Living in Darwin

Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, is dynamic, different, diverse and constantly evolving as Australia’s most cosmopolitan city. Its relaxed tropical lifestyle is enjoyed by a population of approximately 110,000. Darwin is home to people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. The city’s multicultural mix is particularly highlighted by its many exciting ethnic cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets.

Purpose of this page is to give an outline of Darwin attractions to new comers.

For Further details visit the websites stated below.

Interesting places to Visit

  • Most tourist attractions have a ‘Locals Pass’ where, after showing your NT drivers licence, you pay entry once and you receive a card that allows you free entry for the rest of the year. Ask before you purchase your tickets.
  • Crocodylus Park – It is a home to over a thousand crocodiles. http://www.crocodyluspark.com
  • Crocosaurus Cove – located in the heart of Darwin City www.crocosaruscove.com
  • Stokes Hill Wharf and Darwin Waterfront Precinct www.darwinwaterfront.nt.gov.au
  • Deck Chair Cinema – watch a movie under the stars in the dry season www.deckchaircinema.com
  • Darwin Museum and Art Gallery – free admission  www.magnt.nt.gov.au

Attractions for Kids

Picnic places for families

  • Leanyer Recreation and Water Park – The Recreation Park is open daily from 8am to 8pm. The Water Park is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm during school terms. During School Holidays it is open every day from 10am to 7pm. On Public Holidays they are also open from 10am – 7pm.
  • Rapid Creek Water Gardens
  • East Point Reserve and Lake Alexander
    • Palmerston Water Park
    • Casuarina Beach – picnic areas, cycling paths, BBQs, picnic tables provided

Sporting Facilities (for Sri Lankans)

Family cricket and volleyball on Saturday afternoons at the Nightcliff Primary School grounds from 3pm-6pm.

Markets and Shopping centres

  • Rapid Creek Markets on every Thursdays & Sundays
  • Parap Markets on every Saturdays
  • Palmerston Markets on Fridays during April to October
  • Mindil Beach Markets– on Thursdays & Sundays during April to October.  Darwin’s most popular weekly markets. Attract large crowds with exotic Asian food, aboriginal art, local crafts and live music entertainment for all.
  • Casuarina Square-Casuarina Square is the Northern Territory’s premier shopping destination, with approximately 200 stores in one air-conditioned modern location.

Places to worship

  • Hindu Temple – 44 Patterson Street, Malak NT 0812

  • Casuarina Uniting Church – 45 Vanderlin Drive, Casuarina/Wanguri

Please note that from 6-7pm on the last Sunday of each month you can participate in the Tamil service at the Casuarina Uniting Church.