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Living In darwin

Darwin has a laid-back and relaxed approach to life that you’d struggle to find anywhere else in the world. Boasting world-class natural scenery, a buzzing nightlife and warm weather all year round, Darwin has a lot to offer to new Australians. Being so close to the tropics, Darwin’s weather follows the dry and wet seasons. Dry occurs between April and October and is the more pleasant season of the two with clear skies and balmy nights. During wet season (November to March) sees many rain and lightning storms with a little reprieve in terms of temperature, which on average jumps between 33 and 33ºC throughout the year.

Where to live

With a population of some 100,000 people, Darwin is home to a multicultural mix of expats of all nationalities. With this in mind, it’s a place where many new migrants can expect to feel very welcome.

House prices in Darwin are quite high compared to most other capital cities, with properties in suburbs like Bayview and Fannie Bay fetching a pretty penny or two. Family-friendly options include Wanguri and Wulagi.

Transport

Driving yourself is the best way to get around Darwin. As it’s not a huge city, traffic is fairly manageable and commute times are not too long. If you need to access areas close to the city centre, a public bus service can get you where you need to go with tickets starting at $3.

Working life

Darwin is a city experiencing economic growth at the moment. And with new port facilities, an improved airport and the construction of the north-south railway, that growth is expected to continue. There are plenty of employment opportunities available for migrants with the right skills and training.

Major industries in the region include construction, retail, accommodation and food services, public administration and health care.

Universities and educational institutions

Charles Darwin University (CDU) teaches 21,000 students across four campuses and four training centres. Ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world, CDU aims to provide high-quality learning experiences to all students.

Cost of living

Although it’s not the biggest of cities, Darwin is actually quite expensive to live in. It boasts a competitive real estate market that drives up prices, while geographical isolation means you can expect to pay more for certain goods and services. On average, renting a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre may cost $1,702.71 per month.