Monday, 06 April 2020 Sydney

Invest in Darwin, Northern Territory::

Darwin is arguably Australia's most cosmopolitan city, boasting a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. The city's multicultural mix is particularly highlighted by its many exciting ethnic cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets.


Darwin's traditional owners, the Larrakia people, are prominent and active members of the community, and many still adhere closely to their traditional beliefs and customs.


Darwin is a city comprising of a range of industries, however Government employees make up around 60 per cent of the Darwin workforce.


Darwin has evolved from its days as an incredibly laid back frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a highly sophisticated city. Many visitors are surprised to find that it has accommodation, eateries, clubs, pubs, museums and other amenities that are at least equal to, and often better than, what you'll find in the southern cities.


In business and industry circles, Darwin is described as Australia's gateway with South East Asia. It's closer to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta than it is to Canberra and is about the same flying time from Singapore and Manila as it is from Sydney and Melbourne.


Darwin is the main service centre for a wide range of industries headed by mining, offshore oil and gas production, pastoralism, tourism and tropical horticulture. The Port of Darwin is also the main outlet for Australia's live cattle export trade into South East Asia.


The City of Darwin community profile presents the population characteristics of our comunity, how it has changed over time and how it compares to other areas. It assists Council, the public, students, community groups, business and investors to become more informed about Darwin.


The profile presents data from 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing for Darwin. The data is presented in easy to use tables, charts and commentary to answer the majority of frequently asked socio-demographic questions.


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Darwin’s city centre is open with wide streets, leafy parks, a cool mall and outdoor dining. Tall, modern structures have begun to replace the old colonial-style buildings, but they still retain a fresh, tropical flavour with overhanging eaves, corrugated iron and lush vegetation.


Working in partnership with the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government and the private sector, City of Darwin's MY0800 project aims to revitalise the economic growth, social and cultural development of Darwin and create a greener, vibrant city by improving pedestrian access, better lighting, seating and shelter.


Unlike other cities throughout Australia, City of Darwin has no direct planning authority although it does have an advisory role.


Just a few of the many famous landmarks in Darwin’s CBD are Brown’s Mart which was built in 1883 and is now home to the Darwin Theatre Company, the Tree of Knowledge, an ancient banyan tree casting a huge umbrella of shade over the Civic Centre, and Christ Church Cathedral, built in 1902 and damaged by both Japanese bombers and Cyclone Tracy.


On Mitchell Street you’ll find the Darwin Entertainment Centre which hosts many exciting theatrical performances.  At Crocosaurus Cove visitors can swim with crocodiles – safely protected inside a perspex cage.


The Chinese Temple on Litchfield Street is built on the site of an older temple that was constructed in 1887.


Cavanagh Street was Darwin’s original Chinatown. In the late 1800s the southern end was full of ramshackle huts and shops and you’ll still see some of the original stone buildings near the Darwin Post Office.


Beautiful Bicentennial Park runs the length of The Esplanade and a walking/cycling track goes from Doctors Gully in the north to the Wharf Precinct in the south. There is a children’s playground halfway along the park, an eagle’s nest lookout at the northern end and a Cenotaph honouring at the southern end.


On balmy evenings in the dry season, a popular venue for locals and visitors alike to catch current and classic films is the open air Deckchair Cinema which is located in Jervois Road in the Wharf Precinct.