Living in Darwin
Darwin is well known for its quiet and safe environment making it a suitable study destination for teenagers.
Darwin’s multicultural population of approximately 80,000, comprises various nationalities from both Asian and European descent. The wide range of cultural activities, religions and languages reflect the multicultural melting-pot of Darwin. New students assimilate well and feel at home, as the people are very friendly and helpful and there is a strong sense of community spirit.
Darwin is also the gateway to Asia and Europe via Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. Jetstar and Air Asia offer affordable airfares too many parts of Asia and to other capital cities in Australia, flying directly from Darwin.
Darwin attracts many tourists during May to September, as it has spectacular natural attractions such as the world-listed heritage Kakadu National Park. Its unique flora and fauna, magnificent sunsets and relaxed outdoor lifestyle attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year.
Most popular with the tourists also is the famous Mindil Beach Markets, and the crocodile parks.
There are many sports stadiums, as sport is a popular activity with the locals. Sports include rugby, soccer, tennis, badminton, football, swimming, squash, fishing, sailing and basketball. Darwin annually hosts the Arafura Games at the Marrara Sports complex in May, and participants include athletes from South East Asia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Papua New Guinea.
Darwin boasts a wide variety of visual arts, dance, music, museums and art galleries. It holds an annual Darwin Festival of the Arts that attracts local Australian and international artists.
The Performing Arts Centre and open air theatres are other venues that provide top-class entertainment all year round.
Darwin has many shopping centres and complexes. Restaurants here offer Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Sri Lankan, Greek, Spanish, Italian and other European foods.