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Take a step into your CBD, where dining alfresco is a must, sunsets are unmissable, the parks are a mix of every green, the streets are wide and the majestic tropical trees offer cooling shade.

Darwin’s city centre is characterised by the wide streets, leafy parks, retail outlets and outdoor dining. Tall, modern structures have begun to replace the old colonial-style buildings, but they still retain a fresh, tropical flavour with overhanging eaves, corrugated iron and lush vegetation.

Working in partnership with the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government and the private sector, we aim to revitalise the economic growth, social and cultural development of Darwin and create a greener, vibrant city by improving pedestrian access, better lighting, seating and shelter.

Unlike other cities throughout Australia, City of Darwin has no direct planning authority although we do have an advisory role.


Just a few of the many famous landmarks in Darwin’s CBD are:

  • Brown’s Mart - built in 1883, this old sandstone building is now home to the Darwin Theatre Company.
  • The Tree of Knowledge - an ancient banyan tree can be found out the front of the Civic Centre.
  • Christ Church Cathedral - built in 1902, the cathedral was damaged by the Bombing of Darwin and Cyclone Tracy.
  • Darwin Entertainment Centre - located on Mitchell Street, the DEC hosts many exciting theatrical performances.
  • Crocosaurus Cove - also located on Mitchell Street, you will find the Northern Territory's most famous inhabitants; the saltwater crocodiles.
  • The Chinese Temple - located on Litchfield Street, the current temple is built on the site of a temple that was constructed in 1887.
  • Cavanagh Street - Darwin’s original Chinatown. In the late 1800s the southern end was full of ramshackle huts and shops and you’ll still see some of the original stone buildings near the Darwin Post Office.
  • Bicentennial Park the park runs the length of the Esplanade with a walking/cycling path running from Doctors Gully in the north to the Wharf Precinct in the south. There is a children’s playground halfway along the park, an eagle’s nest lookout at the northern end and a Cenotaph containing a Bombing of Darwin Civilian Memorial Wall at the southern end.
  • Deckchair Cinema - located in Jervois Road in the Wharf Precinct. On balmy evenings in the dry season, the Deckchair Cinema is a popular venue for locals and visitors alike to catch current and classic films in the open air.

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