Northern Territory: Darwin



Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory and is situated on the Timor Sea. Darwin has a population of 120,000 making it by far the largest and most populated city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, but the least populous of all Australian capital cities.

Over time, Darwin has grown from a pioneer outpost and small port into one of Australia’s most modern and multi-cultural cities. The city itself is built on low bluff overlooking the harbour, which incidentally is twice as large as Sydney harbour. Having been almost entirely rebuilt twice (once due to Japanese air raids and again after the devastating cyclone known as Cyclone Tracey) it is one of Australia’s most modern capitals.


Tourism is one of Darwin’s largest industries with over 1 million visitors each year. Some of the main attractions are the Aboriginal art, fishing expeditions, amazing food and outdoor activities.


For more information, visit



There are a number of ways to find work in the Northern Territory such as the major local newspaper, the Northern Territory News and the Centralian Advocate. Most of their job ads are also posted on online at


Other useful employment sites include:


Another option is to look at the Northern Territory website – Here you will find out about the professions and trades in demand, contact details for local recruitment agencies and many other useful job links.



There are 151 government and 35 private schools in the Northern Territory. All schools teach a common curriculum also develop their own programs. Most private schools are operated by church organisations, although they teach the same common curriculum taught by the government schools. Schools with church affiliations also teach religious education.


Government schools give priority to enrolment to students living in the area, although you can apply for enrolment at any school you choose.
For more information, visit the Department of Employment, Education and Training for the locations and contact details of all schools in the Northern Territory at


A range of tertiary courses, vocational education and training is available throughout the Northern Territory, including Charles Darwin University, Yirara College and the Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. In addition to these institutions, there are approx. 60 private training organisations registered in the Territory.


No matter where you live, there is plenty of opportunity to grow either professionally or personally through lifelong learning as education is seen as a high priority in the Territory.



If you decide to move to the Northern Territory, you may wish to rent while you decide which suburb will suit you best.


The cost of housing in the Darwin region ranges from anywhere from $230,000 to $750,000 with the median price being approx. $390,000. The prices are dependent on land size and location. To research further on home costs and locations, visit for the latest properties listed for sale.


Rental properties range from $250 per week for a 1 bedroom cottage up to $750 per week for a 3 bedroom home. Most housing in the Northern Territory is equipped with air conditioning to accommodate the tropical weather throughout the year. To research further on rental costs, locations and availabilities, visit


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Health services are available throughout the Northern Territory at hospitals, community health centres and remote clinics and from private health care providers.


General Practitioners (GPs), dentists and specialists as well as allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, optometrists and pharmacists are readily available in the major towns and regularly visit remote communities.


The public hospitals are in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy. All hospitals offer general inpatient, outpatient and emergency services. The Royal Darwin and Alice Springs Hospitals offer a wide range of specialist services.


To find out more about Territory health services visit



This body is responsible for the provision of safe, accessible transport infrastructure for Territorians and visitors to the Territory. The website provides information on licensing and registration, NT roads, transport safety, public transport, transport policy and planning and taxi and private car hire information.

An efficient public bus service runs in major population centres and taxis and hire cars are widely available across the Northern Territory. The buses will take you almost everywhere, however in addition to the taxi and hire car options you may prefer to hire a bike. Walking is another popular choice for getting around in Darwin and there have been brochures produced especially for this purpose. The series of brochures is called “Discovering Darwin” containing nine brochures in total covering the Wharf, Esplanade, City, Gardens, Northern Suburbs, East Point, Darwin, Outer Darwin and Fannie Bay.


Roads are generally of a high standard with sealed national highways connecting with centres interstate. The Stuart Highway is the Territory’s main artery, going all the way from Adelaide to Darwin. It passes through major places such as Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin.


The AustralAsia Railway, which links Darwin to Adelaide (South Australia), provides fast, efficient transport for passengers and freight.


Darwin is the Northern Territory’s main international air gateway. From here, services operate to international destinations with connections to the rest of the world. The city is on the doorstep of Asia, being as close to Singapore as it is to Sydney. Domestic airlines also operate in and out of Darwin with Qantas, Virgin Blue and Air North.



The Northern Territory Government is made up of 12 principal agencies along with a range of other agencies, statutory bodies and government-owned corporations.


The Government employs about 15,000 people across the Territory making it the largest employer in the Northern Territory.


For further information on the Northern Territory government including ministers, visit



The main attractions for this thriving, laid back, multi-cultural city include the Skycity Casino, The Museum of Art and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Crocodylus Park, Darwin Deckchair Cinema, fishing tours, Darwin National Park and Kakadu.

There are endless things to keep you occupied and amusing in this great city. For more information visit to find out more about the attractions listed above as well as a bunch of other options.