Moving to Darwin? Guide to the areas of Darwin
City centre living in Darwin is far more relaxed than in other cities. The abundance of natural wildlife such as lizards, Lorikeets and Cockatoos mean that even within the city you can still feel connected to nature.
Young executives looking to be close to the action would find city living the perfect option. There are lots of modern apartments with many having been built in the last 5 years. Many of these complexes have great facilities such as gyms and pools. Mitchell Street is the city’s main entertainment strip. It is a vibrant and lively street offering cinemas, bars, restaurants , pubs and clubs and is a busy night time spot.
Apartments along the Esplanade offer beautiful views over the gardens and the sea. The Botanical Gardens are ten minutes walk to the city and offer some quiet and relaxation.
The leafy suburb of Larrakeyah is a good choice for those wanting to be close to the city centre, only 1.5km. It is popular with families due to its excellent primary school and convenient location and offers some good sized family homes, many with pools. Larrakeyah is close to the Botanic Gardens and the Esplanade as well as the Mindil Beach Markets. These markets offer local arts and crafts and musical performances from buskers to professional performers. As the sun sets locals head to the markets to enjoy the delicious food on offer. It is a wonderful place to meet up with friends and family and a popular way to spend an evening.
The marina development of Cullen Bay is less than 2km from Darwin’s CBD and offers large houses and moorings for boats as well as stylish apartments. Residents in Cullen Bay are able to sail anytime on the hour and enjoy a truly waterside lifestyle. It is the only Marina in Darwin with such access for sailing as others are not accessible in low tides. The Precinct at Cullen Bay has a variety of services such as shops, cafes, beauty salons and the Boardwalk hosts an array of indoor and outdoor dining options where you can relax and observe the passing yachts and fishing boats.
Bayview is another Marina development with slightly lower rental prices than Cullen Bay and is around 4.7km from the city. This too is a lovely development and offers locals a waterside lifestyle.
The suburb of Fannie Bay is around 5.3km north of the city. This is one of Darwin’s most affluent areas and you can expect to pay high rental costs. In reward you will get some welcomed sea breezes due to its proximity to the sea and can enjoy some wonderful sea walks. Houses are mainly two storey brick houses with gardens and many have pools. It is a great suburb for families with lots of activities on offer. The Darwin Sailing Club makes use of the waters of Fannie Bay and holds fun events to get people involved in sailing. Fannie Bay is also close to the East Point Reserve which covers over 200 hectares and includes Lake Alexander, a popular place for people to relax and Fannie Bay Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Darwin.
The suburb of Parap is next to Fannie Bay and has some more traditional stilt home houses and is again a lovely family orientated suburb. Properties generally have large gardens and pools and Parap Village is a great place to shop in Darwin. It is a trendy area with hip cafes, restaurants and delis and the Parap Saturday markets offer incredible food and local arts and crafts. The public pool and free tennis courts are a lovely addition and Parap Primary School has an excellent reputation.
The suburb adjacent to Parap is that of Ludmilla. Ludmilla has some nice parts particularly along the boarder with Parap. This area is very similar to Parap and Parap Village is only a 10-minute walk away. Ludmilla is close to the city at approximately 5.8km from the CBD which is convenient for accessing all the facilities there.
Stuart Park is a more traditional suburb just 10 minutes walk to the city, around 2km in distance. There is a good mix of stylish apartment blocks and family homes which makes Stuart Park a popular suburb with young professionals and families alike. There are some lovely parks in the area and certain parts of Stuart Park offer beautiful sea views.
Further out from the city at a 15-minute drive Jingili offers leafy, green streets. Here there are more traditional stilt homes with good sized gardens. Rental costs are slightly lower than those suburbs nearer to the city. Jingilli is nearby to Darwin’s large indoor shopping centre Casuarina where you can find all your popular brands. Jingilli is also nearby to the Charles Darwin University making it a good choice for those who are working or studying at the University.
Nightcliff and Rapid Creek
Nightcliff and Rapid Creek are again further away from the city, around a 15-minute drive. They are close to the beach and offer homes with large gardens. There are also a number of apartment buildings. These suburbs, like Fannie Bay, benefit from sea breezes and a great private school called Essington attracts many families. Rapid Creek markets on a Sunday are a popular attraction and there is a lovely public pool situated on the cliff overlooking the sea. It is a picturesque area and locals enjoy the walks around the foreshore. These suburbs are also close to the University