The Northern Territory is vast, extending from the centre of Australia’s map, near Uluru and the town of Alice Springs, to the coastal capital city of Darwin and its neighbouring islands.
Despite its geographical footprint, this is a territory rather than a state because of its small population. Just over 250,000 people live here – less than half the headcount in Tasmania.
A village feel makes Territorians some of the friendliest folk you’ll find. Strong indigenous cultures offer thriving art practices, ancient storytelling and deep spiritual tradition. And diverse national parks provide striking landscapes.
Above all, the Northern Territory is a fun place to be and it’s a place that stays with you.
This city is both modern and multicultural, boasting a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. The city is characterised by its many exciting cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets.
Been smaller than the other capitals, Darwin is an ideal city for International students to immerse in the Australian way of life, there is a real sense of community where everyone is made feel welcome.
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Experience the best of Darwin’s tropical lifestyle at Darwin Waterfront Precinct, which is just five minutes’ walk from the city Centre. You can relax with a coffee or linger over a long breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks at one of the precinct’s many cafes, restaurants and bars. Only 5 minutes’ walk and you find yourself in the “OpenAir Cinema”, an experience not to be missed while in Darwin.
It is a popular recreational green space, complete with a bike path, outdoor exercise equipment, a pool, café and even food trucks and open-air restaurants.
A shared path from Rapid Creek to Nightcliff connects numerous outdoor exercise stations and the iconic NightcliffPool where you can swim while having great views over Darwin Harbour. The picturesque Nightcliff Jetty is a popular spot for fishing and watching the stunning Darwin sunsets.
Is a small suburb taking in the large shopping and business area and the adjoining emergency service facilities/buildings. The largest shopping Centre is also located here, called Casuarina Square. From here, travellers can also ride buses directly to Darwin or Palmerston interchanges.
Situated in the suburb is the Fannie Bay Gaol museum, Fannie Bay Race Track and a monument to Ross Smith.
There is plenty to do nearby and one of them is to visit Lake Alexander. The lake’s water is safe for swimming even during the ‘Box jellyfish’ season, and is partitioned to allow kayaks and small boats in a separate area.
Larrakeyah is named after the indigenous language group that have occupied the area since before European settlement, the Larrakia, who occupied much of the Darwin coastal area.
There are plenty of tourist attractions you can find in this area such as Cullen Bay, Mindil Beach and the George Brown Botanical Gardens.
Larrakeyah is now a densely populated suburb, home to an increasingly diverse population of long-time locals, indigenous and transient residents who come to Darwin to work during the cooler dry season.