Darwin Australia
Capital of the Northern Territory

Some people arriving in Darwin Australia might find things a bit different if they come from abroad. This page is intended as a quick reference guide to help get orientated and provide some information on essential services.

For more detailed information, please see the Darwin Suburbs Guide

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A quick Information List for Darwin Australia

Time zone; GMT +9.30Dial Code; 61 8 Power; 220-240v 3pin
Roads; Left Hand DriveAnnual rainfall; 1,651mm (65 inches)

Emergency Phone numbers;

  • POLICE, AMBULANCE or FIRE: 000
  • Police: 131 444
  • Darwin Hospital: 8922 8888
  • NT Emergency Services: 8922 3630
  • Crisis Line: 8981 9227
  • Poisons Information: 13 1126
  • Health Advice 24/7: 1800 186026
  • AANT Road Service: 13 1111
  • Maritime Search & Rescue: 1800 641792
  • Interpreter Services: 1800 676254
  • NT Legal Aid Commission: 8999 3000
  • RSPCA: 8984 3795
  • Neighbourhood Watch NT: 8945 5645
Parliament House, Northern Territory, AustraliaParliament House, Northern Territory, Australia

Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory.

The nearest Australian city of comperable size is Townsville in Queensland more than 2500 Kilometres away. There are numerous Travel Books about Australia which can be a handy reference if you are travelling by road (and away from internet connections) to check on your next leg of the journey.

With an area of 1,346,200 km, the NT is the third largest of Australia's states and territories, yet has a population of only 230,400 people (December 2011).

More than half that population lives in Darwin city or within a short distance in nearby Palmerston and Litchfield areas.

Northern Territory Population 2011
Darwin City77,261
Palmerston31,098
Litchfield Shire19,714
Katherine9,967
Tennant Creek3,555
Alice Springs27,589
Nhulunbuy4,940
Tiwi Islands2,524
Sub-Total176,648
Nothern Territory Total230,400


See detailed ABS data here

Weather

Darwin has three generally recognised seasons, the dry (April - August), the wet (December - March) and the build up (September - December). The local Jawoyn people actually break the year down further into six separate seasons however the distinctions are probably too subtle for most of us. This is a monsoonal tropical climate, tempered by the proximity of the sea.
Away from the coast temperatures become more extreme, the highest maximum recorded was 48.3 C at Finke in 1960 and the lowest minimum at Alice Springs was -7.5C in 1976.

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Tourism

The effect of this weather pattern is to divide the year into two very distinct and different times. The cooler, dry months from around May to the end of August sees an influx of tourists and Darwin becomes a very busy place. Caravan Parks fill, hotel beds are hard to find and most of the festivals and outdoor activities such as camping and swimming are at full pitch.

In comparison, the warmer, humid weather which begins in late September and October empties the caravan parks and a lot of activities wind down in anticipation of the coming wet season rains.

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