Considering moving to a modern, vibrant city with great employment opportunities as well as wonderful sunshine and glorious beaches, then Darwin in Australia could be for you.
Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia with a population of approximately 115,000 people. It is the most northerly capital city, is situated on the Timor Sea and is the largest city, by far of any in the Northern Territory. There is a highway which starts in Darwin and travels south for 4,800 klms (3,000 mls), passing through Alice Springs and ending in Port Augusta in South Australia.
Its colourful history has contributed to Darwin’s cultural diversity - more than 50 nationalities make up its population, including the area's traditional landowners, the Larrakia Aboriginal people. The cultural and culinary benefits of such a melting pot are best experienced at Darwin's weekly markets, variety of restaurants and through the annual calendar of festivals and other Darwin events.
Lonely Planet describes Darwin as a “mellow, modern city” which sits on the edge of the Timor sea and that many visitors intend to pass through but end up staying.
Temperatures in Darwin vary between 30-35 degrees throughout the year and it has a wet season (November-March) and a dry season (April-October). During the wet season, Darwin is extremely humid and is famous for its lighting storms and cyclones. The most famous was Cyclone Tracy on Christmas day 1974 devastated Darwin with 71 lives lost.
Darwin has an old established part of the city and a new satellite city called Palmerston, 20 kms south, which is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia.
The major emigrant population is English, Irish, Scottish, Chinese, Greek and Italian.
Tourism and Mining are the largest industries driving the economy in not only Darwin, but the Northern Territory. During the wet season, tourism is quiet due to the humidity and the rain, but for the remainder of the year, tourism is the dominant industry from within Australia as well as from overseas. The Military presence in Darwin is also a significant employer.
Families considering moving to Darwin with an international removals company can be assured that their children will receive an excellent education.
The Education system has Public (Government run) and Private (Fees paid by parents) schools. There are Child Care facilities (0-five yrs), Pre-school (four to five yrs), some Pre-Prep (four to five years) and then years one to twelve. This has just been re-structured to Primary, Middle & Secondary. The Charles Darwin University caters as both a University and a TAFE College, covering Vocational and Academic Courses. The option of boarding school is available in any of the major Capital Cities or some Regional cities such as Toowoomba or the Gold Coast.
When considering your move to the city and shipping to Australia bear in mind that housing varies from one bedroom flats in central Darwin $100,000 to three or four bedroom houses from $400,000 to $600,000 and larger homes from $800,000.
Sports are too numerous to mention, but include cricket, soccer, rugby (both codes), AFL (similar to Gallic football), swimming, fishing, sailing, tennis, horse racing, hockey, basketball and netball.
Darwin is closer to the cities of many Asian countries than it is to many of the southern cities of Australia. The population is multi-cultural with people of more than 40 different nationalities living together with the Australian Aborigines and Australian born people.
Crocodile farming and fish farming are two of the city's main industries. An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Darwin City in 2006 by Darwin City Council shows the three most popular industry sectors were:
In combination these three industries employed 14,246 people in total or 37.9% of the employed resident population.
So if you’re dream is of living on the north coast of Australia, soaking up the culture and wonderful natural heritage then why not hire movecorp, an international removals company with decades of experience in shipping to Australia.
The Shipping service times stated above are for time at sea to Australia ports, so please also allow for customs clearance and delivery upon arrival at port. Again our move managers will be happy to advise on delivery times but as a general rule we would estimate 14-21 days for part load deliveries depending on the area in Australia.
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