Community groups and centres

Defence maintains community centres and neighbourhood houses around Australia, where community group meetings or family-orientated activities can be held. Information on community groups and centres in the area is available from Your Community on the DCO website.

Australian Military Wives Choir

The Australian Military Wives Choir is a choir for women who support Defence Force members. As a no audition, no experience necessary choir, they welcome new members at any time during the year. Despite the word wives in their name, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members such as girlfriends, partners, wives, mothers and sisters. They also welcome female ADF members.

More info: Email amwc.alburywodonga [at] ( ) amwc.darwin [at] for the rehearsal location. Alternatively, check our our Facebook page and website


Darwin Bushwalking Club

The Darwin Bushwalking Club is a recreational club, run on a voluntary basis by an elected committee for the benefit of its members. The club organises day or weekend walks throughout the year as well as occasional longer walks. The club also meets socially and sometimes organises other outdoor activities such as canoeing and bicycle riding. New members are welcome.

More info: Visit their website, members [at] (email) or phone (08) 8981 7287.


Darwin Camera Club

The Darwin Camera Club provides a friendly place for both young and old, beginners and veterans, to learn, share and extend their skills in photography. They also provide expert guest speakers, fun excursions, appraisal and teaching nights as well as regular photographic competitions for members to display their photographic skills. They invite those new to Darwin to come along to their next meeting and get to know them - it may be the beginning of new friendships as well as interesting new insights into the wonderful world of modern photography.

More info: Visit their website to learn more.


Darwin Chorale

Darwin Chorale is a community choir which performs at community events and presents several concerts a year, often in conjunction with local musical groups such as the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. The aim of the chorale is to present good choral music, to foster young singers and to develop their repertoire and expertise.

More info: Visit their website or darwinchorale [at] (email) to learn more about joining the chorale.


Darwin Defence & Community Centre

The Darwin Defence and Community Centre provides a variety of interesting and enjoyable development programs and services for Defence partners and their families. Come and join our cuppa club, walking group or attend our playgroup sessions. We also have monthly events like Family Fun - family weekend outings, MamaBake - get togethers to cook in bulk and stock the freezer and our YouthZone Friday night activities for primary school children as well as kid free, adults only evenings out.

More info: Join us on Facebook, email us at darwindefencecc [at], phone us on 08 8935 5498 or visit us at 20 Stevens Terrace, Larrakeyah Defence Precinct


Defence Special Needs Support Group

The Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG) provides peer support and a range of programs to support Defence families with special needs. DSNSG has coordinators and groups right across Australia including here in Darwin and Palmerston.

More info: DSNSG has coordinators and groups right across Australia. To find a coordinator near you visit their website.


**Defence families with special needs**

Defence Community Organisation (DCO) provides practical assistance to Defence families who have dependants with special needs. This assistance especially focuses on reducing the impact of relocations and minimising any interruption to specialist services that the dependant needs.

In order to receive any of the assistance and support services available, you will first need to have your dependant with special needs formally recognised by Defence. Forms and details can be found on the DCO website.


Kookaburra Kids

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.

More info: Visit their website, phone (02) 9525 7474, or like their Facebook page to lean more.


Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House provide a variety of interesting and enjoyable development programs and services like playgroup, fitness classes, mums and bubs group, coffee group and book club for Defence partners and their families. We also have equipment and nursery items for hire.

*** Programs listed here are subject to change and cancellations. DCO recommend checking all the details with the groups directly via email, Facebook or telephone.

More info: Visit them on Facebook, larrakeyahhouse [at]">email or phone us on 08 8935 5498 or 0423 414 800 or visit us at 20 Stevens Terrace, Larrakeyah Defence Precinct.


NT Working Women’s Centre

The Centre is a community based non-profit organisation governed by a management committee made up of volunteers. They provide free and confidential advice to women about work related matters. The Centre particularly targets services to those in a disadvantaged bargaining position, insecure and low paid work.

More info: Visit their website, admin [at] (email) or phone (08) 8981 0655 to learn more about joining this cause.


Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling

Open Arms provides counselling and support services to Australia's military community. If you have served one day of continuous full-time service in the ADF you can call them for support. They also support families, reservists and some peacekeepers. Call Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 for free, confidential counselling and group programs to support mental health and wellbeing.

More info: Check out the Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling website and group programs.


Robertson Barracks Family Group

Robertson Barracks Family Group provides a variety of activities and programs for Defence partners and their families like fitness classes, playgroup and bumps and bubs group.

More info: Join us on Facebook, email us at rbfg07 [at], phone us on 08 8925 3710 or 0423 832 341 or visit us adjacent to Lone Pine Chapel at Robertson Barrack


Ronald McDonald Learning Program

The Ronald McDonald learning program (RMLP) helps primary and secondary school children recovering from serious illness catch up on missed education. They provide individual learning programs tailored to the specific needs of each child.

More info: Visit their website


Royal Life Saving Club – NT

The NT Royal Life Saving Club is holding a Water Safety Awareness Program with Emergency Care sessions for parents and families in the Palmerston area throughout 2017. The program consists of five free sessions which both the parent/guardian and the child attend. These sessions provide instruction in emergency care, resuscitation skills and water awareness utilising both in and out of water activities.

More info: Visit their website to register.


Solid Rock Ministries

Solid Rock Ministries is a group that provides support and encouragement for Christian Defence spouses and serving members, and meet weekly in Durack, Darwin.

More info: Send them an solidrockedfence [at] (email) or like their Facebook page.


The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia

The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (PVA) is a nationwide support network for partners of past and present members of the ADF, offering support, friendship, information and understanding. PVA believes there is a great need for support for all partners/carers, widows/widowers and families of Australian veterans, both now and in the future.  

More info: Visit their website to connect with your local NT branch, or find them on Facebook.


Top End Folk Club

The Club has a small core of active members and players, with a wider group of interested people who support special concerts and the Top Half Festivals. The Club has an arrangement with the Darwin Railway Club and is well known as the main ‘alternative’ music venue in Darwin. Informal sessions are held every Sunday afternoon, with anyone welcome to come along and play, sing, yarn or just listen. New people are welcome, young and old!

More info: Visit their website, %20%09cpembo [at] (email) or phone (08) 8983 1823.


YMCA Top End

With the Palmerston Water Park, Palmerston Recreation Centre and Palmerston Swimming and Fitness Centre, YMCA Top End caters for families and people of all ages with a range of fun activities and facilities.


Zonta International

Zonta International is a leading global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With local advocacy being undertaken in Darwin, Zonta is a great cause to get involved with.

More info: Visit the website to learn more about joining.