Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory and the main centre for business and government in the Top End.

Darwin is a vibrant and multicultural city, with a diverse economy and substantial employment opportunities. Darwin’s location makes it a hub for a wide range of industries including oil, gas and defence. It is well placed to capitalise on the shift of the world economy towards Asia. Darwin is strategically positioned to become a distribution gateway between Australia and Asia. It is a fast-growing city with projected robust population growth, driven by economic activity associated with major projects.

Darwin boasts a relaxed lifestyle and magnificent sunsets and is void of the 'hustle and bustle' of many southern capitals. The population of Darwin is quite young with an average age of 31. Modern amenities and shopping centres are available, as well as a domestic and international airport. Charles Darwin University also provides a broad selection of university courses to further your professional career. The warm sunny climate of Darwin allows many outdoor activities to be conducted year round.

Weather in Darwin

Darwin has two seasons, 'wet' and 'dry', they are pretty much self-explanatory. The wet season runs from October to April, typically the temperature is hot, humid and of course wet. The dry season runs from May to September and the daily and evening temperature is generally cooler with less humidity. The table below outlines the monthly average temperature, rainfall and humidity levels that may assist you in understanding the climate and what to expect when moving to Darwin.

However, generally for Darwin, warm sunny days are the rule, even in the wet season the rain usually comes in short, sharp bursts and the sun is never far away. Darwin itself rarely goes above 34C or below 30C during the day because it is on the coast. During the dry season the nights can get as low as 18 degrees, however as you move inland, daytime maximums increase and night time minimums can fall below that.

Moving to Darwin

The Northern Territory Government has a website that contains useful information on moving to the Territory, as well as important contact details for local services and providers. For further information, go to Australia’s Northern Territory​.

Housing in Darwin

The housing market in Darwin has recently become more affordable after a period of high rents and housing and unit purchase prices. The Darwin vacancy rate is currently 5.7 per cent. The table below shows the median house/unit prices and average weekly house/unit rents as of March 2017. These figures have been sourced from Real Estate Institute of Northern Territory (REINT).

​Median house prices ​Median unit prices
​Darwin overall(1) ​$530 000 ​Darwin overall ​$430 000
​Palmerston ​$490 000 ​Palmerston ​$295 000
Average average weekly house rental Average weekly unit rental
​Darwin overall ​From $494 ​Darwin overall From ​$375     
​​Palmerston From ​$450 ​​Palmerston ​From $340
    (1) Darwin Overall includes the suburbs of Inner Darwin, the Northern Suburbs and Palmerston.

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