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Living and Studying in Darwin

About Darwin

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory and is home to the Traditional Custodians of the Land, the Larrakia people. Darwin city has a population of approximately 148,000 and features a rich and diverse multicultural community.

The Territory's tropical climate ensures that the weather is warm to hot all year round, with an average temperature of 30 degrees.

Just a four and a half hour flight from Singapore, Darwin is Australia's gateway to South East Asia.

Things to do

Students can take in Darwin's lively city experiences such as the night and weekend markets, exploring the local attractions such as the museum and gallery, cruising and sailing on the harbour, spending time with friends at the Darwin Waterfront, taking in a movie at the outdoor cinema or shopping at the local shopping centres.

Darwin's outdoor markets
Darwin's outdoor cinema

Students will also have access to some of the most picturesque and unique Australian experiences right in their backyard. Just 60 minutes from Darwin, you will find the Northern Territory's best kept secret - Litchfield National Park, where you can explore the misty waterfalls and dramatic landscapes. For the more adventurous, spend the weekend taking in the rugged and remote beauty of Australia's biggest national park, Kakadu. Students also find themselves only a short plane ride from Australia's most iconic and sacred landmark, Uluru.

Litchfield National Park

Nature & wildlife

The NT is home to some of the most incredible habitats in Australia (and arguably the world). These include sites listed as World Heritage, numerous national parks, conservation reserves, and wildlife sanctuaries. Abundant opportunities exist to witness and engage with the Territory's distinct plants and animals in their native surroundings.

Certain regions of the Northern Territory exhibit remarkably high biodiversity, with notable concentrations of threatened species. These areas encompass the stone country of western Arnhem Land, Palm Valley, and the floodplains of the Top End.

The latter is particularly renowned for hosting abundant populations of waterbirds, fish, crocodiles, and various other species.

Wildlife parks are a great way to get close to local animals in their natural habitat. Visit the Territory Wildlife Park, near Darwin, and walk through the nocturnal house, into a monsoon forest, or under the aquarium inhabited by saltwater crocodiles.

Indigenous cultural experiences

The Northern Territory's profound Connection to Country is integral to its identity, offers a unique and unparalleled array of experiences.

Various avenues exist for engaging with the diverse Indigenous cultures scattered throughout the Top End and Red Centre. These include participating in locally-guided tours, exploring galleries and attractions along the Territory Art Trails, or embarking on a road trip through the World Heritage-listed national parks such as Uluru, Kakadu, and Arnhem Land.

From the bustling Indigenous art fairs in Darwin to the cultural festivals in Alice Springs and the connections found on Country around Nhulunbuy – the NT acknowledges the traditional owners and celebrates Indigenous culture as an intrinsic part of the Territory’s identity.


An adventure in learning

Haileybury Rendall School program provides an exciting and enriching curriculum for all students. It builds resilient and independent learners with skills in creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking. They leave as well-rounded young citizens with a love for learning, prepared for life on the global stage and with the drive to do more for society.