3,163.8 km² (Census / 2016)
Darwin has a tropical climate with two main seasons: one humid and one dry. Due to its proximity to Asia, the region is highly influenced by the Annual Monsoon Cycle, a climatic variation that occurs in the South and Southeast Asia. Temperatures are normally expected to be around 30 °C throughout the year.
Darwin offers a unique lifestyle in touch with nature and the Australian desert, while providing the right infrastructure for the exchange student with efficient transportation, diversified commerce, education and leisure.
The Larrakia, Aboriginal people, were the first inhabitants of the area that later would be known as Darwin. These people had trade routes with Southeast Asia and imported goods from southern and western Australia. Around the beginning of the 17th century, the Dutch landed in Australia and moved in to the area after being expelled from the Tiwi Islands by the local people. The region was named Darwin by the British John Clements Wickham who landed there in September 1839, in honor of Charles Darwin. However, the name only became official in 1911.
The region played an important role in World War II, receiving more than 10,000 Australian soldiers and allies. The same fleet that bombarded Pearl Harbor also attacked the region in February 1942, this being the most serious attack that Australia received during the war.
After this period the town has been rebuilt, experiencing a growth boom with roads linking the region to Alice Springs, Mount Isa, and the Manton Dam which was extremely important for the city's water supply. In January of 1959, Darwin received the status of city.
Cost of Living
Cost of Living
Monthly estimate for one person (without rent): AUD$ 1,195.47
Just as in many other Australian cities, in Darwin everything is very close by, so there are no problems getting around in the city. One way to move around is by bicycle, but the city also has an excellent transport infrastructure with the main means of transportation concentrated in the city centre.
Study and Work
With a peaceful and pleasant style, Darwin is a remarkable city in Australia, because even though it’s coastal, it’s also partially located in the desert region known as Outback. The stunning landscapes, with wild nature and many beauties, give way to a modern and cosmopolitan aspect of the city that was named after the evolutionist Charles Darwin.
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Known as the Tropical Capital of Australia, Darwin is located in the Timor Sea, close to Southeast Asia and with easy access to paradisiacal destinations such as Bali. The city has developed on a low cliff overlooking one of the most important harbors in Australia.The city is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capitals and manages to perfectly balance nature and wildlife with the bustle of bars, restaurants and great festivals.
Why to study in with WEST 1 Darwin
Multicultural and with an incredible mix of nationalities, Darwin is an incredible destination to study English in Australia. The city is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and national parks, as well as offering a fast-growing economy and a low unemployment rate.
The Northern Territory, where Darwin is located, has been developing over the years, having as main its main industries the agriculture and tourism sectors, in addition to being rich in natural and mineral resources. This gives international students a unique opportunity to be able to carry out internships in industries that will allow them to develop skills and be ready to work in their professions with local employers.
The city can masterfully blend the urban climate with the Outback, as well as offer unique opportunities to be close to nature in places like the Kakadu National Park which has about 20,000 km² of jungle and is home to crocodiles, kangaroos, wallabies, parrots and snakes.
2) 5 reasons to study in Darwin
- Multicultural city with diverse ethnic cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets.
- Vibrant dynamic and modern capital that offers a wide variety of accommodations, cafes, restaurants and nightlife options for both business and leisure travelers.
- The locals are warm and welcoming.
- Main service center for a wide range of industries including mining, offshore oil and gas production, tourism and tropical horticulture.
- Possibility to cross the Australian desert in 4×4 car trips and getting to know one of the main symbols of Australia, the Uluru, or The Rock.
3) About Darwin
Known as the Tropical Capital of Australia, Darwin is located in the Timor Sea, close to Southeast Asia and with easy access to paradisiacal destinations such as Bali. The city has developed on a low cliff overlooking one of the most important harbors in Australia.
The city is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capitals and manages to perfectly balance nature and wildlife with the bustle of bars, restaurants and great festivals.
4) Accommodations in Darwin
- Hostels Backpackers
The hostels are good options for those who want to save money with accommodation. The rooms in general are shared, but there are also rooms for couples and private options. Preferred by young travelers, they have quite relaxed environments, with lots of socialization and therefore are very sought after during high seasons.
They are kinda like hostels but offer private, couples and group rooms. The environment is less busy and more private than hostels, the prices are a bit more expensive, but still cheaper than hotels.
WEST 1 recommends that, at least for the first few weeks, students stay in a homestay, which are homes of Australian families or immigrants who have been in the country for many years. It’s there that the student begins to have contact with the Australian culture, put into practice what they learn at school, get to know the city and ask questions. To participate in this type of program, families are accredited by the Australian government, which guarantees total safety for the student.
- Share accommodation
After the homestay period, the student will already be more familiar with the school and the city. Feeling more independent, the next step is to share an apartment or a room with other students, many of them of different nationalities, which is a great experience and great for improving the language. The rent is usually paid weekly, and before moving you must deposit the famous “bond”, which is nothing more than an advance that ranges from two to four weeks of rent.
5) Work In Darwin
In Australia, as soon as classes begin, the student can work 40 hours per fortnight (and full time during vacations). In order to do that, it’s important to open a student account at a bank and make the Tax File Number, a record on the Australian Taxation Office that will allow you to get paid by the employer and have your income tax in order. In Adelaide, due to the city great vocation for the service area, work in restaurants and hospitality, whether in the kitchen, serving, housekeeping or reception are quite common, as well as work in construction services.
6) Attractions in Darwin
Darwin is a beautiful city full of cool things to do. With breathtaking beaches, the town houses nature reserves such as Crododile's Park, Territory Wildlife Park, Aquascene and Indo Pacific Marine, an incredible aquarium that features live corals, seahorses, clownfish, jellyfish and butterflies, in addition to wildlife parks like the Botanical Gardens and the East Point Reserve which has a salt water side to cool off.
Did you know?
The Crocosauro Cove is a park where you can dive into a glass cage and be face to face with crocodiles. Are you up for it?
The Seabreeze is a huge talent show that brings together the entire community in the month of May to celebrate the talents and local culture.
'World Solar Challenge'
The city is home to the most famous solar powered cars race and attracts competitors every year from different parts of the planet.
'Darwin Beer Can'
The Darwin Beer Can is an event where people build boats from beer cans, soda cans, bottles and milk cartons in the hope that they will float in the water.