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Sobering Up Shelter

The Sobering Up Shelter service is available to people living rough and at risk of harm in the greater Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine areas.

Based on a harm-minimisation model, it provides short-term, non-custodial, safe shelter for intoxicated people over the age of 18.

The shelter provides overnight accommodation to people under the influence of alcohol or other drugs who have been delivered to the shelter by the Northern Territory Police or the community Night Patrol service.

No self-admissions are accepted. However shelter staff will refer people to other services that may be able to assist them.

The shelter helps relieve pressure on police and other community resources, and also plays a role in reducing anti-social behaviour in public places. Having safe and secure accommodation also protects people from potential victimisation and violence.

The Sobering Up Shelter service uses a range of approaches to help people with drug and alcohol abuse issues, including brief interventions and referrals to rehabilitation and medical services.

Darwin Sobering-Up Shelter, located in Coconut Grove, is a 32-bed facility funded by the NT Department of Health.

Contact Information

Address 2 Caryota Court, NightCliff, NT 0814
Phone 08 8948 0523

Operating Hours

7 days per week, 4.00pm - 8.00am