Whether Darwin is your intended destination or just a brief stopover on the way to your new home, we have compiled this guide to help you get your bearings on arrival. To obtain more details about the city check out the websites listed at the end of this profile.
Darwin, as the capital of the Northern Territory is one of the smaller cities of Australia.
Darwin is closer to Jakarta, Indonesia that Canberra the capital of Australia and is the most northern city of Australia. Darwin is 2603km from Adelaide and 2849km from Brisbane.
Darwin's climate is monsoonal with most of the rain falling between December and March with humidity over 70% during this time. In the ‘winter’ months humidity is lower between 40-65% making it cooler throughout the colder months.
Due to a strong economy and the increasing interest in Darwin as a modern and up and coming place to live, housing prices have increased. Demand for inner city living has pushed the rental prices up and it is more expensive to pay rent than it is to cover mortgage repayments. Renting in Darwin is more expensive than rentals in, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
Darwin has one of the fastest growing economies in Australia. It is viewed as the gateway to Australia because of it proximity to Asia and the advantages this brings in trade. Less people are leaving Darwin to move interstate and more people are viewing it as a more desirable place to live. The main industries in which the Territorial Government is focusing on are Agribusiness, Aviation and Airfreight, Biotechnology and Marine Industries.
There are many places to eat out in Darwin. A variety of tastes and price ranges will ensure that you find somewhere enjoyable to dine out. Mitchell Street in the city offers a number of restaurants, cafes and pubs and within a short walk are the Smith St Mall and Harry Chan Arcade which also have other eating out options. A short drive will take you to the Wharf Precinct where you can enjoy a fine dining experience with waterfront views.
Darwinbus are the local bus provider which service the suburban area with 14 bus routes. There are also shuttles that supplement the service within the city limits. The shuttles will take you where ever you want to go and depart from several locations. Darwin International Airport is located in the northern Ssuburbs of Darwin, 13kms from the city centre.
Darwinites love to have a good time and particularly to revel in their city's vibrant multicultural traditions and nowhere is this mix better attained than through the annual program of exciting festivals. They include the highly entertaining Festival of Darwin which caters for all tastes in arts and culture.
Thousands also flock to ethnic festivals like the famous Greek Glenti, and special celebratory events staged by Darwin's Italian, Indian and Irish communities. Locals and visitors alike also love fun events like the annual Beer Can Regatta. If you like the theatre, amateur or professional, or any other performances such as music, classical or big rock concerts; you can head to the Darwin Entertainment Centre, where they host a variety of performances to suit every bodies taste buds.
Darwins locality opens the doors for many outdoor pursuits. Being on the coast you can easily hire a boat for the day and take her out, enjoy the sun and do some fishing. Or you an take a trip up the nearby Todd River on a Camel! The options are endless.
Schooling in the Northern Territory is governed by the Department of Employment, Education and Training. There are 85 Public and Private Schools in Darwin and 1 University which formed out of a merger between many of Darwin’s tertiary education providers in 2003, and provides a vast range of study options.
Because of the monsoonal climate, Darwin experiences its best weather from May through to September. During the off season there is plenty of rain to be had with an average rain fall of 1669mm per year and about 110 rain days (2.0mm or more). Temperatures range from a median range of 24.8 – 29.2 all year round.