 metre at 2000 ( 8pm)

Events kick off at 10am till 5 pm, Sandcastle, running events, thong throwing, water events and team event as well. 

We have an entry for the

Best soft drink can boat 

Best beer can boat

A  miscellaneous class

Henley on Mindil

Battle of Mindil

As well as other events on the day. 

All of this could not happen without the support of local companies. 


This year we realise that people an organisations may be having issues with collecting cans either beer or soft drink cans, we at the BEER CAN REGATTA believe we have solved this issue.

For a small fee of 100 dollars the recycling centres at Pinelands they  will supply 1000 cans of your liking, take your gloves as you may have to sort your own, if you want all one type of can. 


This year we are trialling boats/kayaks made out of Plastic milk bottles.  Be inventive let your mind go. just remember it must float.


Since 1974 this event has had some great boats, just have a look at the beer can regatta web site photos.

Information needed to build a boat is there, but it is a guide, be inventive. 

if you need more information contact details are at the bottom of the web page or sent enquires to secretarydarwinbeercanregatta@gmail.com 


If you need to arrange an interview with me please advise in advance. or contact our Public relations officer Andrew Kent 0415521408


Have a great day

Connell Brannelly


Darwin lions beers can regatta 2018



Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta is a project of the combined Lions Clubs of Darwin. 

The great can and milk container recycling of event of Darwin and Australia known and reported from all over the world. 

Make a date in your diary and come along for the fun, build a boat or see the amazing territory inventiveness, lots of races for kids and adults.

This year amazing kites!

  • Sunday 22nd July 2018
  • 10am to 5pm
  • Mindil Beach, Darwin NT Australia

Come and enjoy a great family day. See our program of activities. There are beach events for all ages and the water events will be spectacular! Entrance is by a gold coin donation. Bar facilities are available. There is no BYO due to our licence. Soft drinks and water will also be available. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (food and craft stalls) will be trading all day. There are great opportunities for companies to get a high profile presence at the event.

Start building your boat. You can use beer cans or why not use milk containers. Start saving them now. 

Build a Boat

In 2017 we raised funds for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and SIDS & Kids NT.

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard need a new berth for their vessel, to ensure that it is ready to go out and assist mariners in distress. Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta has raised $15,000 to repair their dry dock.

Presentation 1

Cheryl & Des present the cheque for $15,000 to Fiona and Dean of Australian Volunteer Coast Guard. We also have Lions Jeff & Peg.

SIDS & KIDS NT are being funded to help them support families dealing with miscarriage, still birth and sudden infant death syndrome and do other important work.


sids and kids


The No 4 Bus

Leave the car at home an come by bus from Casuarina or the city on the No 4 Bus.

We're Listed!

According to Fest300 we in The World’s 300 Best Festivals! Ranked in the top nine Oz festivals!

And the Canadians

And Luxury yatchers 

James Squire's Best Beer Events in Australia

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It's all in a good cause and fun

We estimate that the cash we have donated to charitable causes in the NT between 1974 and 2016 is a little over $1.5M - this is a raw dollar figure and is not adjusted for inflation, to provide a "today's dollar" amount. We also don't have a total for the in-kind support we have provided to other organisations, or organised to flow directly from our sponsor to our beneficiary, because those dollars don't pass through our books.