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Defence Infrastructure Division

Defence Estate Disposals

Sale of Stokes Hill, NT

The former Naval Fuel Installation at Stokes Hill, located at 2 Frances Bay Drive, Darwin, Northern Territory is surplus to Department of Defence (Defence) requirements and will be divested in accordance with the Commonwealth Property Disposal Policy.


2022 Update

In December 2021, Defence completed all environment and heritage due diligence assessments for the site in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. As of early 2022, Defence has shared the outcomes of these reports with the Northern Territory Government to help inform the Territory Governments decision about potential acquisition of the site.

Consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment in the Darwin City Deal, Defence continues to work with the Territory Government to facilitate unlocking the potential of the former Naval Fuel Installation at Stokes Hill, while preserving its significance for the Traditional Custodians, the Larrakia people.

Defence is aware that the Territory Government is in the process of developing a masterplan for the foreshore precinct which will include potential redevelopment of the Stokes Hill site. This consultation process involves City Deal partners and the Larrakia people. The masterplan will take into account the cultural significance of the site to the Larrakia people, historic heritage values, environmental management and opportunities to further activate the foreshore.

Darwin City Deal

More information about the City Deal milestones is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website:

Topics of Interest Focus

Below is a summary of details on Defence’s expert contracted advisor environmental and heritage investigations:

Stokes Hill Locality and Reference Maps


For divestment and general interest questions:

Please contact the Defence Estate Disposal Team:

For planning matters regarding future development of the site:

Please contact the Northern Territory Government represented by the Department of Infrastructure Planning & Logistics:

For City Deal queries:

Please contact the Darwin City Deal team: