On Wednesday 13th February 2019 at 10.00 am members will attend an art viewing at Parap then have coffee afterwards. Details to follow. An evening for members and their partners and guests was proposed for late January 2019. This has been postponed as some members are unavailable. The next Club meeting is on 28th February 2019. Please note our Book Club, Mah Jong and Scrabble activities are conducted throughout the whole year – subject to member availability.

Mah Jong is every Tuesday morning (bring your own lunch) and Scrabble is played each Saturday at 11.00 am with nibbles served by our President, Fran Smith, at her place. The Book Club is on the first Monday of the month at 10.00 am, depending on public holidays. The venue is to be at a café in Darwin CBD so we can have morning tea/coffee while we discuss the book and author. The next Book Club is on February 4th 2019. Contact Fran Smith, Book Club Coordinator and President, on the Contact Page if you wish to attend.

Guests can attend up to three activities (can be a combination of activities and/or Club meetings) before being asked to join our friendship club. See Joining tab for further information.

If you are interested in joining the Darwin Ionian Club at any of the activities that the Club offers, please email us or ring the President, Fran Smith. Details are on the Contact Us page and the Joining page on this website.


We had our Christmas lunch on Monday 3rd December at Monsoons.We all enjoyed the good food (so much) and the lovely table setting. On 22nd November members and guests visited the Darwin City Council followed by morning tea. After this visit we held a short club meeting. Many thanks to the Lord Mayor’s personal assistant and on of our members who organised the visit. This was the Club’s last meeting for 2018. On 8th November we had a coffee morning at the Mitchell Bar, Hilton Hotel, Darwin. In lieu of a club meeting, which was held earlier in October, in late October we had lunch at Lizards Bar and Restaurant, Mitchell Street, Darwin. In early October there was a coffee morning at the Four Birds Cafe in the Star Village Arcade in the CBD. The Club celebrated its 28th Birthday at the end of September. We had a good lunch at the Moorish Cafe. In mid September we visited the at Charles Darwin University Art Gallery. We had coffee on campus at Kings Soul Food Café. They had a good selection of drinks. At the last day of August we visited the Territory Wildlife Park and had a picnic lunch. Early August at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory (MAGNT) members and friends viewed Unruly Days Territory Life 1911-1921 and had coffee/tea afterwards at the new Saltwater Cafe at MAGNT. July was a quiet month with many members away. Early July one of our members hosted a lunch at her place. On June 1st the Club had an information table at the Seniors Expo at Palmerston. We had quite a few enquiries. On June 14th members visited the NT Archives Centre, to experience Inside Out, Fannie Bay Gaol. There was no May Club Meeting on 24th May as we held the annual Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea (BMTea) at the Jingili Water Gardens. It was a love dry season day. In early May we met at the Cyclone Cafe in Parap Village and a small group of Club members visited the Nomad Art Gallery at Parap Village early April. We viewed a series of drawings on Instability by Darwin artist Winsome Jobling. Her media is paper and this exhibition showed clouds in the Dry Season. Coffee afterwards was in Parap. The NT Library at Parliament House on 14th March had a display of ‘Wet Season’s Treasures.’ Afterwards we had dinner at the Chow Restaurant at the Darwin Waterfront.On 8th March a few members met at the Rabbithole Cafe for coffee but the venue did not allow for a small group to sit together. We therefore crossed the mall to the Galleria Arcade and enjoyed our coffee at a cafe that is staffed by trainees. The Club had its first morning tea for the year at Kurk’s Cakes on 8th February. Earlier on January 28th the Darwin Ionian Club had its first members and partners evening at the Spice Garden Eating Place at Nightcliff. We all braved the storms to enjoy our evening with great food.

The Darwin Ionian Club members also attend exhibitions at the Art Gallery (Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory) or at other exhibitions or events in Darwin and/or surrounds. Members and guests meet often for coffee mornings at various venues around Darwin. Once a year members and guests attend a progressive dinner with nibbles and drinks at a beach side location followed by dinner and dessert at a member’s home.

If you are interested in knowing more about the club, please contact Fran Smith, Membership Secretary via the Club email on the Contacts Us page.