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
Darwin Time and Date;
Current Australian Time Zones
|Time zone; GMT +9.30||Dial Code; 61 8||Power; 220-240v 3pin|
|Roads; Left Hand Drive||Annual rainfall; 1,651mm (65 inches)|
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|
|Nothern Territory Total||230,400|
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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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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