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For something a little different though, Darwin may just be the place for you.  Imagine saying goodbye to winter, huge crowds and the hustle and bustle, swapping it instead for balmy year round temperatures, less people and a laid back lifestyle!

Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and boasts (yes!) a population of just under 140,000 people.  It is the country’s smallest capital city and the most isolated in comparison to other Australian capital cities.  Instead of going up or down the coast for a holiday, many Darwin residents hop on a plane, flying to Bali, Thailand and other exotic South-East Asian destinations – for a fraction of the cost of flying to any other capital city in this country.

Here are some other great reasons why Darwin might be the place for you:

  • An array of property choices: Whether you’re a family after a breezy elevated home on a nice big block, or a 30-something single more interested in a luxurious inner city apartment, there’s so much property to choose from here in Darwin!
  • Down to earth suburbs: A huge hit with families, suburbs like Fannie Bay, Nightcliff and Larrakeyah have loads of lovely traditional, elevated style Darwin homes.  There are also plenty of parks and bikeways, not to mention corner shops that really create that unbeatable sense of community.
  • The Waterfront: The heart and soul of Darwin’s CBD, there are plenty of restaurants, pubs, cafes and even a wave pool for you to enjoy!  There are always heaps of great activities as well to keep the whole family busy and entertained.
  • Loads of markets: From crafts and fruits, to delicious cuisines from all over the world, any of the markets here in Darwin are sure to delight and impress.  Nightcliff, Rapid Creek and Coolalinga markets are on all year round, and of course, the Mindil Sunset Markets in the dry season is a massive hit with locals and visitors alike.
  • Super friendly people: Whether you were born and bred here, or you’ve decided to make Darwin your home, the people here are friendly and laid back.  There’s no latte set and you won’t find the pretentiousness of other big cities here in Darwin!  Everybody is friendly and laid back!
  • No crowds: With the exception of the Christmas rush, you won’t find crowds of people here in Darwin.
  • No traffic congestion: Forget having to drive an hour to get from one end of town to the other.  In Darwin, you’re never more than 15 minutes from anything!
  • Plenty of history: Almost everywhere in Darwin you’re never far from a World War II site, loaded with heaps of history.  You can find out more about it by visiting the war museum at East Point!
  • Fabulous parks and beach reserves: From Nightcliff and Fannie Bay, through to East Point and Stokes Hill Wharf!  There’s something for everybody.

Whether you are buying or renting, you can find out more about the properties and suburbs of Darwin by giving any one of the team here at Ray White Bayside Real Estate a call!

Darwin was founded as Palmerston in 1869 but was renamed as Darwin in 1911.

Whilst extremely rich with over 100 years of history, Darwin appears rather modern for its age due to cyclone Tracy on Christmas day in 1974.

The municipality of Darwin covers 112 square kilometres and hold 31 residential suburbs and 4 industrial suburbs.


Darwin possesses more that 20 primary schools, 6 middle schools and 5 high schools.

Furthermore, tertiary education is available in the region at Charles Darwin University.  This facility was established in 2003 following the merging of Northern Territory University Darwin and Centralian College of Alice Springs and offers students a wide range of degrees and disciplines.


Darwin Council maintain over 600 Hectares of recreation areas including parks, reserves, beaches and many more.  Your outdoor activities are endless.  For more information visit

Real Estate in Fannie Bay

Fannie Bay is an inner, bayside Suburb of the city of Darwin, located approximately 4kms from Darwin city centre.

Situated in this bayside Suburb is the Fannie Bay Gaol, Military Museums and Fannie Bay Race Track (Darwin Turf Club). Adjoining Fannie Bay is East Point Reserve a well known destination for tourists and locals, offering a long white beach, bike/walking tracks, picnic areas, children’s playground and exercise equipment.

There are many popular businesses located in Fannie Bay Shopping Centre, including the iconic Cool Spot Cafe, Fannie Bay Super Pizza, Outback Bakery, Fannie Bay Gourmet Meats and Ella Bache just to name a few. Pee Wee’s Restaurant is another attraction, located amongst the tropical palms and natural environment of East Point Nature Reserve offering sweeping sea views.

Fannie Bay’s population is just over 2,500 and is a very popular family, bayside Suburb.  Adding to this relaxed lifestyle of Fannie Bay are attractions such as Darwin Sailing Club, Dawn Lawn Bowls and just a little further down East Point Road is Mindil Beach, Darwin Botanical Gardens and Darwin Skycity Casino. Parap Primary School, Parap Child Care Centre and Parap Swimming Pool are also conveniently located close to Fannie Bay. Fannie Bay residents can also enjoy being close to Parap Village which offers Darwin’s longest running markets every Saturday from 8am to 2pm.

Real Estate in Fannie Bay is highly sought after because of it’s bayside location, proximity to Darwin city, local amenities and easy access to Stuart Highway and Tiger Brennan Drive. Fannie Bay is regarded as one of Darwin’s prestigious suburbs

Suburbs around Fannie Bay include Ludmilla and Parap, and a short drive to Nightcliff, Stuart Park, The Gardens, Larrakeyah, Woolner and Bayview (0820 postcode).

Real Estate in Parap

Parap is an inner suburb of the city of Darwin, located approximately 3.7kms from Darwin city centre.

Parap is well known for its streets being named after early Australian aviators and explorers including; Ross Smith Avenue, Hudson Fysh Avenue, Leichhardt Crescent and Gregory Street.

There many businesses located in the Parap Village shopping centre such as Parap Fine Foods, Prickles Mexican restaurant, Happy Garden Chinese restaurant and so on. The Parap Village offers one of Darwin’s longest running markets, and is considered by many as the ideal place to meet or to have breakfast or light meals. The multi-cultural market place is well known for its diverse food styles, arts and crafts and its busy but relaxed atmosphere. Parap Markets encourage local arts and craftspeople. Situated in the Parap Village Shopping Precinct off Parap Road, the market operates every Saturday of the year between 8am-2pm.

Parap Tavern is also a popular  attraction amongst locals and tourists. Located on Parap Road, Parap Tavern offers the Raging Bull Bar and Grill restaurant and entertainment such as live music and trivia nights.

Real estate in Parap is a predominantly residential and this Suburb is usually associated with it’s sister, bayside Suburb of Fannie Bay, and the adjacent inner suburbs of Ludmilla and Stuart Park.

Parap is conveniently located off the Stuart Highway and includes Parap Primary School, Parap Childcare Centre and Parap Public Swimming Pool. Minutes drive to East Point Reserve, Mindal Beach, Darwin Botanical Gardens, Darwin Skycity Casino, Darwin Sailing Club and much more.

Suburbs around Parap include Fannie Bay, Ludmilla, Bayview, The Gardens, Stuart Park and Woolner.

Real Estate in Ludmilla

Ludmilla is a northern inner suburb of the city of DarwinNorthern TerritoryAustralia and only 6.1Kms from Darwin city centre.

Ludmilla is a predominantly residential suburb and is usually associated with the adjacent inner Darwin suburbs of ParapFannie Bay and Stuart Park.

Ludmilla is approximately a 5 minute drive to Darwin Airport and Darwin City centre, and a 10 minute drive to Casuarina Shopping Centre. Bunnings and MacDonalds family restaurant is also just a short drive.

Ludmilla’s  population is just over 1,700.  Suburbs surrounding Ludmilla include Parap, Winnellie and The Narrows and neighbouring bayside suburbs such as Fannie Bay and Nightcliff.

Real Estate in Ludmilla is still considered a family friendly suburb, with its leafy streets, proximity to Nightcliff foreshore and Fannie Bay’s East Point Reserve. Ludmilla Primary School is located on Bagot Road, and Parap Village Shopping Precinct and Parap Public Pool is only a short distant away.