Darwin is the tropical capital city of the Northern Territory, an area famous for it's red Outback desert and the iconic Uluru. Surrounded by incredible national parks, bright blue ocean, and rugged desert, Darwin is perfect for nature-lovers, looking to experience everything Australia’s diverse landscape has to offer. Meanwhile, the city is relaxed and laidback, with thriving weekend markets and outdoor cinemas the perfect way to wind-down after the working week. It's also one of Australia's most affordable capital cities to live in, so as a student, you'll have extra funds for exploring the region.
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Being Australia’s northernmost capital city, Darwin is a true multicultural mix. Only a couple of hours away from Indonesia and Singapore by plane, the Northern Territory is considered the gateway to Australia for several Asian countries. Its mix of people makes for a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Darwin’s locals pride themselves on their relaxed lifestyle, where everyone is treated like a neighbour. Even in the winter months, the Darwin stays warm warm. This means more time outdoors and more opportunities to explore. Shop with the locals at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, held every Thursday and Sunday between April and October, or soak up the sun at the Darwin Waterfront. Cool off in the waterfalls and shady pools of Litchfield National Park, just a 90-minute drive from Darwin, or relax on one of the city's secluded beaches.
When you need to take a break from study, take a quick trip just outside of Darwin and you’ll find the best adventure wilderness Australia has to offer. Explore the world-famous Kakadu National Park and try bush tucker prepared with local ingredients, unlike anything you’ve ever tried. Learn about Australia’s Aboriginal culture at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Visit the stunning Maguk and Gunlom waterfalls, or chill under the shade of hidden gorges around Kakadu’s waterfall region.
Where to Study
You’ll find Charles Darwin University here, as well as a Flinders University campus and Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers. Darwin is considered a regional area, so if you decide to study a bachelor degree or above here, you can add an extra year to your Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) and choose from a bigger variety of visa options and jobs through the Regional Occupation List.
Darwin is serviced by an extensive public bus service to help you get around. Buses travel around the whole city, and as a student, you are eligible for concession fares, which means it's just $1 for a single fare, which is valid for unlimited bus rides for three hours from purchase! A Tap and Ride rechargeable card is the most convenient way to pay for your trips on public transport.