We believe Darwin is Australia’s best kept secret. Residents of our Darwin student accommodation absolutely love living here for the chilled-out lifestyle and friendly social atmosphere. Everyone’s welcome, in fact the locals are made up of more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds.
This colourful multicultural mix means there are loads of great cultural festival and the best weekly food and craft markets. There’s the Parap Village Markets and the Nightcliff Markets where we like having fish and chips on the jetty. In the dry season, an absolute must-do is seeing the sun go down at the Mindl Beach Sunset Markets.
When you feel like an adventure…Darwin has you covered. It’s the gateway to the massive Kakadu National Park. There are also several waterfront areas, beaches and green spaces like Bicentennial Park to explore. If you’re game you could try cage swimming with crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove, or try out the popular pastime of barramundi fishing in the nearby wetlands.
Back in town you and your new friends could check out the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, which are near the waterfront. There’s also a wave lagoon and Stokes Hill Wharf, with outdoor restaurants and the pick up point for harbor cruises. Feel like shopping? In the heart of the city there’s the Smith Street pedestrian mall where you can buy Aboriginal art and crafts, South Sea pearls, opals and diamonds (if you have the cash)!