Arafura Games: Purple Patch Community Hubs Launched

All the colour and excitement of the Arafura Games will be on show at special community hubs that allow locals, visitors and spectators to be a part of the 10-day celebrations.

‘Purple Patch’ hubs have been set up at the Darwin Waterfront and Marrara Sporting Complex with free entertainment and activities available for all of the family.

Marrara and the Waterfront are two of five venues across the city hosting more than 1500 athletes from more than 40 countries competing in 15 sports.

During the Games, the hubs will be more than competitive arenas with fun, free activities, food stalls, workshops, dancers and performers from local multicultural groups, music and live entertainment.

Locals, visitors and spectators can test their sporting skills with pop-up games such as basketball, sepak takraw, table tennis and squash and an obstacle course for adults and children. Didge players, drummers, local dance groups, craft workshops, pop-up photo booths and live music will also be a part of the action.

The Darwin Waterfront and Marrara Sporting Complex are featuring heavily in this year’s Arafura Games. As well as being the venue for the beach volleyball competition, the Darwin Waterfront will host the free Opening Celebration on Friday 26 April from 6.30pm as well as the Closing Celebration on Saturday 4 May from 6.30pm. Six sports will use the Darwin Convention Centre as their venue.

Athletics, basketball, football, netball, squash, table tennis, tennis and indoor volleyball are all taking place at competition venues within the Marrara Sporting Complex, a 15-minute drive from Darwin’s CBD.

To find out more about community and sporting events happening as part of the Arafura Games 2019, visit All events are non-ticketed and free, with the exception of the Pro Hustle 3×3 competition. Tickets for that event are available at